The final heavyweight in the Summer blockbuster battle royale has finally entered the ring. Transformers 2 opens in Cork cinemas and nationwide from Friday!
So what's going on with the large tin cans and the beautiful people this time round? Well Sam (Shia Le Beouf) is off to college, and Mikeala (Megan Fox) spends her time draped over bikes half naked, with an air brush in her hand. Which to be fair, is wonderfully awesome. The Decepticons (the bad robots) are hiding around the planet, and the Autobots (the good robots) have teamed up with the military as part of a top secret operation, wiping out the bad guys as they go. Megatron is still stuck at the bottom of the ocean, but he comes back to life with thanks to a few friends and then goes off on a rampage, looking for revenge. Sam’s starts seeing symbols because he touched a piece of the spark and the Decepticons are trying to hunt him down, as the symbols he sees, will lead to a device that will harvest and kill the sun, and of course wipe out the whole planet. I think thats the plot anyway!
So is it any good? The plot as outlined above, is off the charts, quite obviously. That said the Transformers fans will need at least 2 clean pair of underpants because there are more Transformers than ever before. For the people out there who think a Transformer is something that plugs into an electrical device, strap on the seatbelts. This movie is 10 times bigger than the original. The sheer scale of Transformers 2 is absolutely phenomenal. To be honest, I don't think you will have seen anything this big and explosive before. The special effects and set pieces are enormous. You will be blown away by the sheer scale of gigantic robots kicking the metal heads off each other.Even from the opening credits, you know you are in for something brilliant! Hats seriously need to be tipped to the visual effects crews from Digital Domain, to Industrial Light and Magic and everyone else.
As for the cast, well Le Beouf and Fox really do play second fiddle to the giant robots, but are quite convincing and watchable. Special mention must go to Megan Fox’s breasts which are constantly in shot and anytime they appear, its in super slow motion! Best use of slo-mo since Pamela Anderson bounced across some beach in L.A.
If I had to be critical of this movie, I wasn't too sold on robots cracking jokes and puffing and panting. There’s not much of a plot and its confusing at times, plus it has plenty of holes. But besides that, this is a pure and utter popcorn movie. Its mindless. It wont change the world. Its not meant to. It would have been nice if they spent a few more bob on the story though as opposed to fireworks and explosions and I would have liked to see Le Beouf get trampled to death. But I suppose you cant get everything. The ending though, is a disaster! Complete and utter disappointment.As for the much talked about penis measuring contest between McG (Terminator Salvation director) and Michael Bay (Transformers 2 director), well If I were McG, I’d be hoping that Micky Bay keeps his pants on!
Transformers : Revenge of the Fallen is 100% pure entertainment and in my view is the biggest movie of the Summer blockbuster season! Put the anti climax ending to one side and leave your brain in the cinema lobby and enjoy!