Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) – Review

2 1/2 Stars

A somewhat disappointing follow up to the enormously successful Transformers. The fact that this sequel out grossed the original, just goes to illustrate how much goodwill that first film had built up with audiences. Draining all the heart from the film yet injecting some overt and at times very funny moments results in a admirable excersice in professional craftsmanship. Production vales are uniformly excellent supported by top notch CGI work from the industries leading artist at ILM.

It’s just too bad the plot gets bogged down in the lengthy and mystical back-story chronicling the warring race of machine-beings. Michael Bay directs with his usual flair for glossy surfaces and beautiful images. Nobody working today photographs wreaked metal and makes it look hauntingly beautiful better. Shia Labeouf again plays Sam Witwicky the boy who discovered the presence of auto-bots inhabiting the shape of his Camero. This time Sam is leaving for college and is confronted with managing a long distance relationship with Mikaela (Megan Fox), his girlfriend from the first picture. They along with Sam’s parents (Kevin Dunn and Julie White) are amongst a very small group of people with knowledge of the alien’s existence on Earth. Everything is good until a sliver from the all spark infects Sam and has him caught up in the battle between the waring metal tribes.

The second film in Michael Bay’s ‘childrens epic’ trilogy isn’t nearly as bad as fellow critics would have you believe. Yes the story is convoluted and the action sequences become too overly self indulgent on a few occasions. However Transformers:Revenge of the Fallen also has some of the most breathtaking ever captured by Bay’s collaborators and those geniuses at ILM. The weakest link the Transformers trilogy but still worthwhile viewing for anyone looking for blockbuster size escapist absurdity.

Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf

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