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Transformers 2

by

Jeff Nelson

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen is nothing that the first one was.

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
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The first Transformers film surprised many of us. It was entertaining and was surprisingly enjoyed by most of the tougher critics in the world. Needless to say, the public wanted a sequel to see where this series could go. Unfortunately, the wrong steps were taken when creating the sequel.

Sam Witwicky and his girlfriend, Mikaela Banes, return with Captain Lennox to assist the Autobots in another battle against the evil Decepticons to save the world, yet again. When penning this script, the writers must have been aware of what they were writing. The first didn't deserve any awards for its screenplay, but this is just an utter disappointment. The dialogue muttered by each of the actors is tacky and feels very unrealistic. The characters we once enjoyed watching in the first one have turned into irritating people and it makes the audience just not care about them. It's a predictable film where every plot turn can be easily told within the first twenty minutes of the film. It's an unusually long running time for a film such as this, and it's a shame that none of its 150 minutes were much good.

Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox both return from the first Transformers. Shia LaBeouf did a decent job being Sam Witwicky in the first film, but the fault lies on the screenplay. It's not that LaBeouf isn't capable of pulling this role off, but even an Oscar winner couldn't make this script any good. Megan Fox may have stolen the hearts of many American males, but that doesn't necessarily mean she's a good actress. Her performance feels like anybody could have pulled that off, but doesn't even reach the mediocre performance of LaBeouf. I say Michael Bay was wise to cut her from his casting list for the next film.

Here lies the problem. Michael Bay pulls out the big guns in his visuals but is unable to back that with any real depth. The CGI looks better than ever. Even better than they did in the first Transformers. The explosions and battles are bigger, as are the new waves of Decepticons. These big battle scenes are entertaining and it seems like a cool movie until you open up your ears to the dialogue and plot. Yeah, there are explosions...a lot of them. However, what are good visuals without a proper story or decent dialogue?

I'm sure I'm not the only one who got extremely excited for the story of Transformers to continue. Michael Bay let us down with this pile of crap and calls it better than his first film to pull in more cash. There's another film on the horizon and we'll have to see if Bay learned his lesson. The screenwriters shouldn't be able to write for another action film without it being heavily edited until they can learn to not put in such putrid dialogue. Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen is nothing that the first one was. Just enjoy the first one and forget this one was made.

My Rating = One and One Half Stars

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