For those of you
sticklers out there, we know that the Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles live-action movie was released in
1990, but we include it because the Turtles were a big part
of the 1980's. The movie received mixed reviews
from critics, but it was a huge success with fans.
For example, Roger Ebert gave the film 2.5 out of 4
stars, saying that it could have been a lot worse, and
was probably, at 2.5 stars, the best rating it could
have achieved anyway.
For those of you who
don't know, the film was a comic book adaptation, and is
considered to have remained true to the comic books in
that it maintained a dark feel. In the original movie, the audience
learns how some little box turtles, who came across some
radioactive ooze, turned into a group of martial arts
power houses. The turtles are: Leonardo,
Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael.
As the crime rate gets out of control in
New York City thanks to the Ninja "Foot Clan", their
leader, Shredder, decides it is time to put an end to
April O'Neil, the reporter who incessantly covers their
crime spree. After being saved by one Raphael,
April learns from Splinter how the Turtles came to be
they were they are. Soon after, Splinter is
kidnapped by Shredder, and the Turtles are nearly
defeated by the Foot Clan. The rest of the movie
is about how they defeat the Foot Clan, rescue Splinter,
and defeat Shredder.