Movie Review: Transformers: Revenge of the Mediocre

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96415_transformers-revenge-of-the-fallenIf you couldn’t tell by the worn out look on Jeff and my face, The Revenge of the Fallen was just ok, and the problem with just ok is that the movie is two and a half hours long. The Fallen stars Shia LaBeouf (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) as Sam and Megan Fox (Transformers) as Mikaela. Both are once again on a journey to save humanity from evil alien robots.

Sam is off to college and trying to keep his long distance relationship with Mikaela intact. On his trip to college Sam comes in contact with a shard of the Allspark and downloads all of it’s content in his mind leaving him as a target for the Decepticons. A search for the mysteries of the Allspark and a fear of “The Fallen” leads them on an adventure that spans the globe.

For me this film has what I call “the book end effect,” its like a sandwich with rotten meat and the most delicious bread you have _layout_transformers-revenge-of-the-fallen-new-tv-spotsever had. Let me explain, the movie starts out with a bang with non-stop action and comedy. It ends in emotion and more epic action. The problem is the middle, Michael Bay asks you to have feelings for characters that he barely developed in the first go around. I’m the kind of guy that would rather have a good story than excessive explosions and CGI and I think that is what they were going for with the two hour time limit. It’s just that the story is not engaging, this is not at fault to the actors who I thought did a wonderful job in pouring their emotion onto the screen, but we just don’t care. Bay just focused too much on undeveloped characters and in the middle of the film forgot that the robots were the draw, instead of showing us old favorites, we get new ones and a look into the feelings of the humans.

Transformers Revenge of the Fallen movie image Shia LaBeouf (4)To break it down, Transformers is just poorly executed. My only suggestion for this would be to wait and rent it so you can fast forward. I’ve sat through the long of the long when it comes to movies and loved it, I also think some movies try too hard to fit it in an hour and a half time limit, this one is just too much Bay for one sitting. As I sat, all I could think was that Bay was trying to prove that he is not just an action director. Maybe this is what we will see for a while as every director tries to prove that Christoper Noland isn’t the only one that can make an intelligent masterpiece for the masses. It doesn’t matter what I think though, publicity beats reason when it comes to huge CGI summer films.

I give Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 3 Shia DWI’s out of 5

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By Ryan Davis

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  1. Hey Ryan, again thanks for everything the other night. My son loved it and bragged at summer school the next morning.

    I have the same feelings you did on the review.

    My quick thoughts I posted on my FB were: Transformers 2. The good: Great CGI, they really improved since the last movie. Many funny scenes. Bumblebee and Optimus always a treat to watch. The Twins were a funny tag team of comedy. The mediocre: Too many bots, I was very confused in the final battle who was what and where. Supporting characters were fun to have, but grew stale after a bit. The bad: Sound effects and music drowned out dialogue at times, especially Jetfire’s stuff. Does Bay get off on killing as many military as he can? Countless U.S. and ally military killed. Too little of the original bots from the first movie. The ugly: Megan Fox. Yup, can’t act, too much collagen, tattoo cover up horrible…the worst thing of the movie. Still thumbs up! Fun!

    Your shard comment made me auto “flash” to Chuck Bartowski.

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  2. I agree with you Ryan about how it took forever to get to the final battle scene. Too many unnecessary scenes were put into the movie. My butt went numb from sitting for so long, haa. Still a good movie though, & Shia is a great actor.

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