Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky, Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime (voice), Tony Todd as The Fallen (voice), Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes, Mark Ryan as Jetfire (voice), Ramon Rodriguez as Leo Spitz, John Turturro as Simmons, Hugo Weaving as Megatron (voice), Charles Adler as Starscream (voice) (as Charlie Adler), Tom Kenny as Wheelie / Skids (voice), Reno Wilson as Mudflap (voice), Frank Welker as Soundwave / Devastator / Grindor (voice), Kevin Dunn as Ron Witwicky, Julie White as Judy Witwicky, John Eric Bentley as Aide
That's not saying much mind you. In the original movie the transformers
were treated like punching bags and punchlines. No real interaction
with the story or other characters at all. This movie, in that respect,
is slightly better, but while, in a few scenes, where the transformers
are treated like actual characters, this movie also does some really
The most glaring example of this added stupidity are the 4chan
brothers; twin Autobots that do nothing but talk smack throughout the
entire movie. The one scene where they aren't talking smack is so
ridiculous, that its not even worth mentioning.
A couple of less impressive moments include a paper-thin Decepticon
that somehow manages to hold onto and hide a large chunk of the cube
from the first movie, a female Decepticon that transforms into a human
female with a three foot prehensile tongue (the tip of which remains as
a tongue even when she is in robot form, because the audience is not
expected to know what the long appendage reaching from her mouth is
referring to), and a tiny Decepticon whose most treacherous act is to
hump Megan Fox's leg for far too long. Bumblebee's stupidity was seen
in the trailer so it should come as no surprise when he starts bawling
like a 3 year old that doesn't get its way.
Also the plot includes finding this key which five Autobot "Primes"
died to protect by merely burying it in a pile of rocks and turning
their bodies into the shrine which housed it. This "sacrifice" makes
absolutely no sense except that Michael Bay needed, for the sake of the
final fight, all the other Primes to die so that only Optimus Prime
would be left to kill off the Fallen, which only a Prime can kill - its
never explained why nothing else can kill this robot. Maybe its like
the 4th directive from Robocop, I don't know. This is not a movie you
can put a lot of thought into.
There are a couple of good things in this film. Soundwave makes regular
appearances as a communications satellite and is never found out during
the length of the film - which is surprisingly good writing. Also, Shia
Lebouf is far less irritating in this film than he was in the first
one, which is a major plus.
All in all, not bad. I was honestly expecting it to be much worse.