REVIEW: ‘Transformers Revenge of the Fallen’

Shia LaBeouf
Megan Fox
Josh Duhamel
Tyrese Gibson
John Turturro
Rated: PG-13

As a fan of the first film, I was rather excited for this. What a disappointment.

In this sequel to the 2007 flick, we continue with the character Sam (Labeouf), as he’s about to enter college while remaining in contact with his girlfriend Mikaela (Fox). Meanwhile, the Autobots are secretly fighting alongside only American humans to eliminate any remaining Decepticons.

While the movie shows both story threads going relatively well for the heroes, things soon take a turn for the worse when the leader of the Decepticons, Megatron, is resurrected and returns to ruin the lives of Optimus Prime and Sam.

How do you mess up an action movie so horrifically bad? One good spot to look is the story, and the one here is a complete mess. Not only is “Revenge” overly long, clocking in at a whopping two and a half hours, but the story is more or less incoherent.

Much of the film just feels like the characters are going to random locations here and there, while offering no real context as to what’s really going on or what the overarching point of this all is. Nothing is really revealed until the film’s third act when a lore that wasn’t even mentioned in the first movie is brought up out of nowhere.

The worst part of this movie, though, is how much time is dedicated to Sam and his dumb assortments of comic-relief characters instead of the Autobots and the soldiers, who have a much more interesting plot. Nearly 80 percent of the movie is dedicated to Sam and either his lame college life or his adventure with the characters shooting off frat boy humor.

Speaking of the humor, it’s absolutely atrocious here. Whether it be centered around dogs humping things, little robots that swear, racist robots or the characters doing pratfalls. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with humor. The first movie struck a good balance and Marvel’s “Iron Man” added bits of comedy to perfection. But here, it just felt out of place and didn’t have any wit.

The characters were extraordinarily poor. Sam didn’t develop at all from the first picture, as he did the same things and complained about the same problems as before. This made his character damn near unbearable.

Not as unbearable as some of the robots, though, with some of them being downright stereotypical and offensive.

Then, as previously stated, the good robot characters were barely featured at all in the movie, only having a couple of moments.

The villains on the other hand were completely forgettable. In fact, it seemed like Megatron was the only one with any actual personality. The movie also had a Decepticon that could transform into a woman to attack Sam at college. This section made no sense and seemed like just an opportunity for Bay to throw in a woman to sell sex appeal.

In all fairness, though, the action did look pretty good. There is one scene, for example, featuring Prime fighting in a forest and it is really intense. That said, the movie’s battle scenes are few and far between. Even worse, the finale is the exact same as the first one.

The few scenes that do feature some of the better Autobots and the good fighting scenes do give this movie just barely enough entertainment value to avoid a lower rating. This one scrapes by at a 2 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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