Director: Michael Bay
Producer: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf)
Mikaela Banes (Megan Fox)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was probably the most awaited movie of this year. Probably even more than Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It is a sequel to Michael Bay’s super duper hit Transformers, as you may already know. However, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen fails to capitalize on the superb head start it knows it gets from its prequel.
The movie starts off with Optimus Prime (leader of the Autobots) telling a story in that monotonous robotic-cum-human voice of his. You come to know that the Autobots have formed an alliance with the Americans to destroy Decepticons hidden in parts of the world to help prevent resurrection of Megatron, whom Optimus destroyed and threw into the ocean. Funnily enough, the Decepticons are simply lying there and doing nothing, not even hurting a fly, when the Autobots show up and tear them to shreds. Poor guys. Er… robots.
And the best part is that all this Autobot-American-friendship thingy is supposed to be a secret. They’re actually doing a very, very good job actually. I mean, come on. Who’s going to notice ten-odd twenty-foot robots ripping apart Shanghai to search for another twenty-foot dormant robot, and destroy him in a major explosion? No one, of course.
Meanwhile, Sam Witwicky is going to an expensive collage, and still loves Megan Fox, who still works as a mechanic in her dad’s garage. Now as usual, Megan Fox is hot and sexy, but still has no trace of emotion on her face. She is as expressive as a very beautiful block of wood. Shia, meanwhile, is 0.1% better than her (I measured), but still doesn’t manage to impress you a lot. Its only his cuteness which will make a couple of you go “Aww… He’s cho cute!”, but that’s it.
Coming back to the ridiculous plot now. There are only two parts of the All Spark cube left, as it was destroyed while destroying Megatron. The Decepticons use one of them to resurrect Megatron. When Optimus Prime dies, and Sam still has access to the All Spark shard, it doesn’t even strike that kid to use it to resurrect Optimus. No! Let us do it the hard way. That’s the only way we can make a movie out of this crazy plot. Our friend Sam, while mourning Prime’s death, attends collage, and starts drawing all sorts of strange symbols. A Decepticon-seductress tries to kill him there for no apparent reason. His eccentric room mate takes him to that Sector Seven guy Agent Simmons, who now owns some kind of bakery/cookie shop, who takes them to some museum, where they find Jetfire so that he could read the symbols, who teleports them to Egypt, where they learn about the legend of the Fallen and some Matrix key. Only Jetfire the Old could read the symbols. Not even Bumblebee could, so should be more educated.
Lets keep the plot at that. You would have realised the flaws in it. There are more, but then that’s another post novel altogether. The last half-hour of the movie are merely explosions. Boom ka-boom is all you hear.
The screenplay is a bit wacky as well. You may often tend to get confused between scenes, and will ask the guy beside you about what just happened and why it is happening. But its not that bad. Not as bad as the plot, at least.
But what actually saves the film, is an excellent soundtrack, featuring those great songs – New Divide by Linkin Park and 21 Guns by Green Day. The filmmakers had to turn to someone other than themselves to rely on making a movie a success. It does work. You’ll hum those tunes for a long time.
But the main forte of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is the visual effects. Spectacular stuff. Amazingly created robots and explosion, with an accurate reproduction of reflections, scratches and dirt on their metal bodies. Especially those few slow-motion action sequence will make you go “Whoaaaaaa”. This saves the film from becoming a complete fiasco. The visual effects are just so bloody awesome, that they are beyond description.
In the end, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is just an average film. But the amazing visual effects make it a must watch. This is just an entertainer to make your mind stress free.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Trailer. Do watch it in Full Screen HD.
Detailed Raitings (Out of 10)
Visual+Sound Effects: 10
Rating: 6.8/10 (Fair)
Tweetable Shadow Line Bottom Line: Transformers 2 has a fair plot and bad acting, but superb visual effects make it a must watch.
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