June 26, 2009 Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
Studio: Paramount Pictures Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug material.
It's been two years since Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) teamed up with the Autobots and saved the world from the invading Decepticons.
But work remains to be done, and the good robots are now teaming up with an international military force to find hidden evil machines who are still living among us.
Meanwhile, Sam is headed to college but finds he has a small piece of the destroyed Allspark power source in his possession. It gives him knowledge of the Transformers' origins and unlocks the secret of a machine which could destroy the sun. That puts the Decepticons on Sam and his girlfriend's Mikaela's (Megan Fox) trail.
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is loud and impressive. The action sequences will blow you away with the sight of 50-foot tall robots slugging it out.
But that's not enough to make this a great movie. The story is jumbled and confusing with too much padding. And the performances, while adequate, really don't catch your eye. It's clear the robots are the stars and the humans are just around to keep things moving.
Fox returning as Sam's girlfriend is a good example of the film's shortcomings. While she's gotten better as an actress she still has a long way to go. However, Fox is beautiful and looks good running around so she fulfills pretty much everything that's asked of her here.
Director Michael Bay can put together an action sequence better than just about anyone, but he needs to head back to the classroom to learn something about dialogue, plot, pacing and getting good results from your stars.
Some critics have complained that a couple of the good robots, Mudflap and Skids, represent offensive racial stereotypes. I don't know if I agree with that, but much less of their slapstick antics would have gone a long way.
While the pictures are fantastic, this movie is just too goofy in too many places to satisfy viewers who are older than ten or eleven.
On my rating scale, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen earns a DOUBLE.
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