Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Single-Disc Edition) Reviews

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Single-Disc Edition)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Single-Disc Edition) One of the most popular, thrill-packed, franchises of all time is back with even more action and more Autobots and Decepticons! In the highly anticipated Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to take Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) prisoner, after the young hero learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers. Joining the mission to product humankind is Optimus Prime, who forms an alliance with international armies for a second epic battle.Pure. Popcorn. Entertainment. That's an exact classification of director Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Think of Transformers 1 on crack. In other words, this sequel took all of the extreme elements that made fans love the first movie and increased them exponentially. The action is nonstop, with battles and explosions from start to finish. The camera (without any subtlety) exploits Megan Fox's hotness to the max. As if she weren't enough, a new sex kitten (Isabel Lucas) is thrown into the equation. Shia LaBeouf is as charismatic as ever, and fills the starring role with ease. And then there's the humor. Sam's parents (Kevin Dunn and Julie White)provided some semi-raunchy laugh-out-loud moments in the first movie, but now they take it to the next level. Sometimes it seems like they are trying a little too hard, but it is still hilarious.

As far as the “plot” goes, the writers didn't waste much time--it's really just a context for the giant-robot death matches and dramatic slow-mo sequences. The movie kicks off two years later where the Autobots have formed an alliance with the U.S. government, creating an elite team led by Major Lennox (Josh Duhamel), in an effort to snuff out any remaining Decepticons that show up. The bad guys keep coming, and it turns out that a much more menacing force than Megatron is out there--and it is looking for something on Earth that is tied to the very origin of the Transformers race. Fans of the franchise will be delighted by the addition of many new robot characters (there are well over 40 in the sequel, versus only 13 in the first). The second Transformers has shaped up to be one of the worst reviewed and most successful movies of all time. This strange pairing is really just an indication that this movie has one purpose: to entertain. The creators didn't want to waste time bogging down the action and drama with substance--which was arguably a good decision. --Jordan Thompson

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  1. G. Max Gooding says:
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Action Transforms to a New Level, October 12, 2010
    G. Max Gooding (Miami, Florida USA) –
    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)

    This review is from: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Single-Disc Edition) (DVD)

    This movie transforms eye candy to a new level. This movie is not only funny at points, it is loaded with tons of special effects and action. While there have been some extensive negative reviews, I recommend that you still see it for yourself.

    What I find to be a big plus in this film is that they did not cover under the darkness of night the climax of the action sequences (like in Iron Man 2 that hid its climax at night). The animators are simply brilliant and are capable of creating their wares in the full view of the sun. This is a bold step that must be appreciated.

    The visuals are crisp and the ‘transformations’ are electrifying. This is an action film, so there is no mind bending plot here. It is just a lot of bigger than life action sequences, one after the other. There are no dull moments in this film, you if you have to get something, put this film on pause!

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  2. Sylvan says:
    106 of 146 people found the following review helpful:
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    As bad as I expected, October 31, 2009
    Sylvan (Wisconsin, USA) –

    This review is from: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Single-Disc Edition) (DVD)

    Yes, I thought the first Michael Bay Transformers was bad. I wasn’t expecting the sequel to be much better, but in the back of my mind I was hoping. Michael Bay apparently decided there wasn’t enough crass humor, overt sexuality, poor character development, useless moving parts, explosions, and nameless robots transforming into formless metallic amoebas in the first movie. So now there is more of all that in this one. Of course, it doesn’t make the movie better, just longer.

