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2009 Sequel to the hit film Transformers

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  • Jun 26, 2009
There are times when movies can blow you away.  The first Transformers movie certainly blew me away.  Despite its problems, it was a fun ride with a well crafted story and even some well crafted dialog and sequence of events.  Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, however, shows us that bigger isn't always better.  In fact, bigger can be a headache.  Especially when it's a Michael Bay sequel.
The film brings back Shia Lebouf and Megan Fox as our protagonists.  As it turns out, the Transformers actually came to earth a lot sooner than we thought.  In the year 17,000 BC to be exact.  A war happened involving some of the machines.  As it turns out, the Fallen were sealed... but they may soon rise again.  And Sam (played by Shia) has the key to this, which the Decepticons want to get a hold of.  And quickly.
If the trailer doesn't appear, I apologize.  But I'm sure it's easy to find.
Anyway, Sam is off to college and as far as he is concerned, Bumblebee's job is done.  His parents are rather emotional over seeing him go (particularly his mother), but things could be worse, right?  Well, as it turns out, when he gets to college he meets a strange guy who has been tracking these "aliens" for some time, ever since the incident happened two years ago.  Apparently the Government is so good at covering things up they were able to make sure no one could remember all the chaos that happened right in the middle of the streets of the first film... in broad daylight.  Even stranger is that Sam still has a piece of the cube (All Spark) and despite holding onto it for two years, only now manages to touch it.  When he does, however, he begins to see a bunch of symbols in his head that he doesn't know anything about.
These symbols, however, play  much bigger role than he could imagine.  The Fallen, it turns out, will rise again sometime.  And only one Autobot can stop them... Optimus Prime.  Unfortunately through circumstances it's a wonder if he can.  Even worse is how more decepticons are coming forth and finding most f the good guys.  Not to mention there's another man in the government hoping to mess things up because they believe that it's the fault of the Autobots that the Decepticons are coming in the first place.  And Michael Bay makes sure you really don't like this guy. 
Meanwhile, the Decepticons are after Sam because he knows something that's been implanted into his brain.  The end result is that the Autobots along with Sam and Mikeala--and a few supporting characters--have to stop the Fallen from rising again.
On paper it sounds rather simple, but the movie is a lot more convoluted than it actually sounds.  It not so much that the plot makes little sense as it is that it keeps throwing one thing after another into the mix.  By the time the movie concludes you might find yourself having a little too much information.  But more than that, there's a lot of time spent away from the plot.  The first movie, for the most part, had very appropriate jokes that came at just the right moments.  Revenge of the Fallen throws several jokes at a wall hoping something will stick.  You'll get a good share of laughs, but also a lot of jokes that fall flat in the process. 
However, it's mostly Michael Bay's filming technique that makes the movie something of a drag.  In many instances the camera angles are incredibly weird and shaky.  When the robots are fighting it's really hard to get into the fight scenes because they're so chaotic and because the camera is constantly jerking around.  More often than not, you lose focus in the middle of the battle.  There are also tons of new robots introduced.  Good and bad.  Unfortunately the movie doesn't give us enough time to get to know any of them.  So much so that in some fights it was hard to tell the good guys from the bad.  Which brings up another thing, the fights themselves can be spectacular, but on the whole they're a little long.  Many moments in the movie are too overdone for their own good. 
The story in and of itself comes together but the way it comes together might leave some movie goers feeling cheated in some ways.  If anyone here has ever heard of the term "Deus Ex Machina" (which means "God from the Machine") then you should know that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is full of them.  In nearly impossible situations, amusing coincidences come into play.  Sam and friends need to get to Egypt upon JUST discovering they need to go there... they magically get there.  They find an old Transformer who is a Decepticon who just happens to have switched sides.  One of the most heart pounding moments of the entire movie is ruined by a Deus Ex Machina that looks as though Michael Bay and company decided to just tack it on.  There's plot and story but a lot of it comes off as an after thought.  Most of i just felt like things they tacked on to make sure that things come out just fine for our protagonists involved.  Every heart pounding moment is immediately crushed when you realize that no matter what happens, none of the characters are in any real danger because of many "amusing coincidences."  It makes the movie come as more predictable.
That's not to say it isn't fun.  When you're not being given a headache by the camera work, the special effects are spectacular, and some of the fights are really good.  It's just that its hard to enjoy them because of the awkward camera movements and shifts.  Even Paul Greengras knew when we needed a break.
That's not all, the movie is incredibly long.  Around two and half hours.  But it doesn't quite pass the butt-shifting contest.  A lot of scenes are long and drawn out.  The final battle in and of itself can make you feel like you're sitting through the incredibly long ending of Lord of the Rings.  It's not that it's long which can grate on the nerves so much as it is that Bay and his crew stuffed way too much in a movie.  Suffice to say, how long was this movie supposed to be before it was cut down?  There are so many characters and plot devices introduced that it's a wonder it could all e contained in one film.
The acting, for the most part, isn't really all that bad, but there's far too much acting to care.  This is all about Shia.  Megan Fox is there, but she serves no real purpose other than to give the boys something to stare at between action sequences. 
One thing that might raise a few eyebrows however, may be "The Twins."  Where would Michael Bay be without ethnic stereotypes?  Here, the Twins are so stereotypical you wonder if Bay was trying to be offensive or funny.  I'm guessing it was the latter option of the two, but the crew on Transformers 2 did go a little overboard with it.
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen is a visual spectacle but not much else beyond that.  To put it all in context, it's not hard to understand, but it's definitely cluttered.  And the director does nothing to make sure we care about the characters.  We don't learn much more about them than what the first movie gave us.  There's hardly any development.  It's pleasing to the eye, but little beyond that.

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June 27, 2009
solid review. Seems like we have some very similar things to say about this film. You brought up some interesting plot missteps--the film had so much things pitched in that nothing connected. I can't remember the last time I was in the theater bored and wanting a movie to end. I agree wholeheartedly with your review...and yes, Twilight was indeed worst! LOL
June 27, 2009
No, I don't think you can get as bad as Twilight. Twilight was definitely worse.
June 26, 2009
It's so good to see you back here, man!
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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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