Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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Director: Michael Bay

Cast: Michael Bay, Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel

     
 

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Two years after saving the world with the Autobots, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is away at college when an ancient Decepticon named "The Fallen" returns to Earth on a mission of vengeance. With the Allspark destroyed, the Autobots lose all hope of returning to their home planet of Cybertron, and begin working with an elite military known…  See more details below

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Two years after saving the world with the Autobots, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is away at college when an ancient Decepticon named "The Fallen" returns to Earth on a mission of vengeance. With the Allspark destroyed, the Autobots lose all hope of returning to their home planet of Cybertron, and begin working with an elite military known as NEST to hunt down any remaining Decepticons. But even as they fight for humanity alongside Major Lennox (Josh Duhamel) and USAF Master Sergeant Epps (Tyrese Gibson), the Autobots are acutely aware that not all humans are thrilled by their presence on planet Earth. When National Security Advisor Theodore Galloway (John Benjamin Hickey) wages a heated campaign aimed at exiling the giant robots back into space, head Autobot Optimus Prime agrees to comply with the voice of the people, while warning them of the potential consequences of leaving the planet unprotected. Meanwhile, Sam contends with an overly cocky college roommate, and attempts to remain faithful to Mikaela (Megan Fox) by fending off advances from pretty -- and persistent -- coed Alice (Isabel Lucas). Just as Sam begins adjusting to the quirks of campus life, a series of inexplicable visions leaves him convinced that the struggle between good and evil is far from over. And he's correct, too, because the Decepticons have just discovered that Sam is the one human who possesses the ability to tip the balance of power to the Autobots' advantage, and they're determined to gain the upper hand by dispensing with him once and for all. Now, as Sam and Mikaela unearth a secret about the Transformers that alters the entire course of human history, the Decepticon known as The Fallen prepares to return -- and reclaim the plant once and for all.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Cammila Collar
Hooray for explosions! Michael Bay follows up his 2007 big-screen adaptation of the Transformers cartoon/toy franchise with the 2009 sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. This installment is an even bigger spectacle than the first one, which is saying a lot for a movie about giant robots that turn into cars. It does fall prey to some of the same flaws as its predecessor -- namely that no film based on a toy needs to be two and a half hours long. But if you enjoyed the robo-spastic ride the first time, then you should be happy with this movie, too. And if you complained that the first movie was trite and lacking in character development, then you probably shouldn't even be reading this. The basic premise of the story is, of course, the same as in the first movie: a race of mechanical aliens called Transformers inhabit the earth, blending in with human society when they so choose by changing from their massive, humanoid-robot forms into cars, trucks, planes, etc. The good Transformers, who believe in truth, justice, and GM products, are called the Autobots, while the evil Transformers, who for various reasons would like to kill all humans, are called the Decepticons. This movie differs from the first one mostly because it focuses so hard on the fictional universe's apparently huge mythology. While Decepticon leader Megatron (Hugo Weaving) and his sniveling aide, Starscream (Charlie Adler), continue to spearhead a destructive campaign against the earthlings and their Autobot protectors, the main villain is a character called The Fallen (Tony Todd), who's taken from the comic. Once one of the original 13 Transformers, the former titan is now a zillion-year-old Giger-esque baddie who hangs out on what looks like a reused "machine world" storyboard from the Matrix movies. His glowing red eyes are set on moving to the earth's surface, however, where he can suck all the energy out of the sun. Other than him (and a sometimes indistinguishable collection of new robotic faces, who usually get only one line in before the scene's over), Transformers 2 centers on the same group of characters. There's Sam (Shia LaBeouf), a college freshman who enjoys a vague "chosen one" status among the Autobots, and Mikaela (Megan Fox), his insanely hot girlfriend, who wears false eyelashes while repairing cars in the family body shop. There are also Sam's parents (Kevin Dunn and Julie White), who inexplicably show up to add needless mushiness to battle scenes, and Major William Lennox (Josh Duhamel), who does a good job of running around looking cut -- as there was no room to otherwise expand his character. But, once again, the real star of the show is Optimus Prime, voiced by original voice actor Peter Cullen. The legendary head Autobot is given a lot more screen time in this movie, and features prominently in many of the manic action sequences, some of which make use of the Transformers' stature for a cool Godzilla-type effect (and some of which involve giant robots fist-fighting). Either way, Prime is likely to lead particularly excitable audiences toward momentous, hyper-adrenaline-fueled applause. Not to get down on the other bots (the ones you can keep track of are sweet), but Optimus Prime does a lot for Transformers 2. Particularly for kids who grew up in the flicker of weirdly earnest '80s cartoons, Optimus Prime is stamped in the collective unconscious, a monomyth of the epic hero that plays in the back of your mind like the guiding spark of a zillion-megawatt light bar, custom mounted to the grille of God's own monster truck. You don't even have to be an old-school Transformers fan to pick up on the mythos -- he speaks in nothing but searing quips and infinite wisdoms, and he turns into a kickass Mack truck. So, even if Optimus Prime isn't your mental template for the warrior-king archetype, he still steals the show, and makes Transformers 2 more than just passable.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/2009
UPC:
0097360724141
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:29:00
Sales rank:
30,232

