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pumaleader 7/3/2007 12:19:31 PM
I have seen this movie and I agree with the review 100%. This is one of the best movies I have seen in a very long time, at least since Ep. III. I found myself just feeling like a giddy little kid watching all my heroes from when I was little. I highly recommend this flick!
muchdrama1 7/3/2007 12:32:35 PM
Don't feel bad about not seeing this flick, Merin. You'll want to turn your brain off after listening to this awful script for over 2 hrs. An awful script combined with some truly awful performances equals a painfully dreadful movie. John Turturro's performance left me rolling my eyes about a dozen times throughout the flick. Michael Bay just does NOT know how to get performances out of actors...the only exceptions being Sean Connery in "The Rock", and Ewan McGregor in "The Island". What I did like: the special effects and live action sequences were stunning in scope. They were also seamless...sometimes you couldn't tell where the live action stopped and the CGI began. I also really dug Shia LaBeouf...this kid has so much charisma it's plain silly. He's got a HUGE career ahead of him. Other than that, this was just a silly, juvenile, dumb, vastly campy movie. And Michael Bay just plain SUCKS. I've written him off after "Transformers", like I should have done after "The Island". Grade: D (as stated before, the live action and CGI are first rate, and somewhat saves this movie to a certain extent...although you really can't save incredibly bad dialogue and cardboard performances) PS--if Michael Bay gets ANYwhere near my beloved "Man of Steel", I'll slit my own wrists.
metalwater 7/3/2007 1:14:51 PM
Miaforcer, you are just plain wrong...this movie has elements of T2, Back To The Future, ID4, and Iron Giant, as well as ET for that matter...and the military stuff is staight from ID4 and Aliens. The main elements taken from Back To The Future are the boy and his car material. His infatuation with this car that comes into his life, which has a special secret...making it more than just an ordinary car...oh, and his hot girlfriend, who, btw...was added in to complete the fantasy of all young males: Cause all they really want is a hot girl and a special car!!! And the T2 comparison comes in the form of the kid having a machine, a robot, as a friend, and a protector (a bodyguard). This is also seen in Iron Giant...and even in ET...although the latter is an alien, not a robot--however in Transformers we get both a robot and an alien, all in one. And hell, if you cut in "the machines go wild...and attack," vehicle chase scene from T3...well, you'll noticed that it is mirrored in the freeway chase scene in Transformers...again, the only different element...is that the vehicles Transform during the chase. But back to T2, remember the scene where the Mac Truck crashes down into the empty L.A. River in pursuit of the teenaged John Conner and the Terminator, who is protecting him??? The chase continued through the cemented man made river. Much of that scene is mirrored in Transformers as the Decepticons pursue Sam...sure, he's not on a motor cycle, but it still feels the same, and intentionally so!!! Add the obligatory big alien invasion tears-up the big city...and wrecks the military base disaster scenes--plus, Pentagon brass discussing strategies to deal with aliens and the tech talk that goes along with it, and you've got yourself Transformers!!! Aside from the actual transforming, they just cherry picked scenes from other big blockbusters...and that is a fact. Again...as I have said in a prior post...I dare any of you to cut video of these movies, that I mentioned, together...and stir in a Michael Bay film score...and then view it in a side to side comparison with clips from Transformers and you'll think your looking at an advertisement for the same film!!! PS: Hollywood should remake The Last Star Fighter...it was a fun movie but it clearly lacked a budget and had bad FX...but with the new technologies out there, an update of its special effects could make such a remake a big hit!!!
Sevenfoldx7 7/3/2007 1:58:57 PM
Mind numbing bickering - very annoying and pointless. I love Transformers. I haven't been blown away by any movie like that since I first saw Matrix. I highly recommend it to everyone.
