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Movie Review - Transformers 2

Monday, June 22, 2009

Movie Review - Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

Starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, and Optimus Prime.

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug material.

After what seemed like an amazingly long wait - Transformers 2 finally hits the big screen in a huge way. This is a long, addictive, action-packed, true to the series, almost offensive in parts, crazy and wild movie that is almost guaranteed to satisfy fans even if most critics are so far not enjoying the thrill ride. Only one glance at most review sites including the rottentomatoes.com poll and you find that out of a possible 100% - Transformers is currently ranking at 38%. Not exactly a good number, but the first flick didn't quite hit all time highs either coming in at a final score of 57%.

I'm a critic but I'm also a 'fanboy' which means I'm pretty much a fan of Transformers no matter how stupid the story or acting or movie-making in general is - just as long as they get the overall feel correct and they did. A friend of mine pointed out how correct they actually did get it according to details that even I didn't catch as I was too busy being bombarded by awesomeness throughout the entire flick. He mentioned little details like how different robots like Soundwave do and say things that are correct according to Transformers history. They also put in little knowing references to past Transformers properties such as the original animated film and the TV show. Overall - they treat Transformers with respect according to the comic books and other stories that have already been told.

Transformers picks up where the first film left off with Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots hunting down the rest of the Decepticons on Earth. Little do they know, a war is brewing beneath them as an ancient Decepticon is making his return to Earth. The humans - mainly Sam played by the ever excellent Shia LaBeouf - is going to college and dealing with leaving current girlfriend Makayla(Megan Fox) behind while still retaining her as a girlfriend. He also has a severe case of not wanting to deal with the supernatural circumstances he's in but lead a regular life.

Transformers starts with a bang and never lets up - the action is pretty much non-stop and the only time they slow down is to get all the characters to the next place to blow some more stuff up. All of the fight sequences are laid out back to back with extreme dedication to making each scene seem new and fresh instead of the same old robots hitting each other. The special effects and CGI that is on display here is impressive. The robots and humans interact seamlessly allowing the viewer a suspension of disbelief to really get involved in the story. However, the story - even if it is a great Transformers story adapted to the big screen - is still lacking, but there's no much you can do with the story when the biggest two reasons to see this movie are the robots and everything they do - blow stuff up, transform and look awesome - AND Megan Fox. So, the story is a bit off but I don't care - I still loved it.

The other complaint by critics that are reviewing this film so low is the acting. Sure, the acting is not Academy Award worthy but should it be? I just want someone in the roles that are capable of getting me interested in the general story and Shia is a more than capable leading man. I'd watch this guy do relatively nothing as he manages to captivate my attention in everything he does and in Transformers he does his absolute best to compete with the robots for screen time and that's exactly what I need. The other actors/actresses are there to move the story along so the robots can get back to fighting and all of them do an excellent job of being likable but not overstaying their presence. As mentioned before, one other actress makes this movie a must see event and that is Megan Fox - the IT girl of the moment. She doesn't so much as act, as look good - which is fine by almost anybody that watches this flick.

Transformers 2 had some surprises and threw me off a few times, but more importantly entertained me for the entire two and half hour run time. This is a huge movie and one that lives up - for me - to the hype. Yes, the movie is bigger in every way while recycling the same components that worked in the first one. Is it worth your money? YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!! I cannot describe the pure entertainment that this movie offers - it is spectacular. This is the type of movie you go to the theatre for because it's got so much stuff going on that you want to see it on a huge screen and get blasted with pounding Dolby Digital sound effects. It's the type of movie that keeps you so entertained throughout that you don't feel like almost 3 hours have passed. It's the type of movie that makes you cheer at the end and then think you should watch it again. It's the type of movie that will make people who can't handle a good action film for being a good action film complain that it doesn't have 'restraint' or no 'value' to the artistry of film. It's the type of movie that you should see AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. It's a guaranteed thrill ride that keeps you glued to the screen and I HIGHLY recommend this film.

Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen is playing at Cinema 3 starting Tuesday Night at Midnight for a special Midnight Release before the official release on Wednesday June 24th. Check www.fridleytheatres.com for showtimes and more information. Also - for the little ones, this flick is pretty hardcore and probably just barely escapes the R rating by a stroke of luck. There is not very much blood but lots of violence and an amazing amount of language and innuendo. Be warned.

