Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

 

Paramount Pictures

 

PG-13

 

Plot Summary: When Decepticons return to earth in search of an ancient energy source, Sam and the Autobots race to find it first.

 

Reason for the Rating: Intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug material.

 

If you loved Transformers as much as my family did, you were probably pretty excited about the release of Revenge of the Fallen. I mean, for a family of boys, it doesn't get any better than cars that transform into super heroes and battle each other in the streets. So, we waited with much anticipation to see what was going to happen to Sam, Bumblebee, and Optimus Prime.

 

Maybe it was the anticipation, the expectation that the sequel would be as awe inspiring as the first, but after watching for 2 1/2 hours, we left the theater disappointed. The computer graphics were amazing, with cars transforming all over the place. All our favorite characters were there fighting evil, and the story wasn't even half bad (although it was long). What was the problem then, you're probably asking. The problem is that half of the movie was just bad. And I mean really bad.

 

Revenge of the Fallen begins at the Witwicky home, as Sam (Shia LaBeouf) is preparing to leave for college. His father is excited for Sam, while his mother is inconsolable. And Mojo the dog, well, let's just say he's excited to finally have another dog around. During this commotion, Sam steps away to call his girlfriend, Mikaela (Megan Fox), and finds a shard from the Cube, which turns all the household electronics into miniature robots. Mayhem and pandemonium. Bumblebee comes to the rescue, and kills all the robots, and all but destroys the family home.

 

Sounds innocent enough. Except, that during this brief scene, we've seen dogs humping several times, Mikaela dressed and posed provocatively, and heard language that was disappointing and unnecessary.

 

The next scene is Sam being dropped off at college. A fun and exciting time to be sure. Within several minutes, Sam's mother has eaten brownies laced with pot, and is running around the campus announcing that Sam has recently lost his virginity (except in not so polite terminology), and that she was home to hear it all. A disturbing picture. When her husband finally tackles her to the ground, she says, "Oh professor, I'd do ANYTHING for an A." And finally, Sam's new roommate, Leo (Ramon Rodriguez), has rigged it so all the "hot" girls are in their dorm. Every girl is long-legged and wearing short-shorts and tight shirts. A college boy's dream.

 

This is basically the way the first half of the movie proceeds. Unrealistically sexy girls, a few new Autobots we don't really like and can't understand, humping dogs, and unnecessary language. It's not until Agent Simmons (John Turturro) returns that the movies picks up and becomes somewhat enjoyable for those of us who are NOT college boys.

 

This is not a movie for anyone (except maybe those college boys). Skip it. This isn't even a movie you'll want to rent at a later date. A better option is to rent the first Transformers movie, buy some theater candy, and watch these super-heroes from the comfort of your own home.

 

Let’s Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• The message of Optimus Prime is, "Fate rarely calls upon us at a moment of our choosing." Tell about a time when you had to do something you didn't want to. How did it turn out? How did the experience change you?

 

• Sam risks his life to save Optimus. Who, or what, are you willing to risk your life for?

 

• This is a classic story of good vs. evil. How do you see these forces in your own life? Which has the greater influence and control?

 

--JW

 

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