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. 2 out of 5? I’m not totally surprised but I thought you would give it a 1 out of 5 Vic. lol

  2. Oh Vic, I’m glad I wasn’t watching it with you or I would have smacked you in the back of your head to wake you up!

  3. As a die-hard fan I am continually being shocked by how bad it is. I can’t even say it’s a bad movie because it’s a cheap knock off of the first movie (which I think is a masterpiece for a sci-fi/toy movie). Can’t they get that computer that holds 175 Terra-bytes to just “edit out” the twins? Almost all the characters had no more than one word dialog.

  4. Sounds about what I expected. I know its impossible but I hope this doesn’t break BO records.

  5. Yeap, good review Vic. I actually agree with you completely. Both Sam’s dad and Simmons weren’t as annoying as before but the mom sure was. Whenever she showed up I grunted. I too thought the forest fight scene was arguably the best thing out of the film, because there I could really tell what was going on, something that ultimately pissed me off during the last “super battle”. I still don’t know though if I should give it 1.5 or 2, but I did liked Wolverine much more (meaning= this is the worst summer movie so far). Oh, and finally, am I the only one who found The Fallen nowhere as badass as promised?

  6. When a movie gets a PG-13 rating its not aimed towerds 10 year olds. Its more aimed at 13-30 year olds.This movies not ment to be dark like batman. Look at Iron man not dark with some simaler humor to tramsformers. but you dont see that movie getting any crap. The Humor is WELL placed. Action with humor, thats how its suposed to be if its not a dark movie of corse.

  7. Again..it’s a mindless action flick..there is no expectation for me for good acting or storyline…

    Vic please at least tell me Prime kicks some serious butt and that he’s not just a punching bag in this too..

  8. i thought the movie was good but like you said if you liked the first one you will most likely like this one one thing i didnt like but didnt bother me that much is that jet fire was some old hunk of junk in the cartoon he was kickass but when optimus took his parts that was legit

  9. I understand and agree with you guys when you say the cameras are to close up, but i can still clearly understand whats going on. by the way my rating on the first film was 4.25/5 and i suspect this one to be the same.

  10. Im sorry, but its kind of dumb just to have this review only by Vic (SORRY). Its just that u hated the first transformers so you are obviously not gonna like the 2nd movie. I LOVED the first and second movie. I think it would be better to get a reviewer that enjoyed the first film and then see what his take is on the second one. Otherwise, this review doesnt tell anything to the ACTUAL fans…..

    Jonny

  11. I completely disagree with this outrageous review. All of America is praising the movie. Only snobs like yourself are giving negative reviews, i guess we’ll see who will begin to lose their next jobs. I would fire critics as yourself for giving negative reviews to the biggest box office hit since the dark knight, and it is very likely that it will surpass that. The movie was glorious, fantastic and your probably an old- timer that should be watching and giving reviews on movies on TV land. LOL!

  12. Damn Jason you didnt have to be so harsh

  13. Jasen, your comments are infantile…

    Reviews are subjective… ask your mom what that means. :-)

  14. Its not shakespere its an action film, for kids and adults and teenagers, i have yet to see it so i cant comment but come one we all have different views on it. In your mind what would be different? what would you cut add edit change? i saw the old cartoon movie last night my god that movie was awfull!!! but as a kid i was dumb struck by how cool it was. Kids now a days here far worse and see far worse at the playground on tv and internet. pick up a game and you will see the violence and language and at times sexual innuendo. jumping all over bay for this is my opinon silly….he makes movies that people want to see. they are fun to watch entertaining, he bags a crap load of money for merchendise and movie rights and tie in’s.

    Again this is like watchmen, an absolute crap fest if anything was ever made, it stuck so close to the material that those who didnt get it were left scrathing thier heads wondering what the heck was that. But it strayed in the end by cheaping out on what would have been a great ending the SQUID!!!

    Now transformers, does stick some what to the basic formula that the old tv shows portrayed, the difference is this show was based in the 80s with crazy guitar rifts and rather silly action. Up that 20 years and now

  15. @jasen

    There is not a hope in hell that this will surpass TDK’s box office domestically..It will win out overseas…ANd a lot of the reviews I have read are definitely not praising the film..

    check this out if you need more proof 21%..that’s definitely not all of America..just a fifth..You kids today with your new math..really..

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/transformers_revenge_of_the_fallen/

  16. I loved Transformers 2 i IMO it’s the best movie of the year saw it at midnight and will go 2 to 3 more times this weekend. the movie just fun love it. and the whole theater the love it too buy they reaction.

  17. @hud

    As supporters of the first film have been so fond to point out, this is based on a TOY LINE, so it will attract kids. The movie doesn’t NEED all that crap in it. Heck they used to make movies about World War II that were effective and awesome and didn’t have a stinking swear word in them. Why the need to put them in a movie based on a Hasbro toy?

    It’s a lazy way to get a laugh.

    @jasen

    LOL, come talk to me once you finally graduate a high school. And FYI, I can’t be fired – I’m the boss. 8)

    Vic

  18. Bugger, my nephew is in love with the transformers. Still no suprises, Bay is a good director, but not a good producer figure.