Special Features

Disc 1 ; ; Commentary by Director Michael Bay and Writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman; ; Disc 2 ; ; The Human Factor: Exacting Revenge Of The Fallen; ; This Exciting "making of" Documentary Takes You to the Shoot on the Great Pyramids for a behind-the-scenes look. Discover the secrets of the Film's visual special effects with its unprecedented military access. ; NEST: Transformer Data Hub (SD); ; Blu-ray Exclusive - The Allspark Experiment

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shia LaBeouf Sam Witwicky
Megan Fox Mikaela Banes
Josh Duhamel Major Lennox,Sergeant Lennox
Tyrese Gibson USAF Tech Sergeant Epps
Kevin Dunn Ron Witwicky
Peter Cullen Optimus Prime
Julie White Judy Witwicky
Ramon Rodríguez Leo
Isabel Lucas Alice
John Turturro Agent Simmons
John Benjamin Hickey Actor,NSA Advisor Theodore Galloway
Rainn Wilson Actor
Hugo Weaving Megatron
Tony Todd The Fallen
Charlie Adler Starscream

Technical Credits
Michael Bay Director,Executive Producer
Roger Barton Editor
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura Producer
Ian Bryce Producer
Tom Desanto Producer
Brian Goldner Executive Producer
Industrial Light & Magic Animator
Steve Jablonsky Score Composer
Ehren Kruger Screenwriter
Alex Kurtzman Screenwriter
Tom Muldoon Editor
Don Murphy Producer
Joel Negron Editor
Roberto Orci Screenwriter
Nigel Phelps Production Designer
Paul Rubell Editor
Deborah L. Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Seresin Cinematographer
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Mark Vahradian Executive Producer

