First of all, the turtles have looked like this before already, from the 2003-09 cartoon, and I've barely watched any of it. From it's overly futuristic visuals and society to the turtles no longer being cute, I felt 4KidsTV drowned them in the sewer. Is the current 2012 cartoon as good as the old 80's cartoon? Not quite, with enemies that feel too robotic, and a Splinter that is to this date the worst protagonist in cartoon history. Now there's a new series of them with Michael Bay and Megan Fox involved. In it, April o'Neil is once again a reporter for Channel 6 news in which nobody seems to care about her perseverance and need to take down the Foot Clan, who is gradually taking over the entire city. The outcome of the first part of this movie is very similar to the 1990 film, April meeting the turtles and being the only one knowing they exist and are taking down the Foot Clan, and advertising that they actually exist is more or less the whole start of this movie, but I didn't care much about that. Then the Foot Clan and Shredder locate them, after April has become a friend and made an amazing discovery about her having chemistry with them, and then it turns into a rescue mission, to try and find an antidote for Splinter. But is it a bad movie overall? No, it's a nerd movie.
Out of all the turtles films, it is the most action packed. The goal of the Clan is to (spoiler alert) poison the city and then have the city pay them for the antidote.
Instead of being a drama or really that cute (which actually, they are, kind of), this movie is a giant roller coaster, sliding through the sewers to a giant avalanche to a slow motion Shredder fight on top of the tower that declares a new year. It is also even a little funny. There were quite a few times where I giggled. Another good part was when Splinter turned out not to be the big jerk he seems at the start, but my favourite part was when the filmmakers decided to add a twist to their history, April being involved, which was like the sensation I felt when I found out which Autobot Cade and Tessa brought back to life in Transformers: Age of Extinction. Because of a few mildly annoying things, like brief potty humour, Raphael giving a speech that one will only understand if you are a frequent fan and a silly elevator scene, it isn't quite as good as the time travel one from 1993 where there was drama that might never be able to be replicated in the TMNT universe, but it is certainly much better than the 2007 one and like I said, a great roller coaster of a film and I had a blast.