[Movie Review] Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Theatrical)

Overview:

transformers_2_wide_posterOverwrought with an indiscernible plot and outlandish action sequences, the sequel to the popular Transformers franchise is brutal in every sense of the word. I took a sheet of paper into the theater, to jot down things both “Good” and”Bad”. It ended up double sided “Bad.”

Review:

Where to begin. I could simplify my review in three phrases.

It starts shitty.

It stays shitty.

It ends shitty.

But where’s the fun in that? Sure, it might make me hilarious (which it obviously does), but I’m shooting for the truth.

And honestly, there is not a thing within this movie that makes it worth seeing. And that’s sad. The first one was a lot of fun, and a nice action film based on the 1980s cartoon and toy line. It was mindless, sure, and not a flawless film by any means. But when I walked out of that theater in Fort Wayne, Indiana, I felt entertained. I felt like I got my money’s worth. This time, I feel like director Michael Bay stuck his hand out, I handed over my money, and then he proceeded to bend me over, and jam a rake (not the handle end either) into my cute little butt.

It starts off brutally connecting the end of the first film with the beginning of this one. Creating a Military/Autobot alliance for the protection of Earth. And instead of showing us how all this came to be, we get a shitty little ten minute intro that brings us to “today”. Not only is it lazy storytelling, but it’s just flat out tough to watch the franchise go down the toilet 10 minutes into the sequel, knowing they already got you to pay. Then, after that ten minutes, huge problems in Shanghai, and BOOM! First high action sequence. Problem is, it doesn’t make a whole hell of a lot of sense. It’s loud and shiny, and that’s about it. Cue Shia LeBeouf’s character.

And then, about 20 minutes in, I’m already agitated at how bad it’s started. And IT GETS WORSE. Sam’s parents, the caricatures that they are, add NOTHING to the story, or to the character of Sam. They are just cookie cutter parents, and not even good cookies. Their the ones you left in the oven about 8 minutes too long and now their all burnt and inedible. They toss out generic line after generic line, generic action after generic action. And their dog, good god. The thing is humping another dog, REPEATEDLY. About three times in 5 minutes, actually. But then again, Bay isn’t one to be subtle.

Another problem I had is that while the first one was actually fairly wholesome in terms of language while being action packed, this one goes for the crude joke and foul language WAY too much. I don’t remember there being more than maybe three potty words in the first one, and the sequel is full of them. Even the robots are cursing. It’s crass, it’s pointless, and it’s actually pretty distracting. One of them even uses the word “pussy”. A little bit too much. There are plenty of drug references, too, if you were wondering.

Next, I HATE recycled villains. And guess who’s back, along with the new character The Fallen? Damn right, it’s Megatron. Nothing makes a first movie seem more pointless then when the main villain returns after their demise. And then, on top of that, the thing they were fighting for in the first (The All-Spark) is basically rendered pointless, because the one fragment of it that somehow managed to stayed wedged in Sam’s shirt for two years (don’t get me started) and starts the events of this go-round. Then, another all-powerful device (The Matrix) is brought into the storyline, one that’s able to bring anything to life.

So, anyway, Sam goes to college and gets an annoying roommate, goes to an impossibly well-furnished and clean Frat Party, and gets caught making out with a human deception. Okay, if they can infiltrate humans AS humans, why don’t they try that? Worked pretty effectively. While rolling up in a tank might seem conspicuous, appearing as an 18-year old horny college female might get you a little closer to whatever you want to find. (Oh, and what point was she? Did she actually attain anything?)

Every robot looks the same. They don’t do the polite thing they did in the first and introduce you to the major players. Shiny silver robots appear, fight, and then go away. Or come back. Its tough to keep track because they all look the same. There’s no way to differentiate between anyone.

Apparently, and I’ve noticed this in every other Bay film, whenever anything is supposed to be serious, he goes to slow motion, serious looking, sunset in the background. It’s almost comical that I could predict, with great precision, each of these moments in this movie.

Jon Turturro’s character is back, if you thought that was possible. Sure, it makes a little sense (and in a movie that makes none) that is a little welcome. He’s a slight bright spot. His character is a bit over the top, but in a movie like this, there needs to be someone like this. But, of course, since he owns a butcher shop in New York, and there happens to be a dead pig hanging in the meat locker, they feel the need to edit in a swine flu joke. Seriously? Yes, seriously. It is one of the worst jokes I have ever heard in a feature film. Turturro actually begs one of the Transformers for the plot of their story. Irony, at its finest. Amidst a story, with no plot, a character begs another for the exact same thing.

