by Matt Slick
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has exactly what the title says: mutant turtles, teenagers, and martial arts. In the movie, four walking, talking turtles (a lab experiment gone awry) live in the sewers of New York and have been trained by their mutant rat "father," who first taught himself ninjitsu and then passed it on to the turtles. What is the purpose of learning all of this? Why, it's to fight evil of course, and boy oh boy does evil rear its ugly head.
TMNT is a subtely humorous romp through a fusing of fantasy and science-fiction. If you plop down the green and put on 3-D glasses (if you choose), you can suspend your rationality while you are thoroughly entertained. The title of the movie alone brings a smile to my face since I can't help visualizing a couple of writers sitting at a table who have had too much to drink and came up with a comic book concept of unrelated ideas: turtles, teenagers, and martial arts. The movie blends all of them together well enough to be entertaining, especially to the early teen male audience whose frontal lobes aren't fully developed which allows them to more easily enjoy the impossible.
Wait, did I just insult myself?
Anyway, it was fun, no sex, no nudity, and I don't even think there was any kissing. The action was great and lots of it. The Turtles were, of course, the best with their witty, teenagerish dialogue. Well done. Go see it.
Oh . . . loved the elevator scene.