Transformer: Revenge of the Fallen

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If you thought the original Transformers movie was too long and too loud, director Michael Bay turns up the volume and stretches out the running time even farther for the sequel of the sci-fi action film, Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen. The story begins with Sam Wigwicky (Shia Labeouf) leaving his parents, his incredibly hot girlfriend Mikaela (Megan Fox) and his transforming car Bumblebee, at home while he leaves for college. (I kept wondering, did Sam even finish high school?) Anyway, while Sam is in college, the Decepticons find out Sam has possession of a powerful metal shard which is part of the Allspark that can lead them to the Matrix of Leadership. (I know – I saw the movie and I’m confused.) In the meantime, Starscream (voice by Charles Adler) has assumed command of the Decepticons and returns from their home planet of Cybertron with reinforcements. While Megatron (voice by Hugo Weaving) is being brought back to life the leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime (voice by Peter Cullen) joins forces with the armies of the earth to battle the Decepticons. After almost two and a half hours of explosions and gun fights the film finally ends with a giant Transformer named Devastator (voice by Frank Welker) which is formed by seven construction vehicles coming together, climbing a pyramid and then tearing it apart. Yes, they sacrifice the story for the action, but why didn’t the screenwriters have a giant Autobot fight Devastator in the climax? I have to think of everything! Moving on, there were several problems with this movie: too many sexual innuendoes for the kids, some really corny dialogue and a plot that is more confusing than trying to transform one of the toys. Sure, there are parts that are worthwhile but the movie as a whole, well it’s definitely visual. I do, however, have several nagging questions – how do the people outrun the robots, why do the Transformers all have voices like they’re radio announcers and why is Megan Fox in this film. (My wife said I should ask any teenage boy.) Even though the plot has a lot to be desired this is still a fun, entertaining summer popcorn film and against my better judgment I will give it a C+ rating.

This movie has been given a PG-13 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.