Film Review: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
More alien robots? Check. Bigger explosions? Check. More Megan Fox? Double check.
Seriously, that was all Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was about. Alien robots, explosions, and Megan Fox. While I’ll admit that it was entertaining, it was different when I actually sat down and thought about it.
The plot was barely even there amidst all the KA-BOOM, slapstick comedy, and Megan Fox eyecandy. There were so many damn holes in the supposed plot that I lost track of them all.
Plot Holes Galore
First, there was Sam Witwicky’s strange lack of common sense to use the Matrix shard to revive Optimus Prime when a similar piece had successfully revived Megatron. Maybe they could argue that Optimus is a Prime and is therefore special and different from regular Transformers, but that wasn’t made clear in the film. And then there was the Decepticon that transformed into a college hottie (LOLWHUT?).
I won’t go into detail on this anymore, since this Transformers 2 FAQ over at Topless Robot actually discusses the plot holes and the rest of the film’s problems much better than I – or probably anyone else – could.
The Action was Fun, at Least
On the plus side, the action sequences in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen were made of pure awesome. Some people have complained that these scenes were too hard to follow, too nausea-inducing, or too full of Megan Fox’s bouncing breasts in slow motion, but I honestly enjoyed watching them (the scenes, not Megan Fox’s boobs). The action sequences in the first film were worse, with everything being a bit too zoomed-in on the wrong places and the choreography needing a bit of work. Watching Optimus doing acrobatics that somehow reminded me of Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell amused me.
My only complaint about the action sequences in Revenge of the Fallen is that they were far more brutal compared to the first movie, or anything I remember from the Transformers franchise. Optimus saying “Give me your face!” while ripping his opponent’s face off was a bit much.
All of this makes me wonder what’ll happen in Transformers 3. I’m not really expecting much after this film, but I just hope they don’t go through with Tom de Santo’s idea for somehow including the Dinobots. Not that I hate the Dinobots, but let’s not kill the rest of the Transformers universe in this trainwreck. Kthxbai.
El Santos is a marketing & advertising professional by day and gamer/bookworm/tarot reader by night. She’s prone to sudden fits of fangirling over her varied interests: video games, fiction, art, folkore, anime, and tarot. She currently lives with her husband and 2 rescue cats.