Monday, March 21, 2011

Title:  Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
Format:  Netflix
Genre:  Sci-fi
Rating:  C

Synopsis (from All Movie Guide):  Two years after saving the world with the Autobots, Sam Witwicky is away at college when an ancient Decepticon named "The Fallen" returns to Earth on a mission of vengeance. With the Allspark destroyed, the Autobots lose all hope of returning to their home planet of Cybertron, and begin working with an elite military known as NEST to hunt down any remaining Decepticons. When National Security Advisor Theodore Galloway wages a heated campaign aimed at exiling the giant robots back into space, head Autobot Optimus Prime agrees to comply with the voice of the people, while warning them of the potential consequences of leaving the planet unprotected. Meanwhile, Sam contends with an overly cocky college roommate, and attempts to remain faithful to Mikaela. Just as Sam begins adjusting to the quirks of campus life, a series of inexplicable visions leaves him convinced that the struggle between good and evil is far from over. And he's correct, too, because the Decepticons have just discovered that Sam is the one human who possesses the ability to tip the balance of power to the Autobots' advantage, and they're determined to gain the upper hand by dispensing with him once and for all. Now, as Sam and Mikaela unearth a secret about the Transformers that alters the entire course of human history, the Decepticon known as The Fallen prepares to return -- and reclaim the plant once and for all.

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Such a huge description for such a stupid film.  In case you couldn't already tell, I really disliked this movie.  Terrible script, bad acting, way too many sexual situations and innuendo, and a plot that seemed extremely similar to the first movie.  I truly felt like I'd wasted two hours of my life after watching this.  Perhaps the two redeeming qualities for the entire movie were the incredible special effects and the intense battle scenes.  The battles were definitely cooler, the new Transformers were creative, and the special effects were spectacular.  But that's all that was good about the movie.

First off, both movies had huge problems with stilted scripts that seemed to come straight out of a comic book.  Lines that came out of nowhere, one-sentence conversations, lots of yelling.  It's no mystery why the acting was so bad when the script was so awful.

Second, I don't care how much the male population loved Megan Fox, but couldn't they find someone who could act?  Several of the other actors were terrible too, but Fox was the worst of all.

Also, why all the smut?  There was plenty in the first movie, but I felt this one had three times as much.  It was uncomfortable to watch, and I almost turned the movie off during the first 30 minutes because I was so sick of the innuendo and the smut.

Finally, I guess there's really no escaping the whole Autobots vs. Decepticons storyline, since that is really what the original cartoons were all about.  But there was so much that felt the same between the two movies.  Both had the desert as a primary battle zone, both had the crazy internet hackers, both had the huge battle over Sam, both had the annoying-as-hell government guys.

This movie just felt like a smuttier retelling of the first, and even though Megan Fox has been ousted from the third, I'm not looking forward to the next installment of the Transformers series, if it'll be anything at all like Revenge of the FallenC

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