“ Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Science Fiction / Theatrical Release: 2007 / Director: Michael Bay / Actors: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox ... / DVD released 03 December, 2007 at Dreamworks Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Surround Sound, Widescreen, PAL „
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When i first found out Transformers was going to be turned into a live action film i was excited beyond belief, i was scouring the internet for months before release trying to find trailers and plot details. When the film was eventually released in the cinema i was lucky enough to obtain pre-release tickets to a special showing.
The cinema was packed out and full of mostly guys my age all of whom shared a passion for the 1980's Transformers. From the very first scene of the movie i new the film would be an instant classic in my mind, the sight of seeing a live action transformers was amazing and the special effects brought to the screen under the directorial leadership of Michael Bay was brilliant.
The main charactors of the film Sam and Mikaela played their roles well and the comedy aspects of the film had everyone at leaset giggling in the cinema. As the film played out we learn more of the Transformers and although different from the 1986 movie storyline the plot was interesting enough to keep me watching.
The films finalee sees an ongoing street battle between the autobots (good guys) and decepticons (bad guys), In my opinion this demonstrated mind blowing special effects i had not seen before.
To conclude although a lot of people critise Michael Bay films and the Transformers i loved it from start to finish and have re-watched the movie many times since.
Transformers is a sci-fi and actions film in a category of its own. It was directed by Michael Bay and was written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. It was released in late July 2007 at a cost of $147 million US dollars making it one of the most successful films of the year.
It runs for 144 Minutes and has a 12A certificate in the US and UK.
The main cast includes Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky and Megan Fox
as Mikaela Banes.
The film develops a love story between the two and eventually when the attacks start, Mikaela shows some feelings towards Sam because of how protective he is over her.
The film stars the Autobots as the good guys who face the bad guys called the Decepticons. The US army have trouble when helping Sam with the Cube as they cant tell which robots are the Autobots and which are the Decepticons.
A Decepticon gets on board Air Force Once and dries to gain access to files about a relative of Sam's who discovered megaton. But before the
Decepticon has full access to all the files, the hard lines are cut.
Overall, the film is full of action, contains good action and a very good story. I have owned this DVD from the day it was released on DVD and have watched it many time. It is currently on Amazon for $3.93. If this film is anything to go on, Transformers 2 will not be a let down.
***Film review only***
The cartoon of Transformers often had humans involved, but they tended to be background characters - Here Michael Bay makes them the focus of the film seemingly unaware that it's called "Transformers", not "Sam, a load of pointless characters and the Transformers". Admittedly, current blockbuster golden boy Shia Le-Boeuf has plenty of charisma and the comedic chops to make the character interesting. It's when we go any further down the cast list things get ropey - Megan Fox can not act. At all. Add to the fact her character has nothing to do but simper over Shia most of the time. Jon Voigt sleep walks his way through a limited role. Okay, Jon Tuturro would be entertaining just reading a phone book so his prescence is always welcome. But the Australian analyst? Pointless. Her hacker friend? Embarrassingly loud and obnoxious (the scene with the donuts is meant to be funny).
The film isn't a complete disaster though - and one of the things that works in it's favour is that it's light hearted. Yes I've complained above about the comedy relief of some of the characters but there is still stuff that works - Sam's dorky parents have some funny scenes, the Autobots themselves are funny at times too. There's also a bit of heart in Sam's attachment to Bumblebee. It's also a nice touch getting Peter Cullen back as the voice of Optimus Prime to keep us fanboys happy. And no one can do mindless destruction quite like Bay - yes there are occasions when you can't tell which robot is which during a fight scene but if nothing else it looks great.
The film whips along at a quick pace with the light heartedness diffusing the ridiculous concept of living robots fighting. It won't be remembered in 10 years time, but it's a Friday night with beers kind of film.
As a kid I watched every transformers VHS I could get my hands on. Many years on I hear a rumour that they are making a live action film; to say I was excited is an understatement. Luckily this film is good, but its not as good as it could be. It certainly has action and great special effect, the CGI is much better than some other films of the time, the sound design is also good.
The mythology isn't followed as closely as I'd like, for instance Megatron is meant to be a gun. I also would have liked a few more of the classic characters to be included like Grimlock.
I don't like Shia LaBeouf's character he adds an annoying sense of humour that is totally unneeded. Megan Fox's character seems to have only been added for the male audience, as she does little more than parade around in tight jeans.
The actual plot is nonsensical it makes little sense and bears little resemblance to the cartoons of the eighties. I wish they had stayed truer to the original stories.