TheSleeper 7/3/2007 5:34:43 PM
Okay, I saw the movie this afternoon. Guess what? It's mindless, dumb fun. You'll have a good time watching stuff smash into each other and blow up. But A ? Hell no. After delivering a great opening sequence in the desert that establishes the real potential for this movie, the film never fails to go for the cheapest jokes out there that you can see coming from a mile away. The plot disappears somewhere in the middle to the usual Michael Bay nonsense. This really is a film for kids. I just gotta scratch my head over Brian Thomas's reviews here. My suspicion is he gave Live Free or Die Hard a C to establish his bona fides as a "real" reviewer. Then when the backlash set in he decided to go the opposite way and give Transformers an A to please "the crowd", thus establishing him as a panderer. It's backfired both times, Brian. I urge you to give us your honest opinions from here on out, and not worry so much about how other people perceive you. That's the only way you'll be able to build credibility as a reviewer.
jppintar326 7/3/2007 5:46:05 PM
I give this movie a B . I love the action and watching Autobots and Decepticons fight each other. I had a few problems with this movie. 1. The film is 2 1/2 hours long. There are some scenes that I thought could have been cut, such as the pointless scene at the police station and the silly subplot about Section 7. 2. Too many extraneous characters. Much as I love that blonde chick, I thought she wasn't really that necessary. The same goes for Anthony Anderson (a comedian who a little of goes a long way) and John Turturro (good actor whose character is smug, annoying, unfunny, and who comes across as a reject from ET). 3. Human weapons being effective against Decepticons. Nothing short of a nuclear bomb should hurt a Decepticon, I'm sorry. There has to be a sense of menace about Decepticons in which none of our weapons are effective against them. Yet this film states that certain weapons can bring down a Decepticon. We want to see Autobots and Decepticons fighting each other. Humans using conventional weapons against Decepticons isn't very exciting. If they were creative in stopping them, then okay. 4. Megatron doesn't appear until 3/4 of the way thru the movie. Having your main villain off screen so long is wrong. Even Darth Maul appeared earlier in Phantom Menace than Megatron does in this movie. Despite these problems, it was great seeing a live action version of a popular toy line I played with when I was younger.
Merin 7/3/2007 6:16:44 PM
Please. Please. Please. Disagree with me all you want - but do NOT lump me with MW's assertions. They are entirely his own. I want NO association.
madmanic999 7/3/2007 7:02:07 PM
Merin, I apologize for the dick comment... man I just really liked the movie... couldn't wait to get home and see if the rest of the gang was geeking out about it, and I guess it kinda killed the buzz to here the negativity... but I know what it's like, there are lots of movies that are loved that I've hated... like every Star Trek ever made for an example....
goldeneyez 7/3/2007 8:44:09 PM
Just saw it. I'd give it an A-. I think I'd reserve A for movies like the first Matrix, The Empire Strikes Back, Spider-man 2, X-men 2, or either Kill Bill (just so you have an idea of movies I like). Blockbusters that I hated but others seem to love Independence Day, a lot of Michael Bay's movies actually (Armageddon, Bad Boys 2). I think the movie had a decent plot for what it was. It wasn't totally ridiculous, and seemed to hold together. I do think that it was plot heavy and had many extraneous characters. Someone made a comment about getting rid of Anthony Anderson's character & the blond. I agree to a point, I think the blond figuring things out while all the "macho" guys dismissed her ideas were cool, Anderson kind of took away from that with his antics (I do like Anderson, but it just seemed like Comedy for Comedy's sake not to move the story along). Oh yeah with the exception of Tyrese, I guess all black men treat their mothers, grandmother, etc. like crap (please not this is sarcasm). Someone made the comment that they went a little far with the jokes... I'd agree 100% with that statement. They were funny, but they got to be a bit much. While the special effects were great, honestly I think I understand now why the 80's series had many characters in one or two primary colors. In the movie so many of them seemed to blend together it got confusing identifying them after a while. The easiest to identify would be Bumblebee and Prime probably because of the colors, while many of the more metalic one's seemed to blend together during the fights.
sigchi251 7/4/2007 2:35:15 AM
Just got back from seeing the movie and I had a great time. It kicked serious ass. I don't think I have had that much fun at the movies in quite a while. I laughed at the jokes, got a joygasm from seeing the Optimus for the first time and was sad to see the results of the carnage (no spoilers from me). All i needed was to hear an "its over Prime" from Megatron and it would have gotten an A from me. A solid "A" from me for this one and I rarely throw those out. I cannot wait to see how they do the next two. I will probably go back and see it again as at times it was almost too much to take in.
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