The relationship between Sam and Mikaela is unbelievable. They have been together for two years, and haven’t said “I love you”? I suppose we’re supposed to believe they haven’t even held hands, kissed, or fondled the others genitals. Give me a break.

The movie is almost a parody of itself at times. The product placement, I get it. It’s fine, I understand it. The two new Autobots, Skidz and Mudflap? As racist as they seem to be, they’re also the Jar Jar Binks of this franchise. Killing them isn’t enough. They would have to go back in time and ERASE them from the movie and my memory for my forgiveness.

In the final battle for The Matrix (pretty original), Shia LeBeouf magically appears with his left hand wrapped. Now, I’m aware he was in a real-life auto accident that really jacked up his hand, but in a movie full of special effects, you can’t get that thing out of there? I actually started laughing that it just kind of appeared. I didn’t know he had time to find a doctor in the middle of a battle for survival.

Overall, the film just writes itself too many outs that it confuses itself. If anything happens, there is always something that can bring it back to life, or kill it harder, or louder, or whatever. Its like they took a group of 30 writers, passed a notebook around the table, and by the end, the script had nothing resembling a plot. But it had a lot of explosions.

And that’s, unfortunately, what people are going to pay to see. And the movie will make buckets of cash.

Unfortunately.

Final Words:

There is nothing about the film that merits seeing it. If you saw the first, and enjoyed it, stay the hell away. Re-watch the first. It can actually be classified as a film. This is visual special effects masturbation, and it’s pathetic. Do not see this movie . Save your money.

Pros:

-Special Effects (it’s hard not to be impressed with those, no matter how gratuitous they are)

-Turturro (he actually adds a little bit of depth to the whole thing)

Cons:

-Sans hyperbole, Everything else.

-The story, the lack of plot, the lack of credible direction, the characters, the performances, the way it almost erases the first movie, everything being too easy to fix, the soundtrack, the scene locations. Literally, EVERYTHING  ELSE is bad.

Score: 2/10 (BRUTAL)

Script: 0/10

Special Effects: 8/10

Acting: 2/10 (that 2 is for Turturro)

Character Development: 0/10

Character Introduction: 0/10

Direction: 0/10

13 thoughts on “[Movie Review] Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Theatrical)


  1. “I feel like director Michael Bay stuck his hand out, I handed over my money, and then he proceeded to bend me over, and jam a rake (not the handle end either) into my cute little butt.”

    The perfect statement. This movie was such a horrible rip off.


  2. It was bad. I found myself being lulled to sleep during the midnight showing of this. The only thing that kept me interested was Megan Fox’s ass and Optimus Prime until he got destroyed. Then it was just Megan’s ass. And it was a good ass.


  3. Andrew, you are a dumb fuck and you need to learn how to review films, of course its not going to have much of a character introduction or development because its a sequel. Also, just because the first was an outstanding film and Revenge of The Fallen fell a little short of that dosent mean it needs your sarcastic ass to give it below average ratings. Maybe you should start out reviewing porn since you missed a great movie while you were playing with your dick.


  4. Ah, where to start.

    “Andrew, you are a dumb fuck”

    Agreed.

    “of course its not going to have much of a character introduction or development because its a sequel. ”

    The Dark Knight was a sequel. They managed to successfully introduce characters and develop them, along with a little thing called PLOT. Transformers 2 failed to do any of those things. You could pick 10 reviews at random for this movie, and percentage wise, 8 out of 10 are going to bash it. Why? Because it’s a piece of shit. I would suggest you get some better taste before coming on here and attacking mine.

    “Also, just because the first was an outstanding film and Revenge of The Fallen fell a little short of that dosent mean it needs your sarcastic ass to give it below average ratings.”

    Outstanding? Not quite. It was an enjoyable movie, and that’s it. And thank you for the comment on my ass. Also, anyone who could classify that movie as average or above average deserves to be shot, at close range.

    “Maybe you should start out reviewing porn since you missed a great movie while you were playing with your dick.”

    Site rules prevent me from reviewing porn. Sorry. As for the playing with my dick part, I’m not much into public masturbation, as much as you apparently wish I were, fantasizing about it to the point where you actually verbalize it.

    It’s a review. It’s pretty simple. I wrote a review, and I got you to read it. I did my job.

    People have different opinions. Get over it. You talk an awful big game on an internet message board.

    Enjoy living in your horribe bubble. Pussy.


  5. I have yet to see the movie, albeit that im not a big transformer fan, i saw the first one, and thought for a michael bay movie it was nice, so far all i have heard about this movie has been bad, the racism, the shoddy plot, its safe to say that i’ll wait till its on dvd and borrow it from someone if i feel the need to watch it.