The film is on a single disc with a commentary from Michael Bay.
I have to admit that the first couple of times I saw this I never made it through to the end without falling asleep. I'm not suggesting that this film is boring but I couldn't write a review until I'd actually seen the whole thing so the other night I pulled it out of the rack and popped the DVD on.
Released in 2007 and directed by Michael Bay, this Transformers film is based on the toy line popular in the 1980's and re-released in 2006. Being a child at the time, I do remember them being popular and I was partial to watching the odd cartoon episode on a Saturday morning but except for the tag line 'Transformers, robots in disguise', I have to confess I don't remember much about it.
The story centres on High school student Sam Witwicky, who inadvertently becomes the missing link to an ancient power source known as the allspark that was hidden years ago on Earth by alien robots in order to protect it. Now bad guy Megatron, leader of the Decepticons knows Sam has the key to its location and it's up to Optimus Prime and the Autobots to help save Earth from its destruction.
I liked Sam, he's a somewhat typical 16 year old that's not quite a geek but isn't in with the 'it' crowd either, he hides porn under his bed and dreams of pulling class mate Michaela, even though she doesn't even know he exists. He tries to cover up his vulnerability with humour, something that many teenagers do and all in all he is easy to relate to as most of us go through an awkward stage when growing up.
Michaela is also at an age where she is transitioning from student to adult and although her character is more about looking good, she does at least speak about having more depth, even if she can't help falling for guys with big muscles.
Many of the characters seem a little stereotypical; the army unit particularly who shoot first ask questions later without thinking of the consequences are a fine example of this. There is also the Secretary of Defence who enlists the help of several teenagers to save the world and thinks it's a good idea to leave hormonally charged Sam in control. Sam's parents were completely cringeworthy to the point where I would have turned off the film if they'd had any more screen time and the fat computer guy was completely pointless and irritating.
The script isn't anything special but there are some cheesy one liners that will make you laugh. The plot is a little basic in that the Autobots want to save the planets by stopping the Decepticons from getting it and the rest is just really added padding that looks good.
This is Michael Bay film so I didn't expect a great story, I expected huge explosions, a damsel in distress and an unlikely hero and that is exactly what I got. It may not have been original but it did what it said on the tin.
The special effects are pretty special; the transformers look spectacular although I was a little disappointed they didn't transform more frequently. I did feel they lacked personality, it was almost like the way they looked was the only thing given any thought which was a shame.
The scenes with CGI were very flash and visually stunning but the in between scenes felt a little flat without it. I'm not suggesting the whole film should be filled with effects but it should have been more seamless and less noticeable.
The saving grace of this film is that it doesn't take itself too seriously; it knows it is merely entertaining the crowd in the interim but won't have any long term staying power. It's a shame because Transformers has a place in many a heart but I'm afraid this won't satisfy many die hard fans.
This is a 12 certificate film which is probably suitable because there are scenes of violence, use of bad language and ogling of scantily clad girls. I do think it would have been better as a PG because so many kids love Transformers due to the release of several (very expensive) toys around the time of the films release. It seems a little odd to aim two parts of the same franchise to different age groups.
Shia LeBouef isn't bad as Sam; he is very convincing when drooling over Michaela and suitably clumsy whilst giving his history presentation. He does try hard to interact with the robots that he can't see but sometimes it's obvious that they weren't actually there during filming.
Megan Fox looks fantastic and is suitable for love interest Michaela. I'm not sure if she could have handled more dialogue but it would have been nice to see her try.
Jon Vought seems to play the same character in every film I see him in and this is no exception; he brings nothing new to the table as the Secretary of Defence but is suitable never the less.
John Turturro featured as some odd government agent that I just didn't understand and Anthony Anderson is his usual annoying self as a computer hacker. Kevin Dunn and Julie White play Sam's parents and although I didn't like their characters I don't think this is a reflection of their acting skills.
Overall this is a reasonable film; it's enjoyable to watch as long as you aren't expecting anything in depth and the special effects are visually fantastic. I think the sequel may turn out better as they will hopefully give the robots more screen time and the humans less, but we'll see.
This film is currently available on Amazon for £3.98 but can be rented from Blockbuster for around £1.00. I definitely think this is worth a watch but repeated viewings are probably not required.
I enjoy many films but very few make the impression this one did one me. I got persuaded reluctantly to go and see this movie at the cinema with a few friends. Thinking I'd hate it, I sat down with my popcorn and within 5 minutes was absolutely hooked. So into the movie was I that I cheered in the cinema when the good guys beat the bad guys and the first thing I did when it came out on DVD was buy it. This is the type of movie you can watch over and over again not get board and still notice new things.
