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Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

June 26, 2009

Megan Fox runs in slow motion

This review contains spoilers!

By Chad Larson

I’ve been looking forward to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen since about 15 seconds after the first one ended. I’ve followed various blogs (including Michael Bay’s “Shoot for the Edit“) that followed the production of the sequel.

But after leaving the theater, I did not walk out with that giddy “fanboy who just got his mind blown” feeling that I did with the first movie.

The movie starts out with a voiceover from Optimus Prime explaining that for the last two years the Autobots have been working together with Major Lennox’s team from the first movie in a new organization called NEST.

Several of the army characters from the SOCSIS base in the first movie are parts of NEST which was a nice bit of added continuity. The Autobots, joined by new members Sideswipe, Skids, Mudflap, Arcee and two other unnamed female motorcycles, battle the Audi R8-based Sideways and the gigantic Demolishor, who transforms from a steam shovel. When Optimus finishes off Demolishor, the villain claims it’s not over, and “the Fallen will rise again.”

Sam finds a shard of the Allspark which imprints something into his brain. He then goes off to college, leaving the shard with Mikaela.

Decepticons descend into the sea and resurrect Megatron, who along with Starscream returns to the Decepticon ship on Mars, conferring with his master, The Fallen, who is a precursor to the current Transformer race. The Fallen orders him to find Sam and to kill Optimus, as only a Prime can kill the Fallen.

The movie  keeps cramming more and more storyline, about two movie’s worth,  into one movie, which makes it about about half an hour too long.

But it keeps going downhill from there.

The Fallen has a doomsday device that will burn out our sun in the process of generating a huge amount of Energon, the energy that powers the Allspark. Optimus is killed in battle protecting Sam. The focus of the film then switches to Sam locating the “Matrix of Leadership” which is the key to the doomsday device and also to resurrecting Optimus Prime.

A climactic battle at the Pyramids that largely features Devastator, a 140-foot tall gestalt of a number of different huge construction vehicles comes from out of nowhere other than to show that by its destroying the pyramids uncovers the doomsday machine, which the Fallen powers up.

There were quite a few things in this movie that just didn’t make a lot of sense.

Blackout, the Decepticon helicopter from the first movie, returns with zero explanation as to how he’s alive again. Barricade, the Mustang police car that just vanished at the end of the first movie, does not appear at all in this and is never mentioned.

The Decepticons who comprise Devastator appear to be in two places at once – we see their vehicle modes combine to form Devastator, and then we see the same guys in robot form fighting the NEST/Autobots team, a football field’s distance away.

Bumblebee, who spoke at the end of the first movie, is back to communicating through the radio in this one. The Fallen makes a worldwide broadcast putting out an APB for Sam Witwicky, and announces that alien machines are among us… and no one ever mentions it again.

Seems like people would care!

The Fallen, the “apocalyptic” villain whose name features so prominently in the title, doesn’t appear to be that strong or deadly when he’s killed about five minutes in to the first real battle. Devastator and the doomsday machine are also similarly dispatched with a single shot. How imposing are the villains when they die so easily?

Now, all of that sounds fairly complicated enough, right?

Well, there is more.

I left out the human girl that’s actually a Decepticon, the Decepticon satellite in space that monitors all of earth’s communications, the teleporting, elderly Seeker named Jetfire, the Dynasty of the Primes, the origins of the 13 original Transformers and why they came to earth to begin with, and a bunch of other stuff too. There is too much plot crammed in to this movie, and that’s the problem.

Several of the subplots could have been omitted completely. The death of Optimus was thrown in for dramatic effect but the hour-long resolution to his resurrection, regardless of how it was tied in to the Fallen’s plans, was a bit contrived and a little too convenient. It was also unnecessary to bring Megatron back to life when they already had the Fallen (who really didn’t have a huge part in the movie).

I’m not saying I don’t like it, the effects are worth seeing, but just don’t go in hoping for much of a storyline. There were just a lot things that I would’ve done differently if I were in Michael Bay’s shoes.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2010 1:51 am

    the action sequence on the revenge of the fallen is really top notch. the graphics alone is great ~’*

  2. March 21, 2010 3:00 am


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