    1) The twins. I don’t think I need to explain this.
    2) Sam’s parents, excessive comic relief, no importance to the story.
    3) Mikaela and the Decepticon fem-bot. Ok, I’m a male, yes I think Meghan Fox is hot. I personally, do not mind seeing her wearing skimpy revealing clothes. But come on, give her some depth. First of all, this movie is being used to sell toys to 6-year-olds. There is no need for such overt female objectification in this movie. Seriously, she spends most of the movie with that pouty expression and posing seductively, instead of acting. Same complaint with the “fem-bot”, I felt it was completely unnecessary to the story.
    4) Everyone is comic relief. Ok, I’m all for comic relief in action movies. But seriously, you can’t build an action movie around an entire cast of comedians. More than 3 comic relief characters, and you should call it “Giant Robot Movie” (ie. Scary Movie series).
    5) Visual effects. Sometimes less is more. The robots are too complex, too many moving parts. It is very hard to follow the action trying to follow these overly detailed monochromatic machines as they fly through cities causing random destruction everywhere. In the original cartoon, the simpler designs were easier to identify and they were distinctively color-coded. Most of the Decepticons look the same.
    6) There are no rules. Basically, Michael Bay is telling us that alien robots can do whatever they please. They can change their alt-forms at will or become giant robo-amoebas. If you hack them to pieces, each part can become a completely new Transformer. Robots can transform into people. Mechanical devices can turn into dust, communicate telepathically with humans, then reform themselves from said dust and resurrect dead Transformers. And other mechanical devices or even a tiny piece of them can turn earth machines into robots (complete with machine-guns) or resurrect Transformers.
    7) Questionable motivations on both sides. So at the end of episode 1, this autobot declared he would stay with Sam forever and ever. Ah, how touching. Now Sam decides to go to college and he won’t take Bumblebee with him. What a jerk. He saved the world once, but now Optimus Prime asks for his help to do it again, and college is more important. Why does Sam give the All-Spark sliver to his unrealistically hot girlfriend for safe-keeping, instead of Bumblebee, Optimus or any of those government guys? Why do the Decepticons want to destroy the sun? I mean really, Cybertron is supposedly destroyed, do they have another planet to inhabit once this solar system is wiped out?

    1) Peter Cullen and Frank Welker
    2) Explosions

    1) The battle with Optimus Prime in the woods was really cool, but it didn’t have nearly the emotional impact of the animated movie from the 80’s because it was decided early on that they could just resurrect him before the end of the movie. And with no “Hot Rod” character, Sam’s episode of feeling guilty seemed pretty shallow.

    All in all, a terrible movie from a critical point of view. People will like the movie if they are a big fan of loud booms and not optional things like story. I feel guilty spending money on this disaster, though.

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  3. The Jotun says:
    19 of 26 people found the following review helpful:
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Everything That is Wrong With 21st Century Cinema, April 21, 2010
    The Jotun (New Jersey, USA) –

    This review is from: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Single-Disc Edition) (DVD)

    Oh God…where to start with this…to be perfectly honest, when I first heard that the sequel to 2007s “Transformers” was coming out around last Spring, I was fairly excited. While not in the same echelon as say, Terminator 2, the first installment in the series was a visually impressive and enjoyable, even if not particularly well directed sci-fi/action flick that I liked when I saw it in theaters. Granted, I’m not a very big Michael Bay fan – before I saw Revenge of the Fallen Pearl Harbor was solidly my least favorite movie of all time – but I figured if he could make a movie I enjoyed I could give this movie a chance. Even with all the hype that had built upon its release, much of which being negative, I still had a level of curiosity. Maybe it would be entertainingly poor. So this past weekend after a nearly a year of the films release, me and a friend of mine dug up the DVD out of boredom and popped it in, thinking we would get a similar fun/dumb action flick similar to the original, or at least something of such poor quality that it was actually entertaining.

    In all honesty, I have no recollection whatsoever of the plot line of those film. Something along the lines of Sam going to college and going nuts and Megatron apparently somehow being revived…I honestly don’t know. All I know is that the first hour or so of this film is probably the most unintentionally hilarious piece of film I have ever seen – thanks in large part to Shia LaBeoufs acting abilities, or should I say lack thereof. The scenes with LaBeouf seeing the symbols – his spastic facial expressions combined with the stuttering are pure comedic gold, whether or not this was there intent. The climax of it all is the scene when Sam, with a constantly overexposed Megan Fox onlooking, being seduced by a Decepticon guised as an attractive girl at his school, when the Decepticon reveals itself via its extend able robot tongue, which was humorous enough in itself. Afterwards LaBeouf lets out nothing less than a scream of a higher pitch than most elementary school girls, a coupled with a sincere facial expression. My friend and I literally fell out of our chairs laughing.

    Unfortunately, the movie does not continue in this comedic fashion, in fact the next half of the movie is just plain painful and confusing. Locations shift at least 20 times in a 5 minute period at one time, too many new characters are introduced at once, and the climax of the pure crap comes when at Sams death scene, in which not only does a generic and pitifully done “I LOVE YOU” by Megan Fox take shape, but Sams spirit actually ascends to Robot Heaven (I kid you not). My friend actually left the room about 3/4 of the way through because he couldn’t take it, and after the movie was done I was actually in physical pain for the next half our or so. Another film has joined Pearl Harbor on the top of my cinema blacklist – I honestly don’t know which is worse – and Michael Bay has officially ruined his chance of being redeemed in my eyes. The first hour is recommended though, just for the pure comedy of it, but be sure to end once the scream scene is over.

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