In the world of Hollywood, you don’t get much bigger than Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay when it comes to blockbuster movies, and Transformers has both on board, but clocking in at over 140 minutes, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the movie was going to take its jolly time getting into the action by boring us to death with some back story.
Fear not however as after a very brief voice over the back-story is finished within minutes and the robots kick in almost straight away. Or at least one robot does, and he’s one bad machine, intent on delivering a devastating first strike designed to render humanity helpless, and make way for the Decepticons to take over the world.
Things don’t quite go to plan for the bad guys however as human tenacity and the will to live kick in and a small band of survivors take it to the metal beast.
Cut to the main hero, golden boy in the making; Shia LaBeouf. As long as Spielberg’s protégé can stay away from a Britney like implosion, he’s destined to become the biggest acting name in Hollywood, and he handles his own, along side the surprisingly ‘more than meets the eye’ Megan Fox.
Together they have to help the Autobots (that’s the good guys) take it to the Decepticons.
But who really cares about the humans, this is a CGI driven, Michael Bay Explosion Extravaganza that works like a well-oiled sports car; it’s easy on the eyes and move with surprising pace.
So between the storyline and the special effects, Transformers manages to be one of the best American saves the world movies in recent movie history.
I do have a gripe however, with the truck-load of talent associated with this movie, why do they have to delve into the smelly depths of cheesiness from time to time? Is there some pre-requisite that forces big budget action movies to lessen their credibility by adding steaming hot cheese to the plot/dialogue/voice-over?
Minor point really, as what Transformers does well, it has in spades; the sheer beauty and complexity of the transforming and fighting robots is undeniable magic, and despite the subject matter, looks believable. The clichéd storyline (even without the overload of cheese) supports the action by keeping the feel light and most importantly the pace never really seem to let up.
Food for thought
More than meets the eye? Everyone deserves to be given more than just a once over. If we let our preconceived ideas determine who someone is, we’re going to miss out on seeing the heroes who save the world.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Rating: M – Contains Medium Level Violence.
Duration: 143 mins.
Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-fi, Action Sci-Fi, Cyborgs & Robots.
Actors: Anthony Anderson, Jon Voight, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Rachael Taylor.
Director: Michael Bay.
Release Date: Available Now.