"Are they aliens?" news cameraman Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett) asks when fledgling reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) informs him that there are a quartet of ninja-fighting vigilantes living in the NYC sewer system. "No, that would be stupid," April replies. "They're reptiles." A live-action, Michael Bay-produced 2014 reboot of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" shouldn't have any business working—setting aside any childhood nostalgia it may still carry, the 1990 film is a dismal slog—and yet, somehow, it kind of does. Based on characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, adapted for the screen by director Jonathan Liebesman (2012's "Wrath of the Titans") and screenwriters Josh Appelbaum & Andre Nemec (2011's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol") and Evan Daugherty (2014's "Divergent"), this is high-energy entertainment well told, neither so cutesy that it becomes a chore for adults nor too violent or dark for kids. It might not stick around for long in the forefront of one's memory, but you can't always have everything when it comes to big-budget popcorn fare about mutated adolescent turtles specializing in the art of karate and eating pizza.
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