I’ve never seen the first Movie and after seen this I don’t want to either now. As I’ve mentioned many times on this blog I was a kid in the 1980’s and Transformers toys and cartoons where the rate for boys of my age group, the old robots in disguise so curiosity as well my girlfriend wanted to see it, so why not.
The story is simple the Decepticons return to earth to capture Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) prisoner as he has a shrapnel of importance and connected to the origins of the transformers. Sam is off to University and discovers the shrapnel and it all goes downhill, and Optimus Prime and his ‘bots get involved in one big battle, blah, blah, blah.
Michael Bay was the director again or was it a 13/14-year-old boy because that seems to be his mentality when he made this and if this film, well when the toys came out in the 1980’s boys between 7 and 13 years were into them big style (I was), so you could say that was his target audience. If that was the case this was a young boy’s dream movie.
This movie was very dull, boring and had more cheese in it than a slice of toast and cheese you would have with your late night cup of tea or coffee. There was plenty of big robots fighting to keep the fanboys happy, but why have the slow matrix style movements for animations? The script was terrible I think Michael bay‘s dog must have eaten half of it as you would be introduced to something and then never see it again, like the massive Decepticon’s spaceship in Earth’s Orbit? where did you hide it Michael and why had no one detected it either???
As for the acting, Shia Labeouf, I’ve seen better acting at a school production and for Megan Fox, she cant act and brainbox will know she is just there to add a little bit of sex appeal, when the kids are drooling over Optimus Prime and co she’s there for the dad’s drooling. She reminds of Kim Basinger in the 1980’s, she was a sexy woman but if it wasn’t an erotic movie, she was always the screaming woman in distress not really a good actress.Soon as the current decade appeared she matured into a better actress maybe Miss Fox will be like this, well at least the female Decepticon sent to The Only sort of credible acting was from John Turturro as the ex-paranoid agent Simmons with his Noo Yawk Italian American accent and crazy and sometimes numerous way of thinking.
The only part I can say was decent was the fight scene with Optimus Prime and the Decepticons was very good but the rest there was too much fighting or cat and mouse chasing not enough story, I know you’re screaming at me it’s an action movie! Yes I know but if you’re going to an arse breaker movie of nearly 3 hours it would be nice to have some sort of story going in between the action instead of fallen asleep with boredom.
I watched this in China (it was in English with Cantonese subtitles) and Asian fanboys love their robots or mecha simply due to the Japanese manga/anime popularity so this went down well as would it for anyone who is under 17 or simply just wants a few hours of cheesy fun. If you are an action fan but want some storyline behind the action you won’t get it here, this is dreadful stuff
Mr Bay buy you a big writing pad or get yourself a laptop and write your script properly and of your age, not your brain age.
★★ | Paul Devine
sci-fi, action | USA, 2009 | 12A | 9th June 2009 (UK) | Paramount Pictures | Dir.Michael Bay | Shia LeBeouf, Megan Fox, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel
Originally posted at The Peoples Movies | 30th July 2009