Rated: PG Reviewed by: Chris Release date: March 17, 1993 Released by: New Line Cinema
Cowabunga, Dudes. Those mean, green fighting machines are back for their third blockbuster film.
Paige Turco, who plays the turtle's journalist friend, buys them presents at a thrift shop. One of the gifts is an ancient scepter with magical time travel powers.
The scepter transports Paige to Japan in the 1600s and in turn a Japanese prince takes her place in present day New York.
The turtles have to rescue Paige, so they study the wand and figure out that it works by transporting the same amount of weight at each destination. They call it 'weight transference' (never let it be said that the kiddies aren't getting a little knowledge along with their dosage of low-level violence).
So, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael hold on to the scepter and travel through time to Japan. They're replaced by four of the Japanese honor guards of the kings.
The king is at war with a group headed by a young woman (girlfriend of the prince), but the purpose of the war is never clearly explained. To complicate things, an outside agitator by the name of Walker is negotiating to sell guns to the king to make easy work of the opposition.
All the same ingredients are here: The Pizza-loving, kindhearted big green turtles; the old subway they call home' and the rough and tumble fighting. The story is confusing and difficult for youngsters to understand. Even so, the ninja Turtles are so familiar to kids and they enjoy their antics so much, they seem to relish anything they do.
So, although I was not impressed by the film, the eight-year-old boy who accompanied me said it was "the best movie he ever saw." The critic has spoken!
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