“Less than meets the eye”

_ Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen _

Title: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

I am not so ostentatious or conceited to think that considering what I write here will actually impact the box-office ticket sales for the new Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen flick. To believe that you are waiting, money in hand, to read every last word of this review before you rush out to see the most anticipated film release of the summer would be ludicrous. But that said I think you at least need to know what is in store before you go. This will save you the same disappointments I experienced and maybe stifle the hype enough for you to enjoy it even more. One can only hope.

Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is off to college to try and live a normal life. He kisses his parents and Bumble Bee good bye and sets off. This freedom is short lived as the dratted Decepticons have a plan to resurrect their fallen leader and do away with the Autobots and the Earth’s sun all in one outing. With the help of his fox of a girlfriend (Megan Fox) and a new college buddy, Sam must sacrifice all to help save those sworn to protect him; including Optimus Prime.

Even though the characters are the same this is not in league with the Transformers movie we witnessed in 2007. In this one there is truly more that meets the eye but not much more than that so everything else suffers as a consequence. From the moment the film started I knew the overload of visual stimuli would be an issue. Where as the first film had enough to make it larger than life you still had the semblance of a live action movie with a well written script. In this one I felt like I was watching an animated motion picture most of the time. And I hate that. I don’t like cartoons. I could have looked past that if the characters where as strong as before but it felt like the script and plot was a by product. I wondered if they spent two years making the fight scenes grand and then 3 months ago someone remembered they needed a script so they sat down and wrote something really fast to fill in the holes. There is absolutely no point or plot to this one.

Also I was incredibly disappointed with the lack of well thought out humor. The camaraderie between Sam and Bumble Bee is gone. The humor of the family element and the goofy CIA agents is gone. In its place is a couple of twin autobots who are as annoying as they are stupid and unimaginative. After about the 5th time that they say the same idiotic cut downs I was over them. My hope was that they would be destroyed. That too was an issue for me in that the plot was so thin that I could not get behind any of the autobots. After sitting for two and a half hours waiting for something to actually happen I could not care less who lived or died. The college room mate does nothing but stumble around and look out of place. I had to wonder why he was even there.

I feel lately like a broken record since every review I write says the same thing. No script. Unimaginative writing. Easy road to humor. But I think that even though you have effects coming out of your bot-bottom you need to have decent writing to hold it all together. I thought maybe it was just me. But I started paying attention to the packed theater and gone where the shouts and cheers that were none stop in the first one. The young kid next to me actually crawled up in his dads lap and went to sleep. Everyone was just bored and ready for it to be over. Or waiting for the climax that just never came.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug material. Compare that to the first one which had simply (brief sexual humor, and language) and that was rare. This one is plagued with crude language, mostly from the autobots, that takes away from the flow and is not even remotely funny. No one laughed. It was just dumb. Where as I promoted the first one to a 10 and up crowd I would tell parents to heed the 13 rating in this one. Sadly. I was excited about this film more than any this summer and I think that is why I am more disappointed. If I can break the hype spell for you, you might go into it with less expectation and like it even more. Again, I can only hope. I give Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2.75 out of 5 cons. Very disappointing and a shame. Granted it will still transform into box office gold but not nearly as deserving of the honor. So says Matt Mungle

Matt Mungle (matt@mungleshow.com) (6/23/09)

(2.75 out of 5)

Review copyright 2009 Mungleshow Productions. Used by Permission.

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