4 stars out of 5 -- "TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN does not take itself too seriously. There is a neat and jokey atmosphere that pervades throughout..."
Box Office - Richard Mowe (06/16/2009)
"[A] nonstop whirl of flying, battling and crashing machinery....With Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox back as the leads and massive battles involving ships, planes, tanks, rockets and industrial level shape-changing machines..."
Hollywood Reporter - Ray Bennett (06/15/2009)
"That someone actually conceived of these hulking, twisting, Rubik's contraptions, choreographed the battles to the inch, and executed them as flawlessly as they did...it's pretty amazing..."
Movieline - Movieline (06/23/2009)
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"Give me your face!" - Optimus Prime
The Transformers continue 2 years later in "Rise of the Fallen" where the Autobots co-op with a U.S. Military strike force NEST hunting down Decepticons in hiding around the world while Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBouf) goes off to college hiding a piece of the All-Spark Cube (destroyed in the previous film) from everyone. More G1 Transformers appear in this; Sideswipe, Arcee, Mudflap, Skids, Jetfire, Soundwave, Ravage, Wheelie and a Pretender leading to Megatron's resurrection, Optimus Prime's demise, the hidden truth of The Fallen, Sam's revelation with alien symbols to an all out Egyptian desert battle reviving Prime with the Matrix in a handicap match with The Fallen/Nemesis Prime and Megatron, and more robot carnage that shocks many die-hard fans who I recommend reading the "Transformers: Generation 2" 12-issue series (plenty of robot carnage for them).
What I'm about to tell you is top secret. DO NOT tell my mother! There are some choppy editing to inconsistency in several scenes that begs asking 'What happened to Wheelie after Sam and his friends (Megan Fox, John Tutorro) rested in that desert hideout? He wasn't even with them at that temple where they found the tomb of the Primes. The Twins were also left out after fighting underneath Devastator. Looks like we didn't get THAT memo. Not as much scenes with the Transformers to provide character depth when mostly centering around Sam. Plus several cast members from the first film did not return for this one. But overall, a pretty well done sequel but not quite as good as the first film.
This blu ray or should I say, "Big Screen Edition" (I won from an eBay seller) comes with a 2nd blu ray disc of the film's documentaries with 25 Years of the Transformers, Linkin Park's "Divide" music video, interactive games, and bio galleries of the Transformers. Looking forward to Dark side of the Moon.
Bang for your buck!
I may be a little bias in this review due to my love of the Transformers as a young boy so I suggest you see it for yourself, preferably infront of a big screen with a big sound system! The fist movie left us all amazed in the special effects and engaging story line. This time Director Michael Bay pulls out all stops in this sequel to deliver way more bang for your buck than the first instalment. For Sam, life goes on, time to put the past behind and get on with the next stage of life, College. Struggling with an eratic mother, unsympathetic father, a pending lond distance relationship with his girlfriend and Bumblebee, and a past that won't go away. A new threat to humanity reveals itself and once again Sam is the world's only hope. Juggling the demands of college, internet dates, a very interested new girl, a jealous room mate, gigantic robots hell bent on the death and destruction of earth, Sam & co have their hands full. The action is thick and fast from opening scenes, and doesn't let up. I can't think of any other movie where the pyrotechnics bill would be bigger than Oprah winfrey's pay cheque!
The stroy line cleverly unravels and as it introduces new characters and gives you a flash course history lesson of the world of Transformers without reading a thousand dusty comic books.?
It's smart, fast and exlplosive. What else can I say?! BOOM! I loved it!!
The movie and how people felt
When discussing Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, one must disregard discussing issues typically inherent to most quality films, such as plot development, character development, and acting ability, because these aspects of film-making are clearly irrelevant to director Michael Bay, especially after considering that this movie is his latest entry in a lengthy resume of largely brainless blockbuster films. Rather, one must discuss what this movie is, and it is Bay's attempt at making the brainless summer movie to end all brainless summer movies.
Looking back on classic summer popcorn movies such as Independence Day, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc., one will notice that most of these films tend to have one of a number of common denominators that draw the masses to them; loud and expensive special effects, a healthy dollop of action-adventure, an escapist premise, and at least one source of T & A. Some are critically acclaimed, most are critically panned for whatever predictable reasons that pompous critics who write for alleged high-brow publications typically come up with. But the bottom line is, these common denominators compose a formula for box-office success, one that moviegoers eagerly turn to time and time again. Based on his directing credits and based on how successful his movies have been, it's clear that Bay knows how to work this formula backward and forward.
With Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Bay is not merely trying to top his first effort in the series from two years ago: he's trying to top every mindless popcorn flick ever made. This might initially sound like I'm overstating his ambition, but if one thinks about the movie for more than the five seconds that Bay expects your attention span to be, one realizes that this is the case.
Bay's ambition must be commended. He knows that people don't go to see a movie about giant killer robots, or even a summer blockbuster period, for the interesting characters, or even a plot line that makes sense. So with this movie, he has masterfully attempted to eliminate all pretensions to the above, because his knows that those things are mostly irrelevant to bolstering a popcorn movie's bottom line. Indeed, after seeing this movie, all I could recall about the story was something about the bad robots needing to blow up the sun for some reason, and all I could remember about the characters was Shia LeBeouf's character running around screaming, John Tuturro's character making unfunny wisecrack after unfunny wisecrack, and Megan Fox's character looking unbelievably hot even while dirty and running for her life in the desert.
Logically, this movie should be the best summer popcorn movie ever made. It's 2 1/2 hours of pulse-pounding relentless escapist fantasy. The special effects are amazing. The action is intense. There are enough shots of Megan Fox looking sexy to fill a few issues of Maxim magazine. It has everything a film fan should supposedly want from a summer popcorn movie, and it's all cranked up to 11.
So why ISN'T it the best summer popcorn movie ever made?
The answer to this question is a painful, age-old cliché. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is unabashed cinematic junk food in its purest form. Cinematic junk food can be tasty, but as the cliché goes, too much of it can be tiring and will eventually give movie-goers a bellyache from over-indulging. But this isn't even merely cinematic junk food: it's the cinematic equivalent of drinkin
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It's pretty hard to miss this week's premiere Blu-ray release, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen may not be as well regarded as the first movie, but the hype train has continued to roll. Still holding out on a possible purchase? A slew of reviews of the Blu-ray edition are available to help you make a choice, so dig in and see what there is. The Dallas Morning News says FX can't turn a bad film into a good one, but were still impressed by the Blu-ray special features, while Blu-ray.com's reviewer had perfect scores the video, audio and supplements of the IMAX edition, calling it "THE one to own" (reports on AVSForum.com also point to a volume difference between editions) Our friends at Cinematical actually preferred the flick at home to the theater experience, citing the thrill of checking out the preparations entailed in making such an explosive movie, plus the ability to pause and take in each set piece individually. DVD Town actually split up review duties between tow people with one on the quality of the flick, and the other on audio, video and extras, finding this flick "the kind of sonic spectacular one can use to impress friends and neighbors who haven't bought into Blu-ray yet."