Movie Review: Transformers 2

(The second installation of the movie – bigger & louder but not better – Image source: http://wikimedia.org)

My son been pushing me to take him to watch the movie for past few days and when I was on leave on a working day, time was just perfect to take the family to see the one of the most anticipated movie of the year. As expected, there were just a few people in the theatre when we walked in and we got the perfect spot.

The movie started but after 10 minutes into the movie, my son started to sleep on my arm. Despite the CGI, I too started to lose concentration. Transformer 2 did not reach the right quality as what it was expected after one had watched the first Transformer movie.

The Plot

The plot has been detailed enough in Wikipedia:-

It is revealed that thousands of years before Optimus Prime and the other Transformers arrived on Earth, there was a race of ancient Transformers who scoured the universe looking for Energon sources. Known as the Dynasty of Primes, they used a weapon called the Sun Harvester to drain stars of their energy in order to convert it to Energon and power Cybertron’s AllSpark.

The Primes agreed that life-bearing worlds would be spared, but when one brother, who was thereafter dubbed “The Fallen”, constructed a Sun Harvester on Earth in 17,000 BCE, the remaining brothers sacrificed their bodies in order to hide the Matrix of Leadership, the key that powers the Sun Harvester, from The Fallen, who swore to seek revenge upon Earth once he found the key.

In present day, two years after the events of the first film, Optimus now leads NEST, a military organization consisting of human troops and his own team of Autobots—including newcomers Arcee, Sideswipe, Jolt, and the twins Skids and Mudflap.

(Read the plot further here)

(Optimus Prime – still powerful and good – Image source: http://pauljlane.wordpress.com)

The holes in the plot

Want to watch many minutes of giant robots fighting whilst damaging buildings, bridges and cars and with human beings, looking like ants, scrambling for their dear life?

Then watch Transformers 2! That’s right – a big bulk of the movie has been wasted on fights. One major fight would have sufficed but Michael Bay decided to have one at almost every turn of the story. It is nice to see the Autobots kick the Decepticon’s ass but having it way too often was making us boring…fast!

There were minor holes in the plot for example, how Sector Seven agent Simmons can simply call up the commander of an aircraft carrier from a public phone booth and ask the commander to shoot at a particular coordinates? And the commander commands the firing of the secret rail-gun without any further checking on the source? Unbelievable but I guess it can be dismissed with a “pinch of salt”

And don’t get me started on the romance part where the hero of the movie being seduced by a “robot looks like a cute girl” or the one where the hero’s mom accidentally takes drugs and start running round feeling high. Plenty of wasted “energons” for shooting those scenes.

(Devastator at work – you have to see it on big screen to appreciate its dimension and terror scale. Image source: http://wikimedia.org)

The CGI

The CGI in the movie was first class – from the Transformers transforming, the attack on the aircraft carrier and other destructions on buildings and landscape. And seeing the movie on the big screen means some of the Decepticons like Devastator looks really frightening and mean.

Other Reviews

Reviewer in IMDB:-

As expected, the effects were spectacular. The fight scenes were extravagant and fast-paced.

The story though, couldn’t keep pace. They kept stopping for a romance that was never developed (and no one really cared). The real thing that brought this movie down though was the constant stooping to this immature level. They had to have said @ss and balls 10 times (and that’s a low estimate). Not only this, but those two twin autobots were introduced who were supposed to be “hip” maybe? They just turned out to be extremely annoying and to bring down the level of the movie as a whole.

As a fan of the original cartoon series, I have to say I was really disappointed they stooped the level of immature @ss-balls humor and creating new characters with low IQ’s. They could have done better. The action though, was amazing and I am still glad I paid to see it on the big screen.

Final say

The plus points: CGI and Optimus Prime

The negative points: Storyline – there can be less fighting scenes and more

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9 thoughts on “Movie Review: Transformers 2

  1. Comparing could be a mistake here. I would say it was not a bad movie but with totally unwanted scenes. When we go for a movie like this we should know that robots like these are non-existent. We are not going for a “true story” kind of movies. Maybe Titanic would be a real appetizer for this kind of mind set. Overall not time wasting of our life and not money wasting. I even have friend who did not like the movie first time he watched but he went for a second time.

    I too planned to bring my son to the movie but decided not to after watching because as said totally unwanted scenes, vulgar things (can even show underclothes) and violent.

    Final say I am prepared to go for a third show…ready to rollout my wallet again….

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  2. Looks like Dark of the Moon is fast approaching. I’m willing to bet that they listened to the people’s outcry over Revenge of the Fallen and will be sure to avoid any and all sexual/racist scenes from this one. We’ll see

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    1. Just saw Age of Extinction – it sucked. Although you couldn’t have told my 4 year-old nephews anything lol. Too loud, too long and tooo big. Ah well. I’d rather have sat in a dark room with the blinds drawn and ate some Skittles.

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