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“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Movie Review

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Depending on who you talked to, there have been a lot of different opinions people have had going into Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. While many critics hated the first Transformers, the general public, ages 5-16, thought it was amazing. I myself thought the first Transformers film was good, but not entirely great. However, I went into the movie theater showing Transformers 2 last night not expecting a great movie like all the adolescent boys of America, nor expecting a similar film to the first one like the 35-40 year olds would say; no, I believed I was about to see a bad movie. Combined with less-than-desirable reviews and a long hate rant I heard on one of IGN.com’s “Three Red Lights” podcasts, my expectations were not set very high. Why did I bother going to see it? Why not – it’s always fun to go see movies at the theater. I’m probably lucky I set my expectations of Michael Bay’s second blockbuster about robots in disguise so low, because when I walked out of the theater two-and-a-half hours later, I was pleasantly surprised.

Now although I had a good time watching Revenge of the Fallen, the movie will not appeal to everyone – namely, those who expected a lot from it. One of the main problems with the film was that it could never really decide what to do. For example, the plot flew all over the place, introducing characters then leaving them for the rest of the movie, re-introducing minor characters throughout the movie without ever making the viewer care about them, and changing settings before you realized the setting had just been changed. Most of all, the movie could never really commit to either being a mindless summer blockbuster or an epic action classic, and as a result, it doesn’t work as either of those (the latter in particular). There’s definitely enough action to keep the ADD kids in your family happy, and thankfully the cameramen finally learned to zoom out a bit and stop shaking the camera so much during fight scenes – some of my biggest complaints towards the first Transformers. While there are some truly spectacular moments due to the excellent visual effects, sometimes there’s too much of the same going on and you zone out without realizing it. Some people might say, “You can never have too much action,” but I disagree.

If you thought the story in the first Transformers was hard to follow, then don’t even try to make heads or tails of Revenge of the Fallen‘s convoluted plot. I saw the movie yesterday and can only recall the most basic of the plot points – a fragment of the AllSpark has transferred all its knowledge to Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBeouf) and now the evil Decepticons want to dissect his brain. Much dialogue is packed into this 150 minute film, and while the acting is adequate, it’s never enough to get you truly interested into the characters or their troubles, unlike last year’s incredible Dark Knight. Normally for an action movie with a forgettable story, I’d tell you to “turn off your brain” and just watch the explosions. But for a 150 minute story, that’s not the most enjoyable thing to do.

Even with these faults, Revenge of the Fallen is not the worst movie out there. It kept my attention for the first hour and a half or so, and for the last hour where I wasn’t quite as enthralled, I still wanted to keep watching. It’s obvious Michael Bay and his team wanted to make a better movie than the first Transformers. Their high ambition is clear in the outstanding sound and visual effects as well as the scope of the story. Although not all of the ambition pays off, enough of it does to make Revenge of the Fallen a better movie than the first, and an interesting, if not tiresome, action movie.

Pros: Incredible visual and audio effects, fight scenes between Transformers are much easier to follow than first movie, Megan Fox

Cons: Convoluted story that goes all over the place without actually going anywhere, characters are poorly developed, too long, a couple racist scenes, doesn’t have the quality to back up its high ambitions

Final Score: 7.8 out of 10

By Josh60502

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  1. July 27, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Great books and great movies, makes me want to be a wizard!

  2. July 27, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Okay dude, your “makes me want to be a wizard” comment made sense with Harry Potter, but I really can’t see the relation between wizards and Transformers. Maybe a “makes me want to be a robot” would fit, but this? No, no no….

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