Movie Review: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen


It would be easy to say that Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen plays like a movie made by a thirteen year old boy for other thirteen year old boys, but if that were actually the case, it might not be such a wretched experience. Made by a filmmaker who doesn’t seem to be much evolved beyond the mentality of a teenager, yes, Revenge of the Fallen could also probably be characterized as the Hollywood sequel machine run amok. Who needs ‘better’ when you can do more, louder, flashier?

Transformers is dull, ponderous and overlong, packed to the gills with glamor shots of busy robot designs and Megan Fox, flashes of idiocy (a small robot humping the leg of Fox, who smiles at it fondly) and endless examples of Bay’s increasingly tedious military porn. If summer entertainment is meant to be diverting and imaginative, Revenge of the Fallen succeeds only in that it drove me into periods of catatonic daydreaming, where I imagined watching anything else. Read More »


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Last summer, Christopher Nolan wowed IMAX audiences by shooting the establishing shots and several action sequences of The Dark Knight in IMAX. Many were concerned that the effect would be jarring: Since only a few sequences were shot in IMAX, the picture would have to switch back and forth between a widescreen presentation and a native 70mm IMAX presentation (which filled up the entire whole, square-shaped frame).

IMAX vs. Digital IMAX

Nonetheless, in the context of the film, these swaps made sense. The resulting establishing shots gave Gotham city a feeling of grandeur and openness unique to the IMAX format. The action scenes, already visually spectacular, took on a heightened immediacy and drama.

That’s why I was excited to hear that the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen would feature four scenes shot in native IMAX, and that the IMAX version of the film would be slightly longer with more robot fighting. Would the IMAX presentation enhance the film, as it did for The Dark Knight? Read onwards to learn what to expect when you walk into that enormous IMAX theater this weekend.

[By necessity, this article will contain MINOR spoilers about some sequences towards the end of the film. You have been warned.]
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Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was released in theaters on Tuesday at Midnight. We should have an official review on the site in the next 24 hours. But as always, I would love to hear the diehards who made the trip to the theater on opening day to weigh in. What did you think of the sequel? What did you like? What did you hate? How did it compare to the original? Did you see it in IMAX? Comment Below! Feel free to discuss spoilers…


The UK release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was last week, and before that there was a press conference with Michael Bay, Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and John Turturro for not only the British press but, seemingly, a number of continental Europeans also. I was there, but this time I was not sitting amongst the press pack, waiting to shoot my hand up, but stood behind my camera, getting us some exclusive video. That video – about five minutes, representing the material really worth bothering with in the forty five minute conference – comes after the break.

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Another clip has been released from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which features (possible spoilers follow…) Sam (Shia LaBeouf) discovering a sliver of the allspark which ends up transforming household appliances into Decepticons. Watch the clip after the jump. I’ve also included links to the four other Transformers 2 clips released thus far.

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Transformers 2 viral

Did you know there was a viral marketing campaign going on to promote Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen? You didn’t think those videos on youtube showing robotic alien sightings from around the globe were real, did you? I’ve heard these videos and the website,, play a big part in the film. Ramon Rodriguez‘s character Leo runs the website which tries to uncover a conspiracy that giant robots are living on Earth. These videos appear on Leo’s blog.

For those of you who missed the action, check out the videos embedded after the jump. And watch carefully, because each of the home video recordings feature brief cameo appearances by Autobots and Decepticons.

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/Film reader Ryan M had a chance to see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in Japan, and has sent in a reader review. We usually don’t run reader reviews on the site if they don’t fall into the category of “long lead material” (test screenings, extremely advance promo screenings…etc) but the interest in the Transformers sequel is high enough to warrant it. For those of you looking to hear what a non reader review on the site, I assure you that we’ll run at least one official review of Transformers on the site next week, in addition to the /Filmcast discussion the week following. I should note that the review is, for the most part, spoiler free, but does contain some “minor spoilers” that could easily be seen in the trailers and tv spots. Review after the jump.

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9 More Photos from Transformers 2


As Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen approaches, Paramount has released a final batch of production photos. Paramount held their first American press screening tonight, and so far I’ve been hearing extremely mixed reactions – some people loved it, while others hated it. It will be interesting to see the official reviews as they begin rolling in early next week. Check out 8 more photos after the jump. As always, click to enlarge.

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Fun Facts

Ironhide from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Did you know if you took all the robot parts from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and laid them out end to end, they would stretch from one side of California to the other (about 180 miles)?. Paramount has released a list of fun facts relating to Michael Bay’s alien robot sequel. Check out the full list after the jump. Warning: Possible minor spoilers (nothing you wouldn’t have gathered from the trailers/tv spots).
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