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Rewind: The Making Of Mystery Road

With the series on the ABC attracting a lot of attention, we take a look back at the making of the original 2013 film, Mystery Road, which is about to screen again in the outback at the 2018 Vision Splendid Film Festival.
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Gary Brun: Up Shit Creek With A Paddle

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REVIEW: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows

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The 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot courtesy of Michael Bay’s production company, Platinum Dunes, was a surprising success, both critically and financially. Ironically, maybe it had something to do with the fact that they didn’t have a finished script when production commenced, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles delivered an energetic and goofy enough set up for a whole new franchise. Alas, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows follows the pattern of Bay’s own Transformers movies, with the first flick showing promise and the subsequent sequels sucking progressively harder.

Playing like an old school sequel (remember when these were automatically derided?!), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows dispenses with any sort of character development, replacing it with introductions of well-known characters, Casey Jones (wasn’t he originally a vigilante?! Not here…), Rocksteady (embodied by wrestler, Stephen Farrelly aka Sheamus, before the CGI kicks in), Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams), Dr. Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), and the disgusting neuro-monster, Krang (voiced by Brad Garrett). The strangest new addition to the cast, however, is highly respected thesp, Laura Linney, slumming it for the pay cheque as the head of police.

Megan Fox, meanwhile, returns as April O’Neil (although she has very little to do here outside of the first five minutes), as does Will Arnett as sarcastic news cameraman, Vernon Fenwick, who is now better known as hero, The Falcon, after taking credit for the work of the Turtles in the first film.

The plot revolves around a pact between Baxter Stockman and bad guy, Shredder (Brian Tee), to break the latter out of prison, and to open up some form of next dimension which then introduces Krang, who just wants to destroy the world by transporting some fuck-off spaceship to earth through a hole in the sky or something The Avengers-like. With so many characters involved, the turtles themselves are given less to do here, and the film suffers for it.

Incoming director, Dave Green (Earth To Echo), turns everything up to 11 here, especially the noise and dizzying camera work. The set pieces and fight sequences are not handled particularly well, with confusion-causing showiness replacing logic. To make things worse, an early scene featuring a Transformer cameo hints that a crossover Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles /Transformers movie might be on the cards. God help us!