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 Earth is saved by the Deceptions. 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 humans. While most of the Transformer's screen time was given to Bumblebee and this caused the other Transformers to not be explored or not have any time to get fleshed out. The Fallen was the major 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 to have signified roles, however, there were entirely at the background and they barely impact the story.
- Jetfire never stands out as his own character in the film, he mainly serves as a power-up for Optimus in the end.
- Grindor is just a bootlegged version of and a major step back from Blackout. He is a really 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 killed, the piece 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 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 that only serve 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 doesn't 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.
- Also 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.
- Wasted 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.
- The poorly developed characters from the first film, such as Sam's parents, aren't given any worthwhile character development.
- Awkward moments such as the scene where Seymour Simmons rips his pants off, revealing his undies.
- The movie version of Optimus Prime proves to be bizarrely sadistic and mean, particularly with his "give me your FACE!" 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).
- 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.
- Pointless subplots that go nowhere. Other than to pad out the movie's runtime.
- Even Michael Bay admitted he hated the film.
- The action scenes, such as the forest fight, is still good.
- 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 actually pretty funny.
- Great voice acting for the Transformers themselves.
- This was the only film that Skids and Mudflap appeared and they were never seen again afterward. (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, especially "New Divide" by Linkin Park.