I took the kids to see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen yesterday at the AMC theaters in Highlands Ranch, CO. The Fandango website at Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
describes the movie as follows:
“The battle for Earth has ended but the battle for the universe has just begun. After returning to Cybertron, Starscream assumes command of the Decepticons, and has decided to return to Earth with force. The Autobots believing that peace was possible finds out that Megatron’s dead body has been stolen from the US Military by Skorpinox and revives him using his own spark. Now Megatron is back seeking revenge and with Starscream and more Decepticon reinforcements on the way, the Autobots with reinforcements of their own, may have more to deal with then meets the eye…”
Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen is the much anticipated sequel to Michael Bay’s first Transformers flick with Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and the Transformer characters from the first film all back for more fun filled action. This one has much harsher language and is rated PG-13 for brief drug material, intense seq. of sci-fi violence, intense seq. of sci-fi action, crude and sexual material and language. Like Land of the Lost earlier this year, I’m not sure that Michael Bay has a clue anymore when it comes to Directing, especially a kid’s film. Supposedly he said that he’s done with action flicks and wants to do some more serious films and that’s probably a good idea because this movie pretty much sucked.
The story is lame with new evil characters, more running around trying to escape the evil Transformers and plenty of shoot-em up scenes with a few new twists that were on the level of the last Indiana Jones movie. If you saw that disaster, you’ll know what I mean.
There is a new beautiful Terminator type robot that tries to seduce the main character, which made absolutely no sense whatsoever, and apparently she was amazingly powerful, but could be easily destroyed by getting run over by a truck. They haven’t quite evolved to Terminator level yet.
Most of the Transformers this time around are really easy to kill with tanks and high powered weapons that were not in existence a few years ago in the first film. It looked like you could maybe take one out with a pellet gun this time around. There’s an old Transformer who lives in the Smithsonian and you’ll think you’re in the new Night at the Museum for a few scenes.
I didn’t completely hate it like Land of the Lost and neither did the kids, but they didn’t rate it a Don’t Miss It and were hard pressed to say it was Worth The Trip. Keep in mind, our kids are the age where they would actually play with Hasbro’s Transformers, although they would disagree, so I’m not sure who Michael Bay was trying to reach with this one, except maybe his Hollywood buddies.
The best thing about this movie were the cars, especially the Camaro and the Corvette. Now that Government Motors has cost us all billions of dollars to stay around and it looks like Pontiac will be no more, even they were not that exciting to watch and save this movie from extinction. I’m sure this will do extremely well at the box office, but it definitely is at best a rental. You won’t walk out of this one hoping they make a third installment.
John – ** Rental Shut film
Corban – *** Worth The Trip
Conroy – *** Worth The Trip
Bianca – * Don’t Bother
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