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Transformers

 

The Diva's review of
Transformers(2007)

 

transformers Rated PG - 13; running time of 2 hours and 22 minutes
Genre: Action/SCI-FI
Written by : Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Directed by: Michael Bay
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Jon Voight, Bernie Mac, Tyrese Gibson, Rachael Taylor, Amaury Nolasco, Kevin Dunn, Ronnie Sperling
Theatrical release Date: 07/03/07



WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf ) is a normal, yet geeky, 17 year old. His secondary goal is to get a nice car to support his primary goal of getting a hot chick. To add his quest, he is selling the eye glasses of his great grandfather who was a famous explorer who found something mysterious in the Antarctic Shelf that lead to him being institutionalize What Sam doesn’t know is the strange happens in the middle east that the government is trying to keep quiet.

The government doesn’t understand that Earth has been placed in the middle of a War between advanced Robots from another planet and dimension. The peace loving Autobots have been fighting the evil Decepticons who have come to Earth to retrieve the power source that will give them control of their universe. To add the Decepticons in this quest, they plan to turn Earth’s machines against all humans, This is what is happening in the Middle East. Sergeant Lennox (Josh Duhamel )and Tech Sergeant Epps (Tyrese Gibson) Were leading an elite special ops force and witnessed the total destruction of their base camp and everyone on it. This destruction was at the hand of something that morphs into their tanks, helicopters, and planes. There is nothing they can do to stop it. Or so they think. The Autobots have sent ahead a scout that they call Bumblebee and it just so happens that Bumblebee has made himself in to a rusty Camarro that places himself in the hands of Sam.

Now it is up to Sam and the girl of his dreams, Mikaela (Megan Fox) to convince the authorities that they aren’t crazy and help the Autobots save Earth and their home planet.

The Dish

If memory serves me, I was about 14 or 15 when Transformers first premiered on television. (That’s when I tell the truth, when I lie about my age, I was 1 or 2 ). I was so NOT into it. My brothers watched it so I was aware of it and new the basic premise. And even though I love a summer cheese fest more than most, I really wasn’t feeling this movie until about the middle of June. I’ve been so disappointed with 90% of this Summer’s releases that I just didn’t believe the hype anymore and I’ve been seriously underwhelmed. Add to that it’s a Michael Bay film and I was not looking forward to 2.5 hours of mediocrity. I used to be a disciple in the School of Bay until 1.) he couldn’t reign himself in on Pearl Harbor and 2.) he showed his ASS at the junket for his movie The Island. Anyway, I think I’ve made my point. Imagine my surprise when after the first 10 minutes I was hoopin’ and hollerin’ and clappin’ and screamin’. Yes I said after the first 10 minutes.

This movie got down. It was not without its corny moments and of course it was too long, but none of that mattered for the adults. I found myself sitting upright and grinning the entire time and I actually leaned forward more than once. The casting was spot on and I loved how the black men weren’t typecast. Anthony Anderson as one of the best hackers in the world? Cool! Tyrese as a math spouting Air Force Sgt? Cool again!. I loved it.

Even though this movie is PG-13 it is a bit long for kids. I saw many a restless kid at about the 2 hour mark. It might also be a little intense for the younger children. Those transformers good and evil are a bit scary when they are battling

The Directive I know how expensive it is to treat your family to the movies, but this one is well worth it. Ratatouille is a more appropriate for the littler ones, but Transformers is loads of fun.

3BC Ratings

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This is the movie we’ve waited all summer for.


Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2007
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