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2009 Sequel to the hit film Transformers

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The Autobots Rise Again in Michael Bay's Explosive Sequel, "Revenge of the Fallen"

  • Jun 28, 2009
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I'm pretty sure that when it is all said and done, there's going to be a lot of controversy over Revenge of the Fallen.  Either people are going to really love it or they're going to hate it; that has actually been the case so far.  I LOVED it!  At the risk of sounding like a fanboy, I am going to go ahead and say that Revenge of the Fallen is just a touch better than Transformers...shoot me.  I said in my review for the original that it's in my top ten favorite films of all time which it is, but now ROTF is as well, at some point I will post my offical list.  Never have I been so on the edge of my seat for a film...not even for Star TrekThere were points during the movie that I would just point at the screen and laugh or whisper a silent "Holy Shit" to myself, Transformers, as amazing as it was, didn't do that as well for me.

Right before Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is about to start his college days leaving Bumblebee and Mikaela (Megan Fox) behind, he finds a left over piece of the allspark in his old sweatshirt.  After touching it, Sam begins to see visions of symbols like his great Grandfather once did.  As The Fallen, the original Decepticon who inhabited Earth thousands of years ago, rallies the Decepticons to exact his revenge on the last of the Primes, Sam must fight against the resurrected Megatron to save the fallen Optimus Prime before they unleash a weapon on Earth that could end life as we know it. 

I won't lie, I'm a junkie for really well made actions films, as ROTF was definitely one of them which is what made it so fun.  While Revenge of the Fallen had in my mind a great plot, the Transformers sequel focused more on really making an unforgettable action movie.  Michael Bay and ILM made sure to make the explosions bigger and badder in this film as well as the details of the robots themselves.  In this movie, the autobots and Decepticons both have more facial character and detail than ever before.  This also helps a lot during the big battle scenes as you really know who is fighting who.  ILM also did a fantastic job making the transformers in the film look realistic.  There is one scene where Sam actually touches Bumblebee and...he really touched him, it was very well done.  Michael Bay's close relationship with the US military was another key to having the film feel
a lot more realistic.  Instead of having CG planes and helicopters, all of these planes and ships are the real deal.  Revenge of the Fallen also features a lot more transformers than the original film which is just awesome; it was as if they had a transformer for just about everything they could think of, adding to the already explosive action.

On top of all of the awesome action is an awesome story.  Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman in my personal opinion are the two best writers in Hollywood right now.  Here they have brought this great story to life about how despite the fact that Sam is just a human, he is a lot more important to the Autobots than he realizes.  On top of all of that there is the great story of the villian, The Fallen who was living on Earth way before anyone really truly knew and how Megatron serves him.  Sure the action sometimes got caught up in the story, but that happens a lot in these summer blockbusters and I still think that it was a really well written script.  What I enjoyed the most was that I felt like this time the robots had more dialouge than the humans (almost) in this film.  There is a lot of chatter between Megatron and Starscream as well as between Megatron and The Fallen which means that Hugo Weaving was actually put to good use.  Optimus Prime also had a bunch of cheesy yet awesome one liners which I felt was a nice throwback to the cartoon.

The awesome action and well written story was given lots of life due to the fact that EVERYONE got a lot of screentime and lines.  This means the soldiers, the robots and obviously Sam and Mikaela and their gang which included Simmons (John Turturro) and a Decepticon turned Autobot mobster type of transformer voiced by Turturro.  Having everyone in the film have equal screen time really helped complete the movie.  We got to see a lot more of the soldiers played by Josh Duhamel and TyreseGibson this time around as they were working along side Autobots in a secret military team called NEST.  They actually gave me some of my best laughs during the film.  I think most importantly was the robots getting the face time they deserved.  I feel like ROTF really focused on the transformers more than the humans in this one.  They had more lines this time around and the movie seemed to be centered around them unlike in the original film.  All of this was able to bee accomplished mainly due to the near 2 1/2 runtime of the movie.

Most importantly in Revenge of the Fallen was that the acting really improved from the last film.  A lot of people are going to say that  Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox aren't the best actors in the world and they aren't, but for the roles that they play, they're amazing.  I really felt as if both actors matured for the sequel, especially Shia.  In the original Transformers film, I felt as if he was in there mostly for comic relief, but in Revenge of the Fallen, Shia really matures and acts in this film.  Part of that obviously has to do with ROTF being a more serious film and having to play Sam in the role of the leader instead of the clown.  And while Megan Fox is in these movies to play the role of the "hot girlfriend", she hold her own right along side Shia.  Instead of being the "hot girlfriend", Fox really takes the character of Mikaela and turns her into a smart and strong woman.  I think if it wasn't for these two maturing for this film, I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much so my hats are off to them.

Revenge of the Fallen is accompanied by a very similar score as 2007's Transformers.  For ROTF, Steve Jablonsky worked along side Linkin Park to score the film and while the movie has most of the familiar hero themes as the original, for some reason the dark Decepticon themes are barely heard which perplexes me since this was supposed to be the bad guy movie.  Despite that, the music still really made the the film come to life and Jablonsky reminded us they he can score epic films up there with the rest of them.

Besides my the small issues with the score of the film, my only other problem with the film was the addition of Sam's roommate as a character who's only purpose was to serve as comic relief.  The only problem was that instead of coming off as funny, he came off as a complete wimp.  Everyone who I saw this movie with said the same thing to me and that was that they couldn't wait for him to grow a pair which he never did.  He was a giant, literally crying the whole movie, wimp.  Why am I not linking to him or giving the actors name?  Because he simply isn't worth it.  The only other subject I want to touch on is the twin "African-American" Autobots who acted "gangsta".  While I thought it was hilarious, yet a bit much at times, the African-American community wasn't to thrilled about it.  My one question for you is why are you upset about robots acting gangsta in movies and not black actors acting gangster in movies?  Just something to think about.

Overall, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a must see for any fan of the first film.  Like I said above, some people are going to love it and some people are going to hate it.  I'm sure people are going to think I'm crazy for saying its better than the first, but that's the fun of movies.  Go see Revenge of the Fallen.  It gets a BIG TRANSFORMING 5/5! 
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August 02, 2009
Honestly, Even though I thought it was better then the first one. I found this movie numbing. The story may have been better but it is so poorly told and plotted out it was numbing. This movie needed to slow down when it was going too fast and be more coherant when it was slow. It also needed more John Turturro.
 
June 30, 2009
So some love it, some hate it, and for some it's a complicated relationship. Cool review, I may just watch it now. All Hail Hasbro!
June 30, 2009
Basically if you love big explosions with some story, this is for you :)
 
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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is the sequel to the hit film Transformers and was released on June 24th 2009.  It is directed by Michael Bay and stars Shia LeBeouf and Megan Fox.  The script was written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.  The budget of the film was $200 Million


Filming of Revenge of the Fallen started in LA and then moved to Bethlehem, PA.  Michael Bay did a lot of the filming in the city of Philadelphia.  Once there, they shot at the Exelon Power Plant, The University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Fairmount Park, Eastern State Penitentiary, City Hall and Rittenhouse Square.  After filming in Philadelphia was completed, the moved on to Princeton University. A lot of filming was also done in Giza at the Pyramids with the permission and blessing of the Egyptian government. 



Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was shot partly in IMAX.  Three of the films main action sequences were filmed in the IMAX format.

 

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Director: Michael Bay
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: June 24th 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Runtime: 147 Minutes
Studio: Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks PIctures
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