Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Review

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Short version: Just like super-sizing a McDonalds meal doesn’t make it taste any better, neither does giving us more of what was in the first film improve Transformers 2.

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Screen Rant reviews Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Regular readers here at Screen Rant are familiar with my disdain for the first Tranformers movie. While many agree with me and others disagree vehemently – both sides have been expecting me to skewer Michael Bay’s Tranformers 2. I didn’t go in expecting much, and that may have actually caused me to not judge it quite as harshly as a lot of other reviewers are doing.

The (very thin) story here is that of Sam (Shia Lebouf) heading off to college, trying to go back to a semblance of a normal life – where you don’t have giant, talking robots that turn into cool cars. He’ll be leaving behind tough biker chick Michaela (Megan Fox) but they’ll continue a long distance relationship through the wonders of the internet.

Before Sam leaves, he discovers a shard of the “All Spark” is still in his possession – when he touches it, it has some sort of effect on him and is shown to still have the power to animate mechanical objects. Thinking he has it safely secured, Sam heads off to college where he meets his roommate Leo (Ramon Rodriguez), a guy who runs a website dedicated to robot sightings which is not nearly as popular as he imagines it to be.

It turns out the Autobots have been working with the government trying to track down the vestiges of the Decepticon robots that are still on Earth. It looks like the Decepticons have been searching for something, but no one (not even the Autobots) know what that might be.

Of course the last thing that will happen to Sam is a “normal” college experience, and he is soon drawn back into the world of the Transformers. He’s joined by his reluctant roommate Leo and of course soon enough by Michaela and the buffoonish (now ex) government agent from the first film, Simmons (John Turturro).

From here the whole point is to stop the Decepticons (led by the ancient robot called “The Fallen”) from getting their claws on a device that is of course a danger to all of humanity.

And it takes a really, really long time.

In Revenge of the Fallen there’s more of everything that was in the first film: More robots, more explosions, more soldiers, more battle scenes, more juvenile (and inappropriate for kids) humor and more foul language.

In the end it doesn’t make this film any better than the first one – it just makes it feel longer. I was surprised to learn that this film is only 6 minutes longer than the first one… it feels a LOT longer than that. Thirty to forty minutes could have been cut pretty easily – it’s a movie about giant robot battles, does it NEED to be two hours and twenty minutes long? Even the scenes most people go to see, the battle scenes, drag on far too long.

So what was good? I liked the scenes involving the military, great stuff. I liked that Bay pulled back the cameras on the robot battles so you can actually tell what’s happening (although the shots were too tight once again at the end of the film) – and about the best robot fight took place in the forest. Not “awesome” but probably the best thing in the film.

On the bright side, I actually liked Kevin Dunn as Sam’s dad in this one, although the mom annoyed the heck out of me again. Aside from the “humor” I’ll describe below, I thought some of it was actually OK – even Turturro wasn’t quite as annoying. The CGI was excellent, although at this point for a film like this that should be a given.

What wasn’t so good? Well, beyond “everything else,” a big pet peeve of mine about the first film was the juvenile humor that I didn’t think fit with the action. In the sequel, most of the “humor” happens during the first third of the film and thankfully it’s not as prevalent later on (although it still pops up from time to time). In this film, instead of masturbation jokes, robots “peeing” fluid on people and acting like teenage girls hiding in a back yard, we have dog humping (twice), a robot humping Megan Fox’s leg, gigantic robot testicles, farting robots and a college professor who’s introductory lecture is limited exclusively to veiled sexual references.

There’s also TONS of inappropriate language for the under-10 crowd that is sure to show up for this movie – including but not limited to a**hole, pu**y, ball sack, b*itch and sh*t. And of course in addition to the lingering shots of Megan Fox, there are suggestive scenes with actress Isabel Lucas, including an obviously carefully crafted “peek” shot of her rear/crotch.

I only mention all this because over and over and over again I’ve heard in defense of the first film: “It’s a kids movie!!”

Right.

And despite all the action I found myself kind of bored… I actually almost nodded off at one point. Again: TOO LONG.

