6/24/2009

Movie Review: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)


Two years ago, the first Transformers movie captured the hearts of fans of the 1980's cartoon and the robot action figures. As a matter of fact, it netted over US$300 million in box office receipts and generated momentum for a sequel. Heck, even oft-criticized Michael Bay was hailed for his ability to mix humor and mechanized action scenes.

What about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen?

Let's just say if the Transformers is going to be a trilogy, this second installment is the weak movie that will let you hope for the third movie.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is overly long (2.5 hours!) and it could have benefited from more thorough editing. There are sequences in the final hour of the movie that could have been left in the cutting room. (Clue: desert action in Egypt). Plus, the plot is just unsatisfying, even for a fan like me. It involves the "All Spark" (again!) and the links of humanity's past to the Transformers, but it's just too winding and shoddy if you ask me.

The only saving grace is the action scenes, which director Micheal Bay seemed to mastered the art of. A great deal of them involves the Autobots and Decepticons in human-like combat, and they are more fluid and dynamic. Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox reprise their roles and they provide the needed human element in the film. Not that they were excellent, but they were able to givea decent amount of humor and some romance in the robot battle-fest.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a huge drop-off from the first film. If the box-office results reflect the movie's over-all quality, then we have a film franchise that has fallen from grace.


Rating: 1.5/5


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