Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a 2009 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay. It is the sequel to 2007's Transformers. It stars Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, and Josh Duhamel.
Two years after the Deceptions save the Earth, Sam is off to college, while the Autobots have teamed up with a secret military organization, NEST. When The Fallen, an ancient Deception, makes an appearance, Sam and his girlfriend, Mikaela, team up with the Autobots to figure out a way to defeat The Fallen once and for all.
Why It Sucks
- Despite being a Transformers movie, most of the screen time goes to the humans. While most of the Transformer's screen time was given to Bumblebee, this caused the other Transformers to not be explored or even have any time to get fleshed out. The Fallen is the primary villain of the film, but he never gets any time to be given a motive or any character traits. There are a bunch of Constructicons, and the movie never gives you time to know who is who.
- Sideways and the Constructicons were teased about having signified roles. However, there were entirely in the background, and they barely impact the story.
- Jetfire, the former Decepticon, never even stands out as his own character in the film. He mainly serves as a power-up for Optimus Prime in the final battle.
- Grindor is just both a bootlegged version and a significant step back from Blackout. He is a pointless Decepticon to have, so much to the point that he was never seen again after this film.
- Multiple plot holes. For example, A piece of the Allspark was used to bring Megatron back to life. But when Optimus is temporarily killed, the part of the Allspark in Mikaela's possession is not used to bring him back to life.
- The confusing way that the Constructicons are incorporated: one of them is killed at the start, then Devastator forms from a set of nine of them (despite that it's only supposed to be seven), but then four more are seen fighting the humans in the desert. About the only way, this makes sense is if there is more than one set of Constructicons.
- Bizarre geographical errors, such as saying The Pentagon is in Washington DC (it's in Arlington, Virginia), the back door of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's annex at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia leading to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, an aircraft graveyard in Tucson, Arizona, or forgetting that Egypt and Jordan don't share a border because there's a little place called Israel between them (the map shown in the film even forgets this).
- Juvenile humor, such as Devastator having wrecking balls dangling between his legs (referred to as "the enemy's scrotum" in Simmon's dialogue just in case anyone thought this was accidental), Sam's male dog, Mojo, humping Frankie, Sam's other male dog, or Jetfire farting.
- Random inclusion of annoying humor that only served as in-jokes and were heavily accused of racist stereotyping, who are, of course, Skids and Mudflap. However, as stated in the first "Transformers" film, it is explained that the Autobots found things from Earth's culture that they liked, so the twins probably found interest in gangsta rap music, which is the reason why they talk all slang.
- The CGI, while still really good, doesn't quite mesh well. It doesn't feel like they're really there, such as the scene where Sam is restrained while Scalpel and it's assistants examine him.
- As in the first film, the Transformer designs are massively overcomplicated with billions of unnecessary moving parts, making it hard to tell who is even a Autobot or a Decepticon.
- It continues the first film's love affair with too-close shakycam fight scenes, which combined with the above makes it very difficult to tell who is doing what to who.
- It wastes potential for The Fallen, Arcee, Chromia, Elita-One (Originally Optimus' love interest in G1), the Constucticons, Grindor, Jolt, Sideways, Sideswipe, Jetfire, Skids & Mudflap, the Pretender (or Alice), Ravage, Wheelie, and Soundwave.
- Soundwave, especially, never appears in the film and is only seen in one scene.
- The acting and performances from the human characters are a significant step back from the first film, especially from Shia Labeouf, who just screams most of his lines.
- The poorly developed characters from the first film, such as Sam's parents, aren't given any worthwhile character development.
- The film blatantly reuses stock footage from the previous film in certain places.
- A lot of awkward moments, such as the scene where Seymour Simmons gets his pants ripped off for no reason at all, revealing his underwear.
- This movie version of Optimus Prime proves to be bizarrely cruel and mean, unlike his G1 counterpart, particularly with his infamous ""Give me your FACE!" line at the end. Even at the start, he murders an injured Constructicon in cold blood (Although, in fairness, in the first film, Bonecrusher is the only Decepticon that Optimus murders, thus showing that Optimus, in the first film, was something more like G1 Optimus).
- Speaking of Optimus Prime, his death and the Matrix of Leadership were used way too early.
- This film was pretty much one of the reasons why Transformers Animated was canceled before it's the fourth season could begin production due to this film's release, and as a result, the new changes for Animated were all left on the drawing-room floor.
- There are pointless subplots that go nowhere and aren't even mentioned again, other than to pad out the movie's runtime.
- The action scenes, such as the forest fight, is still good, despite the shaky camerawork.
- The CGI for the Transformers is still amazing. In particular, Devastator's model reportedly "fried" an animator's PC.
- Jetfire's line about his ancestors is pretty funny, particularly when he mentions that his first ancestor was the first wheel ever invented.
- Great voice acting for the Transformers themselves, thanks to the voice actors reprising all their roles.
- This was the only film that Skids and Mudflap appear, and they are never seen again afterwards. (Because in the comic book version of Dark of the Moon, they are killed by Sentinel Prime. Well, depending on your opinion-whether or not, it's a redeeming quality due to the fact they did die.)
- Great soundtrack composed by Steve Jablonsky (composer of the other films), especially the credits song "New Divide" by Linkin Park.
- Even Michael Bay himself admitted he actually hated the film.