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Transformers (2007)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 3 July 2007 (USA)
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An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager.

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Storyline

A long time ago, far away on the planet of Cybertron, a war is being waged between the noble Autobots (led by the wise Optimus Prime) and the devious Decepticons (commanded by the dreaded Megatron) for control over the Allspark, a mystical talisman that would grant unlimited power to whoever possesses it. The Autobots managed to smuggle the Allspark off the planet, but Megatron blasts off in search of it. He eventually tracks it to the planet of Earth (circa 1850), but his reckless desire for power sends him right into the Arctic Ocean, and the sheer cold forces him into a paralyzed state. His body is later found by Captain Archibald Witwicky, but before going into a comatose state Megatron uses the last of his energy to engrave into the Captain's glasses a map showing the location of the Allspark, and to send a transmission to Cybertron. Megatron is then carried away aboard the Captain's ship. A century later, Captain Witwicky's grandson Sam Witwicky (nicknamed Spike by his friends) ... Written by Q. Leo Rahman

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, brief sexual humor, and language | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$70,502,384 (USA) (6 July 2007)

Gross:

$318,759,914 (USA) (26 October 2007)
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Trivia

The working title for this film and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) is "Prime Directive." This was the name of Dreamwave Productions' first "Transformers" comic book, but it is also an edict mentioned in Star Trek (1966) which emphasizes avoiding interference, harmful or otherwise, in alien civilizations (which the Transformers obviously breach). Writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and William Morgan Sheppard would go on to work in Star Trek (2009). See more »

Goofs

Sam says that his great grandfather discovered the Arctic Circle, and in one scene we see the great grandfather on his ship in the Arctic Sea in 1897 surrounded by the freezing sea. In fact the Arctic Circle is only about 67 degrees North, and is perfectly accessible in both summer and winter. There would not be ice on the sea in the summer time anywhere on the Arctic Circle. Moreover, it sounds like the crew's accents indicate that the ship sailed from England, due North trying to access the Arctic Circle in the North Atlantic Ocean. There is no ice at 67 degrees North at any time of year in the Atlantic Ocean, save random icebergs. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Optimus Prime: Before time began, there was the Cube. We know not where it comes from, only that it holds the power to create worlds and fill them with life. That is how our race was born. For a time, we lived in harmony. But like all great power, some wanted it for good, others for evil. And so began the war. A war that ravaged our planet until it was consumed by death, and the Cube was lost to the far reaches of space. We scattered across the galaxy, hoping to find it and rebuild our home. ...
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: There are three scenes in the closing credits: two of them have Ron and Judy Witwicky, who were told about the Transformers, trying to bluff their way through an interview about the recent alien events. The third and final scene is of Starscream flying into space. See more »


Soundtracks

Transformers Theme
Written by Anne Bryant & Ford Kinder
Performed by Mutemath
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User Reviews

 
Ultimate visual entertainment
27 June 2007 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Okay, as those who have seen the trailers will figure, the CG is pretty much the cornerstone of this movie. While it probably will blow you away, the novelty eventually wears off and then you wonder: hey, where did the plot go?! But then your attention is quickly drawn back by a giant robot slamming into an office block - or a wonderfully shot car chase; probably some of the most impressive action sequences to ever grace the silver screen.

A hefty dose of cheese seems to have been added to the movie, but most of it can be laughed off. One particular scene was reminiscent of the fighter jet in the movie Stealth downloading songs off the internet. A few loose ends in the thin story probably suggest a sequel is coming - but how can anyone have a problem with that! It has its laughs (even if some are cheap) but the 2.5 hours go fast; I'm sure most people will leave the cinema on a high note. Hopefully this movie gets Bay the credit The Island didn't.

And a postscript for hardcore Transformers geeks: go with your expectations at your ankles because you're probably going to cringe when something isn't as it should be (although even a minor fan like myself noticed a lack of original transformation noises). But on the whole this movie has plenty more to offer, and appeals to many more people.


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