Transformers

2007

Action / Adventure

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IMDb Rating 7.0

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Reviewed by brando647 8

I was not a Transformers kid when I grew up in the 80&#39;s and I think that&#39;s why I wasn&#39;t so hard on Michael Bay&#39;s film when I caught it in the summer of 2007. Going into the film for the first time, the only characters I knew by name were Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Bumblebee (and I only knew of him through the mention of friends). So, without having the fanboy mentality, I was able to enjoy the movie as it was...and I did. I thought it was a fun action flick and one of the best popcorn movies from the year. Based on the Hasbro toyline and it&#39;s resulting animated series/comics, the film follows high-schooler Sam Witwicky who discovers his Camaro is a shape-shifting alien robot; he is soon brought into the middle of a war between the Autobots and the Decepticons, warring factions of a race of sentient robots.<br/><br/>Let&#39;s be honest. The only things that matter about this movie are the special effects and the action sequences. ILM did a fantastic job with the Transformers in this film. The robots look amazing and their transformations are seamless. I&#39;ve heard that some classic fans aren&#39;t satisfied with their designs but I felt they did a good job adding what realism they could to giant fighting robots. The action sequences aren&#39;t as abundant as one would expect, but I&#39;m not complaining. I felt there were enough action scenes without going overboard and drowning out story. The battles feel epic and they aren&#39;t heavily edited into quick jump cuts so you can still understand what is going on.<br/><br/>The cast does an adequate job and keep the movie from feeling B-grade. Shia LaBeouf was charismatic and had a good sense of comedic timing; John Turturro was a fun addition as the mental Sector 7 agent Simmons. Jon Voight seemed almost out of place in the film, though added a bit of class. I know there have been a lot of complaints about human characters in the movie, but it&#39;s a necessary element and I&#39;m not complaining. The supporting cast did a great job; my favorites had to be Kevin Dunn and Julie White as Sam&#39;s eccentric parents. I felt the movie shouldn&#39;t have gone over 2 hours as it does begin to strain on the patience after a while but it still made for a fun ride.

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Reviewed by jedi_junny 7

This movie is ACTION. I say this first because if you think this movie will be anything more than this, you will be disappointed on some level (as I was). Frame for frame this movie screams Michael Bay.<br/><br/>Now that&#39;s out of the way, there&#39;s a lot of stuff here that works and a lot that doesn&#39;t. It&#39;s a good thing that the robots do work. Seeing autobots and decepticons in glorious photo-realistic CGI is enough to wring out any childhood fantasy from anybody (not just boys from the 80s). Watching these robots move is to realize a revelation to what is possible with modern movie effects. Whether it&#39;s transforming on the move, bashing the living daylights out of each other, or just standing and talking, these guys alone make the movie work. And unlike the other blockbusters that have came out this year, these effects have a sense of weight that adds so much to the visual satisfaction.<br/><br/>As for everything else, well... that&#39;s when things start to go downhill. In typical epic fashion, this movie contains a sprawling cast. Along with this however, are a large number of writing and acting issues. With such a large number of underdeveloped characters, names are pretty much luxury. Also, most of the human related humor gags miss badly, which makes it hurt more considering a lot of the characters were unnecessary. Jon Voight&#39;s Secretary of Defense character completely baffles me, which makes me think that audiences responded positively to the President in Independence Day doing aerial dogfights. Any positives from the supporting cast (including the strange yet entertaining overacting of John Turturro) are outweighed by the large set of negatives.<br/><br/>However, the cast has got it where it counts. Shia Lebeouf plays an important part in selling the reality of the robots as the lead character Sam, and also carries an easy likability factor. Megan Fox&#39;s acting does a reasonable job bringing some interest to her character to beyond her looks. The voice cast also does an overall superb job. Peter Cullen IS Prime, and although his dialogue does border on the ridiculous, he always has a sense of gravity to his lines. Hugo Weaving also does an equally commendable job as Megatron (His booming entrance will forever be embedded into the minds of little kids everywhere). The rest of the transformers don&#39;t say much, which is a shame because I wanted to see so much more interplay between them (The taunts that Optimus and Megatron yell as their fighting is great stuff).<br/><br/>Another major gripe I have is Bay&#39;s ADD editing. Although it does keep the movie constantly moving, it creates some issues with continuity and distracts from some of the action (probably the biggest crime committed in the movie).<br/><br/>I could go on and on about the good things (Bumblebee, Frenzy) and the bad things (Anthony Anderson and his family, forgotten Barricade) and the downright weird things (Dubya&#39;s cameo, Sam&#39;s friend climbing in a tree). Overall, the film delivers where it really matters. Although I was disappointed, the amount of potential for the sequel (which just got greenlighted) just gets me giddy (is it too much to ask for a tighter script and better acting?) <br/><br/>(Also, the Autobot Assemble scene is one of the coolest things I&#39;ve seen in theaters in years.)