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Now, that being said:

I can't wait for this, and will be finding it really hard not to be at the local IMAX on Wednesday night.

Anyone who goes to either of the Transformers movies looking for anything other than giant killer robots from outer space is fooling themselves.

The entire Transformers universe is giant killer robots from outer space, and the first one (the second, as well, I'm assuming) has that in spades.

If I could get a giant killer robots from outer space movie every two summers (or every summer, even), I'd be a happy movie-goer.

-- Posted by AlexDeGruven on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 12:31 PM
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A true and honest review it's good too see someone who realizes that this movie was not meant to be the next Titanic or Godfather with 3 1/2 hours of dialogue. It was not some dumb blond movie or a chick flick but and action packed movie with kick @$$ fight scenes. Utterly amazing CGI special effects and in your face loud action. Also, a lot of critics complain about the raunchy humor. I find it to be very funny and add some comic relief to the film. I mean seriously what do you want? Do you want Optimus Prime and Megatron to tell knock knock jokes? If you can't handle the awesomeness of a movie like Transformers then stay at home and watch Barney or Pocahontas with the other pansies and leave the action movies to the true fans. Micheal Bay doesn't need critics to be successful. In fact critics have been against him for a while now and it seems like Micheal Bay is the rich and successful one. The second installment in the Transformers movie was meant to entertain just like a summer blockbuster should and it was definitely entertaining. I'm going to watch it again for a third time tomorrow just because it was that good, defintely worth the money, but a word of advice, don't try to think to hard or try and decipher subtext or a plot line. Micheal Bay keeps the plot simple staying true to the plot of the 80's cartoon series. I applaud him for keeping the plot simple and letting the audience focus on the action scenes. Critics are the people who like cavier and fine wine, but this is a cotton candy sweet fun awesome movie. Besides, go and see the movie for yourself and please leave your brain at the door and just sit back loosen up and enjoy a good movie for once. A must see if you have not yet seen it!

-- Posted by Movieman30020 on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 2:57 PM

saw it, loved it, hope they make another. Everyone must see this movie.

-- Posted by HB on Sun, Jun 28, 2009, at 11:14 PM

I'm totally fine with a movie just about giant robots. However, I must place emphasis on the "just," as I tend to find human subplots within giant robot shows annoying unless said humans are piloting the giant robots. I would love some confirmation as to the ratio of robot to human action in this movie, since I've heard that the previous movie is horribly skewed towards human action. I'd go see it if there was at least 65% robot action. Then again, I never really found Shia LaBeouf to be that interesting, even back when he was tied to Disney's hip. I much prefer the hotness that is Christy Carlson Romano.

Also, is it true that there are horrible black stereotype robots in the movie? I've never really understood the appeal of making things with little racial differences into wacky and varyingly offensive clichés. I mean, they're robots. Robots are practically one "race," unless I've missed something and there has been racial tension between bipedal robots and robots that use wheels for locomotion. Maybe I should pay more attention to Star Wars...

-- Posted by bjo on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 4:13 PM

ok like you, i am a fan no matter what. the action was amazing. its the first movie i have ever seem in imax and i loved it!! the only probs i had was the really awkward parts... like..... sams mom, and the dogs humping...and weelie humping mckaylas leg....those were just like..totally unnescesarry for me.... and the plot...i mean it was a really good story line but there were like 10 plot holes that totally were like....cmon bay u could have patched those up.. my main one was like...how sam and them just outa nowhere have goss to patch up his hand.. lol like seriously!! i thought the 2 twins were fine. and this whole stereotype thing.. like omg people... THEY DONT EVEN HAVE BLACK VOICES!!!!! seriously get over urself... my main other thing.. was the autobots just like kinda appear outa nowhere a lot.. and i wish they would have been there a lot, and got more screentime... and i hafta say bumblebee is my fave!!!! its so funny how he talks... through the radio and they should do a lot more of that... cuz its hilarious!! and again, didnt his voice get fixed at the end of the other? but i can overlook this stuff.. cuz like 10 percent of it was a little odd... but 90 percent rocked! so if i were to sum it up it really kickes butt, but i think bay is so focused on the bigness of it that he overlookes the little things...so awesome movie just be thourough next time bay and make sure all the ends are fixed!!! GO WATCH PPL!

-- Posted by beth_hart85 on Thu, Jul 2, 2009, at 7:56 PM

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