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Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen, 2009 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on June 25, 2009


Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson
Running Time: 150 minutes
Score: 6.5 / 10

This review by Jinja. Spoilers ahead….

What’s it about?

IMDB blurb: “Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to take Sam Witwicky prisoner, after the young hero learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers. Joining the mission to protect humankind is Optimus Prime, who forms an alliance with international armies for a second epic battle.”

Was it good / bad?

I probably didn’t do myself any favours by watching the first one the night before seeing the sequel. But I did have my expectations very low due to a couple of friends mentioning their disappointment.

+ The CG again was phenomenal – but, I said this first time round, the transformations were overly complex.
+ The eye-candy in this movie was spectacular.
+ Giant transforming robots fighting!

– Unfortunately I think the CG is also what totally overpowered the flick.
– The story was overly ambitious and complex – not for the younger audience.
– There was unnecessary language, that again I wouldn’t be overly comfortable with my 10 year old nephew hearing.
– Some gratuitous shots of Megan Fox and Isabel Lucas – now don’t get me wrong I enjoy the sight of an attractive woman, but the bit with Megan Fox painting the bike at the beginning was ludicrous!
– Slow-mo overload!
– A robot that transforms into a human!?
– Way way to long.

Just another thought what happened to the characters played by Anthony Anderson and Rachael Taylor?

Coolest / worst scene?

Coolest scenes were Optimus going berserk (on a few occasions) on decepticons and BumbleBee kicking ass.

Worst, the ridiculous geography that goes on at the end. One minute they are at the pyramids in Cairo, then the adventure takes them to Petra in Jordan. Then from Petra they see the military parachute out and land near the pyramids…and within minutes they are driving to meet up with them (I know I’ve seriously paraphrased that). Now Cairo and Petra are around 251.1 miles (give or take) apart. Sorry no, that last part of the film all took place within the same ‘evening’ – I know this is a film about alien life-forms that transform from giant robots into vehicles but come on. There wasn’t even a mention of the fact Israel even existed between Egypt and Jordan.

The Robots – What about the robots?

The twins were initially annoying, the half way through they were annoying and by the end you had enough of them as they were annoying and you hope the devastator kills them! A pair of street jive idiot punks, mildly ammusing but generally annoying – did I say that already?

The return of Megatron – acceptable, was expecting the whole cargo ship to transform rather than just the five overly suspiscious vehicles on-board. Unfortunately too many bad guys leaders, Megatron, StarScream and the Fallen, wanting screen time.

Soundwave – good idea as the satellite, but where was the voice!?

The Devastator – the biggest overly complex transform of the lot. Was just too big.

The Fallen – a lazy bugger who’d been hanging out on one of Jupiters moons for the past 17,000 years.

Did you laugh / cry / cover your eyes / walk out?

Laugh – yes, some very funny bits especially John Turturros paranoia and still some of the ‘aliens out of place on earth’ moments.

Cry – not even with laughter.

Cover my eyes – followed by a shaking head of disapproval at some of the continuity errors and pretty much the whole last half hour.

Walk-out – I didn’t walk out of Vertical Limit (my current leader of absolute chod movies) so wouldn’t walk out on this – worth staying for the visuals.

Anything we should watch out for?

You may miss it near the beginning, but the bit of an argument in China between the army and couple of Transformers. The governments manage to cover up the whole thing as a little earthquake or something…its complete and total destruction of downtown Shanghai!!! (BTW yes sarcasm set to very much high on that comment)

Why should we see / avoid it?

Big robots, lots of fighting, CG overload – your choice.

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen did quite well at the box office

Posted by LiveFor on June 25, 2009


Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen had an estimated take of $16 million from a 3,000 screen midnight run last night reports Variety.

That number is second only to The Dark Knight last Summer which took in $18.5 million from Thursday midnight runs last July. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” previously held the record for a Tuesday midnight run opening with $12 million in 2007.

By this Sunday, ‘Fallen’ is expected to have a first five-day haul not far off from the $203 million take that ‘Knight’ scored last Summer.

Reviews have been pretty bad all over

Rotten Tomatoes : The first film had a 57% approval rating and 5.8/10 average score. ‘Fallen’ however sits at 20% and 3.9/10.

Metacritic: The original scored 61/100, whereas ‘Fallen’ sits at 40/100.

