After grossing less than half of its predecessor's $493 million box office sum, it's almost certain that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows won't get the sequel treatment. Which is understandable, not just because it was a financial failure, but because it was a resolute failure as a film, as well. Something that the good folks over at Honest Trailers were able to point out with a hugely enjoyable five minute video that could easily have been twice as long. You can check out the Honest Trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows by clicking below.
Anyone who asks why a lot of this summer's sequels failed at the box office just needs to be pointed in the direction of this video for some answers. That's because it explains that even if blockbusters include pretty much everything that you want in the follow-up, if it's shoddily created and looks exactly the same as its peers, then people just won't be interested.
As Honest Trailers points out, more so than pretty much every other blockbuster this summer, Teenager Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows went above and beyond to give fans what they wanted following the original. There was less of Megan Fox's April O'Neil, but an increase in PG-13 attempts at making her sexy which just come across as creepy, but more scenes of Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello together.
Plus, Out Of The Shadows incorporated even more classic characters from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles past, including Stephen Amell's Casey Jones, Brian Tee's Shredder, Tyler Perry's Dr. Baxter Stockman, Gary Anthony Williams' Bebop, Sheamus' Rocksteady, and Brad Garrett as Krang. Unfortunately they were all despicably underwhelming, as there just wasn't enough screen time or quality to make them charismatic or memorable in the slightest.
It also didn't help that we didn't get to see one shot of Casey Jones fighting alongside a Turtle, while Shredder never even got into costume, Baxter Stockman didn't turn into a fly, and, most unforgivable of all, the Turtles hardly partook in any martial arts action. All of which combined to render Out Of The Shadows a tremendous waste of time.
Which is something that I can't help believe Paramount recognised from the outset. Because why else would they allow Out Of The Shadows to conclude with a scene that we've seen so many times before in the last five years, as the blockbuster came to an end with aliens coming out a gigantic wormhole over the top of a major city just like The Avengers, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, Captain America: The First Avenger, Iron Man, Fantastic Four and Big Hero 6. It's almost as if they didn't care. Which, considering how poor Out Of The Shadows was, seems about right.