Great action sequences! Fantastic Thriller!
I watched Transformers both in cinema and on ddvd, really just to kill some dead time first time around, but now i'm hooked.
It was the best Action/ Sci Fi film so far this year, filled not only with incredible SFX but great performances from the flesh and blood cast, despite playing second fiddle to the towering robots...
Shia Laboeuf turns in a great performance as Sam, a nerdy lad who has to make the jump to all action hero, saving the world while being under some very frightening fire, indeed.
Aiding and protecting him in this is his car - a clapped out Camaro which is actually one of the good Transformers, a warrior robot called Bumblebee. The relationship between Bumblebee and Laboeuf is both amusing and touching, and the scenes where the car is trying to help Laboeuf get the girl of his dreams are pure class.
The plot sees the good Autobots led by the towering Optimus Prime taking on the evil Decepticons, led by the even larger and very menacing Megatron. Young Sam is in possession of some information which could prove invaluable to either side, and the Decepticons will quite literally use any means possible to obtain this. The Autobots protect Sam, all the while having to take on the Decepticons and a largely incredulous US Army and Air Force.
The action sequences are stunning and watching them in a cinema is like seeing a Terminator film for the first time. Sound and vision are stunning. Characterisation is great, with humour and adult themes nicely spliced between the action and SFX. The SFX themselves represent in my opinion the best use to date of the CGI technology which is seamless in this film.
Anyway congratulations to Michael Bay for pulling this one out of the hat, after the stinker that was The Island.
Transform your initial thoughts about this film
When i first heard this was coming out i thought ' oh god not another trashy comic strip money making kid flick. However how wrong i was! The casting albiet a little inexperienced for my liking was well suited to the film, this film is after all about Optimus Prime and his buddys not Will Smith etc etc.
The visual effects are cleverly done, no so much in that they are great, but hey happen so quickly and with camera angles changing so effectively you do not notice the 'shortcuts' they took over the effects, confused? OK so to get the truck/jet/whatever to turn into a often not so similarly sized robot requires magic... no... voodoo.... no, thats just silly... ahhh quick CGFX and clever camera work!! you see? no? i'll move on.
Despite being hunks of metal from somewhere far far away you get taken on the sometimes emotional journey of the Autobots... which was always going to be the way... what hollywood movie would be complete without somehow getting all squishy at least once, this manages it a couple of times at least. How i dont know, a quick oil change and they are as good as new surely!?!
The humour is simply refreshing, often coming out of the blue and its good to see that this movie despite its advertising campaign does not take itself too seriously.
Action? Well you know it has it... i know it has it... Hollywood knew it before it even started the making of the film so yeah its full of it... and so it should be!!! Its Autobots vs. Decepticons for goodness sake.
All in all a very cheesy but very enjoyable film that does justice to the cartoon series (for thouse who were lucky enough to of been kids back then) Dont expect anything from this film and you will be highly entertained, watch it with high expectations on the other hand and you may feel a little shortchanged... with a side order of 'seen that, got the lunchbox' (literally)
First off let me state I am *NOT* a fan of the 80's Transformers. Even as a kid I never got into it, and the retro factor doesn't work me. I keep reading reviews from die hard fans who slate this for not being 'true to the original'. I have a few things to say to the biased people:
I was extremely excited about this film. I have no idea why, I can't explain it. Each trailer did just enough to whet the appetite, without giving away huge chunks of the overall experience (as is often a problem nowadays). With that said, I went into the cinema with low expectations, and was shocked and amazed in the best possible way.
Transformers is one of those films you can just enjoy. You don't need to sit down and really think hard, read between the lines, or listen to commentary on the DVD afterward to fully understand. Bottom line - its a double barrel shotgun-o-fun aimed directly at your brain.
The first thing you have to do (and this helps) is suspend belief. At its core, this is quite simply a cartoon transfered and updated for the big screen. The robots have emotions, expressions, and yes, they have eye lids and lips. Not a big deal. I found this to be a bonus, as I loved some of the more comedic scenes involving the Autobots.
The cast is both the films strongest point and its weakest. Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox give excellent performances, whereas some of the scenes with Anthony Anderson and John Turturro are just plain annoying. I don't blame the actors at all, but more the fact that they had these terribly stereotypical roles to fill and had bad dialogue given to them.
The robots are simply mind blowing. The CGI involved in this film was handled by ILM, famous for the work on Star Wars, and it shows just how far they've come from the 70's using stop motion techniques. One quote mentioned that 'Ironhide has more working graphical parts on his two cannons than some of the other robots have on their entire body', and it shows. The care and attention to detail is incredible, especially given the fact that these guys had a budget half of Spider-Man 3, which was overall a sub par film by way of effects (and in general, in my opinion).
Michael Bay is notorious for his use of 'big boom' work. He fills his films with as much real carnage as possible, using any excuse to blow stuff up. In this film? It works. Every vehicle shot is 100% real, without the use of added effects. From Humvees being thrown around in explosions to collisions on a highway. Even when the robots are duking it out and smashing up civilization in the process, it looks and feels real.
The only thing I can really complain about is it's length. It is a long film. That's not a problem to me, but I know a lot of people that I could show this film too that would become bored extremely easily during its filler segments. I also have a feeling it could of done with being made even longer, in a way - the robots didn't get as much screen time as the fans would of liked, but I suspect that was Spielbergs influence as producer, as he is all about earth shattering events revolving around a handful of people.
Bottom line? At the very least rent it. I got excited from a franchise I cared very little about, and it's totally turned me into a Transformers fan for life.
Extra tip: Watch after the credits roll for a sneaky bit of extra footage, leaving the film open for an almost certain sequel.
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Was there ever so perfect a partnership of filmmaker and film as Michael Bay and Transformers? Bay, a man whose enthusiasm for destroying automobiles verges on the pathological (perhaps he was run over as a child) is surely the only director for a movie about giant car robots bashing each other's wingnuts off. Caught in the middle of this clanging metalstorm, the best that stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox can do is keep their pretty heads well down.
Since Transformers is based on a toy franchise, it's no surprise that the story is preposterous. There are good trannies (Autobots) and bad trannies (Decepticons). The good trannies are led by a dignified lorry called Optimus Prime, and they've come to Earth from planet Cybertron to find an all-powerful cube thingy that could destroy humanity forever. Seriously, though, don't worry about it. The movie builds momentum slowly, following teenager LaBeouf's engaging attempts to bond with Bumblebee, a trannie disguised as a beat-up Camaro. Meanwhile, somewhere in Quatar US forces wage high-tech war with the grumpy Decepticons, a sequence shot in the bombastic, burnished style of a military recruitment commercial. Or, you know, a Michael Bay movie.
"OUTRAGEOUS, STUPID FUN"
The transformers themselves are charming creations, rendered in astonishing CGI and given soulful voice by, among others, Matrix star Hugo Weaving. And the action? Fear not, tran-fans: at around the two-thirds mark, the film becomes an explosive orgy of giant, fetishised weaponry, grinding metal and spraying lubricant - an automotive video nasty with a Fort Knox-sized budget. It's outrageous, stupid fun and you should see it on the biggest screen you can find.
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i love this movie! the range of special effects bring to life my child hood favorite toy! absolutly stunning special effects with brilliant acting in the lead roles and more to the point it has megan fox in it! theres something for everyone in this movie, young and old! as those baddie decepticons plan to turn earth into there new home and wipe out the human race the good old autobots must find the alspark before the bad guys do. alspark being some big box thing that gave them life in the beggining. brilliant battles and typicle hollywood over the top acting that makes for good family viewing.