Once again, I find myself being disappointed by a movie shot in IMAX. Unlike Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallenwas partly shot in IMAX, yet once it became movie time, I couldn't see a visual difference between the standard movie theatre screen and the IMAX screen. Was it bigger and more detailed? Sure, but it was actually a bit blurry at time as well which annoyed me beyond belief. I mean, here I am expecting some kind of added realism to the film, yet I leave feeling like I just wasted $20 bucks. I can honestly have a better viewing experience on my HDTV and Surround Sound system at home than what "IMAX" offers. They call it "The IMAX Experience", but really, it's the 'lets charge people $20 dollars to see this movie on a bigger screen experience'.
One thing that always does leave me impressed with IMAX is its state of the art sound system. If not for anything else, IMAX does deliver superior sound to a point of realism. This made Revenge of the Fallena much more entertaining movie to watch as every little sound detail was heard. From Optimus Prime transforming, to missiles flying past you, going from ear to ear. That was a whole lot of fun. When it comes down to it though, I'm not going to see a movie just for the sound as much as I do have an appreciation for it. Here I was thinking that I was going to see three awesome IMAX style action sequences, but it never happened. The only other plus to going to see this movie in IMAX was...getting to see the movie again which unfortunately has nothing to do with it. I did notice some things the second time around that I didn't notice before which I think is always fun.
Sadly, IMAX for me has become a bit of a myth as I feel it doesn't differ much from any other movie going experience and I don't plan to ever spend that kind of money on a movie ever again. It's unfortunate, they hype these days that they put into IMAX and 3D because honestly, it's there just to take money out of your wallet. Do I think that Revenge of the Fallenis still better than the original Transformers, yes I do. Does this or any other movie need to be seen in IMAX for such a ridiculous price? Absolutely not. Trust me, go out to dinner or something, see the movie on the regular screen, you'll thank me later. 2/5
There are times when the true, awe-inspiring stupidity and insipidness of mass media works never really strikes you until the thought hits: THIS. WAS. WRITTEN. By people who presumably have normally functioning human brains. Sometimes by more than one of those said people. For every work of art in which you are keen on finding out who the artist is in order to praise him, there are many others so bad you put them out of your head, forgetting completely that people were behind them making them work. … more
Transformers! THE SEQUEL! Sequels to comic book, superhero movies lately are always a better bunch then the first film having gotten the annoying origin stories and introductions out of the way. The first Transformers movie in 2007 got by in my book by having a rock em sock em action scene in the finale that helped redeem the movie by it's conclusion. This newest movie tones down the human characters, gives us more Transformers, more action, more Baysplosions and....a … more
I won't even go into reviewing the story for this movie because it is so absolutely ridiculous and it was already superbly covered in the Topless Robot Review (very funny read, but contains spoilers and adult language). As far a transformers movie, the Revenge of the Fallen makes up for the one shortcoming I felt the first movie had by including way more fighting robots.... Way WAY more fighting robots... SO MANY fighting robots that I actually dozed off … more
After defeating Megatron and most of his elite Decepticons, the Autobots decide to remain on Earth and assist the military in locating and destroying the last of the Decepticon forces. During one of their missions, Optimus Prime learns that "The Fallen" will be returning and this raises a lot of concern. On the other side, Sam (Shia LaBeouf) is trying to live a normal life as a freshman in college. However, due to circumstances, he's dragged into the latest battle between … more
The first “Transformers” film may not be faithful to the original animated series and not even to the comic book by Marvel comics in the 80's. Seeing as how Hasbro only utilized those mediums to promote its toy line, I can forgive its inconsistencies to the beloved animated series. The original film by Michael Bay was fun, it utilized a simple formula with little room for a real intricate plot; it was just a popcorn film. After the huge box-office success of Bay’s … more
A thoroughly disappointing sequel to one of 2007's biggest summer movies. While still drawing the big bucks like its predecessor, it fails to really deliver anything new and special. Really, it seems to take a step backwards. Spielberg, as always, goes above and beyond to ensure a glitzy, action packed, SFX extravaganza for the audience. However, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen seems so concerned with its action content that it fails to really get anywhere … more
Since there are already several reviews out there, I'll spare you the synopsis. This is a review by a Transformers fan and a movie watcher addressing the critics who enjoyed bashing this film so much. As a film, Transformers is pure popcorn fun. It's basically a 2.5 hour commercial to sell toys just like how the cartoons were 20 minute commercials to sell toys. As long as you keep that mindset, everything will be okay. This isn't freakin … more
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 … more
Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill.
September 07, 2010
This is a very disappointing sequel, but the robot fights were better than in the first movie. I think this small cartoon says it all and I'd like to share it via a quick tip: This is fun as to how it made fun of the movie's many plot holes and mistakes... This is the Transformers complaining in Bay's office....LOL!
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 … more
Hi, my name is Julian Brown. I currently write for The Brotherly Game, a local Philadelphia soccer website where I cover the US Women's National Team and the local WPS Philadelphia Independence. I … more
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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.