  6. I don’t agree with your review at all, as far as an action movie goes it was loooaadded with action and served its purpose. Maybe the plot was shoddy at some points, but it did make sense as a whole. Also there is no need to attack all the jokes in the movie, most of which were fairly funny. I also don’t understand why you say the movies special effects are gratuitous, a sequel is always bigger and badder and thats what they did and your criticizing them this hardcore? Also whats wrong with Egypt as a scene location? I thought that it was tastefully done. This is an ACTION MOVIE, and I reiterate that it served its purpose. It also did the cartoon justice the way the Autobots and Deceptacons personalities were made. WHAT would you do to make this movie any better? You talk a lot of game on an internet message board, Enjoy living in YOUR horrible bubbly. Pussy


  7. I completely agree with this review, and whoever said those bad things about andrew, they shld shut up, because those people are retards!


  8. Thank you, “Monica”, if that’s your real name. You truly are a knight in shining armor to come to defend me in this, possibly the most one-sided of debates.


  9. “I don’t agree with your review at all, as far as an action movie goes it was loooaadded with action and served its purpose.”

    -I can totally see someone not agreeing with me. Life is full of disagreement. I can’t say that it’s not full of action, because it is. It’s just that overall, there is TOO much of it. It’s just a string of action scenes pieced together by characters who happen to be involved in them. There is no need for a lot of them, and something simple would have sufficed.

    “Maybe the plot was shoddy at some points, but it did make sense as a whole. Also there is no need to attack all the jokes in the movie, most of which were fairly funny.”

    -The entire plot is pointless. As it starts, we, as an audience, are supposed to believe that this is the first time Sam has touched that shirt in two years, and the piece of the All-Spark comes out? Then, it just snowballs from there. Everything that is created as important is eventually rendered not important. That makes the movie pointless to me. And, eevry joke in the movie is terrible. I have seen funny movies. I have seen action movies that implement humor effectively. Revenge of the Fallen did none of that. It’s the kind of stuff that people with no taste find funny. Dogs humping, loud noises, and robots using foul language.

    “I also don’t understand why you say the movies special effects are gratuitous, a sequel is always bigger and badder and thats what they did and your criticizing them this hardcore? ”

    I can handle action. Gratuitous to me just means that it’s over the top, and Bay is the master of it. Sure, this movie needs action because it’s an action movie. But, do we really need to shake the camera, and have battle sequences with no point go on for ten minutes. I don’t think so.

    “Also whats wrong with Egypt as a scene location? I thought that it was tastefully done.”

    Tastefully done? Suggesting that something is built INTO the pyramids by an alien life form is tasteful? Having the scenes that take place there just for the sake of destroying something that is globally recognizable is tasteful?

    “This is an ACTION MOVIE, and I reiterate that it served its purpose. It also did the cartoon justice the way the Autobots and Deceptacons personalities were made.”

    The first one served it’s purpose introducing us to the characters. This one just throws out a bunch of new robots because they can make toys out of them, and sell them, and make lots and lots of money. Again, gratutious comes to mind. They don’t introduce them to the audience. The only reason they are there is to sell toys.

    “WHAT would you do to make this movie any better?”

    The movie, and this franchise, are a complete lost cause at this point. They jumped the shark. But I would start by writing a script that has a narrative structure, one that progresses a story and doesn’t rely on overblown action sequences that serve no purpose other than to blow shit up.

    Although I can’t argue with their marketing scheme. Because they made 112 million dollars (none of mine, thankfully) this weekend, selling to stupid douchebags with no taste. And they’ll do the same thing with the third installment, and stupid douchebags will eat it up.


  10. People in the minority are so easily insulted. But seriously, when 80% of all opinions are the same as Andrew’s, it is obvious that you have no right to attack him.

    Just saying. :/


  11. I agreed partially with this review. Some of it was overdone, some it didn’t make since, BUT overall I still enjoyed it because of what it represented as a whole. The first one was amazing and this one was a let down in some ways. Yeah most of the reviews for this movie sucked, because frankly, it did. It lived up to nothing of the first one, and for fucks sake, the god damn robots voiced by Tom Kenny (the guy behind the voice of well known Spongebob Squarepants) were completely unneeded in the movie at all. Overall this was a great review breaking it down into what it’s worth.


  12. Transformers movie rocks. i am a fan of Transformers ever since childhood. Now i have three kids and they all like the Transformers cartoon series and the Movie.

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