Transformers – Revenge of the Fallen: They Have Returned … To Finish What They Started (2009)

Posted: July 12, 2012 in Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Having made it through the invasion by the Decepticons, Sam has progressed past his high school days and started college. Still bound to his relationship with Mikaela, the two try to make the long distance element work. Meanwhile, the scrambled members of the Decepticons have been on the hunt to bring back Megatron to rejoin their mission to destroy the Earth. The successfully recover his body and a shard of the AllSpark to bring him back to life. When Sam begins to believe he is hallucinating while seeing images of glyphs, it is discovered that a code imprinted in his mind holds some of the secrets of the Autobots and could be used to activate a device capable of blowing out the sun. Though government forces continue to try to blame the attacks on the presence of the Autobots, they are unaware that a leader known as The Fallen is currently planning take down the human race and its mechanical protectors.

Starring: Shia LaBeouf (Sam Witwicky), Megan Fox (Mikaela Banes), Josh Duhamel (Major Lennox), Tyrese Gibson (USAF Master Sergeant Epps), John Turturro (Agent Simmons), Ramon Rodriguez (Leo Spitz), Kevin Dunn (Ron Witwicky), Julie White (Judy Witwicky), Rainn Wilson (Professor Colan), Glenn Morshower (General Morshower), Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime), Mark Ryan (Jetfire), Andre Sogliuzzo (Sideswipe), Robert Foxworth (Ratchet), Jess Harnell (Ironhide), Hugo Weaving (Megatron), Grey DeLisle (Arcee), Reno Wilson (Mudflap), Charles Adler (Starscream), Tony Todd (The Fallen), Frank Welker (Soundwave/Devastator/Reedman/Grindor), Tom Kenny (Wheelie/Skids), Calvin Wimmer (Wheelbot)

In this second installment of the series, the main actors are pretty much on beat with their previous performance. While LaBeouf is still a little overconfident and dorky at the same time (like his previous performance), Fox continues to be more eye candy as emphasized during scenes like her repair shop introduction in the film. Turturro solidifies himself as a more vital character in the story, as he has relinquished his agent status and taken on the role of conspiracy theorist, serving as a significant comedic relief to the more adventurous elements of the story. The addition of a new bot (Reno Wilson) extends some of the cheesy comedic elements that are already supported well through the humor characters.

  

Michael Bay continues to find this series as a prime opportunity to blow things up, with firepower and fights larger than the first film. The story is actually fairly solid as well, with more of a element that tries to tie together the experiences of the Autobots and the humans. With Sam hallucinating over the glyphs and outbursts of uncontrolled information processing, the Decepticons picked up on role in their fate fairly quickly. Though they were not able to fully extract what they needed, a fight between Optimus and the band of Decepticons in the middle of the story leaves the heroes struggling to find direction and confidence in their ability to put a halt to the Decepticons’ plans. With the help of an ancient Autobot and a former supporter of the enemy, a glimmer of hope begins to lead the team to a way to save Optimus and put a stop to Megatron’s and The Fallen’s plans to destroy the Earth.

  

While the humor in the first film was a little more coordinated and flowed with the concept of the film, the second installment feels a little more forced between the addition of the new Autobots and the extremes of John Turturro’s depiction of obsession. The new Autobots are a little less substantial. Some perceptions of the additions are overly stereotypical, but the larger problem is that they do not really add anything to the story. The distractions take away from the action at times with the unnecessary catchphrases.

While still entertaining, the second installment lost a little of the magic from the first film. The action is bigger and the surprises more entertaining, but there was definitely room for editing and improvement.

Dan’s Rating: 3.0/5

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