Give Shredder His Due
While the giant needle atop the Sacks skyscraper was too on the nose, I actually found the villainous plot in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to be rather enjoyable. That said, it was neither original nor handled with any film-making dexterity. Shredder (Tohoro Masamune) and Eric Sacks (William Fichtner) have been trying for years to create a mutagenic chemical weapon powerful enough to bring a city to its knees, all so the government would buy into the antidote that they’ve also developed. I like the mentality behind that, although the financial gain aspect is pretty weak, considering Sacks became a hugely successful guy without the need for nefarious plots. He could probably save a shitload of money by not dumping a bunch of it into building chemical weapons and paying the Foot Clan’s salaries.
So do away with Sacks and let’s focus on Shredder and his widespread war against all things non-Shredder. If he had to go with a conspiratorial plot in this first film to branch into Mad Mutated Villainy for a sequel, so be it. We’re past it. Now give him some super powers and have him lead the Foot Clan in a different direction. All action movies seem to focus on now is city-wide terrorism, and this first film did a decent job at stopping short of Man of Steel mayhem, but we need to see a different kind of evil deeds for the next go-around. Shredder should be a dastardly bastard who can strike fear with just a silhouette, not this giant mound of bladed projectiles. Almost every incarnation of Shredder has always been more intimidating on the small-scale, before the yelling wildly at henchmen inevitably occurs. Is it too much to ask for Javier Bardem to take over this role?Pages [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 ]