Pros - Fantastic plot, the special effects were awesome, brilliant acting form all cast members involved. It contained everything you could wish for in a movie: romance, action, humour, there were no parts in this movie that I would consider slow or boring. It's a brilliant all rounder this movie won't just be like by sci-fi fans because it has so much packed into it. It's a great for a good night in with a boy / girlfriend or just hanging with a group of friend as it's' not too scary and quite easy to understand everything that's going on in the plot.
Cons - You can't watch it with young children around. The aliens / autobots accents are a little weird but depending on your sense of humour you might find it funny, I however just thought it was the Americans bad impression of an English accent most of the time.
Being a huge fan of the 'Transformers' cartoon when I was growing up, and always secretly wanting an 'Optimus Prime' Transformer toy of my very own, I was of course quite excited when I learned that the popular heroes of 'Cybertron', their home planet, were going to be portrayed on the big screen.
This interest during my childhood, coupled with being a comic book geek as an adult meant I had gained a fair amount of knowledge when it came to the robotic heroes and so was more than a little dubious about whether the heroes could be portrayed sufficiently on the big screen. In instances like these, it is impossible to be open-minded to a degree.
My personal opinion about comic book heroes being turned into films is quite divided; I think in the case of 'Spiderman' (my absolute favourite) it has been done with success and has done justice to millions of fans worldwide in ensuring the magic and fabric of the character we have grown to love is truly brought to life. In other cases though I feel that a half-hearted stab has been made, and some rather important facts have merely been 'hinted' at when the story and plight of the respective heroes has been shown on-screen.
This mistake is a fatal one, and any self-confessed comic book geek will agree that there are many times when the story should just be left alone. Leave it there, on the pages of a dog-eared comic and let the human imagination engulf the story and bring it to life of its own accord.
Yes, it is fair to say that when I watched 'Transformers' for the first time I was experiencing MIXED feelings. Excitement mixed with a mild resentment perhaps? I had a good ten years of experience reading about the Transformers and part of me didn't want to see the film. If they got it wrong, the magic would be ruined, wouldn't it....?
~ THE PLOT ~
Sam Witwicky (played by Shia LaBeouf) is a bit of a nerd. His high school classmates take any opportunity to pick on him and he is very unpopular in school.
When his father promises to buy him a new car, Sam is understandably thrilled. Walking around the car lot to choose his new wheels, a bright yellow car catches Sam's eye and with that his purchase is made. This choice in wheels is of course not accidental and the car is one of several 'Autobots' who have come to earth from their own planet - Cybertron - to locate a mysterious cube that holds tremendous power.
Under the watchful eye of their leader, Optimus Prime, the Autobots must locate the cube and restore harmony to the galaxy. This is not easy, as there are several evil robots known as 'Decepticons' standing in the way of the Autobots' mission, eager to locate and possess the cube too, such is the power contained within.
Both the Autobots and the Decepticons can 'transform' into machines. This is helpful in allowing them to 'integrate' into the human world, particularly as there are so many cars and trucks on our streets.
The battle ultimately comes to earth. Autobots must fight off the evil Decepticons, and as Autobots REFUSE to harm humans or put them in danger, this battle is a difficult one. There MUST be a battle though, and the cube MUST be located.
This is fine and good, but just WHAT does this have to do with a young high school nerd?
~ MY OPINION ~
Ok, cars turning into robots is always going to be a film-makers dream. Cue lots of top-notch effects and top budget animation to allow the 'transforming' scenes to be done with justice. Some of the scenes of said transforming can actually reduce me to an eye-popping, grinning idiot, such is the skill and sheer magnitude of these scenes.
It is not difficult to see that the special effects are the main reason that this film has been such a hit. Well, that and the fact that there are squillions of comic book nerds like myself worldwide who just could NOT pass up an opportunity to see this interpretation of the Transformers story.
The story is not without flaws. There are HUGE gaps in the storyline such as there being no explanation as to why Bumblebee (yes that IS all one word) cannot talk, except for Optimus Prime making a reference to him being damaged in battle. Bumblebee is Sam's car (the bright yellow car he was given by his father) and is one of the most popular characters in the Transformers crowd. Well, at least, he SHOULD be. I'm not sure this was conveyed properly although to be fair he was portrayed well, and there was no doubt that we felt a huge empathy for him as the viewing audience. The trouble is, Bumblebee was always such an important part of the comic book series, he was the main hero, after Optimus of course. This was hinted at during the film, but not made as clear as I would have liked.
