Monday, June 29, 2009

TRANSFORMERS 2: Revenge of the Fallen


In its second run, the movie now centers around (as the title imply) the revenge of the Decepticons after its failure to rule the Earth in Transformers 1. The twist this time, ancient Decepticons, older than Megatron and his allies, are introduced as they try to recapture the key to this machine that can harness energy at the expense of Solar System’s sun.

Sam, the boy who had the key in the first key, remains to be a prominent character in the plot as he holds this time, ancient robotic calligraphy that can lead to the key, which will run the machine in harnessing the sun.

And so, the Decepticons revived Megatron from the depth of the ocean, as the US government accuse the Autobots as prime suspect of causing the Decepticons in causing abomination on Earth. After Megatron’s resurrection, the villains learned about Sam’s ability to see glyphic and so they went after him.

All this time, Sam was in his new college and as he met new friends, the conflict started to begin. Bumblebee came after Sam, the hot chick at the dorm was head over hills over him, Sam’s girlfriend remained faithful, Sam’s parents went to Paris.

Some highlights of the movie

Bumblebee crying

It’s really funny when you think that even robots have feelings. At the scene where Sam had to say goodbye to Bumblebee(which Sam fondly calls “B”), still mute, with all his effort played “I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it…” only to find out that Sam wasn’t planning to take him to his college. Sam asked B to look at him. As if B was a human comrade, Sam turned B’s head to his and said- “…you deserve better than this (being stuck in his dad’s garage). B started to cry (I guess this was what they call tears of diesel!?)

Optimus Prime: Image of sacrifice

The leader of the Autobots, took single handedly the entire group of the Decepticons. At this scene where Megatron was about to open Sam’s head to take his brain out, Optimus Prime came to the rescue and fought the whole gang by himself. He tried to protect Sam to the very end, and just as Optimus Prime was winning, Megatron came from behind and stabbed Optimus in his heart, causing him to die, and before he died, he said to Sam “Run.”

Bumblebee to the rescue

The ever loyal guardian was always present when Sam was in trouble. Just like in the first movie, B had an awesome fight scene. At the scene where Sam and his girlfriend was about to be captured by a Decepticon that has metal leash for armor, B jumped from the back to fight this bigger enemy. As he was about to defeat the bad robot, a jaguar like Decepticon jumped at B’s back and (I was really afraid for B’s sake) started messing B, but B were able to get hold of the pesky jaguar and ripped off its spinal cord, while he kicks the ass of the bigger robot to its end. This was one of the best fight scene.

Sam to dad- “You need to let go”

“You’re my son and we’re not leaving without you” were the words of Sam’s dad while clutching Sam tightly in the middle of a shooting spree. But Sam made it clear to his dad that it is his role, and his fight and that he’ll meet them once they get to safety.

I am just so touched by this part.

Review of the film

The movie was as impressive as its first installation. Even if you didn’t see the first movie, you will easily understand the narrative as it presented flashbacks that explained why things were happening in the movie.

However, it was still a Hollywood movie so it is still predictable considering that the general theme of the movie was about the battle between good and evil, and good always prevail in the end. Plus, no Autobot was killed in the movie unlike the Decepticons which were massacred, lots of them, and although I am not a fan of Megatron (especially that I don’t like his razor sharp teeth image), I think it is so unfair that no good robot died. Yeah Optimus died but he was revived. Too ideal if you think about it.

Megan Fox was always a good sight in the movie, which really reminded me of Angelina Jolie and her Tomb Raider stunts. With Megan at Sam’s side, I felt like I wasn’t watching Transformers but some Gone with the Wind fantasy romance. I just envy Sam who was only a freshman college in the movie who has this really hot girlfriend all men in the movie house I think were drooling over her with the “ooohhh” factor whenever she comes out.

By the way, the director of the film was Michael Bay. The same guy who gave us Batman Forever. Producer was Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg, so no wonder it was a big WOW movie.

Next in line, HARRY POTTER 6. Hmmm, will it redeem itself from previous disappointing HP movies. That’s what I got to see.

Overall, I cried twice in the movie-

First, when Sam apologized to B for Optimus’ death

Second, when Sam told his dad to let him go.

Rating: 4/5

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