By Dave Campbell | June 24, 2009
Director: Michael Bay
Writer(s): Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Ehren Kruger
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen picks up two years after Transfromers ends, the Autobots have joined forces with the United States and British military to form NEST, a top secret organization Lead by Optimus Prime designed to seek and destroy any Decepticons hiding out on Earth while preventing the general public from knowing about the existence of the Transformers.
At the same time, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is preparing to leave home for college on the east coast, making his relationship with Mikaela (Megan Fox) now long distance. While packing his clothes, Sam finds a shard of the AllSpark stuck to his clothing from the first film which uploads ancient Cybertronian text to his mind. Sam passes the shard to Mikaela for safe keeping who is now working in her father’s chopper/motorcycle garage. Mikaela comes to the aid of Sam after he has a mental breakdown in class from the Cybertronian info that now dominates his thoughts.
The Decepticons plan to resurrect evil from the past and destroy Earth’s Sun in the process. To achieve this they must hunt down the remaining pieces of AllSpark and locate Sam who holds ancient information that will lead them to the key.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen presents some of the most beautifully rendered imagery ever to be captured on screen, while simultaneously providing some of the most mind numbing garbage for dialogue ever delivered on screen. I grew up watching and playing with the toys from Transformers Generation 1 and I also really enjoyed the film Transformers from 2007, but Revenge of the Fallen has totally switched gears and lacks the charm and limited comic relief that was well balanced in the previous film.
This time around we are introduced to the Transformers Skids and Mudflap (aka the Twins). They represent the most annoyingly offensive ethnic caricatures I have ever seen. I don’t remember Cybertron having a ghetto, and I certainly don’t remember “bitch”, “pussy”, and “punk-ass” as being the three most used words of the inhabitant’s vocabulary. These two characters alone gain the majority of my negative marks towards the film. They are like having two Jar Jar Binks in the same movie. I couldn’t help but cringe every never ending minute where they appeared on screen.
Oh, the buck doesn’t stop there…A home kitchen food processor becomes a Transformer sporting a very distinctive phallic weapon. The Witwicky’s dog from the previous film humps their new dog in several scenes. A Decepticon named Wheelie disguised as a remote controlled toy truck humps Mikaela’s (Megan Fox) leg like a dog. Mikaela lands face down in Leo’s (Sam’s idiot roommate) crotch. I must also point out that the Leo character is completely disposable to the story and just filled space that could have been utilized to drive the plot. Finally, because it is “so pivotal” to the storyline – and just in case you ever wondered, Devastator has wrecking balls as testicles.
The returning cast all jump right back into place as their respective characters but the material they have to work with prevents any of them from developing into anything more. The film relies heavily on the visual aspects with no narrative leg to stand on. The action/effects scenes involving robots are much cleaner for Revenge of the Fallen due to the camera perspective being pulled back, allowing clarity to the viewer on what’s taking place during battles. The eye candy is hugely spectacular and the moments of nostalgic glee and fulfillment do pop up in between scenes of trivial dialogue and weak human interaction, but these moments only come when the main Transformer characters (robots) are on the screen.
In the the case of this Transformers film, it is my interest that has “Fallen”.