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2009 Sequel to the hit film Transformers

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

  • Nov 13, 2010
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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 plotwise, always thrusting us into altercation after altercation, complete with snazzy blowy-uppy stuff (a stretch, I know.) and a fast paced camera that really doesn't know where to settle down to take it all in. Plot, as expected, takes a backseat in a sequel where the characters were already introduced, and the basic premise already laid, but for the love of God - where's the story?!

As far as I can derive from the jumbled mess of explosion, auto-fuel and millions of dollars in spent special effects bucks laughing as they tatter in the wind, Sam, the main character from the '07 Transformers, once again played by (insufferable) Shia LaBeouf, has somehow been endowed with powers that cause him to see alien symbols of great importance to Decepticon and Autobot alike. Straight out of Knowing, a Nicolas Cage flick released earlier in the year, whenever Sam has these numbers pop into his head, he flies into a frenzied fit, and must write, claw or scratch them into whatever he can find. What follows is a large amount of action sequences quickly thrown together that revolve around one simple purpose: Get Shia.

In defending Sam, Optimus is "killed", leaving all hope to stop the return of an ancient evil Decpticon known as "The Fallen" up in the air. Desperate, Sam turns to his nerdy dorm-mate, who knows of a local Jewish delicatessen owner who may be able to help. Under guidance of the owner, with a stop at the Smithsonian to resurrect an ancient Transformer relative who points them on their way, the crew ends up in Egypt, where a touching love story comes to a head, after another crapload of action fires itself into gear, and shoots lightning forth from its sphincter.

In short, the movie leaves a lot to be desired, and is certainly a spitting example of perpetual sequel suck-a-tude after a very successful, entertaining lead film. It has also upped the awkward level to a new high, with profanities seasoned to taste, and more sexual innuendo in the first minute than you can shake a stick at; definitely one that makes you might wanna cover the kids' ears. I guarantee, if you drink at every sexual pun or joke made from the minute we are re-introduced to Sam and his dysfunctional family, I promise you'll be tipsy before the minute hand has made one full cycle 'round the clock.

Not one of Spielberg's finest moments, for sure. What it lacks in overall plot coherency and enjoyment factor, it sure makes up with a lot of glam, polish and explosions galore, however. If that is your idea of a good movie/good time, then this one might be worth a rent. Otherwise... Like the guy with the accent says! Save your money! Invest in Amazon!

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Quick Tip by . September 07, 2010
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review by . June 28, 2009
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Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
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Quick Tip by . February 01, 2010
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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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