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Saturday, 2 October 2010
Directed by Michael Bay with Steven Spielberg as Executive Producer, the film depicts an epic struggle between alien robots Autobots and Decepticons. When said struggle reaches Earth it is up to teen Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) to side with the Autobots and destroy the All Spark (or Cube), which is what the Decepticons need to gain ultimate power and destroy mankind.
The film boasts outstanding effects, the transformations from robot to car and vice versa being intricately detailed, and masterpieces of editing, showing just how incredible CGI is. The screenplay is good with a fast pace, substantial amounts of character development and some good gags, making it fresh and exciting for a good amount of the film. However, it does move quite slowly in some scenes and features some poor jokes that involve practical jokes amongst the characters, as well as some urine jokes.
The characters, however, carry the film. Shia LaBeouf gives a great performance full of energy and determination; while the stunning Megan Fox makes Sam's love interest Michaela seriously seductive (the shots of her leaning/draped over car bonnets will make men everywhere drool), as well as kind-hearted, but also tough and no-nonsense, although she does border on wooden at several points in the film. The robots, however, are the real stars; with Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) being a wise and driven leader; Megatron (Hugo Weaving) a seriously ferocious and intimidating villain; and Bumblebee (Mark Ryan), Jazz (Darius McCrary), Ironhide (Jess Harnell), Ratchet (Robert Foxworth) and the Decepticons (also Jess Harnell; Charles Adler, Reno Wilson and Jimmie Wood) as great back-up bots with interesting personalities and being used to create some incredibly stunning action sequences. Some supporting characters, however, bring the standard down slightly, especially Julie White, who is particularly irritating and unengaging as Sam's overbearing mother.
So, all-in-all Transformers is an action-packed, visually outstanding and quite exciting film, and a rather enjoyable film. It has its flaws, but is definetly worth a viewing.
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Peter Cullen, Hugo Weaving, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Mark Ryan, Darius McCrary, Jess Harnell, Robert Foxworth, Rachael Taylor, Anthony Anderson, Charles Adler, Reno Wilson, Jimmie Wood, John Turturro, Jon Voight, Kevin Dunn, Julie White.
Oscar nominations: Best Visual Effects (Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russell Earl, John Frazier), Best Sound Editing (Ethan Van der Ryn, Mike Hopkins), Best Sound Mixing (Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell, Peter J. Devlin).