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Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

Rated PG-13 - 2h30
Reviewed 6.24.09

Somebody call the police, because Michael Bay is missing a plot, people I care about and anything resembling good movie making in his latest Transformers explosion-fest.

Here’s where I would try to explain what the movie was about, but this one was all over the place with at least ten subplots, which I’m not sure are connected to each other in any way. If I were to guess, this movie was simply a tool to market the toys, video games and other gizmos that will be readily available for purchase at a store near you.

It’s a fun idea to think that robots can (or soon will) be able to take on human qualities like feelings, emotions and passion, but will a robot ever be able to smell? I don’t think so, and that’s just one of the dumb things that the robots I once loved as a kid are doing this time.

Another dumb feature is the absence of who I consider to be the main character. Not Shia LaBeouf, but Optimus Prime (leader of the Autobots…the good robots) is missing for a good chunk of the film. He’s the only intriguing “person” that you might actually feel for.

Watch out for a double dose of Jar-Jar Binks. The cop-out stereotype from the Star Wars prequels shows up in the form of twin, street-talking Transformers. Are these characters supposed to be a pair of friendly, gold tooth-wearing gang bangers?

On the flipside, I think I slightly liked the sequel better than the first Transformers movie. Why? I guess I’ve grown complacent and have accepted the low quality films that Michael Bay keeps churning out.

What you will see is an orgasm of explosions, robot fights, bad dialogue and praise for the US Armed Forces. (I thought I was watching an Army recruiting commercial at one point.) Not all of that is bad, if you don’t mind completely exchanging style for substance.

Overall Rating:(Out of Four)
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Adams Rating Guide:

Overall rating: No further explanation needed.

Date Freindly: Will the “dater? get a smooch from the “datee? for taking them to this one.

Good Laughs: A general rating for number of laughs.

Artistic Value: Includes scenery, camera work, presentation on film, ability to convey a message.

Drama: How much they poured it on and whether it was effective.

Kid Friendly: Will the kids dig it.

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