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“Transformers” Movie Review

Hey, Frayed Wire readers! This is a review Josh made on his old site, but is now being moved here! This review was written when Transformers was just coming out in theaters.

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Transformers is probably going to be one of the summer’s biggest movies, simply because of the outrageous giant robot fights and the awesome special effects. There is a story to it, and actually the movie spent lots of time building it up, but most people aren’t really going to think about it too much as they watch this movie. Here’s the basic plot: A kid named Sam (played by Shia LaBeouf) gets a car, and the car helps him to get the hottest girl in his class. Oh, and they save the entire universe while they’re at it.

You see, Sam’s car is actually a “robot in disguise” – aka: a Transformer. The Transformers all used to live on the planet Cybertron where they were always fighting each other over a cube thing called the AllSpark. The AllSpark has the power to create planets and other Transformers. The Transformers eventually destroyed their own planet because of all the fighting and the AllSpark drifted through space….until it one day falls down to Earth. Now the Transformers bring their fight to Earth, and the explosions begin.

Of course, I should mention that there are two sides of Transformers – the Autobots and Decepticons. The Autobots are the good guys who are trying to keep the AllSpark away from the Decepticons, because the Decepticons want to use it to turn Earth’s machines into an army of Transformers that can help them take over the universe. The Autobots also want the humans to be unharmed by the Transformer’s fights, since the Autobots (especially their leader – Optimus Prime) believe that all living creatures should have a chance to live, and shouldn’t be harmed because of the Tranformers’ mistakes. Sam’s Autobot Transformer car is even nice enough to help him impress his love interest, Mikaela Banes (played by Megan Fox).

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Sam has a pair of very old glasses (his great-great grandfather’s) that were affected by Megatron’s navigation system hundreds of years ago (Megatron is the evil leader of the Decepticons), so as a result, the old glasses have an etching of the coordinates to the location of the AllSpark. The Transformers all want to find the AllSpark, but to do that, they first need its location. Sam’s glasses have that location embedded in them, and so he gets mixed up in all of the fighting. The Autobots try to protect Sam and his glasses – in fact, Sam’s car put itself into the car dealership so Sam would end up buying it.

Enough with the plot! Now for the movie’s action: I thought it was very intense. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen so many bullets fired in one two-and-a-half-hour time period. There was lots of fighting, but I feel like some of it was ruined by the lackluster camera work. For one thing, the camera was shaky. Very shaky. Maybe it was supposed to be like that so it could add to the intensity, or something. In my opinion though, all it did was make it harder to figure out what was going on.

The other problem was that the camera zoomed in way to close on the action. There’s hardly ever a moment when you see a Transformer’s full body standing still – it’s always its head or upper torso. And when a Transformer tackles another one, good luck trying to figure out which one is which. To me, there’s one big hunk of blurry metal rolling around too fast. If the camera zoomed out about 10 feet and stopped shaking, the action would have been much better.

I was surprised at the frequent foul language and sex refrences. Don’t take a little kid to this movie! Parents and babysitters are especially going to regret it when Sam’s parents ask him if he was masturbating. Prepare for some awkward questions!

All in all, you should go see this movie, even if it’s just for the special effects. It’s entertaining, but it could have been a lot more entertaining if the camera problems would have been fixed.

Final Score: 7.5 out of 10

By Josh60502

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  1. August 7, 2009 at 2:30 am

    it is verry gooooooooooooood

  2. December 2, 2010 at 2:14 am

    i love the Bazooka of Megatron, i don’t understand why they did not include it on the movie -..

  3. September 13, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I like this blog as well as have saved as a favorite it. I will expect to learn in particulars on my trip

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