Saturday, June 24, 2017

Movie Review: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

The Transformers return for a lackluster, poorly written sequel that still has some stunning visuals. The Michael Bay-directed film operates off the premise that the Transformers had come to Earth long ago. In the present, an elite military squad called NEST led by Major Lennox (Josh Duhamel) and Sargeant Epps (Tyrese Gibson) works with the Autobots to hunt Decepticons. In a destructive battle in Shanghai, Optimus Prime takes down a Decepticon but receives a warning of the Fallen. As Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) readies for college, he discovers a sliver of the Allspark cube that brings household appliance to life and destroys his parents', Ron (Kevin Dunn) and Judy (Julie White), house. Sam has to leave his transformer car Bumblebee behind and say goodbye to Mikaela (Megan Fox) as they start a long distance relationship. He gives her the cube sliver as he departs. 

The government wants to shut down the Autobots just as the Decepticons plan to revive Megatron. At college, Sam tries to cover up his strange past as he meets his crazy roommate Leo (Ramon Rodriguez). Judy gets high on pot brownies in a moment of humor. Sam starts seeing symbols, an effect from handling the sliver and finds a girl Alice (Isabel Lucas) has taken an interest in him. Bumblebee shows up to take him to Optimus who warns him of a coming war. Sam continues to have strange visions and discovers Alice is a Decepticon just as Mikaela shows up to see him making out with her. Resurrected, Megatron confers with the Fallen and catches Sam to have a microscope transformer probe his brain in search of a source of Energon.

Optimus fights off the Decepticons but Megatron shoves a blade through his mechanical chest and blasts him open. The Autobots take Sam into hiding as the Decepticons announce their presence to the world and kidnap Sam's parents. Sam seeks out Robowarrior aka Simmons (John Turturro) who has discovered the truth of past Transformers' visits. They find an old transformer hidden in a museum who transports them to Egypt. Amidst the pyramids and confounding exposition, Sam finds the key to reviving Optimus Prime. Lennox and Epps bring Optimus to the Middle East, dropping him out of a plane into a village. The Decepticons attack and try to prevent Sam from reaching Optimus.

Sam and Mikaela run toward the village as Simmons and Leo take on a giant transformer with Mudflap and his twin brother transformer. The Decepticons setup a trap with Sam's parents but Bumblebee steps in to fight them off. The military starts dropping lots of bombs and fights with the Autobots to defend Sam against the Decepticons. Simmons calls in a giant Navy gun to stop the giant transformer from revealing the Energon weapon that will destroy the sun. Sam brings Optimus back from the dead after going into the Transformers heaven. Optimus uses the parts of the old transformer to become super powered and destroys the Fallen before it can destroy the sun. Wounded, Megatron retreats with Starscream promising to return for a sequel.

This movie was the silliest of the original trilogy and I think it suffered from a writer's strike, which led to the confused plotting. The action scenes are somewhat fun but it is always hard to understand what is going on and certainly none of it matters. I thought it was the worst of the series but the newer films are even more confused and ridiculous. Revenge of the Fallen expands the Transformers universe and adds history to Earth's interactions with these robotic beings. This sequel could not match the fun of the original and the spectacle of giant fighting robots started to grow old quickly. 

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