When the words “Directed by Michael Bay” appear during the credits of any film, the audience knows they are going to see a loud, explosive picture, no matter what the plot might be. It comes as a nice surprise, therefore, that “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” has more going on than just lots of stuff blowing up.
Working from the script by Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, Bay delves deeper into the mythology of the Autobots and the Decepticons. The sequel takes fans of the Transformers on a wild ride, but Bay does pack too many details into an overlong movie, though.
Sam Witwicky Gets Ready for College in the “Transformers” Sequel
Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky, the young man who helped the Autobots save the Earth from the invading Decepticons. Two years after that epic battle, Sam is preparing to leave home for college, a rite of passage that he is eager to experience. Going away to school does mean leaving behind his girlfriend Mikaela Banes (Megan Fox) and his Autobot guardian Bumblebee, however.
Sam only gets to experience a few precious days on campus, though, before he’s pulled into yet another robotic battle. After the destruction of the Allspark, the source of life for the Transformers, there remains only one power source, a dangerous artifact called the “Matrix of Leadership.” Sam’s mind holds the key to finding the Matrix, and a truly evil Decepticon called the Fallen will do anything to extract that secret from his brain.
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” is More Cerebral than the Original
A bit more cerebral than the original 2007 movie, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” is an interesting follow-up movie from director Michael Bay. Though a good portion of the film’s budget covers the property damage caused by the robotic fighting, Bay juices up the sequel with more of the Transformer’s backstory.
Over the last two years, Shia LaBeouf has turned into the action hero of his generation. After graduating from the Disney Channel series “Even Stevens,” the young actor has scored lead roles in the “Transformers” movies as well as the last “Indiana Jones” sequel. Here, LaBeouf gets to have some real “Close Encounters” moments as he struggles with cryptic symbols and images flooding his brain.
Returning to support LaBeouf are Megan Fox as Sam’s mechanically talented girlfriend and John Turturro as the disgraced Agent Simmons. Ramon Rodriguez also gets some great moments here as Leo Spitz, Sam’s college roommate who runs, ironically enough, a conspiracy theory website.
“Revenge of the Fallen” is not Really Kid Stuff
Parents who take their kids to see this sequel may be shocked, though, at the mature subject matter. The dialogue is filled with rather colorful metaphors and sexual content; Sam’s mom even gets high after eating a special brownie she buys on campus. The mature content and a running time that exceeds 2 hours are the only real negatives to this sequel.
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, some crude and sexual material and brief drug material, currently is playing in theaters.