Friday, June 26, 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen review

The sequel to Michael Bay's 2007 Transformers film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has arrived! Aiming to be even better than the original, does this awaited sequel slaughter your childhood memories and throw them your face, or does it actually please the viewers? Read on to find out!

Revenge of the Fallen starts out with more of the crazy shenanigans of Sam Witwicky (Shia Labeouf) as he ships out to college; Sam and his girlfriend, Mikaela Banes (Megan Fox), are having problems with jealousy, and dealing with a long distance relationship. This is known as the funny part. The part before the two hour block of action that's full of immature jokes and awkward situations. Despite, or even partially because of, the aforementioned childish jokes I enjoyed the beginning; as it did provide some good laughs.

After all the character development is out of the way (Megan Fox is sassy and hot, Shia is funny and going to college), the action suddenly pops up. This is what you came to see anyways and it doesn't disappoint. The battles are fast and relentless and yet, the hectic pace of everything, and similar makeup of all the robots do tend to make the action lose some of its impact. Regardless, the choreography of the battles and sheer scale of things is impressive. A few portions specifically really shoot the “Hell yeah, that's freaking awesome!” meter off the charts. Yes, Michael Bay explosions are to be had, and there's plenty of them.

What holds all of these parts and explosions together? Why, a plot, that's what! The Allspark has been destroyed, but the Decepticons are still on earth and this causes the government to believe that the reason they're still attacking is due to the presence of the Autobots. From there things just go downhill in terms of plot, but the length of the film obviously makes it feel like it's dragging on even more. Now I don't want to spoil anything else for you, but lets just say the storyline gets shaken up quite a few times, but despite that it is still easy to follow, and most important of all, is enjoyable, albeit a little forgettable.

In closing, I'd say Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was a good movie. It didn't surpass the original film in my opinion, but it was still very enjoyable for what it's worth. My one problem is the length; I was about ready to fall asleep towards the end. And if not for the AWESOME ROBOT ON ROBOT ACTION, I probably would have. Megan Fox is still hot, Shai Labeouf is still witty, and robots tearing each other apart is still pretty cool. The plot is decent, the action is good, and the movie was enjoyable. What more do you want from a summer action flick?

See if: You want robot action, laughs, and more Megan Fox.

Don't see if: You want an involving, meaningful plot.

Overall Score: 8.5/10

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