Plenty of other gaps were evident too. These were covered up as best as possible in the film and to be fair if you were watching it with an open-mind (I obviously wasn't) then you would have been none the wiser.
The part of Sam was played rather half-heartedly by Shia LaBeouf. I didn't connect with him properly and watching him on-screen, I felt he didn't really understand - or didn't care enough - about the Transformers' plight. Or the problems that Optimus Prime was relaying to him. His performance throughout was lukewarm, verging on being so-so at best, and the casting of this part is a VERY important cog in the whole Transformers machine so the fact that the chemistry stayed at this level throughout the film was a fairly lethal mistake, for me at least. I have been wracking my brains trying to think up who I would have cast in the leading role and I can't think who would have been more suited to the part. Perhaps the director should have scoured the internet comic book forums or sites and secured a Transformers fan for the role; certainly a huge lack of enthusiasm was part of the problem for LaBeouf.
I'm probably being unfair. I did enjoy the film and I did think the special effects were completely awesome and without fault for the most part. There is no doubt in my mind that I would have enjoyed the film much more if I knew nothing of the Transformers or their background beforehand, but this cannot be helped.
The supporting cast were as lukewarm as LeBeouf and did nothing to add to the film's charisma. Megan Fox played the part of Sam's love interest, and the chemistry between them was nonexistent, as were Ms Fox's acting talents. No doubt the fact that she had to wear such skimpy clothing and pull rather strange, intent-looking faces throughout the film were the main criteria she had to fulfil, and both of these were done with 100% dedication on her part... sigh.
All in all, I would thoroughly recommend giving the Transformers movie a watch. If you like high-action films, and some high-impact special effects, you won't be disappointed and you'll be glad you gave it a chance. If you are a fan of the original toy series, or the spin-off cartoon show that ran in the 80's, the original comic books or any other aspect of the Transformers, you will find gaps everywhere and find yourself criticising everything from the main cast and the gaps in the plot etc to more important details like the decision to change Bumblebee COMPLETELY (he was always ALWAYS a Volkswagen car but the makers of this movie decided he needed an updated image??!?!!) . If you can overlook these details and take the film at face value though, you will probably be glad you did.
Even though I was disappointed with lots of aspects of the film, I would still award it four Dooyoo marks as it deserves recognition, regardless of the faults I can quite easily pick with it.
The film is certificate 12 and runs for about two hours. There are some bonus features on my DVD but as I have not seen any of them I cannot comment. The DVD can be bought from www.play.com or www.amazon.co.uk.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
I maintain that if someone gave Michael Bay a good script to work from, he could make an excellent film; the guy knows how to stage action sequences, and can direct gorgeous scenes, but he just always suffers from a cornball script that has cheesy lines. Transformers is no different; a visually stunning film that is marred by a dodgy script and so is only intermittently satisfying as the epic robot showdown we all wanted.
The film revolves around Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), a young student who is intending to sell some ancient glasses that his great grandfather wore during an arctic expedition. However, they are actually imprinted with an important robotic code, and so the Autobots (the good bots), led by Optimus Prime, and the Decepticons (the bad bots), led by Megatron, both attempt to reach Sam before the other, resulting in a showdown of sometimes-epic proportions, but often just corny ones.
The first three quarters of the film were fairly disappointing and overlong build-up - there are occasional action scenes, some truly awful dialogue, and futile attempts at humour. The final act, which involves a 20-minute battle between the Decepticons and the Autobots, was fantastic, and raised my view of this film considerably. The effects were superb and the cinematography lush, and it's also great that Peter Cullen was back to voice Optimus Prime. It's just a shame that this film was mired by several layers of cheese and bad writing, as is typical of the vast majority of Michael Bay films. Had it not been for the final fight, this film would have been a massive disappointment.
Released in 2007, Transformers the movie recreates world of the 1980s cartoon series without possessing any of the original show's charm. Directed by Michael Bay (who else?), the plot concerns the rival factions of the Autobots and the Decepticons coming to earth to track down the 'All Spark', a mysterious object that gave life to their race, the two sides planning to use it for good and evil respectively . The central protagonist is played by the consistently infuriating Shia LaBeuf, who plays a young kid whose grandfather owned a pair of spectacles with a map on them leading to the All Spark (or something like that, I was struggling to pay attention), and who discovers that his newly purchased car is none other than Autobot Bumblebee in disguise, with LaBeuf then going on to team up with the rest of the Autobots against the Decepticon menace.
