Transformers : Revenge of the Fallen

Sam Witwicky and his gorgeous girlfriend, Mikaela, return with tough-as-nails Capt. Lennox to assist the Autobots in battling the evil Decepticons.

Year: 2009
Certificate: 12
Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Shia LaBeoufMegan FoxJosh DuhamelTyrese GibsonJohn TurturroRamon RodriguezKevin DunnJulie WhiteIsabel LucasJohn Benjamin HickeyPeter CullenRainn WilsonHugo WeavingTony ToddCharlie Adler

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Pure Micheal Bay copy-and-paste formula that leaves you feeling nauseated and dizzy

A decade after release and some questionable sequels later, I was curious to go back and revisit Michael Bay’s “Transformers : Revenge of the Fallen” to see how it holds up today given it’s relentlessly bad reputation. Taking place a couple of years after the events of the first instalment we once again follow Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and Mikaela Bames (Megan Fox) as they find themselves assisting the Autobots in a bid to save the world.

I won’t go into the plot too much as, to be honest, it’s completely void of any logic and disregards continuity points from it’s predecessor (something that will happen more as the franchise pushes on) but the general idea of it is as follows…: Seven Ancient ‘Primes’ used a giant machine to harvest energy from suns of different planets with the rule of never harvesting the sun energy that planets rely on for life. One Prime builds a machine on earth thus breaking their rules. The others imprison him by sacrificing themselves.

Predictably we catch up to our protagonists in modern time and they end up interlocked in a mission to stop the imprisoned Prime who is now referred to as ‘The Fallen’ who returns to finish his mission and harvest the Earth’s sun.

This is pure Micheal Bay copy-and-paste formula with tone, editing and of course fancy explosions – and to be honest it leaves you feeling nauseated and dizzy. I struggled numerous times to follow who was fighting who in many of the action scenes, the dialogue was also cringe. The landscape and set pieces are littered with sponsors and not subtly either and, overall, it feels like a disjointed mess of a potential movie.

Don’t waste your time on this one go watch the original animated movie instead. When a movie with giant fighting robots in bores you so much that you switch it off than there’s been a major misstep. It’s only redeeming quality is that it isn’t any of the other sequels.

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