Oh, and yes, there are a couple of robots in the film (the “Twins”) that talk and look like something out of an old minstrel show – that was pretty hard to fathom. I could possibly see if they acted like rappers (due to absorbing what they’ve seen on MTV or something), but ignorant, Southern, gold-toothed robots who can’t read? It was reminiscent of the two black crows from Disney’s Dumbo (which was made back in 1941). Of course one of the actors providing the voices is black, so I’d be curious to hear his take on all this.

So, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is more of the same. If you thought the first one “rocked” you’ll probably think the same of this one; if you thought the first one was terrible, you’ll probably think this one is even worse. Me, I had such low expectations going in and already knew what to expect based on the first film. I didn’t have such a violent reaction to it – although I certainly don’t intend to ever watch it again.

If you plan on bringing kids, I would highly recommend you check this out yourself before bringing them.

Our Rating:

2 out of 5
(Okay)

TAGS: 2 star movies, transformers 2

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  1. LOL, oh I’ve missed out on some funny stuff here… Probably for the better.

    @spacecowboy

    Wait, so how DID you mean it???

  2. haha sense i may be a regular soon i guess i can bicker with daniel :p

  3. seriously though all said and done i love this site! its all sci-fi action and horror info, although more marvel and dc cartoon comics would be cool.. ive seen all i believe and there great ;)

  4. @ Ken J

    Was just playing off of your comments about the kind of men women seem to be drawn to … qualities that a T-800 would have … I think this is one of those times where the humor did not translate well into the blog format …

  5. Haha, yah, text sometimes doesn’t do a joke justice, especially if it refers to something that was said a while ago, haha. But now that you’ve explained it, it makes sense, haha, too bad I didn’t get it at first, it’s pretty funny point you brought up. Women are secretly in love with Terminators, they just don’t realize it yet, lol. :-P

  6. I agree will Vic 100% about his both reviews on Transformers. It’s just one of many stories that Hollyweird manages to totally destroy the original plot and concept of what Transformers is all about. I also would like to add that I strongly believe that Micheal Bey is a racist. His portrayal of blacks in his movies are degrading. I only watched the movie on the internet I refuse to pay to watch that tripe. Transformers franchise should be scraped and start anew without Bey,Spielberg or any other egotistical director. It’s should follow the original storyline. Fans will appreciate it and give others insight what the war between the Decepticons and Autobots is all about. No horny dogs, illiterate robots or obnoxious humans like the Wiwickeys. I’d give it one star. I need a good story not all boom boom…I’m pass that stage in life.

  7. @ Ken J

    Yeah, and let me say once again, I’m glad I’m married and done with that whole scene. Hopefully I can raise my daughter such that killer cyborgs are less attractive than good men.

    Went to see Transformers 2 last night (finally). I think I would rate it a little higher than Vic, but not much. There were some good things going on, but much of the first half of the movie is packed with gratuitous material of one sort or another, IMO. Gratuitous in that it does not advance the plot or develop the characters. I guess it’s disappointing in that it had the potential to have been an astoundingly great movie. As it stands, there’s a lot of spectacle, but the potentially interesting story is treated as incidental. Obviously, that doesn’t stop people from seeing it, but it’s still a shame.

    The main geek-related problems I had were pretty much the same as the first — these cybernetic organisms are the culmination of millenia of technology, are able to travel through space, survive atmospheric re-entry, but do not make extensive use of energy weapons or force fields and can be chumped by conventional human weaponry (special ammo rounds, but still low-tech compared to the robots). Sure, it all looks good on the screen (I was still able to enjoy the fights), but it’s a legit question. Anyone seen an answer in the book(s)? I can already hear people screaming “it’s just a movie!” but that doesn’t mean I have to turn my brain off.

    Anyone else notice that the aircraft carrier that got destroyed was resurrected to provide air support later? Both were clearly marked “74.”

  8. upallnite going off the original concept wouldn’t make the film any better. Transformers original concept may even be worse than the movie concept.

  9. @ Rob & Vic

    I just saw it and thought it was a good action movie…enjoyed it, laughed a little and was in awe of the special effects and got to see Prime kick some @$$ this time around..didn’t find Turturo’s character as annoying this time..3.5/5 for me

  10. what got me was how childish the movie was , & how many laughs it was getting from the audience

    the humor was lowest commen denominator stuff , really immature

    the first movie was one that adults could watch with their kids .