Unsuprisingly, the film relies heavily on dramatic cgi-driven action set-pieces, whereby the US Army go head to head with devastating Decepticon robots who also lay waste to American cities as they engage in close quarters combat with the Autobots, but the whole thing is just so creatively vacuous and depressing to watch that I found myself switching off constantly and struggle to remember what actually happened as shiny computer models danced before my eyes like some kind of soulless high-tech pornography. The experience was like watching somebody else play an X-Box game, and left me utterly unengaged throughout its 143 minute runtime. Empty, cynical and completely lacking in magic, and with no intelligence and a bland and incoherent plot, Transformers is a film that will keep 14 year olds quiet for a few hours but thats about it.
//Film Only Review//
Previous to watching this movie I had had no experience of Transformers. I hadn't watched the cartoon, hadn't played any games and didn't have any of the toys. Despite this I still wanted to see this based on the amazing looking trailer and friends telling me how good it was. I definetely wasn't disappointed. I feared it couldn't live upto what I had heard about it, but it surpassed all expectations and became my favourite movie of all time. Alot of people will be thinking "WHAT ?!?". "Have you not seen the Godfather ?. Have you not seen blah, blah, blah ?" To answer this question I haven't seen The Godfather, it's far too slow and boring for me, sorry. I don't care if there isn't multiple stories and clever hidden messages, I just want to be entertained and Transformers accomplishes that on every level.
Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is just an ordinary high school kid, that is until alien transforming robots come to Earth in search of the thing that would give them total power. These aliens are of course the Autobots and Decepticons. With the help of Mikaela (Megan Fox), Sam attempts to help the Autobots defeat the Decepticons.
~~~So Why's it the Best ?~~~
To start off with, I'm very impressed with the casting. Mainly Shia LaBeouf as Sam, who as yet I've yet to see a bad movie that he stars in. He's excellent again, playing his part to perfection. With so many special effects, this performance is even more impresive as he is probably acting in front of nothing most of the time. whatever the situation, serious or for comedy effect he pulls it off. One of my favourite parts of the movie is when he's in the police station. I'll not say what happens, but the delivery of his lines is excellent.
And of course Megan Fox, who adds something different and by different I mean sex appeal. Her role in the movie is more to run around looking good rather than actually saying much dialogue, but when her acting skills are called into action, Megan plays her part very convincingly. There are many other charcaters who all play parts in the movie to a very high standard, but it would take quite a while to mention them all.
Secondly the special effects are second to none. These are showcased right form the beginning of the movie, where the action gets underway straight away. Everything from the Transformers themselves to the destruction caused by them are nothing short of exceptional.
So, a great cast has ben put together, the special effects are spectacular, but without a good story and clever writing then they're no good at all. Fortunately enough the story is great aswell. As I menioned before the action gets underway right form the beginning, then pauses to take a breather for a minute. While the action is put on the back burner for a second you are introduced to Sam and get to know his background. Soon after this the action gets underway again, but not unnecessarily. The story develops at a nice pace throughout the movie, while continuing to develop Sam as a character.
Along with the excellent story and screenplay, the dialogue in the movie as also brilliant. There are some very funny, laugh-out-loud moments in this movie, which further adds to its appeal.
The music used throughout the movie also adds to the intensity and appeal, with Linkin Park's - What I've Done, being a very suitable choice as the movies main soundtrack.
I've watched this movie so many times now I have lost count. Each time I enjoy it as much as the first time I saw it. There's also something I pick up on after each watch that I've not seen or heard before.
This review doesn't even begin to describe how much I liked this movie. I can't think of a single thing that I didn't like.
There will be lots of people who completely disagree with this review, but I recommend this to virtually everyone. It has something for just about everyone. It's funny, clever, well written, well directed, special effects of the highest standard - what more could you want ?
I have since seen the second movie (once so far) and although the origianal is still my favourite at the moment, I have no doubt after another watch or two the second wil be up there as joint favourite movie.
I would finish by saying roll on Transformers 2, but since I've seen it -
Roll on Transformers 3...
Director : Michael Bay
Roberto Orci (screenplay)
Alex Kurtzman (screenplay)
John Rogers (story)
Roberto Orci (story)
Alex Kurtzman (story)
Runtime : 144 minutes
Transformers is a action film released in 2007 and adapted from the Transformers franchise. With a huge budget of $150 million, it went on to make over $708 million worldwide. The film is rated 12 due to a moderate amount of violence and is 138 minutes long.
