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January 14, 2010

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

by Franz Patrick


Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
★ / ★★★★

Everyone told me that this was probably the most pointless movie they’ve ever seen, but I decided to see it anyway because I wanted to judge it for myself. While I don’t think it’s one of the worst movies ever made, I do think it’s one of most unnecessarily long. With a running time of two hours and a half, there were too much action and not enough reasons why we should care for Sam (Shia LaBeouf) and the Autobots except for the fact that the Decepticons wanted the sun’s energy so that they could continue living. What I loved about the first “Transformers” was its sense of wonder. It hid the robots for pretty much half of the movie and developed some sort of heart and genuine funny moments with Sam. But in this picture, everyone’s simply shooting guns and running away in slow motion (especially Megan Fox, which I understand was the eye candy for guys). I also didn’t like the fact that Michael Bay, the director, kept adding unnecessary (and annoying) characters such as those played by Ramon Rodriguez as Sam’s new college roommate, Kevin Sunn and Julie White as Sam’s parents. Their pathetic attempts at comedy were so embarrassing. When I did laugh (or was it scoff?), I was laughing at the characters instead of with them because of their utter stupidity. No one in their right mind would do the things they did. It’s difficult for me because I do like to give credit for films that are ambitious and this is undeniably one of those films. I could feel it wanting to be “bigger and better” than the first but it doesn’t have a concept of overload. The many negatives far outweigh the very few positives. People who would most likely enjoy “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” are those who don’t want to think or even make sense of the plot. (I found myself very confused with pretty much half of the movie.) In other words, mindless action sequences with big explosions and women running around half-naked. That’s completely understandable. After all, sometimes movies are supposed to be pure escapism. I kind of like the fact that Bay still makes movies despite critics and audiences alike tell him that he makes the most brainless movies ever. It’s just that you can still have a popcorn action flick that is funny and intelligent. The writers and the filmmakers just have to try a little harder to put the right pieces together. This film coming out only two years after the first one, I think they rushed into it and made a very messy, very incomprehensible junk. I just hope the third one will be better (the standard is low) because it’s a shame that people actually pay to see something that they can see in a video game at home.

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  1. Jan 14 2010

    Oh God, how I hated this movie. I just can’t whether it’s the running time, the painful attempts at ‘humor’, or the sheer stupidity of the movie I hate the most. Still, unlike you, I have to admit I kinda liked this one better than the first one, but I can give you no other reason than that I absolutely hated both of them. I watched some behind-the-scenes program with Michael Bay, and I ended up feeling sad because he was so utterly incapable of transferring his extreme for the project (‘Robots! Big Explosions! Hot girls!’) into something even vaguely enjoyable for me as a viewer.

    As far as I can remember all of his movie have been really bad (especially ‘Pearl Harbour’), but I can still enjoy ‘Armageddon’, in a ‘so-bad-it’s-good’ way.

    Good review.

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    • Jan 14 2010

      Even some of my friends who are into “all action, no brain” kind of movies HATED the sequel. I’ve never seen them express so much distate about a movie before. It was so entertaining to observe their reactions.

      Wow, “Pearl Harbor” and “Armageddon” are masterpieces compared to “Transformers 2.” I agree with you about “Armageddon.” I kind of enjoyed it even though it was so cheesy.

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  2. Jan 14 2010

    Loved the write up.. You know this movie would have been much bearable if Michael Bay just left out all the frat boy jokes and shit.

    I’m standing underneath the enemies scrotum? WTF Just shows how mature of a writer the dude really is. The robot on robot action was still pretty cool though

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    • Jan 14 2010

      I agree. It tried way too hard to be funny. Either that or the writer just wanted to appeal to college students… which is very insulting.

      Reply

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