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We played with Transformers as kids and have a considerable appetite for anything automotive, making the second installment of the Transformers film franchise a must watch in an otherwise uninspiring summer blockbuster season. While we didn't dare hope for a compelling story line, we were pretty sure Director Michael Bay wouldn't let us down with regards to special effects. We hit the theater to see if Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen lived up to the considerable hype, and basically got exactly what we expected. Hit the jump to check out our brief review.

As you've undoubtedly already seen from teaser promos posted here on Autoblog, the theme of TF2 is 'Sam goes to college and freaks out because he sees symbols." Then a series of battles ensue with a bunch of computer-generated violence. If you go to TF2 expecting great acting and a riveting plot, then you walked into the wrong theater. The script is paper-thin, but there are still plenty of laughs, especially at the expense of Sam's parents, who are more prominent characters this time around, and Sam's quirky college roommate. He whines a lot, but he also tazes himself in the testicles. That's high brow stuff, right there.

Compared to the first Transformers, TF2 has more action, better fighting sequences and an even hotter, more mature-looking version of Megan Fox. Unfortunately, though, there is also considerably less of the Transformers masquerading themselves in car form. The beginning scene featured the intriguing-looking Corvette concept as it took on (and took apart) a sinister yet great looking Audi R8. New cars in the movie include a major role for the Chevy Beat and Trax concepts, along with three new custom-built Acree motorcycles that appeared to be useless in most battle scenes. There was also a purple Chevy Volt, though its screen time was extremely limited. We did get to see plenty more of the Bumblebee Camaro, which continues to look amazing in spite of the fact that the car is already in production and no longer fresh and new.

For most of the movie, though, the Transformer cat was out of the bag, and the monstrous machines didn't have to hide from humans in plain sight. That means a lot of time in robot-form, which was OK with us. The real treat is the amazing amount of action and excitement packed into this 2.5-hour movie. While the visual appeal of the computer-generated effects was only slightly elevated versus the first Transformers, the robot-on-robot combat has been vastly improved.

Optimus Prime is flat-out brutal in his fighting scenes, taking out scores of Decepticons each time he gets into a scuffle. Bumblebee also has a great fight scene later on in the flick, but nothing compared to the two action sequences featuring the big Semi. The other Autobots, however, had little game, and their weapons appeared to have little effect on the bad guys.

Chances are, if you played with Transformers as a kid and you've got a healthy appetite for action flicks, you're going to love Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. If you like to mix in a little story line with your high budget special effects, then you should probably wait until it comes out on DVD. If you're giddy over the prospect of two and a half hours of intense action and special effects, though there is no place like the big screen to watch TF2.

Reasons to watch:
• Even better action than TF1
• Optimus Prime is a far bigger badass this time around
• Surprise appearance of an SR-71 Blackbird Transformer
• Lots of "hump" humor featuring dog on dog and robot on Megan Fox's leg (childish humor, but funny)
• Megan Fox running in slow motion

Reasons to skip out:

• Very little car screen time
• The story line is just about zero
• Two and a half hours is way too long for this type of movie

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Did we all grow up watching the same cartoon? The 80's Transformers had about as much depth as a kiddie pool, so I didn't expect this film or the first one to either.

      If anything, my biggest complaint with the first Transformers was the fact that it revolved too much around the Humans. I could have cared less about them or even Megan's make-up caked face. This movie remedies that by a huge margin. It's almost non-stop carnage. If you don't like that, fine, but set your freakin' expectation level properly. It's a movie based on a series of 22 minute toy commercials. When I out a new mod on my car and get it dyno'ed, I don't expect to outrun a Ferrari!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, if you want to watch a better robot movie, with bad, but better story line (comparing it to Transformers 1), I recommend "Cherry 2000", but only watch it if you're an adult.

      Another shameless endorsement: Bring your kids to watch Up! It's such a beautiful story.

      • 5 Years Ago
      The movie was way too long...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The scene in the woods where Optimus is wrecking like 5 guys at once was worth the $14.50 admission by itself. The way Bumblebee destroyed Ravage was cool too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good for you?

        I live in a high cost-of-living area. Want to compare the price for a gallon of milk too?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup, that was the best scene in the movie. Finally Optimus really kickin a$$
        • 5 Years Ago
        you paid 14.50.... it paid 12.00 at an IMAX...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who created Megan Fox's wardrobe? Frederick's of Hollywood?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Keep in mind TF1 was nominated for special effects. I'll wait for DVD for TF2
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love how people go watch movies like these and expect to see a movie with 10 nominations in next year's oscars including best picture. This is not what this movie is about. If you went to this movie expecting to see that, then you sir or ma'am are a moron. There is no storyline, there is supposed to be lots of robot carnage. Hell, it can be a silent movie for all I care. transformers didn't have a storyline when I played with them so I don't expect a great storyline. It goes something like this, robots come to earth, carnage, boy meets girl, falls in love, more robot carnage, good guys fight bad guys, more robot carnage, good guys win, guy gets the girl, the end. want a sequel, repeat these steps obots come to earth, carnage, boy meets girl, falls in love, more robot carnage, good guys fight bad guys, more robot carnage, good guys win, guy gets the girl, the end. want a sequel, repeat these steps
      • 5 Years Ago
      I came to see robots, not an Academy worthy performance
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have to agree with Matt on this one. I loved the TF genre as a kid and my own children now play with the newer Animated toys. But the movie-version TF is a disappointment. The drool-inducing Megan Fox and excellent CG action can make for a decent movie, but a solid script on top of that could make it an instant classic. I saw the first TF movie in theatres and won't waste my money on that again. It was immediately forgettable.

        I should be the type of person that loves this movie. But if it has less substance than the first, there's no reason for me to get excited about it. It'll be a rental... maybe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Matt: "Is that so hard?"

        Yes, it is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        AMEN to that!
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Umm... Hello? Megan Fox? That was enough of a reason to watch"

        I didn't go to transformers to drool at Megan Fox. If I want to look at hot chicks, I have the internet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have to agree with Matt. Micheal Bay is one of the worst filmakers of our time. Take away the effects shots and his movies are horrible. There is no excuse. Movies are supposed to be about stories. The effects shots are supposed to be the icing on the cake. I wont pay to see this movie. Sadly even the effects shots aren't really that great in his movies he just covers it up with quick camera cuts that make you seasick.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Watchmen and Sin City...the real way to make an action movie based on a comic. Michael Bay = GARBAGE! Everything he does has the same formula...no story, bad acting, eye candy, and lots of explosions.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So did I. That's why I was disappointed.

        Most of the bots only say maybe a couple lines except the annoying tag alongs that don't do anything but talk sh!t the whole movie. Of course we get plenty of Shia and the other humans. Uhg.

        Also not enough robot on robot action(I don't want to see humans fighting decepticons damnit!).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like Megan and all... however, how many Kleenex boxes did they use to make her have so much boobs? pic4: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/transformers-2-revenge-of-the-fallen/2110073/
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want that green Chevy Beat (not the Spark)!

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The first was better
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw it yesterday and it was entertaining. A lot of ripping heads off and tearing each other apart. Very brutal scenes, even for me. I would have like to see more of both the Autobots and Decepticons. It just seems like there are not enough of either. They could have put a bunch of no name Autobots in the background just for deph. Also, Optimus had to do EVERYTHING. He was 85% of the the firepower for the Autobots.

      Also, why in the hell wouldn't you disassemble Megatron? Why just leave a perfectly good body to be restored. Same for prime. Why didn't they just rip him to shreads after they killed him.
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