Transformers 2 Review

transformers2_29Got to see “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” yesterday and let’s just say the film was far from impressive to me. Michael Bay’s latest saga lacks any semblance of a cohesive plot, the characters lines are atrocious, and the fight scenes are repetitive unimaginative. In addition, the picture is set to a “dramatically patriotic” sound track which seems to ruin the movie even further.
The film itself very quickly degrades into a continuous tyrad of sex jokes with random (and frequent) robot fights thrown in. The fights themselves could have been done better IMO there’s is too many closeups with camera jerking all over the place which makes the figts very hard to follow. This is especially true towards the end of the film, when approximately 30 robots are duking it out: It’s impossible to figure out who is attacking who and who is winning.
The “plot” of the motion picture is as follows:
A couple of years after the original film takes place all is well on planet Earth. Megatron is dumped into the ocean (for some reason nobody bothers to destroy him) completely intact and is guarded by a couple of submarines. Autobots roam the world together with the humans (which only seem to excel at getting killed) hunting for the last remaining Decepticons. Sam, the hero of last movie, is all grown up now and is getting ready to go off to college leaving his girlfriend (broke and looking after her ex-convict dad in his bike shop) and Bumblebee behind. Incidentally, his family seems to have enough money for Sam to go to Harvard, but not enough to buy any car to replace Bumblebee… weird
Everything is fine as well until Sam finds a piece of the energy cube in the pocket of his jacket (!!!) which sets the whole premise of the plot in motion. The shard immediately animates toasters, vacuums, and other miscellaneous household appliances which leads to decepticons finding out about Sam’s whereabouts. The shard also downloads certain knowledge into Sam’s brain, but does it in a language, even robots seem to be unable to read. Turns out, the information is pertinent to locating a key to the ancient pre-Decepticon superweapon designed to destroy the Sun and gather the resulting energy as energon. Sounds evil, right? These facts, however do not seem to come out till well over an hour into the movie (until the its just stupid “American Pie” style jokes). Throw in some vague swine flu references (when was the movie shot again?) Decepticons that seem to be able to transform into super-hot human teenage girls, main characters who keep getting killed and resurrected, and you’ve got yourself a movie.
Overall, I was upset about wasting the $4 that our movie theater charges.

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One response to “Transformers 2 Review

  1. Maybe it’s because the movie goes so fast, but a lot of the complaints I see people make about the plot are really people who weren’t paying attention. A lot of these “flaws” are actually explained in the film.

    “Megatron is dumped into the ocean (for some reason nobody bothers to destroy him) completely intact” Yeah, we saw this at the end of the first movie. Nobody complained about it then, but maybe they should have melted him down. If they could.

    “his family seems to have enough money for Sam to go to Harvard, but not enough to buy any car to replace Bumblebee… weird” Or, as explained twice in the movie, freshmen aren’t allowed to have cars.

    “until Sam finds a piece of the energy cube in the pocket of his jacket (!!!)” which, as he explains on his call with his girlfriend as he’s packing it, he hasn’t worn since the first movie.

    “The shard also downloads certain knowledge into Sam’s brain, but does it in a language, even robots seem to be unable to read.” As Willy points out, it’s the language of the Primes. Optimus could have read it. Megatron might have been able to. A lot of cultures have languages exclusive to royals, different than what the commoners speak.

    “Decepticons that seem to be able to transform into super-hot human teenage girls” possibly setting up Beast Wars, where Transformers were also able to take the form of organics

    “main characters who keep getting killed and resurrected” actually this happened just twice, to two characters, within moments of each other, and the Matrix of Leadership was instrumental in both incidents. Kind of the point.

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