Friday, July 03, 2009

Movie Review: Transformers II: Revenge of the Fallen

The 2007 movie Transformers was a huge surprise. I expected the first Transformers to be lame. Instead it was a great action movie with a decent plot and character development. I was extremely hopeful that Transformers II: Revenge of the Fallen would be as good as the first one.

About this Movie:

Transformers II takes place a year after the first movie. Sam is heading off to college. Optimus Prime has formed an alliance with the American Army to hunt down Decepticons. The Decepticons have a plan to bring back the “Fallen”, the original Decepticon, and Sam holds the key.

What I liked about this Movie:

I love fighting robots especially ones which can transform. I have always loved the concept of Transformers. Watching them on the big screen is still a lot of fun. This move is packed with action and fighting scenes. It is truly a popcorn movie that you can lose yourself in.

Megan Fox is almost reason enough to watch this movie. Megan is drop dead gorgeous and I would watch her knit for three hours.

What I did not Like:

The plot was microscopic thin in this movie. The first movie was well written and had a decent plot. Often sequels miss the importance of the plot of the original movie, that made it a great summer movie. This movie clearly missed the point.

The college scene was out of place. This is a movie that young boys want to see because transforming robots are cool. The focus on the college party scene did not really fit in. Even though the scenes with Sam’s mother being high from eating the pot brownies is very funny, it was not in good taste nor friendly for the young ones. The tasteless jokes reminded me of a Porkys or an American Pie movie.

I don’t remember any Transformers that could change into human forms. I sure do not remember any that can change into hot college babes that become Species like Terminators. I was confused which movie I was watching.

I really did not understand the oldest Transformer on Earth. Firstly, he can transform into a stealth bomber and he is an ancient Transformer? I guess you can argue that Bumblebee demonstrated that they can scan other vehicles and then transform into them from the first movie but this was a strange pick for the oldest Transformer. Secondly, how did he get the ability to teleport himself and others and why don’t other Transformers have this ability?

My Review:

I really enjoyed the action of this movie but it failed grab my imagination like the first one did. It was a typical bad plot sequel. You need to see it on the big screen for the action scenes but I would not pay full price to watch it again. Check it out as an afternoon matinee or wait for it to come to the cheap theaters.

My Grade: C+

Other Reviews

IMDB : 6.5 out of 10

Rotten Tomatoes: Critics Review: 20%-- Rotten- 3.9 out of 10

Rotten Tomatoes: Community Review: 68%-- Fresh- 6.7 out of 10

Roger Ebert: 1 out of 4 stars

Slash Films: 3 out of 10 Stars

New York Times: 2.5 out of 5 Stars


Jack said...

Something I didn't write about, but that bothered me, was the use of the word "pussy" in a movie based on a children's cartoon. The producers seemed confused about their key demographic.

Larry Litle said...

Yes I agree. I should have mentioned the language and the robot humping the left of Megan Fox. They did not know who their demographic was.

Jack said...

Multiple leg humpings! How about the stereotypical "black gangster" -- the two street-talking, gold-toothed thugs? Was what that all about? Harry @ AICN likened that to the JarJar Binks debacle of Episode 1.

Your grade is too kind considering all of the problems with the movie. One hot babe is not enough to make up for this many problems. TRANSFORMERS could have been really cool. Instead, it was was offensive in parts and ridiculous throughout.

Larry Litle said...

If you take it for a mindless action movie with a hot babe, I think a C+ is just right. If you put in my hopes for the film, then it would be be a much worse ranking.

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Lynn said...

there actually was a transformer as a human in the later seasons of Transformers called "Pretenders". The Decepticons found a way to fool humans and make them think the Pretenders were friendly people then they would soon enough kill you or use you for their own purpose. I agree with most of the stuff you said, and I understand what you mean with the plot.

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