  11. I was disappointed. Sure it hadsome of the expected cool stuff but the problem was the rediculous humor and cursing that seemed was thrown in too much. Another major thing which I’m sure escaped no one was that the a lot of it seemed like it was thrown together at the last minute especially the last big battle sequence storyline. I mean I would’ve taken one look at that if I was in charge and fired the storyboarder (if they used one), the editor(s), the director, etc. And that was just some of the blatant inconsistencies and problems with continuity. Then there were several physical impossibilities AND geographical inconsistencies; it’s like they just said, “oh heck with it just do it that way, we don’t have to explain it.”
    In the first one they att least went into a little exposition with the Autobots and they could have inthis one at least to let us get a good look at the new guys like the Arcee triplets (they didn’t even mention the third one) and especially Sideswipe (who kicked butt!)

  12. When it comes to several of the comments…

    One thing I disagree with is that crap like the two Transformers films are acceptable representatives of “entertainment films”. Who said that entertainment accompanied by pop corn has to be stupid? Iron-Man and the Dark Knight are recent examples of what a film can achieve by being pop corn entertainment AND a well written, directed and acted piece of action/sci-fi/adventure cinema, at the same time.

    Or, maybe, the Transformer movies are intentionaly THAT stupid and in BAD TASTE because they are intended as PARODY of the genre they supposedly represent. Which is just as bad, Transformers is an arrow in the arsenal of the “highbrow critic” that merely dismisses any kind of summer film that happens to feature SFX, and thoughtlessly lambasts films that aren’t of course excellent, but still solid pieces of genre cinema, like Wolverine and Terminator Salvation.

  13. Just saw RotF in IMAX and it was probably the greatest thing I have ever seen! Action and sfx movies should only be watched on Imax screens. It was simply that incredible! I saw the movie 3 times in a regular theater and this time was my absolute most enjoyable and awesome experience.

    Avatar in IMAX is next!

  14. i think that TRANSFORMERS REVENGE OF THE FALLEN is the movie of the year…..the humor may not be apropriate to children but the movie is really for the adults because it is the movie that brings their childhood memories….

  15. Transformers is the all time best movie ever! I do not care what all you liars say about my baby,I will always love it!

  16. I finally saw this movie this weekend on DVD, and I agree with everything you say Vic. Actually, I would give it 1 out of 5 stars. The thing that really bugged me was the dialouge, like when Optimus Prime kills a decepticon and says “Punk a** decepticon” or when a decepticon cuts a car in half and then exclaims “Da** I’m good”. It’s like whenever something cool happened it was instantly ruined with horrible dialouge. Also, this made me realize just how bad Megan Fox is at “acting”, and the rest of the cast wasn’t much better. Also you failed to mention when the mother gets high from hash brownies which is not only inappropriate, but a waste of time and not very funny either. I’ll admit I love immature jokes and I’ll laugh almost every time someone says “ball sack”, but even I didn’t even show a smirk while watching this movie. If I had seen this in theaters I would have walked out. I started texting my friends before too long and Transformers 2 instantly became background noise while I texted. I honestly said to my dad “I’m going to the bathroom, don’t bother pausing the movie.” I didn’t care if I missed the rest of it. Even my dad said “I enjoyed it”, but then he fell asleep, so I saw how much he “enjoyed” it and thought it was “entertaining”. Anyway, when they make the third film I won’t see it in theaters or on DVD. If they gave me a free ticket to see “Transformers 3″ I would give it to someone else or rip it up and throw it away to save the world from seeing such garbage.

  17. Also, I don’t want to hear people saying “Oh it’s an action movie!” NO! Ok, that’s not an excuse to have bad acting and a bad plot. Movies can be good AND entertaining, apparently Bay can’t do either. I liked the first film, but this is one of the worst movies I have ever seen

  18. @twistedburton

    Thanks, nice to get a little validation. :)

    Vic

  19. BORING MOVIE
    terrible plot and ridiculous throughout…a disturbance in the world of cinema
    0/5, and I'm not usually the 0/5 giver unless a movie is just BAD

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