Cars, trucks, airplanes and helicopters are just a few of the vehicles that change into enormous robots in the live action film appropriately called Transformers. A long time ago on a planet far away called Cybertron, a ferocious war was being fought by an alien race of robots. The Autobots (the good guys) are lead by the wise Optomus Prime who can change into a hot looking semi-truck. Obviously in need of bad guys, the Decepticons are commanded by the evil Megatron who changes into an F-22 fighter jet. A mystical talisman called the “Allspark” has been the focus of the Decepticons since the holder of the Allspark will have unlimited powers. To buy time, the Autobots send the Allspark to Earth but Megatron finds out and follows to retrieve it. Fast forward about 100 years to see a teenage boy named Sam Witwicky (Shia Lebeouf) buying his first car- a tired, dirty, worn-out yellow Camaro. Little does Sam know his car is an Autobot scout named Bumblebee who was sent to find the Allspark and protect Sam. When Sam and his girlfriend Mikaela (Megan Fox) are attacked by a Decepticon named Barricade who can change into a police car Bumblebee save their lives. Meanwhile, two Decepticons named Blackout and Scorponok kill dozens of military men to download top secret information from the military. Now the war really begins. Yes, I watched the cartoon in the mid 80’s with my son and I noticed that the Transformer story has been kept intact but the human element is new. The acting was okay, but the people were only props to the Transformers who were the real stars. Unlike so many films this summer the plot is straight forward and not so confusing that you can’t keep up. There’s a smattering of juvenile humor and corny dialogue and during one especially raunchy line I was hoping to see one of the robots transform into a giant cork for someone’s mouth. As the song goes, “It’s more than meets the eye.” (no pun intended) and I’m giving it a B rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.