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Could Tyrese Gibson be in the Captain America film?

Posted by LiveFor on June 24, 2009

Busy promoting Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and his new comic book, Mayhem, Tyrese Gibson mentioned a few interesting things.

“The energy from Comic-Con really did something to me,” Gibson told MTV News of what prompted him to try his hand at comics. “Instead of me sitting back and waiting on ‘Luke Cage’ to finally happen — which I’m still looking forward to doing once they get the script together — and instead of me waiting on ‘Captain America,’ which they were talking about me for, I’m going to create my own. And that’s what I did.”

Now what could Tyrese be in talks about Captain America for? There was the rumour that Will Smith could be playing Steve Rogers, but nothing more has been said. Smith as the First Avenger is a bit of a stretch, but he would bring in a wide audience (I don’t think it will happen though), however Gibson as Cap would never work. He’s just not that big a name to pull in the punters.

There are a couple of characters that spring to mind for Tyrese.

First there is the role of Sam Wilson aka The Falcon. Sam debuted nearly three years before Luke Cage so is one of the first African American characters (Black Panther is from Africa).

The Falcon, as the name suggests, had the ability to fly via a high tech winged suits. He was also a top spy kind of character and had many an adventure with Steve Rogers.

Maybe Tyrese is in talks to play Sam, maybe not. As The First Avenger film is supposedly going to be set for the most part in World War II then it seems unlikely that The Falcon will feature in the film. However, he is a cool character and it would be great to see him on screen.

The other, more likely, option is Isaiah Bradley who featured in the Truth: Red, White & Black mini series.

Project: Rebirth began as a collaboration between US, British and German eugenicists led by Dr. “Josef Reinstein” (real name Dr. Wilfred Nagel), and Dr. Koch. When WW II began, Koch took over the German program and Josef Reinstein took over the American program. Each was attempting to recreate the super soldier serum which had previously turned Steve Rogers into Captain America a year prior to Pearl Harbor. Reinstein’s early attempts to refine the formula were tested on African-Americans. Three hundred of these soldiers were taken from Camp Cathcart and subjected to potentially fatal experiments at an undisclosed location in an attempt to re-create the Super Soldier formula, as seen in Truth: Red, White & Black. Only five subjects survived the original trials. In the name of secrecy, US soldiers executed the camp’s commander and hundreds of black soldiers left behind at Camp Cathcart. The government told the families of the three hundred subjects that their loved ones had died in battle.

The sole survivor of his test group, Bradley stole a spare costume intended for Captain America before he engaged in a suicide mission to destroy the Super-Soldier efforts of the Nazis at the Schwarzebitte concentration camp. There, he was also able to assassinate Koch. The mission ended when the Germans captured Bradley. Nazi interest in the American supersoldier was high; he was even brought before the Führer himself. Bradley was later rescued, only to be court-martialed and imprisoned at Leavenworth around 1943. In 1960, Bradley was pardoned by President Eisenhower and released.

This is all supposition on my part based on the few words mentioned by Tyrese. Isaiah Bradley seems the role most suited for the film.

What do you think Tyrese Gibson was talking about in relation to Captain America?

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Megan Fox’s part just a cameo in Jonah Hex?

Posted by LiveFor on June 20, 2009

Jonah Hex is the facially challenged Wild West bounty hunter who is being played by Josh Brolin (check out the photos of him as Hex in the live action version). Megan Fox plays a prostitute in the August 2010 film, and sequels are in the works. Plus the character is also starring in an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

However it looks as if Fox’s character is not going to be in it that much.

“It’s basically a cameo,” said Fox speaking to MTV. “She’s a twisted love-interest to Jonah’s character; my part’s pretty small.”

Jonah Hex lives in a deadly world filled with lies, lead and life-threatening encounters. Which is why Fox’s next statement made it seem even less likely that her character Leila would be returning for those sequels.

“I worked the first week, and then I was shot out of the movie,” she explained “My scenes with Josh were my favorite, because he really pushed me as an actor. He obviously knows what he’s doing.”

Although the film, directed by relative-newcomer Jimmy Hayward, is a no-nonsense genre flick, Fox was quick to point out that Josh Brolin approached it with the same acting chops as his recent Oscar-nominated work in “Milk.”

