“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” My Autobot Heart is Rusted

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Sequel and War

Running Time: 2 hr. 24 min.

Release Date: June 24th, 2009 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug material.

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Director: Michael Bay

JJ Rating: B

Sam (Shia LaBeouf) is going away to college. He comes into conteact with a shard of the cube and information is passed on to him that the Decepticons want and the Autobots will fight to protect. Then he who was dead returns to exact revenge, just like all second movies tend to be about in a trilogy. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

First of all it was entertaining. I laughed and I enjoyed most of the action. Yes there is more action in this one than the first one but that could be attributed to the fact that this one is an epic opus and the first one was just a popin’ popcorn summer movie. I gave Transformers, two years ago, an A+ and I begged for more. Apparently I got more than I bargained for, because the more that I got had me look at my phone five times to check the time.

Yes there are great funny moments. The most funny moments comes from Judy Witwicky (Julie White), Sam’s mother, when she has to say goodbye to her son and becomes all melodramatic and then when they are at the campus. She is hilarious. Then there is Bumblebee who helps battle a minor problem and does more damage than necessary and his reaction to being told to just go back is teenager-ish and great. Then there is the twin Autobots that are mimicking black silly gangster persons that I am assuming has offended some people based on their facial features of big lookin’ ears as well as gold teeth. They were funny, though. Mikaela (Megan Fox) finds a robot and captures him. Her interaction with him is pretty amusing.

The acting by everyone was very good. There was not one single problem stemming from any of the actors. LaBeouf has a flip out scene in class and the way his face gets contorted and his eyes twitch and the way he jittered was fantastic. Ramon Rodriguez plays Leo who is Sam’s new roommate in college. He’s a total spaz and plays it well. Good comedy relief character. No shocker that that was the part that was going to go to Jonah Hill but negotiations (as typical Hollywood as it sounds) fell through. And then there was, of course, Peter Cullen who was the voice of Optimus Prime. Voice work is over looked because there’s no need to physically be seen but only heard. Through voice, though, one can use their inflictions and tone to convey many things and Cullen did many emotions through his voice that many actors can’t show on their face let alone through their voice. Great job as one of the coolest named characters in the history of cartoons: Optimus Prime.

I am assuming, based on IMDB’s Trivia page, that there were several military personal that were part of the movie; which could have given great reason as to why it was so long. Michael Bay had to fit it all in he probably didn’t want to take away from them. This is like a give back sort of thing. Not only does IMDB state that they used actual personal on the sub, the credits give thanks to several military instillations as well as people. That is pretty awesome of him to actually use people in that field.

BUT excluding the military out of the cutting room necessity there are still several scenes that we could have lived without, that would have shorten that film, as well as this review, by a good deal. There was too much set up for a plot that was already weak to begin with. I understand that Transformers II was created to be a massive action flick. But that doesn’t mean it has to be so dumb down that there’s no intellectual thought or moral twist to make it less bland. It just felt like it was the same as the first, just longer.

Transformers II was one one-liner after another and the action was more like someone smashing pots and pans together. I could tell the difference between Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, but when it came to the others it was really difficult to tell; especially with Megatron and Starscream. He’s made of metal and that other guy is made of metal. There is NO color and it’s really difficult to tell them apart when there’s a fight going on. What I appreciated was the slow motion action that would go on in the fights and that would help with what was going on and it provided great action moments with certain characters, like Bumblebee.

I am a huge Transformers fan since I was little. I watched it everyday it was on. I was super excited for the first one. Then the trailers for Transformers II came and I was totally disinterested. It just seemed more of the same but with more mindless action. I was right to feel that way. I enjoy good action movies that are just that, but with Transformers there has to be more when the first was just action. I’m not disappointed. I am sadly satisfied because it was what I had expected.

It doesn’t matter what anyone has to say because this film will make a TON of money this weekend. A freaking TON and it could have been bad mouthed from God himself and people would STILL go and see it. It is a fun movie, for the most part, but the length and the boring action as well as the very anti-climatic ending just didn’t excite me as a moviegoer. I think Star Trek is 100% better and I’m pretty sure that next weekend Transformers II will make their title true in the box office because their take will drop 75%. Everyone that wants to see it will and that will leave who for next weekend? Those that didn’t want to sit with a big crowed, that’s who.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen had catchy one-liners that made people LOL and action that made people go OOOH, but in the end it just failed to give more than the first; and left me with the sadness of missing the excitement the first had thrilled me with. My Autobot heart is rusted.

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