The film begins by telling the audience about the history of the Transformers and how they came to Earth after their home planet, Cybertron, was destroyed. The Decepticon leader, Megatron destroyed the planet in order to try and find the All Spark but it lead him to Earth. He crash landed in the arctic and froze there. In 1987, Captain Archibald Witwicky discovered Megatron and accidentally activated his navigational system. The government found Megaton and the All Spark and moved them to a secret location and built the Hoover Damn around them to mask their energies.
The good guys, The Autobots, have also come to Earth to locate the All Spark before the Decepticons do. Both sides discover that Sam Witwicky, a teenage boy, holds the answers they seek and both try to get the information they need from him. Sam befriends the Autobots as he buys one of them, Bumblebee, in the form of a Chevrolet Camaro. The Autobots help Sam out as much as he does them and in the end, it all comes down to a battle between good and evil.
Sam Witwicky -Shia LaBeouf
Megan Fox - Mikaela Banes
Josh Duhamel - Major William Lennox
Tyrese Gibson - Robert Epps
John Vought - Secretary of Defence
Rachael Taylor - Maggie
John Turturro - Agent Summons
Peter Cullen - Optimus Prime (Voice)
Hugo Weaving - Megatron (Voice)
No special features
Although the plot is a bit silly, with massive robots battling it out in the middle of a city, I can't help but love this film.
Shia LaBeouf is great as Sam who is slightly geeky but funny and sweet at the same time. LaBeouf's character comes across as extremely likable and I'm sure a lot of guys can relate to him when it comes to love interest, Mikaela, played by Megan Fox. I can't see the big deal about her but I'm guessing that's just because I'm a girl. Fox was good in her supporting role but was definitely outshined by some of the other cast.
Tyrese Gibson and Josh Duhamel who play Robert Epps and Major William Lennox were my favourite human characters. They are both extremely easy on the eyes which helps but I thought their performances were outstanding. Much better than Megan Fox's. There was nothing that I didn't like about these two and I'm really looking forward to seeing them again in the sequel...when I eventually get around to watching it.
For me, some of the Autobots were what made this film. Bumblebee and Jazz were my favourites and added a lot of humour to the film. Most of the Autobots are much more colourful than Decepticons but at certain points in the film, especially the last big fight, I found it quite hard to tell who was who.
The plot isn't a masterpiece but the film is more about the special effects than anything and they were done amazingly. It must have been quite hard for the actors who interact with the robots because most of the scenes were either done with models or nothing at all.
I was quite disappointed to see that no special features were included on the normal DVD but I assume there are on the special edition release. Considering this film had such a big budget and a vast amount of special effects, it would have been interesting to see how things were done.
Overall, this is a fantastic action film but unfortunately the plot lets it down a little bit. I went to see this 4 times at the cinema, once on IMAX and was impressed every time. I do think that this is a film that can be extremely enhanced by surround sound and it makes the experience so much better.
Having watched transformers cartoons when I was younger I was pretty excited when the transformers movie was first released in 2007. I decided to go to a preview screening a week before the general release and I was not disappointed. Visually it was stunning especially in the cinema and the plot and storyline although not fantastic was very entertaining. As it is directed by Michael Bay, one of the action film specialists I was expecting something good and wasn't disappointed.
The story begins and we are told that a long time ago, far away on the planet of Cybertron, an alien civil war was being waged between the two races of robots the noble hero Autobots led by the wise Optimus Prime and the devious evil Decepticons commanded by their leader Megatron for control over the Allspark, a cube shaped device that would grant unlimited power to whoever had it.
Meanwhile on modern planet Earth, the father of teenager Sam Witwicky(Shia LaBeouf) gives an old Camaro to him as his new car.He has a chance to give a ride to his schoolmate Mikaela Banes (Megan Fox) . His car is actually the Autobot Bumblebee,which is leaded by Optimus Prime, and they end up caught in a war against the evil Decepticons, leaded by Megatron. Both races are seeking the cube Allspark with opposite intentions: the Autobots intend to protect the human beings, while the Deceptions want to destroy them.
The plot was pretty good but was also quite unrealistic. It was all kept in check though with some solid acting and the most incredible display of visual effects that I had ever seen up to that point in a movie. Shia LaBeouf played his role very well and added a bit of humour and wit as well. The robots also had some funy lines which gave us something different to the constant action and special effects. Megan Fox does well in her support role and is as sexy as ever.The most impressive aspect of "Transformers" was definately the special effects. The robot vs. robot fight scenes were, in a word, remarkable. There was also good interaction betwen the robots and humans which seemed quite realistic and not computer generated. Overall it is a fantastic movie and highly entertaining.
