Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Movie Reviews
User reviews on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
If you're looking for something different in this movie versus Transformers 1 you will be disappointed.
The special effects are good; some may say great, but the plot is the same: save the world from the bad guys and find the "all spark," although in this movie it's called something else...same lost magic key to empower the good guys and save the world from domination.
The acting is again shallow and boring; very simple drama and plot with a few funny one liners and the customary sexual overtones and foul language; none of which adds anything to an already tiring movie...after 2 hours.
The movie should be seen in a theater for the special effects, and they are good, but they could have cut the film short by about 30 minutes and got the same effect.
BIGGER ISNT ALWAYS BETTER
Ok- we all know the story, we all know its based on a mediocre kids cartoon, so let us let that be our guiding perspective, shall we?
The 2nd installment is practically identical in formula to the 1st but amplified to the point of boredom. The jokes are more plentiful (especially from Sam's mom who steals every scene),more cute pets (Mojo humps a Boston terrier), the girls are more sexy (gratuitous rear-end and slo-mo chest bouncing, and even a strip scene), the explosions are er uh.. more explosive, more Autobots, more story-telling based on the Autobot's history, more chase and battle scenes, improved audio FX.
Instead of the all-spark being the threat its now a machine left here by the "fallen" in 1700 BC. Sam, having touched the all-spark, has the location of the doomsday device imbedded his brain that can only be deciphered by an historic Autobot who has been deactivated in the form of a stealth fighter in a aerospace museum. Who wants the location? You guessed it, the Deceptigons and they are ruthless in their methods of obtaining it.
With all of this we get less character involvement, drawn out battles that play out way too long, and a rushed epilog. Not a bad movie in any sense but numbing to the point of boredom due to relentless and protracted action. Some clever writing and story telling from a film of this genre, it carefully avoids cliches and sappiness, and posing is kept to a safe minimum, but a good 20 minute time trim would have helped enormously. 7 out of 10
•IGN: “The biggest movie of the summer is finally here, but that’s the problem — it’s just too bloody big. Epic, spectacular but unfortunately far, far too long, the film proves that when it comes to Michael Bay blockbuster movies, you can have too much of a good thing.”
•Total Film: “ ‘Fallen’ frequently approaches the first pic’s all-out awesomeness, and even occasionally surpasses it. A forest face-off between Optimus Prime and three Decepticons is impressive enough to merit comparison with King Kong’s multiple T-Rex smackdown. It’s this close to being the perfect summer flick.”
•London’s Daily Mirror: “Pure mindless adventure mayhem that sticks firm and hard to its winning formula.”
•Hollywood Reporter: “Shia LaBeouf gets little chance to show what charm he might have. Meanwhile, Megan Fox has little to do except look great in a tank top and tight jeans while running in slow motion through flying sand.”
•Variety: “The sheer amount of ripping steel, exploding mechanical parts and mutating vehicles of all shapes and sizes is something to behold. Industrial Light & Magic’s superb handling of these sequences, which are like a little boy’s playtime fantasy taken to Wagnerian proportions, are the veritable centerpieces of a narrative that makes little effort to set up the fights.”
•London Daily Mail: “Virtually all the dialogue is inaudible, drowned out by battles, explosions and gargantuan lumps of metal crashing into each other. I noted down a few morsels: ‘Punkass Decepticon, any last words?’ ‘The boy will not escape — we have him in our sights!’ and ‘There’s another source of Energon on this planet; the boy can lead us to it!’ I have no idea why I wrote those lines down, still less what they mean. I was just grateful to be able to hear them.”