Welcome to another installment of our movie based series entitled Cinematic Adventures. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to continue my four part series of movies based on the TMNT. Let’s take a look at what is arguably the worst film of the franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.
Welcome to ancient Japan in the year 1603. A man is being chased by a group of four samurai warriors, and after a long and grueling battle with them, they eventually capture him. Fast forward to the current time, where our four friends are introduced hanging out with their friend April o’ Neil, who has stopped by the flea to pick up some gifts for them while she was on vacation. One of these gifts is a japanese scepter, which out of nowhere is activated and sends her back in time.
Not knowing what else to do, the turtles decide to head back into time to rescue her. As expected though, they get more than they bargained for. Our friends have walked into an ongoing feud between a rebel army and a samurai master, Lord Norinaga, who has called upon a trader by the name of Walker to use guns to dispose of his enemies once and for all. Not having much of a choice (or time for that matter), these heroes in a half shell decide to go a quest to save lives, as well as themselves, in a journey that none of them will ever forget.
Now let’s take a moment to go over the high and low points of the film. To start things off, one of my least favorite aspects of this movie is that there isn’t the inclusion of a popular villain from the franchise at all whatsoever. My second gripe is that the voice acting was just downright atrocious (the Addams Family line is ridiculous). Finally, the turtles themselves look awful, and have sloped faces that make them look like birds. If there is one positive aspect anyone can take away here it would have to be the fight scenes, because even though there are only a few of them to speak, each one is actually pretty enjoyable to watch. Overall, the conclusion to the live action trilogy was a disappointment to say the least, and is something that I still avoid watching to this very day.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III was a sad excuse for a film that end up becoming an embarrassment to die hard fans of this franchise for many years to come. Please do yourself a favor, avoid this movie at all costs, you’ll be glad you did.
That concludes my thoughts on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. If there are any other movies you would like to talk about, please let us know about them in the comments below.
Keep it here four our final segment of movies based on TMNT where we will take a look at the very enjoyable 2007 CGI adaptation, which goes by the name of TMNT, see you next time.