As far as fan movies go, Casey Jones looks very impressive. The film was made with a budget of about $20,000 and made good use of it. The treatment of the character is geared much more dark and violent as opposed to being toned down for a younger audience. They didn’t go this far even in the first film. He actually kills criminals in this and does so in an alarmingly brutal way. As a vigilante, Casey Jones is extremely violent and aggressive; he bludgeons people and crushes their body parts using baseball bats, golf clubs, and cricket bats (there’s even a sledgehammer in there). It’s silly and at the same time gruesome. When compared to his somewhat laid back and amiable attitude, this contrast makes his nightly battles a little disturbing. He’s essentially been turned into a sociopath. This is one of the stranger aspects of the movie, as his actions are so alarmingly insane compared to how he acts around people normally. I remember that it was implied in the first movie that he was unnecessarily brutal with criminals, but that was never shown (a decision that worked better because it just doesn't fit).
The acting is decent from the central players, all using the stereotypical
|In the comics, he would shout nonsensical battle cries like "Goongala!"|
As for the fights scenes, this is another part of what’s so surprisingly good about this short film. The stunts and battles are well staged and look really good. The climax has Casey and Michelangelo battling an army of the Foot Clan and the quality compares to almost any of the big budget versions. I think that this movie will definitely appeal to fans of the Ninja Turtles franchise. It’s well made and seems to have a lot of love and appreciation for the source material. Not bad for 35 minutes.
The entire short film can be seen at the website: caseyjonesthemovie.com