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying I really enjoyed the first film. I was acutally quite impressed that Michael Bay was able to subdue his outlandish tendancies long enough to turn one of my favorite cartoons into fun big- screen fare. However, it seems he was only able to hide the real Michael Bay for so long. TROTF is a complete disaster from top to bottom. It is the cinematic equivalent of sticking firecrackers in each ear and repeatedly bashing oneself in the face with a sledgehammer. The thread bare plot is absurd, the performances atrocious, and the editing was seizure inducing. He actually manages to turn his usual garish/juvenille trappings up to 11, in turn making one of the biggest sequel disappoinments of all time. He took everything that was exciting and charming about the first film and spent 2 hours and 45 minutes systematically destroying any good that was ever there. You liked the slo-mo shots of a scantily clad Megan Fox in the first one? Great, here's a whole half hour! Liked the blurry robots battles that went a little long? Awesome, here they are twice as blurry and twice as long! And wait, we even have ghetto-bots in this one, just in case everyone hasn't been offended yet! I was so excited see to what this film had in store for me after having such a great time at the first one. But half way through this piece of garbage, I couldn't wait for it to end. Tremendous failure in all respects. This was truly an endurancce test for the tasteless. Thanks for nothing Bay, I'll never again doubt your powers as the worst blockbuster director in hollywood working today... Lesson learned.
dygunraider More than 1 year ago
Transformes 2: revenge of the fallen is somewhat of a mixed bag, its sad a film like this is currently the highest grossing film of 2009. First off the film is bordering three hours, I personally enjoy long movies but by about the climax I was squirming in my seat the film fails to hold your attention, its not one of those movies that keeps you suprised and unsure of what will happen next. Instead of a quality film we are assaulted with a variety of twists each so predictable and so obvious you may begin to jokingly suggest what will happen next only to find it happening a couple minutes later. The humour in the film is predictable as well I admit I did laugh at somethings, though the majority I had heard before. One of the good things in this film is the fact that optimus prime is in it, if it werent for that it would have been a complete waste, although its pretty close to that even with optimus appearing. The special effects arent even that good ironic for a film that depends on them so much. Also its obvious Michael Bay has some preoccupation with crude unwanted humour, mutiple times we see animals (dogs) mating for no apparent reason only because its there. The worst offender is when with no reason no pretense or explanation at all we see a mans butt................ seriously for no reason. In one scene we see a robot hop on megan foxes leg and begin going up and down..... stop and think about that for a second..... that effect probably cost somewhere around five million dollars, now stop again and picture how many starving children we could save with five million dollars.............................. honestly.
Reckoner More than 1 year ago
Here's a short review of the entire movie for you: The visuals are over-the-top (Obviously it's a Michael Bay film). The acting is very much subpar but really there's little to nothing the good actors in the film (John Turturro, Shia Lebouf) could have done to save the movie. It's the awful script that was written with almost no regard for their abilities that is to blame (partially). The plot is paper-thin and I found myself punching almost as many holes in it as there were cheap and unfunny testicle-gags in the movie. Forget the cinematography. It's full of ridiculous action shots that do nothing but drive the pace of the movie which sags under the weight of having a 2.5 hour length. It's obvious by now that I did not like the movie at all. In fact, I hated it and only just recently saw the ending because I walked out of the theater the first time (thankfully someone else paid my ticket). Save your money and Netflix this or rent it at Blockbuster. You'll probably only watch it once anyways. I recommend this for: Pets to watch when you leave home for the day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG! the best movie of 2009, for sure!! the director couldnt of picked anyone one better to play sam's part. Shia LaBeouf is soooo sexy. i absolutely love him!!!! every movie that he plays in is great. and him and Megan Fox are so cute together. they should totally date in real life. the only part i didnt like is when optimis prime gets killed. i was balling my eyes out. but sam brings him back at the end! :) the movie wouldnt be the same without optimis prime
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Flawed This still has the chemistry between Sam and Milaela. This is still saturated with robotic battles and human survival. So it's good enough to watch. This gives fan enough Shia, Megan, Optimus and Megatron to continue the series. That said it's flawed. A tiny piece of the cube resurrected Megatron, and a whole quest was needed to resurrect Optimus Prime? Also at the end of the original Bumble Bee could speak, so why couldn't he in this one? And the new Autobots added in this one weren't very bright. More importantly that political engineering in the movie is disgusting. In the original, when the Republicans had the White House, the movie just used the phrase "The President'" and the government worked with the Autobots against the Dicepticons. This one was made when the Democrats have the White House, so it uses the name "President Obama", and has a government that impedes the war and fears the Autobots.
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thyinsanejuggalo More than 1 year ago
amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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FlameStrike More than 1 year ago
To say that I was disappointed in this movie wouldn't be accurate, because it implies that certain expectations weren't met. In this case, I have to say it's quite the opposite: This movie lived down to my expectations, and pushed them even lower as time went on. As with the first film in this series, this was nothing but a special effects extravaganza. The problem with this comes from the fact that such a movie doesn't have a story, a plot, or any character development. Like the first movie, I didn't care, at all, about the outcome. I didn't care at all about who lived or died, and in many cases couldn't even tell the robots apart well enough to tell who lived or died. Anytime a movie fails to have a compelling story or characters I can care about, I find myself paying little to no attention to it, and this movie was no different. The action was there purely for the sake of being there, and for that's not entertaining, that's boring. In a movie like that, where the actors could almost be replaced by trained chimps, you wouldn't expect the acting itself to make a difference. Unfortunately, this is not something this movie makes it possible to find out, as the acting was as bad as the story. Maybe it was the lack of material for them to work with, or maybe it was just that the actors weren't very good, something I find hard to believe in some cases, but they did their jobs about as well as the writers did theirs. The only redeeming quality this movie had was the quality of the CGI work. It was, if possible, even better than the work on the previous movie in this series. The only downside, again, was the design of the robots, something ILM probably doesn't have much say in. Overall, this movie was horrible, and I'd say the critics have been exceedingly generous with their mediocre reviews. Movies should have more going for them than this one does.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT!!! There was tons of action and adventure. A must see for those who liked the first one.
Third-Graders More than 1 year ago
On June 24 I went to see Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. It was awesome. It was even better then the first one. I liked the beginning because it showed why the Fallen came to earth in7.000 D.C. and I liked the Fallen battling the Indians. I have to give it 5 stars because I liked how they change Megatron and made new autobots and there were new decepticons. If you like the first movie you'll like this movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
movie was good i expected more i think i like the first one better
Vera-Iconica More than 1 year ago
Great movie! Just as good as the first.
iamdavebowers More than 1 year ago
I'm not a cinema snob. I can watch an action film, turn my mind off and enjoy the explosions. For these types of film Michael Bay usually delivers and to a degree the first Transformers did. With Revenge of the Fallen he attempts to continue the story, upping the ante with a vast array of larger robots, bigger stakes and more scantily dressed ladies. Unfortunately in super-sizing these aspects others became watered down. The story is non existent. The Decipticons are back and they want our sun for energy. It's that simple. Sam (Shia Labeouf) moves from pointless encounter to encounter without progressing the character or the plot. Megan Fox has little impact beyond being eye candy. Other secondary characters are of little importance and rehash their same old ideas. What really disappointed me was the opportunity to expand the existing Transformer characters and that doesn't happen, at all. I believe Optimus Prime shares one scene with Sam and only Bumblebee really returns. A wasted opportunity. In their place are a couple of 'comedy' bots in the style of gangster wanabees. Cringeworthy at every moment. The action also suffers. It has become more disjointed, hard to watch and understand the geography of the scenes. Someone explain less is more to Bay please. With all these criticisms it may sound like I hate this movie. Far from it. I'm always happy to see an exploding robot, it looks expensive and Shia's Sam is always interesting to watch. I would recommend this as a Saturday night movie when little else is on. Make some popcorn, open a beer and zone out.
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