Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
review by Neo

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Year: 2009

Box Office: US$N/A

Director: Michael Bay

Producer: Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Ian Bryce

Writer: Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, John Benjamin Hickey, Ramon Rodriguez, Isabel Lucas, John Turturro

Genre: Action/Cars/Robots

Tagline: Pure eye candy entertainment…

Review by Neo: Smack bucking, loud, noisy, big, and robotic and smashingly hot are automatic words that storm out of my mouth. Seriously, what more does a twenty something guy wants in a movie, hot girls, hot cars and the backdrop of Egypt? If this film is the answer to what works in Hollywood, then the art of commercialism is answered. Director Michael Bay (Bad Boys) is no stranger to big budget special effects flicks and for sure, Bay leaves no budgets unused and no stones unturned. In fact, the transformers are so complicatedly designed that some member of the audience may even watch it a second time or quite simply as my friend puts it, “let’s buy the toy just to see it more clearly”. Pure marketing genius in my opinion, but putting all that aside, this Transformer sequel actually works and despite being 30 minutes too long, it is ultimately entertaining and it leaves my eyes candy coated.

The film follows on from the first film with Shia LaBeouf (Eagle Eye) moving on to college and leaving his super hot girlfriend (the irresistible Megan Fox) behind. As predicted, his college affair will be short lived, as the bad transformers goes after him for some metal specimen that can bring ancient transformers back to life. So together with his hands down sexy girlfriend, Sam goes on a journey and fights a battle alongside the good transformers with the bad transformers.

To be perfectly honest, I was no big fan of the first Transformers movie; the simple fact is that I managed to fall soundly asleep in the midst of the transformers fighting it out. So for me to remain soundly awake, it must really be something. Perhaps it is the very presence of Megan Fox running around the desert of Ancient Egypt that got me fascinated, but then again, she really is the next Angelica Jolie.

Shia LaBeouf reprises his role as Sam, the boy who conquered the bad transformers and the one with the super hot car and girlfriend. LaBeouf is a steady improving actor, and since the first Transformers, he has got himself involved in Indiana Jones and Eagle Eye. The only problem with these roles, is the very fact that they are the same, they all require him to be the hero as some sort, and quite frankly, to act like he is intense around his surroundings. Clearly roles that are hardly difficult, but it must be said that he handles them well and even if he somewhat does not deserve Megan Fox or Isabel Lucas, that is actually another story.

To the new Hollywood goddess, Megan Fox, it really doesn’t matter that her role in the Transformers series is irrelevant or even unimportant, as she is simply the perfect eye candy solution. When the picture gets a little dull, one glance of Fox lightens up the screen. It’s been a while since an actress have that kind of sexiness on screen without even stripping down. It is not hard to see why the world is going crazy over Megan Fox, as she is easily, the hottest actresses in Hollywood right now. Not to shame, Aussie girl, Isabel Lucas (who used to star in the Home and Away series), but she pales in comparison with Fox. She is pretty and perhaps even hot, but when you pit her alongside, Megan, it is just impossible. Fox is bigger in areas that are meant to be and the lips are just plain sexy.

All in all, Transformers is easily a good guilty pleasure to watch and it is probably safe to say that director Michael Bay is the one that can always deliver big budget special effects that works commercially even if not critics’ friendly. With more transformers than ever before, adding in the Hollywood myth of Ancient Egypt pyramids being built by Aliens, Transformers is really a lot fun. Yes, the film is 30 minutes too long, it is not believable, but really who can resist a sport car that can transform, the joining power of several transformer, the beauty of Ancient Egypt and if all fails, we still have the undeniable, Megan Fox … (Neo 2009)

I rate it 7/10

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