While it's not totally horrid as so many of the reviews would have you believe it's also sadly, not great. I'd been eagerly awaiting this movie after 2007's TMNT & 2009's very awesome 2K animated series finale, "Turtles Forever". With other movies out on the horizon this past year like Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, X-Men Days of Future Past, Guardians of the Galaxy, & Transformers 4, this was the one movie that was at the very top of my list of "must see's". I wasn't in complete shock being well aware of Platinum Dunes' deficient filmography but still had some faith since it was being directed by Jonathan Liebesman who's also responsible for the very underrated period/action flick, "Wrath of the Titans". Seeing the turtles move & fight truly shines here because it show's why they're a force to be reckoned with & certainly with a lot less comedic fight moves as the original films. Despite some great action scenes & special f/x that are absolutely top notch, it isn't surprising that this movie is more a Megan Fox vehicle than a TMNT movie. Outfit designs aside, the turtles themselves look absolutely jaw droppingly spectacular as does Splinter & while many complaints were targeted at the turtles themselves as appearing too hulking with flared nostrils, this is all just total nonsense. If your a long time fan you can see right away they look like a cross between the artwork of Michael Zulli, & those incredible A.C. Farley paintings from the Mirage Studios era. This movie's flawed because it moves at such a swift pace & then it's over just as fast which would be fine if we got to know the characters a little better but the script obviously didn't leave room for any of that. Also not sure why they decided to alter the turtles traditional outfits or why they played up the "superhero" aspect by making the turtles superhuman strong & bullet proof. Seeing one of the turtles throw a truck trailer & Raphael smashing out from the side of a van left me scratching my head. What made the TMNT special in the fist place was that they sort of broke the mold of the traditional superhero. They were basically outsiders because of their physical appearance but who also happened to be very skilled fighters. They WERE NOT ever Superman or the X-Men. The lack of character development kills any attempt at the story they're trying to tell here so everyone in the film comes across quite flat & one dimensional. This takes all the various iterations of the turtles world & tries to create something all together new which is fine but it's still quite a botched, celluloid mess. As a long time fan I can honestly say that many of the changes they made to the turtles origin's or Shredder & the Foot were completely unnecessary & un-innovative. In fact, this new film's origin story seems heavily influenced by IDW's current comic book series yet the film makers still can't get it quite right. Their lazy bright move? They sever any ties the turtles & splinter originally had with Japan, ninja's, Karai, & Oroku Saki (The Shredder). In the film, technically they're not even ninja's just because their "superhuman/intelligently fast learning mutation" allows them to photographically memorize all the moves & exercises from an old ninja manual that Splinter found in the sewers. Yes, horrible alterations to their origin. Unforgivable & an insult to the source material. Not everyone but certainly most old school fan's will dislike this movie regardless if they either grew up with them through the comics books or the infamous campy cartoon that followed it. Casual viewers will see it as disposable popcorn entertainment perfect for one viewing. They should really just do all the fans a service & make a brand new movie, do it correctly, & forget this one even exists.