It’s interesting to note that I have been a fan of the Transformers franchise for more than 20 years now, and when I saw that they were going to release a live action version of the story, I knew I would have to be there for the premiere. Bringing an old story out of the mothballs, Director Michael Bay finally had the technology to put together a film that would not only showcase the story of the Transformers, but it would do so in a way that was very exciting to an audience starving for great action on film. He takes the story back to the origins of the Transformers with this film, when they first make their way to Earth, and the fight that ensues over the Allspark, a cube of ultimate power that could create or destroy worlds. This cube has become lost somewhere on Earth, and the evil Decepticons must be stopped from locating it. The Decepticons are the “bad guys” of the Transformer world, wanting to destroy everything in a quest for world domination. Their counterparts are the Autobots, who want nothing other than to protect humankind and keep the Allspark from falling into the wrong hands.
The human element of this story comes into play when main character Sam Witwicky ends up purchasing one of the Autobots as his first car. This is just one of the shapes that these Transformers can take, as they can absolve the specifications of any vehicle, and decide that this will be their alter-ego of sorts. This transformation into a vehicle is a way for them all to hide in plain sight of those around them. Sam doesn’t know what his car is capable of though, and quickly finds himself whisked away from a rough high school experience to a participant in a battle that could decide the future of the planet. It seems that Sam is has something that is Great Grandfather left behind which could be the key to finding this missing Allspark, and in turn helping the Autobots in keeping it from the evil Decepticons. The Decepticons have a dual search though, as they try to find their leader Megatron at the same time they search for this powerful cube. It all sets up a series of battles that will pit good against evil in a showdown for the ages.
One of the main components of this film is the presentation of the Transformers in live action form. Gone are the cartoon images of the old Autobots and Decepticons, and in their place are the updated versions of all the vehicles. They are intended to “look cool” and Director Michael Bay pulled out all the stops when he presented these 2007 Transformers. I think that Bay also did a great job with the casting, because while this is about a battle between robot races, the part of the story having to deal with us (the humans) is integral to the story. Main character Sam is played by the maturing Shia LaBeouf in my favorite role that I have seen him play. He is funny when he needs to be, and when the story turns series he is right there with his great acting skills. He is really developing into a great leading many right before our very eyes. Beside him in the film are Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel from Las Vegas, Tyrese Gibson, Rachel Taylor, Anthony Anderson, and Jon Voight just to name a few. They all lend their talents to making this film succeed, and to keeping it going when the Transformers take a back seat at certain parts of the story.
Transformers is intended to be one of those big summer blockbusters with a ton of action and many, many explosions. Along those lines the film delivers 100% on its promise to entertain, and it does so with a flare that you don’t often see with action pictures these days. Sure there are moments when it seems like too much is going on, but that gives your mind a lot to focus on as the integral parts of the story start to unfold. In the end, I think that Director Michael Bay really created a winner with this film, and gives the audience that mix of extreme action and humor that really will help this film to succeed. Transformers turned out to be better than even I expected, and even though there isn’t any great dialogue, the action helps to carry a story that really had a lot of components working for it. I think that Transformers is the perfect holiday film, and suggest that anyone who has ever been a fan of the story, or simply loves seeing films with great action take this one in while it is in theaters.