Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Review by Harrison Phillips in Los Angeles.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Rated: PG-13
Theatrical Release: Jun 24, 2009 Wide
Genre: Science-Fiction/Fantasy

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel

Director: Michael Bay

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” debuting June 24, 2009, In the highly anticipated new installment of The Transformers film franchise, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) again joins with the Autobots against their sworn enemies, the Decepticons.

Much of the film depends on our ability to suspend disbelief and see the world it is-- that is the stupefying sight of colossal alien robots morphing into earthly contraptions as they battle it out in CG pandemonium. Less a sequel than a reimagining, an alternate and equally compelling take on the vision of the original, this hour and 30 minutes displays an enjoyably relentless bravura.

As you gape, at their thunderous extravagance, fueled by the pleasure of watching legions of people and equipment being summarily destroyed, this is pretty superlative action. With more than half a dozen extremely cool action sequences, it's not a couple of so-so scenes that will make it any less of an unforgettable movie, and one of the best crafted Hollywood action flicks this year. Moviegoers will go to the cinema to find the ultimate in the effects-driven movie syndrome. A milestone in the evolution of action films and their omnipresent computer-generated imagery.

As appealing as the film’s visuals are, it’s really the heart and soul of the characters that make Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen transcend the summer sequel dumping ground.

Michael Bay directs from a screenplay written by Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman

The film also stars Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, John Benjamin Hickey, Ramon Rodriguez, Isabel Lucas, John Turturro