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2009 Sequel to the hit film Transformers

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Let’s Hope No. 3, Oh Yes, There Will Be a No3, is Better!

  • Jul 4, 2009
Rating:
+1
Pros: Fast Paced, lots of action; cool, cutting edge CGI…Megan Fox is seriuosly hot!

Cons: Still no character development; no story-line really 

The Bottom Line:

Don’t expect great cinema and you won’t be disappointed. 



Let me preface this review by stating that I do not usually go to movies premieres, but I had the week off, and a review to pen, so...Transformers, they were not around when I was growing up but I, being a cartoon buff, remember well the animated series I used to watch in my twenties in the eighties.  The carton was hit and miss and hard to catch on television, but the story is as old as human kind: good (The Autobots led by Optimus Prime-the last Prime it turns out), verse evil (The Decepticons led by Megatron).  Only the combatants in this tail are robots that can transform into cars, trucks, helicopters, jet aircraft, or anything else they wanted to.  All they had to do is scan the object and become it instantly.

Transformers came to us by way of toy maker Hasbro and they still own the rights to the product.

The first Transformers movie released in 2007, grossed some 708 million dollar worldwide (319 domestically, 389 overseas) according to boxofficemojo.com.  Not a bad take for movie that lacked a coherent plot-line, but sort of made up for it by dishing out the action in loving spoonfuls.  With that kind of gross a sequel was a foregone conclusion and so Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was born once again directed by explosion junkie Michael Bay (The Rock, Armageddon, The Island).

The Story-line (I'm being kind)

The Transformers (good and evil) have been watching Earth for quite some time, and some have been living on the planet for centuries soaking up little nuggets of human culture to call their own.  But, wait there is more: The Transformers first came to earth when man was still hunting for his food with crude spears and rocks; the year was 17,000 BCE.  They came to suck the life from our sun in order to convert it to Energon and power Cybertron's AllSpark.   To this end they built a giant machine, called the Sun Harvester that needs a key called the Matrix of Leadership to start, but only the "Primes" have the key.

But Transformer laws dictated that the planet had to be lifeless; ours wasn't and so a way erupted between the good Primes and an evil Prime, dubbed The Fallen, here on Earth.  The result: the good Primes made off with the key and entombed it with their bodies somewhere in the Nile Valley of Egypt. The evil Prime, The Fallen escapes to one of the moons of Saturn and bides his time, always searching for the key and vowing revenge on Earth once he finds it.         

Someone queue Sam, the nerdy but clever non-jock (clique), whose grandfather discovered Megatron in the arctic in the first installment.  He is now going off to college, but as he is packing he finds a shard of the destroyed All-Spark in his clothing and it imparts on his brain the location of the Matrix of Leadership.  Interesting...Of course the Decepticon's find out and set out to hunt Sam down.    

Sam is joined once again by Mikaela portrayed by Megan Fox (Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, The Help, Hope & Faith).  The two are now an item though neither has summoned the courage to utter the "L" word.   Mikaela now works at a motorcycle shop fixing bikes; you might remember from the first movie that she is a wiz at auto-mechanics.  And so our first shot of her in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is from the rear as she straddles a hog in short cut-offs looking appropriately tan and sexy.  

Meanwhile and Autobot disguised as a 2009 Chevy Camero is still protecting young Sam, as the rest of his mechanical brother's and the U.S. military hunt down wayward Decepticons in a joint team called NEST.  The Special Forces team is once again led by now Major Lennox (Josh Duhamel - Las Vegas, All My Children) and Tech Sergeant Epps (Tyrese Gibson - Baby Boy, 2 fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers), both of which still have nine lives.  Let the mayhem begin anew!

My Thoughts

There are once again major plot holes, sprinkled throughout Mr. Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.  For instance, and I still can't get over this; the robots are supposedly made inert by extreme cold, but isn't it very, very cold in the dark of space where most of the Decepticons now hang?  In fact more than one scene depicts an un-named Decepticon tapping into one of the Pentagon's communications satellite's some many miles above the planet; every cold!

And once again the movie lacks coherence, jumping from scene to scene without much glue to hold it all together.  But the action was almost non-stop; yes Michael Bay is back and he is blowing up the world.  In the process plenty of nameless humans meet their makers, but our hero's remain unscathed with the exception of Sam at one point, but he is brought back by love! (?)

Nonetheless, I found Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen mildly entertaining for $6.50, if not a wholly satisfying, or intelligently etched together; it must be the boy in me battling the adult.  But seriously, I wasn't expecting anything more than what I got from the movie; it never pretended to be great cinema, just a Blockbuster designed to appeal to teenage boys, and based on the initial box-office take the movie accomplished it goals.

Once the action begins it hard to tell the good bots from the bad, but the action is signature Michael Bay with plenty of pyrotechnics to satisfy any lover of things going boom.  And speaking of the robots, the special effect gurus did an excellent job putting together the Transformers in all of their mechanized glory.  One could say that some were over the top this time out, but once again, it's all in good fun.

Boys of all ages will no doubt continue go see this movie; hey shinny robots, explosions, no plot, and Megan Fox are a recipe for success, like it or no.  Girls on the other hand need not apply unless of course, they like the Transformers, "Robots in Disguise, Transformers, More Than Meets the Eye" indeed. 

Recommended:
Yes

Movie Mood: Action Movie
Viewing Method: Studio Screening/Premiere
Film Completeness: A few glitches, but mostly complete.
Worst Part of this Film: Plot

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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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