Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
June 27, 2009
Rated: PG-13 Runtime: 144 min Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
There was a lot, and I mean alot of explosions. There was also lots of people on screen running in slow motion while very dramatic music was playing. I must’ve been at a Michael Bay movie! Yup, Michael Bay is back with more Transformers, a lot more Transformers.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is the second live action big budget summer block buster rendition of the old Transformers animated series. Or should I say animated toy commercial? We loved the original Transformers movie, and we gave it a full 5 stars. It was quite simply a good time. Michael Bay and the studios obviously thought more of the same would be even better!
So we get more Decipticons, more Autobots, more fights, more action, and well, you get the point. But the question is whether more is better? One of the few complaints we had with the first movie was that during the big final fight there was so much action on screen that you really couldn’t keep up with who was who and what is going on. Instead of a Rocky versus Apollo type fight, there’s just random robot parts, missibles and bullets flying all over. Well, we get a lot more of that too!
We went into Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with low expectations. That’s likely a good thing as we ended up being more entertained that we thought we would be. What did we like? Megan Fox running and bouncing in those Michael Bay slow-mo shots for one thing! The added humor was a nice touch. There were a lot of cool new bots.
What was not to like? The action was almost “frantic”. The plot was predictable at best. And there was little if any character development. We do not really get to know any of the new bots, nor do we really find out much about what the others have been up to since the last movie. One exception is a pair of twin Autobots that talk in hip hop slang. These two suffer from “Jar Jar syndrome” big time as they are so obviously there only to make the little ones giggle and wanna buy toys. They will annoy most rational adults.
This movie is what we’ve come to expect from Hollywood for sequels. The summer blockbuster formula is get as much of the original cast as you can, double the action and effects budget, whip up a comfortable safe low risk script, shoot some really cool trailers and let it rip. But hey, check your head at the door, get in the nice cool theater out of the heat and watch the bots go boom! Dont expect deep sci-fi, just expect to have fun, and you will. We give it 4 stars.
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