Directed by: Michael Bay
Steven Spielberg (executive)
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
United International Pictures
Release date: July 27, 2007 (UK)
Running time: 143 minutes
Transformers the Movie is a Michael Bay big screen big money transfer of the popular eighties cartoon.
Whats it about:
Sam Wicketey (Shia LeBeouf is an everyday kid who dreams of being cool and popular, ok that's where things make sense, now things get a tad implausible, basically the Transformers are made up of Autobots (Goodies) and Decepticons (Baddies) they were battling on their home planet for control of an all powerful box which gives the transformers amazing power, the Autobots wanted it to ensure Decepticons didn't destroy their planet.
A brave autobot sneaked the box from their home planet and it ended up underwater in the Antarctic, the only evidence of where this box is, is an imprint of a map on the glasses of Wicketey's great grandfather, which were left to him as an heirloom.
Are you still with me? Well the Decepticons come to earth to find the glasses which contain the microfilm of the map and go after Sam, thankfully Sam's car turns out to be Bumblebee (an autobot) and a chase to find the box and battle of autobots and decepticons takes place.
Shia LaBeouf ... Sam Witwicky
Megan Fox ... Mikaela Banes
Josh Duhamel ... Captain Lennox
Tyrese Gibson USAF Tech Sergeant Epps
Rachael Taylor Maggie Madsen
Anthony Anderson Glen Whitmann
Jon Voight Defense Secretary John Keller
John Turturro Agent Simmons
Michael O'Neill Tom Banacheck
Kevin Dunn Ron Witwicky
Julie White Judy Witwicky
Amaury Nolasco ACWO Jorge "Fig" Figueroa
Zack Ward First Sergeant Donnelly
Luis Echagarruga Ranger Team
Pat Mulderrig Ranger Team (as Patrick Mulderrig)
Ok so the plot is very far fetched but this is still a really enjoyable film, first off LaBeouf is a really good lead, funny, charming, geeky and he really lights up the screen, his relationship with the seemingly more adult Mikaela (Fox) is a good one and they make good leads for the adventure that ensues.
During the film we see John Turturro as a double dealing Agent, Jon Voight as the Defence Secretary and Tyrese Gibson and Josh Duhamel as heroic Air Force operatives defending the earth from Decepticons.
Its great seeing Optimus Prime, Megatron and some of the Transformers in CGI form, I would have liked to have seen more of my favourite characters but do realise this would have taken away from the pace, action and story.
So that's the acting, but to be honest this is all secondary, this film is a Michael Bay Film so its all about the high cost special effects, the transformers look amazing and these huge robots provide thrills and spills in car chases, huge fights and brilliant pyrotechnics. This is a crash and explode kind of film, that looks great, the plot can easily be dissected but the visual effect and the amazing action keep you gripped from start to finish.
I expected this film to be rubbish but I really enjoyed it which is unusual for me with Michael Bay Films, this is a roller coaster of a film enjoyable for small and big kids alike.
The DVD is available for £3.98 for Amazon and includes directors commentary, trailers and lots of other extras.
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The Transformers is one of the best movies I have ever watched as it has a superb storyline and some great special effects along with a great atmosphere created. The latest version - The Transformers 2 has recently been released, which I have yet to see but I've heard it's good too.
The story follows something that happened many years ago. Megatron, the Decepticon leader, destroyed the Transformers home world - Cybertron. There is an object called the All Spark, which is a cube that has immense powers. It can be used to re-build the Cybertron world, so the Autobots try to find it. The Decepticons want to find the All Spark to destroy the Autobots and take over the universe.
The All Spark was located on Earth and Megatron located it but crashed into the Arctic Circle and became frozen. Captain Archibald Witwicky stumbled across his body later on and accidentally activated Megatron's navigation system.
The story is excellent and quite unique too. I love the film as these enormous robots from Cybertron are present amongst human beings within the movie. The Autobots become friends with people on Earth to help them in their quest. One car that a boy gets actually transforms into an Autobot. The story also has some romance in it due to a young couple.
The special effects are what made the film so brilliant for me. The Transformers fly across familiar cities such as New York and fight each other too, causing chaos in the streets. The film has a sense of realism and is really intriguing and fascinating to watch. I'd highly recommend it, and you can get it on DVD for just £3.98 on amazon.co.uk.
