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Much more than meets the eye

  • Nov 15, 2008
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Autobots, Decepticons
Much more than meets the eye
Robots in disguise on earth
And now I'll tell you why

Optimus Prime and Megatron
Agreed to have a battle
The latter wanted the All Spark
As if it were his chattel

Cybertron has been destroyed
The All Spark must be found
Megatron picks up the trail
And crashes to the ground

Decepticons arrive on Earth
Attacking army bases
They're looking to find Megatron
In all the likely places

And that's the lead in to this movie, which of course is based on a toy, so don't expect "believable" to be a key word here.

The two minute version:

Autobots - good
Decepticons - bad
Cybertron - former home planet of both
All Spark - cube shaped object of utmost importance and considerable power
Optimus Prime - Autobot leader
Megatron - Decepticon leader
Blackout, Frenzy, Barricade, Starscream, Scorponok, Bonecrusher, Devastator - bad
Bumblebee, Jazz, Ratchet, Ironhide - good
Sam Witwicky - Hormone driven human teenager, grandson of famous Arctic explorer, unknowing owner of important clue to location of All Spark.
Mikaela Banes - object of affection, has mechanical skills
Decepticons want the All Spark, Autobots want to make sure they don't get it.
Big battle ensues
The end - until the sequel, that is.

Shia LaBeouf (Sam Witwicky) beefs up physically for this demanding role, and does a great job portraying a typical teenager caught up in an inter-galactic war. Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Anthony Anderson, Jon Voight, Megan Fox and others provide adequate human support.

The CGI is amazing, with voices by Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime) and Hugo Weaving (Megatron), and this alone is almost worth the price of the DVD.

Action packed, funny, and everything you'd expect from a really cool toy franchise.



Amanda Richards
Transformers

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April 03, 2009
Took my little elementary school toys and made them frickin' awesome this movie did- I can't WAIT until the new one is released!
April 03, 2009
Neither can my son! He keeps asking me when I'm bringing home the DVD for the new one :)
 
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A long time ago, far away on the planet of Cybertron, a war was being waged between the noble Autobots (led by the wise Optimus Prime) and the devious Decepticons (commanded by the dreaded Megatron) for control over the Allspark, a mystical talisman that would grant unlimited power to whoever possessed it. The Autobots managed to smuggle the Allspark off the planet, but Megatron blasted off in search of it. He eventually tracked it to the planet of Earth (circa 1850), but his reckless desire for power sent him right into the Arctic Ocean, and the sheer cold forced him into a paralyzed state. His body was later found by Captain Archibald Witwicky, and before going into a comatose state Megatron used the last of his energy to engrave a map, showing the location of the Allspark, into the Captain's glasses, and send a transmission to Cybertron. He is then carted away by the Captain's ship. A century later, Sam Witwicky, nicknamed Spike by his friends, buys his first car. To his shock, he discovers it to be Bumblebee, an Autobot in disguise who is to protect Spike, as he bears the Captain's glasses and the map carved on them. But Bumblebee is not the only Transformer to have arrived on Earth - in the desert of Qatar, the Decepticons Blackout and Scorponok attack a U.S. military base, causing the Pentagon to send their special Sector Seven agents to capture all "specimens of this alien race," and Spike and his girlfriend Mikaela find themselves in the middle...
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Cast: Colin Fickes, Michael O'Neill, Anthony Anderson, Robert Foxworth, Glenn Morshower, Jon Voight, Bob Stephenson, Rachael Taylor, Bernie Mac, J.P. Manoux, John Robinson, John Turturro, Rick Gomez, Hugo Weaving, Darius McCrary, Tyrese Gibson, Amaury Nolasco, Chris Ellis, Jess Harnell, Steven Ford, Craig Barnett, Kevin Dunn, Shia LaBeouf, Andy Milder, Travis Van Winkle, Samantha Smith, Zack Ward, Odette Yustman, Johnny Sanchez, Tom Lenk, Michael Shamus Wiles, Charlie Adler, Peter Cullen, Colleen Porch, Mike Fisher, Wiley M. Pickett, Julie White, Jason White, Peter Jacobson, Sean Smith, Brian Stepanek, Esther Scott, Carlos Moreno, Jr., Reno Wilson, Mark Ryan, W. Morgan Sheppard, Rizwan Manji, Josh Duhamel, Ronnie Sperling, Jamison Yang, Megan Fox, Luis Echagarruga, Patrick Mulderrig, Brian Shehan, Michael Trisler, Ashkan Kashanchi, Jimmie Wood, C.J. Thomason, Lt. Frederic Doss, Charlie Bodin, Josh Feinman, Brian Prescott, Scott Peat, Jamie McBride, Brian Reece, Ravi Patel, Andy Dominguez, Madison Mason, Jeremy Jojola, Jessica Kartalija, Andrew Altonji, Andrew Caldwell, Pete Gardner, Sophie Bobal, Laurel Garner, Chip Hormess, Ray Toth, Dan Ferris, Michael Adams, Ron Henry, Benjamin Hoffman, Michael McNabb, Adam Ratajczak, Maya Klayn, Michelle Pierce, Jim Wood
Director: Michael Bay
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: July 3, 2007
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
DVD Release Date: October 16th 2007/September 2nd 2008 (Blu-ray)
Runtime: 2hrs 20min
Studio: Dreamworks PIctures, Paramount Pictures
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