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Reviewed by Christopher_Reid 8

Transformers is a very mixed bag. There are great things about it and there are some not-so-great things about it...<br/><br/>The good:<br/><br/><ul><li>The visual effects. Perhaps the best special effects I&#39;ve ever seen in a movie. The transformations are amazing not to mention super-awesome. The CGI fits in seamlessly with the live action and it&#39;s easy to forget how logistically difficult a lot of it would have been to film.</li></ul><br/><br/><ul><li>The sound design. The sound effects complement the action perfectly making everything twice as exciting. Probably less acknowledged is the alien atmosphere created by some of the score which heightens the tension very effectively and probably without the majority of the audience noticing.</li></ul><br/><br/><ul><li>Shia LeBeouf. Without him the movie wouldn&#39;t be nearly as engaging. He has natural comic timing and is probably second to none in expressing disbelief of the &quot;holy crap, there&#39;s a giant alien robot transforming in front of me&quot; variety.</li></ul><br/><br/><ul><li>The humour. Transformers is funnier than most good comedies which I was not expecting in the least. The transformers themselves are often funnier than they are impressive.</li></ul><br/><br/><ul><li>The Decepticons. Man are they cool. The opening scene is particularly kick-arse.</li></ul><br/><br/>The bad:<br/><br/><ul><li>Megan Fox. If hot means &quot;can&#39;t act and doesn&#39;t weigh much&quot; then yes, she&#39;s very hot. It&#39;s not a good sign if you want one of the main characters to die or at least get out of the way and stop trying to act. Her performance just seemed very shallow and probably wasn&#39;t helped by her dialogue.</li></ul><br/><br/><ul><li>The script. Although the overall storyline is good, some of the dialogue is terrible. Too much of the film is spent on mumbo jumbo technical explanations the audience just doesn&#39;t care about. The less serious parts of the script work very well though.</li></ul><br/><br/><ul><li>Michael Bay. Although some of the action scenes are very well put together and the humorous parts are timed very well, Bay can&#39;t help but ruin some of the scenes with unnecessarily flashy editing and over the top drama accompanied by none-too-subtle dramatic music. It&#39;s not that Michael Bay&#39;s style is too loud, it&#39;s that it&#39;s too clichéd.</li></ul><br/><br/><ul><li>The music. Nothing new here (other than the alien sounding parts). Practically rips of Batman Begins and is otherwise forgettable. The music should enhance the film by bringing out interesting themes or emotions, not force feeding us the drama we can plainly see on the screen in super slow motion.</li></ul><br/><br/>The ugly:<br/><br/><ul><li>Megatron. He&#39;s ugly. And super cool.</li></ul><br/><br/>So, my verdict? The good outweighs the bad pretty comfortably. If you took out the bad you might even have a classic on your hands. Instead you get revolutionary action scenes and some great comedy with Michael Bay&#39;s unique brand of mediocre directing sprinkled throughout.

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