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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 24 June 2009 (USA)
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Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war.

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A youth chooses manhood. The week Sam Witwicky starts college, the Decepticons make trouble in Shanghai. A presidential envoy believes it's because the Autobots are around; he wants them gone. He's wrong: the Decepticons need access to Sam's mind to see some glyphs imprinted there that will lead them to a fragile object that, when inserted in an alien machine hidden in Egypt for centuries, will give them the power to blow out the sun. Sam, his girlfriend Mikaela Banes, and Sam's parents are in danger. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are Sam's principal protectors. If one of them goes down, what becomes of Sam? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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$200,000,000 (estimated)

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£8,349,739 (UK) (19 June 2009)

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$402,076,689 (USA) (9 October 2009)
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What a blast to your senses!!!
16 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

I must truly say I don't understand what most people complain about. I don't know much of the original Transformers series, but what else can you expect than explosions, crashes, AWESOME animations, awe-inspiring fight scenes... I could go on and on.

I think what did a lot for me was that I was able to enjoy this movie, as well as the first one, which BLASTED me and SO made me long for this one, on an HD computer screen with a decent sound system. It just blasts you! Again and again, one scene after another. The detail of all the transformers is amazing. The camera movements are amazing. Every scene with a Transformer in it could be watched again and again in 1080p and you would notice another awesome detail on them EVERY time you watch them. I'm not kidding. And it's not just the "typical" Transformers from the first one, no, there are actually some extremely out-of-the-ordinary ones that I think most fans will love. I certainly did!!

Anyone expecting a deep story or deep characters will be disappointed a little, especially character-wise. But if you're just a fan of AWESOME animations and special effects, or generally love great CGI stuff, this is the movie for you. The point for me also was that the attempt of the background story actually wasn't that bad. I am used to some rather 'flat' stories from video games, and if you can accept that, it's OK. The background-story about Transformers-related stuff is truly epic, just not THAT well-elaborated.

The humor is truly bad at some points, this is why I can't give this movie a 10/10 score. I would love to, but that would be dishonest. There are some jokes in the first 30 minutes of the movie that made me wanna puke. But after that, Bay unleashes a roller-coaster ride of action and awesomeness - this is actually much like in the first movie.

The thing about the two movies is that you feel like you're 12 years old again. All this crashing and exploding and fighting and transforming that is going on just amazes me to a deep and satisfying degree. The WOW-effect of the first scene of the first movie was just AMAZING, and this second movie just tops it again and again and again. I also love movies with deep stories, but this is none of them.

Accept that, await awesome CGI effects, and if you want to feel like you're 12 again - go watch this movie, with the best sound equipment and picture resolution you can get your hands on. It truly is awesome.

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I must add something, now 5 months later. I corrected my rating from 9 to 7. The problem is that the lack of any story or depth keeps me from watching it again after I have seen every animation a satisfying number of times. The movie remains perfect for kids, and it remains perfect for fans of spectacular CGI art, but after a few times you have seen it.

The lack of depth is a problem that's lasting, but the initial WOW-effect from the animations were oh so worth it.


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