Running time: 147 mins (approx)
Watched at the Cinema Saturday 20th June 2009.
SPOILER ALERT: BE AWARE THERE MAY BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW – You HAVE been WARNED!
As a summer blockbuster this film ticks all the boxes. Fantastic special effects, awesome action, a smokin’ babe, some really funny bits, a giant metal hero and, oh yes, a story. If you have seen the first Transformers film, you’ll be familiar with the ongoing war between the Autobots and the Decepticons. No surprise that the battle continues here in epic fashion using the Earth as the battleground.
Optimus Prime and the Autobots, with some new members, are seeking out Decepticon agents around the Earth. They are helped by an international military force called NEST. Meanwhile Sam Witwicky is preparing to go to college, leaving his girlfriend Mikaela Barnes and Bumblebee, his Autobot guardian, behind. Having arrived at college, he finds himself blacking out and seeing mysterious symbols. A worried Mikaela flies out to join him and Bumblebee also makes his way there to protect his ward. The Decepticons know what these symbols mean and they want Sam… I think you can guess I’m not going to say any more about the plot, I’ll just say it’s epic!
Excellent performances from Shia LaBeouf as Sam and Megan Fox as Mikaela. Nice to see Josh Duhamel returning as Captain Lennox and John Turturro returning as Agent Simmons / Jetfire. Kevin Dunn and Julie White were great, yet again, as Sam’s parents Ron and Judy Witwicky. But by far, the stars of the show were the Transformers, ably voiced by Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime), Hugo Weaving (Megatron), Frank Welker (Soundwave / Devastator), Tom Kenny (Mudflap / Skids) and Tony Todd (The Fallen).
The special effects and the CGI were excellent. The battle scenes, in particular the fights between the Autobots and the Decepticons, were awe inspiring. Production wise, I could find no fault, well lit, well shot, great sound, great sets, although I suspect there’s an awful lot of green-screen being used. I guess there were only two things that slightly let this film down, I found the plot did get a little confusing at times and at a running time of 147 minutes, it was a little long (or maybe that was just the uncomfortable seats in that cinema).
Over all, a great summer blockbuster, superb action and great fun, I highly recommend it!
My score: 9/10