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Transformers October 22, 2007

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.
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If you walk into the theatre without knowing that this is a Michael Bay film then you can write a tirade about all that is wrong with this flick. The rest (like me) simply shut their minds, sit back and enjoy the action.

Based on the “Transformers” movies/comics/toys which were quite popular during the eighties (and which I have no clue about), this live action feature is about the war between the Autobots (the good robots) and Decepticons (the bad ones..of course) for a certain cube (something like the ring in LOTR) which is currently lodged in the earth somewhere. The path to this cube is in possession of our regular Hollywood “chosen one” Sam (Shia LaBeouf) who owns his great grandfather’s spectacles which has the map to the cube imprinted on it. And then begins the relentless action.

It would be a gross understatement to say that the visual effects are magnificient. On the flipside, there is so much of action that one fails to appreciate the brilliance of individual sequences. Bay leaves no stone unturned in ensuring this flick to be a blockbuster…especially given that his previous flick The Island was a colossal disaster.

The whole crew seems to have been working full time on the CGI and hence the writing part seems to have been handled by an 8 year old kid. The dialogue is unpretentiously bad. For instance, you lose count of the number of times you hear this phrase – “It’s a matter of national security. People could lose their lives here!” Also, this film is high on action but absoulutely low on thrills. So, it kind of fell a bit short of my expections from what I had seen in the trailers.

Among the cast only Shia LaBeouf stands out. He is quite fun to watch and this film consolidates his reputation as the one of the most promising young stars today. The female cast (Megan Fox and Rachel Taylor) just have to look dumb and hot.

Despite all its imperfections this one is still a must-watch simply for the visuals. What I saw was a limited release IMAX version which apparently has about 10 minutes of additional footage. So, check this out in an IMAX if possible for a better experience.