Sunday, July 12, 2009

Movie Review:Transformers-The Revenge of the Fallen

Everyone knows, summer wouldn’t be summer without an action-packed blockbuster that kicks butt. Well, you don’t have to worry anymore because this summer is now officially a real summer thanks to Shia LaBeouf’s new movie blockbuster, Transformers 2.

Transformers 2 is actually a trilogy to the movie Transformers that came out in 2007. What I like best about Shia is that on top of being talented (and hot!), his ideas are original and creative. Need proof? Well, look at Transformers. Not only did Shia come up with his own original movie and original characters, but he was able to think of a way to make another of the same movie. If you think about it, what this means is that his original story for the first movie was so big that he had to wait to make a trilogy for it, so he could tell the rest of it.
Transformers 2 is chalk full of robots, both good and bad guy ones. The good guy robots are the cars and the bad guys are pretty much everything else Shia could think of (i.e. planes, tigers, etc.) The good robots are friends with army guys and together they fight the bad robots. But some of the good robots get sad because they miss their friend Shia….which is where his character comes in. Shia plays Sam who is going away to college and has to leave his car and his girlfriend, played by Megan Fox (she plays the girlfriend, not the car) who works on cars because she didn’t get into college. Shia finds a broken piece of metal that electrocutes him and gives him geometry powers. I think the metal was supposed to represent drugs because after it shocks him, he can’t concentrate in school and starts imagining things (this is sometimes called ‘tripping’ by drug people and can happen when someone takes too much drugs). Shia knows kids will see his movie, so I think it’s totally admirable for him to show them the harmful effects of recreational drugging: see strange things, yell weird comments in class and everyone will think you’re weird or disabled or foreign.

Meanwhile, the bad guy robots find the leader robot that died in the first movie, revive him from the ocean and go looking for a really old robot who is the dad of all the robots (this makes all the good robots and all the bad guy robots…what? Brothers, right!) whom they call The Fallen.

The Fallen is an old man robot with a French accent who, because he had fallen at some point, is forced to use a cane. Throughout the movie, all of the robots kept calling him The Fallen, (like, ‘We must find The Fallen’ or ‘Where is The Fallen?’) and this really upset me because I thought it was really disrespectful. In my opinion, old people have names and shouldn’t be defined by their injuries or ailments. I love my grandparents and so I would never ever refer to them as The Osteoporosis and The Broken Hip.

There are a lot of big battles where lots of stuff blows up and sometimes it’s hard to tell which robot is which, but its pretty exciting stuff, regardless. There are lots of new robots in this movie to love, but my favorite was definitely Wheelie. He was hilarious! He says what he wants and has some serious attitude. Not only that, but he provided the hugest laugh in movie history when he tried to have sex with Megan Fox’s leg. *SPOILER*

The boyfriend-girlfriend relationship between Megan and Shia is just so well done, that I found myself almost crying when he had to leave her for school. It is because they are so attractive that I think the audience cares as much about them as they do each other and themselves. No Transfats or Transgenders in this movie–Shia and Megan are definitely two Transhotties! That is a belief I will take to my Transgrave.

I think the movie was as close to perfect as you could get. The CGI effects are amazing, Shia is able to work in some subtle messages to the viewers and Megan Fox is a good role model for girls because she works on cars even though it makes her seem like she might be a lesbian.

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