Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen (12A)
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Rainn Wilson, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro,
Running Time: 151 minutes
Director: Michael Bay
I was a massive fan of the first Transformers film and really had high hopes for Transformers 2: Revenge of The Fallen, but I think I let the hype get in the way.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the film, but I think they tried to do too much on the back of the massive success of the first film.
But just before I start, I’d just like to say “HA!” to all Americans. We FINALLY got a major blockbuster released in the UK before you!! 😉
The scene is set two years after the events of the first film, and this time around, Sam is going to college to live a normal life and away from the Autobots. As he’s packing things away, a piece of the All Spark that was destroyed in the first film was stuck to the hoodie he was wearing when he shoved it into Megatron’s chest.
When he picks it up, Sam starts seeing the language of the Transformers and has the coordinates to a new power inside his head.
Sam and Michaela are an item, which doesn’t come as a shock, and Sam makes some interesting new friends at College who go along from the ride.
Then there’s lots of fighting and robots!!
The storyline is a bit stronger than the first one and seems to make a bit more sense, albeit some very random moments throughout.
As with all Michael Bay films, you’re guaranteed action, action and………….er……….action. The fight scenes seem have been slowed down a tiny bit which makes it easier on the eyes this time around with the opening sequence left me slack-jawed.
The CGI used is again second to none and some of the best I have ever seen. There are a few moments where you can see it isn’t as good as other moments with the prime example being the twins. They were a bit too cartoony for my liking but had some great lines between them. But apart from the very few shots, the rest of the CGI on the Transformers is phenomenal, and it really does look like there are 60ft robots fighting in the middle of the street!!
How….on earth, The Golden Compass, beat Transformers for the award for Best Visual Effects last time around is beyond me. Revenge of The Fallen is my favourite to pick up an Oscar for Best Visual Effects already!!!
Optimus Prime seems a hell of a lot tougher in this one and is constantly kicking ass, for the most part, but I won’t go any further and ruin the story, but the fight sequence in the forest is my favourite of the film.
When I was reading about who The Fallen was, I was quite excited to see what he would turn out like and how big he was going to be, but I thought he wasn’t utilised enough and wasn’t made as evil as I thought he would be. He kind of reminded me of Venom in Spiderman 3, in the fact that you don’t really see enough of him.
It’s nice to see that they’ve made the Transformers seem a little more ‘human’ this time around as they’ve been given more lines of humour. But on the downside to that, there does seem to be a little too many jokes at times, especially in scenes where it’s more of a “We’re really in trouble here” moment.
Some of the humour is of the sexual nature and is some parts are very funny. But again, doesn’t really go to well with badass Decepticons.
For example, there’s a Decepticon in the desert which is huge, and he has a huge set of balls to go with it!!!! Why? That’s something you’d expect to see in one of George Lucas’ films, not a Michael Bay film. It’s not a weak point of the robot, they’re just there for the “Oooo look!! I didn’t know robots had testicles” part of the film!!!!!!
I could write a whole separate article about the overload of sex jokes, but suffice to say, there’s too much of it.
However, there are parts that will have you crying with laughter and does make you feel slightly more connected to the characters (Autobots included).
The cast is pretty much the same as the first including some new faces. Shia LaBeouf is again a class actor and just seems to make things so effortless, and his comic timing is second to none. Megan Fox is really a back character and dresses in skimpy outfits from time to time but doesn’t really seem to get as involved as much as the first.
Overall, I was a little disappointed with Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen, but only because I’d hyped it up Optimus style. It is as good as the first, but about 20 minutes too long for my liking.
3 and a half out of 5
Danny ‘Ender’ Martin has been part of the Zath team from pretty much the very beginning since he met Zath himself at Leeds Met University whilst studying Business IT. He’s an avid gamer and a big film buff. Danny graduated from the University of Bradford with a degree in Computer Animation and SFX and now currently works at one of the biggest UK games developers, which will hopefully see some of his ideas hit the gaming world.