Movie #205 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
(2009, US, d. Michael Bay)
It’s too long, too loud, too ridiculous, too cliched, too poorly structured, and too laughable for even the talented Shia LaBeouf to have a chance at saving it. Let me be clear: I’m not a Michael Bay hater. I never have been. I think he knows exactly what type of movie he’s making every time he does and never tries to go out and make a “great” film. That said, Revenge of the Fallen was a terrible film especially in comparison to everything else he’s made, and I even mean in comparison to Pearl Harbor. Writing too much about this film would be an insult to all the other films I’ve written about in this blog. Though it’s an extremely entertaining ride if you watch it once and only once in theaters with a large crowd, Revenge of the Fallen will do nothing for you the second time around. Yes, the girls are super hot, and the college descriptions are pretty awesome, but there is literally no substance in this film. Nothing to take out. Nothing worth my time. Nothing to talk about. Even Bay admitted how bad this film was a few months after its release. Special-effects porn in the highest degree, Revenge of the Fallen’s only redeemable quality is the amount of work it must have taken to digitize these robots. That’s a compliment to the folks at Digital Domain and ILM and no one else. If only Bay was able to utilize the effects and integrate them interestingly and on a need-basis into the plot of the film, then I think we’d have something spectacular. But again, that type of work is far above Michael Bay’s pay grade. Now, I’m a big fan of the original and hopefully he gets to redeem himself with the third.