  19. well this is my only comment on here,for those who saw it and disliked it… oh well lol… that was your money wasted…lol. I on the other hand loved it and i will see it again on friday at the imax. Like i said before all the things he put in there to piss off the critics was both hilarious and genius… it was like a big eff you to all of you that hate it so much without actually having to challenge you to a fight a la uwe boll(which i would love to see again actually… critics getting their ass whupped, crying and vomiting on the corner of the street). Either way every movie will have an audience that dislikes that movie and its kind of funny to see when they start breaking down movies on here. More so when people that dislike it do it because you can tell they’re aiming to offend people on how they do it and then they try to be all “neutral”. Anyways good review vic… i liked it cause it made me laugh and remember all the hysterical parts in the movie… this made me laugh just as much as the hangover.

  20. “the mom annoyed the heck out of me”

    awh, i thought she was funny in the first one

  21. You people are idiots. You should have checked your snobish egos at the door.

    What did you expect, an oscar performance? It’t toy cars for gods sake.

    I loved it and my 13 year old daughter has now claimed it her favorite movie.

    Good thing I don’t pay attention to snooty film critics who wouldn’t know a good summer action flick even if Megatron dropped down and planted in their ass.

  22. Wait a minute! Did someone just say that the humor in Iron Man was similar to Transformers? Please tell me I misread that. The only part of IM that I might have frowned on for the kids was the bed scene but even that was less graphic than what’s on TV these days. I see no comparison between these 2 movies.

  23. hmm there was a lot of room for improvement and it did get pretty boring halfway through.

    hmm i cant compare the humor in iron man compared to transformers. beside iron man was an awesome film and i thought it was better than transformers to be honest, but thats my opinion (dont b**** at me if you dont like it :S)

  24. @ “Kahless”

    Robotic heroes taking on Robotic baddies? Humor spliced with action and cool tech F/X?

    Yeah, NO comparison at all between Iron Man and TF2

    LOL

  25. This movie had many good things about it and many bad things as well.

    MY Top gripes:

    -Unnecessary profanity (and I NEVER mind that kind of thing)
    -The “Twins” stupid at best, Offensive at worst
    -One HUGE plot hole. (I won’t SPOIL it here) See the TF2 discussion thread.

    http://screenrant.com/discuss-transformers-2-heavy-spoilers-vic-14557/

  26. @ jasen. “All of America is praising the movie”. Man, are you serious? Just go to Rotten Tomatoes or google the film for reviews and you’ll see that’s actually worse than the first one. Oh, and “the biggest box office hit since The Dark Knight”? Dude, in which world are you? This crap won’t ever surpass a film like that, where the action, dialogue, direction, and acting was excelent and there was no stupid and sexual humor that makes you think Bay may be a pervert.

    @ angel dust. I think Watchmen was much better than this

  27. QUOTE: “@jasen

    LOL, come talk to me once you finally graduate a high school. And FYI, I can’t be fired – I’m the boss. 8)

    Vic”

    lol BUUURRRNNN!!!

    anyways, i’ve never left a reply on a blog in my life, just read alot of em. but close-minded peons such as ‘jasen’ and ‘Guy P’ get me quite riled up when they cant accept to hear someone else’s opinions, Vic has his reasons why he dislikes the film – so be it. take it or leave it, no reason whatsoever to attack the man, or any critic for that matter, for having ‘snobbish egos’

    and GUY P: “Good thing I don’t pay attention to snooty film critics who wouldn’t know a good summer action flick even if Megatron dropped down and planted in their ass.”
    Well isn’t everyone an F-ing critic these days.. I’m glad that your IQ and attention span is equivalent to your 13yr old daughter, hope that keeps working out for you.

    As for me, I will wait till transformers 2 comes on TV, or someone rents it and i’m forced to watch it. Being a student filmmaker i love/hate the bile existence that is Michael Bay..(love cos i feed off the frustration to better myself :-) ) i’ve not paid to go see a michael bay movie since Armageddon. i think Trey Parker, Matt Stone and i share the same sentiments bout Bay.

    Michael Bay has ruined my childhood memories of Transformers with his first movie. no need to go pour more salt on my wounds..

  28. @Vic
    i completely Agree with u on the Review.

    i saw the midnight screening(witch i kinda Regret) and

    *********SPOILER*************
    but not a big 1 (i think)

    in my personell experiance watching this film, i thought the Whole “Jetfire” Killing him self the adding his parts to Optimus, was the Same Equivilent of (IMO)- giving RoboCop a Jetpack.

    Pointless execpt for a scene or 2.

    and it not that i dident like the fact that he was “Upgraded” but Prime just looked Really Top-heavy &/or Clunky.

    but thats just me.

    Great Review Btw.
    Kinda wished i would have waited & read it B4 i went and saw the Flick .

  29. Well I can agree it was not better thant he first but this is a 3 – 3.5 star movie at best. The storyline is what brings it down, but I think they didn’t know how to merge the fallen story and matrix and energon properly. BUT PRIME WAS T-BAGGING EVERYTHING INSIGHT FOR A GOOD MINUTE. John Tuturro was not that bad that latino guy was about useless. People need to stuff it about Child hood xformers this and that as I thought it was done nicely (1, 2 is watchable for the fights). At least it wasn’t a three hour bore and explosion fest like Pirates AWE.

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