Movie Review: Transformers

"Autobots, Roll out!"

I remember Optimus Prime utterring those words in the Transformers (Generation 1) animation series to the Autobots in a lined-up formation, ready to move in their car form. The movie has Optimus saying those words again-- but to big humanoid robots, running swiftly.

These Autobots aren't the ones I knew growing up, but the are they awesome.

Director Michael Bay (The Island, The Rock, Armageddon) concocts his own vision on the iconic 80's toyline that arguably defined a generation (along with G.I Joe and Masters of the Universe). His version is loud, full of explosions and adrenaline-pumping-- standard Michael Bay fare. But what makes this movie pull some heartstrings is how it effectively appeals to the boy in every male watching it. It doesn't matter if your 12 or 40. Transformers is a enjoyable ride.

Shia LaBeouf (Disturbia, Constantine) and Megan Fox headline the cast, with great support from John Voight, Bernie Mac and John Torturro. The story is a bit long and some action sequences can get a bit confusing (There is little difference between the Autobots and the their rival Decepticons when they are engaging in battle.) Just the mere fact that the super-villain Megatron turns into an aircraft is enough to get nitpick reviews from the blogosphere.

But let me get this straight: bring your wife or girlfriend to watch the Transformers. It's a movie where there's more that meets the eye.

Rating: 4/5

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