Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Review
“The Fallen Shall Rise Again..... To Bring An Action-Packed Sequel. ”
June 19th, 2009
The sequel to 2007 Micheal Bay's "Transformers" returns to bring the next installment to the franchise and the long going battle between Autobots and Decepticons. With an amount of over 40 robots in the movie and amazing CGI as well as action. It also has a little humor here and there.
When the story begins, the Autobots and the military have been waging a secret war against the Decepticons. As more of the giant robots continue to resurface, though, it becomes apparent the Transformers have been part of Earth's history for longer than they'd led mankind to believe. One group of bureaucrats even wonders if the Decepticons are only appearing because of the Autobot presence. Desperate not to leave Earth undefended, Optimus Prime turns to Sam and asks him to become a human advocate, someone who will convince mankind that the Autobots should be allowed to stay. Sam refuses to believe he can help, though, wanting to go to college and live a normal life as normal as possible with the strange thoughts and visions that have haunted him since being exposed to the All Spark's primal energies two years earlier. Sam's refusal will have harsh consequences for himself, the Autobots and possibly the entire world. The Decepticons fallen leader, Megatron has been resurrected and brings with him an ancient evil from the Transformers own history. From there they encounter new Decipticons as well as new Autobots.
Much of this sequel is a chase film. The Decepticons chase Sam and the Autobots protect and defend him. He runs from college to New York, New Jersey, the Smithsonian and finally the pyramids in Egypt. Sounds like a smooth scenic trip when in actuality its a bumpy ride. It's like run, run, run, explosion followed by run, run, run, explosion, with boring exposition in between. Giving that exposition are either the Decepticons, (who look to be hiding out near the planet Saturn), Sam or former Sector 7 spook, John Turturro. That form of pacing is familiar to fans of today's action films, but Bay once again manages to photograph it all in such a way that you can't really see what the hell is going on. It doesn't make a difference whether you see this in IMAX or not, because the process was used poorly. Fight sequences you thought looked cool in the trailer turn out not to be as epic as you hoped and are rather brief. Only two battle scenes are presented in this high resolution format. Christopher Nolan proved he is a greater master of the medium with 'The Dark Knight' last year, because those IMAX sequences looked intricately planned and served as a storytelling device. Bay's work in the format feels like a last minute afterthought and brings out the flaws in the CGI animation nut they are still amazing.
The movie has some new faces like Sam's roomate Leo who is always trying to make jokes and only finds himself looking like a dumbass. Also into the mix is Alice a student at Sam's College who tends to flirt with him and has a dark secret that will be revealed in the film.
There are more robots in this one then in the first one. Although the fight scenes are amazing and all but then it gets a little hard to see whats going on.
Autobots: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ironhide, Ratchet, the Twins (Skids and Mudflaps), Arcee and her 2 other parts, and Sideswipe.
Decepticons: Megatron, Starscream, Ravage, Soundwave, the Constructicons (put together makes Devastator), Demolisher, Grindor, Soundwave, and The Fallen.
The ending was not all that great as I had hoped it would be. I must say the final battle scene was a surprise to us all. The ending was a little disappointing.
The Good: More Robots, lots of action, great fight scenes, and great compose music.
The Bad: Devastator dies a stupid death, Sam's mom getting stoned, the story was a bit cheesy, and then a human Decepticon Alice (which should NOT have been there).
Overall a great film. better then the first.