One of my childhood favorites came alive yesterday on the silver screen. I went to the 12am premiere at Century even though I hadn’t slept in exactly 36 hours straight due to work. But it was definitely worth it. The story centers on Earth getting caught in the middle of an intergalactic war between the Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, and the Decepticons, commanded by Megatron. Both are looking to control the mysterious cube, the Allspark, that created them and their race, and found its way to Earth. That’s pretty much the jist of it.
Now the story was simple enough but I felt that the acting was lacking in the sense that there were too many cliches. The movie was aiming to remake the spirit of Independence Day and some times it fell short. Characters like that of John Turturro’s and Josh Duhamel’s served little purpose, while Jon Voight plays his regular self. Meanwhile Shia LaBeouf’s first blockbuster lead role puts him out on top. That aside, the movie was killer. It is one of the ultimate blockbuster movies if you go in to it with the mentality that this is purely science fiction and pretty much preposterous. Michael Bay directed this movie brilliantly and every shot of the Transformers engaging is pure cinematic fun. It is really a pleasure just watching them morphing and doing battle, something that takes a while before actually happening but is worth the wait.
I think they did something truly innovative in this movie. It is simply unlike any other action movie given that bringing the Transformers to life is not an easy task at all. And doing it in the breathtaking way that it was done was just brilliant. The effects literally take your breath away and it’s pure joy to see a Transformer change in mid air to become a jet fighter shooting off a few missiles before transforming back and dealing out a punch. Meanwhile slow motion sequences work great in this movie, especially against the background of modern rock instrumental music.
The difference however between Transformers and Independence Day is the latter aimed to make one giant movie while the former focused a little too much on introducing the characters and the story in an attempt to set the ground for a sequel. Three years from now we’ll probably be seeing the Transformers come back to save the Earth from the Decepticons once again.
Bottom Line: 4/5
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