And although Megan may not get much screentime in “Jonah Hex,” she said that the film is some of her best acting yet – and Brolin’s work may be nothing short of iconic. “He is a sort of chemically-enhanced, nuclear John Wayne on steroids,” Fox said of Jonah.

I think it will be a little more than a cameo though as photos show she has at least two costumes and she previously mentioned that she’ll be shooting someone. Looks like it will probably be a few scenes in the film.

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Megan Fox’s part just a cameo in Jonah Hex?

Posted by LiveFor on June 20, 2009

Jonah Hex is the facially challenged Wild West bounty hunter who is being played by Josh Brolin (check out the photos of him as Hex in the live action version). Megan Fox plays a prostitute in the August 2010 film, and sequels are in the works. Plus the character is also starring in an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

However it looks as if Fox’s character is not going to be in it that much.

“It’s basically a cameo,” said Fox speaking to MTV. “She’s a twisted love-interest to Jonah’s character; my part’s pretty small.”

Jonah Hex lives in a deadly world filled with lies, lead and life-threatening encounters. Which is why Fox’s next statement made it seem even less likely that her character Leila would be returning for those sequels.

“I worked the first week, and then I was shot out of the movie,” she explained “My scenes with Josh were my favorite, because he really pushed me as an actor. He obviously knows what he’s doing.”

Although the film, directed by relative-newcomer Jimmy Hayward, is a no-nonsense genre flick, Fox was quick to point out that Josh Brolin approached it with the same acting chops as his recent Oscar-nominated work in “Milk.”

And although Megan may not get much screentime in “Jonah Hex,” she said that the film is some of her best acting yet – and Brolin’s work may be nothing short of iconic. “He is a sort of chemically-enhanced, nuclear John Wayne on steroids,” Fox said of Jonah.

I think it will be a little more than a cameo though as photos show she has at least two costumes and she previously mentioned that she’ll be shooting someone. Looks like it will probably be a few scenes in the film.

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John Carpenter’s ALF, David Cronenberg’s Cabbage Patch Kids and other toy based films

Posted by LiveFor on June 19, 2009

With Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra on the way here are some other toy lines that could be moviefied.

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Those pesky Transformers get everywhere

Posted by LiveFor on June 18, 2009

In the past couple of weeks, there’s been a surge in sightings of mysterious robots in cities and famous landmarks around the world, including Tokyo, Berlin, Rome, and Barcelona. People from across the globe have been posting videos and photos of these sightings on sites.

Check out the Tokyo sighting:

Barcelona sighting:

A number of more subtle sightings have been spotted in Sydney (above), Perth and even Machu Pichu (zoom into the right of the smaller peak in the middle) .

The most recent sightings have been in France and the UK. In France two model-airplane-enthusiasts watched their airplane crash land, and transform into a robot.

In the UK, there was a similar incident involving a scooter turning into a robot-type creature.

These robot sightings have so far been tracked by two conspiracy blogs run by Robo-Warrier and Leo Ponce de Leon Spitz.

I think this is a cracking viral campaign for the new Transformers film. Have you spotted any more?

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is out in the UK tomorrow and in the USA on the 24th.

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Shia talks Indiana Jones 5

Posted by LiveFor on June 17, 2009

While chatting to the BBC about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Shia LaBeouf mentioned news about a certain archaeologist.

“Steven [Spielberg] just said that he cracked a story on it before I left and I think they’re gearing that up.”

That is pretty much all he says apart from that fact that there are “definitely no special effects in that movie.”

I think the last part is in reference to the fact that the Transformers film is chock full of CGI (rather like the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull).

This is what you call early days, but it does look as if they are kicking around the idea of a 5th Indiana Jones film. It is sad that this news doesn’t thrill me as much as it should do. The most recent film was such a disappointment.

If they do make another I hope the story is great, they cut out silly CGI and actually let Indy solve the mystery instead of some gibbering idiot.

How do you feel about the possibility of a new Indy film? What do you want in it and what don’t you want in it?

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The Robots that didn’t make the cut for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Posted by LiveFor on June 12, 2009

Paramount UK put these together to promote Michael Bay’s new film. In each of the clips a household appliance or toy tries and fails to win a part.

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Megan Fox is hot because of CGI

Posted by LiveFor on June 12, 2009


The entire CGI budget of the film goes to digitally mastering Megan Fox’s hotness. This is funny.

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