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I saw this film last night for the second time, as it was sent from Lovefilm. I have to say the second time round was much more enjoyable than the first, although to be fair, the first time I watched it was sat around my brother in laws laptop watching a very bad copy he had downloaded - not the best film to watch on a small laptop screen! Although the second time round was enjoyable, I have to say that I think the film could have been 10 times better had it taken a darker route, for example in the case of Batman, where all the earlier films were ok but not brill, but Dark Knight was darker and far superior. I don't want to ramble on about a totally different film, but I'm sure you can understand what I mean. I found this film a little silly in places, especially with the transformer that hacked into the US defence mainframe in the first half of the film and made several rather strange noises, not too dissimilar to the noises the gremlins made! This was a bit too 80s for me! I also thought all the silly comments made by the main character Sam (Shia LeBeouf) were unnecessary. This film had enough going for it with all the CGI stuff with the transformers without these unnecessary bits that just seemed to drag the film on for longer than was necessary. I'm hoping that the second Transformers film, which I hope to see soon, is an improvement on the first.
Tom Witwicky (Shia Lebeouf), is a hard working high school student desperate to get the grades needed to get him into college and more importantly to get him his first car as a present from mum and dad. He off course gets the grades and Tom's first car ends up being a rusty old yellow sport Camero with black racing stripes. This soon turns out to be a transformer and is obvious from the minute you see the car, by the odd way it is behaving, from turning on silly love songs whenever he see his 'love' Mikaela Banes (Megan Fox), to opening doors by itself and driving by itself! After a few action scenes of being chased by high performance police cars and his own car, Tom soon realises that the earth has a few visitors. He enlists the help of Banes to help him on his quest to find his great grandfathers spectacles, who it turns out accidentally discovered Megatron in the Arctic Circle in the 1920s and the destiny of the world is basically embedded into the spectacles (I think this was an afterthought as although this is a film about robots which turn into cars and can talk - it seemed a little far fetched to me!).
The enemy soon turns up, headed by Megatron, and they hack into the Ministry of Defences computer system in the US desperate to find weaknesses so they can defeat us and take over the world. Basically, it's a fight to the finish between the good transformers and the bad ones! Features a lot of action including a few scenes where the transformers are fighting each other, and when you watch it you can't help but think how anybody could possibly be able to create that with a computer! Special effects always get me! The effects were fantastic but I think the storyline was an afterthought. Perhaps would have been slightly better with a better known cast, although Jon Voight is exceptional as always playing Defence Secretary John Keller. Directed by Michael Bay, you know you are in for a treat and as long as you don't expect a mind-blowing storyline, then the effects will carry you.
Shia LaBeouf - Sam Witwicky
Megan Fox - Mikaela Banes
Josh Duhamel - Captain Lennox
Tyrese Gibson - USAF Tech Sergeant Epps
Rachael Taylor - Maggie Madsen
Anthony Anderson - Glen Whitmann
Jon Voight - Defense Secretary John Keller
John Turturro - Agent Simmons
Michael O'Neill - Tom Banachek
Kevin Dunn - Ron Witwicky
Julie White - Judy Witwicky
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Run time: 143 minutes
As sci-fi action blockbusters go, they dont come much bigger than Transformers. Maybe its because of the subject matter: its based on a toy line from the 1980s, concerning giant robots from outer space engaged in a civil war that pits the heroic Autobots against the evil Decepticons. They have the ability to disguise themselves as vehicles and other mechanical objects, transforming back into robots when its time to stomp each other senseless. As a premise, its rather silly. But its also very simple, and thats why it works. The heroes are truly heroic: the noble and powerful Autobot leader Optimus Prime is one of the most iconic characters of the 1980s, and getting the original voice actor (Peter Cullen) to give him life was a stroke of genius. The villains, meanwhile, are just plain evil: Decepticon leader Megatron (voiced by Hugo Weaving) is motivated by absolute power, and his soldiers are not above a bit of wanton destruction to achieve their goals. Mix in a bit of mysticism in the form of the Allspark, the source of life for all Transformers, and the result is pure cinematic magic. Its not a perfect film: there are some characters and sub-plots that are unnecessary and which go nowhere, and at almost three hours, its a lot of movie. But the Transformers themselves, rendered in CGI, have a very realistic size and weight on screen, and look particularly good as they switch from one mode to the other. Moreover, director Michael Bay is smart enough to realise that appealing to kids doesnt mean pandering to them--the cutest robot on screen is a manic little psychotic killer with the apt name Frenzy. The humans in the film, meanwhile, keep the film grounded, whilst never detracting from the real robot stars. Unlike The Matrix trilogy, which tried to be too clever, or The Lord of the Rings films, which were too clever, Transformers is probably the best science fiction epic since the original Star Wars trilogy. --Robert Burrow