Michael Garcia - August 16, 2016
I was in the 7th grade when the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie came out. That was precisely the right age to truly fall in love with the four wisecracking turtles and their martial arts exploits. I was also a huge fan of the cartoon series that popped up after it. So, you can imagine that I was very excited when they announced a sequel. Even at the age of 12 I knew that it would be hard to make a movie as amazing as the first one. I was right. The resulting film is nowhere near as good as the first one, though it does have the single greatest song of all time...Vanilla Ice's Ninja Rap.
Secret of the Ooze picks up right where the other movie left off. The Turtles believe that the Shredder and the Foot Clan have been defeated and all is well. But guess what? Shredder somehow survived being crushed in a trash compactor. Intrepid reporter April O'Neil does an investigation into a company that has been dumping toxic waste around the city. Splinter suspects that this waste is the ooze that turned them into giant mutants. The Foot steals the ooze and creates Tokaa and Rahzar, two mutated animals of their own. Their new buddy, a pizza delivery guy, infiltrates the Foot to find the ooze and whatnot. The Turtles then have to defeat the mutants while trying to save Donatello who gets kidnapped. They discover that fire extinguishers can reverse the process and they revert the animals back into small beasts. Shredder then consumes the ooze and becomes Super Shredder. Fortunately, he weighs too much and he falls through the dock and drowns. Pizza Time!
Did I mention there is a dance battle sequence to the Vanilla Ice song? Well, there is. Look, this is a craptacular movie. I know you may doubt it but watch it again as an adult. Still, the animatronics and puppets made by the Hensons is amazing and it's a fun movie even if it is REALLY dumb.
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