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What a pleasant surprise this movie turned out to be. After months of speculation and guessing games, us kids of yesteryear (now adults) who cried at the passing of the adored Optimus Prime are once again treated to the Transformers. My memories of this cartoon are fond ones, as I tuned in to every episode […]

Posted July 3, 2007 by

 
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transformersWhat a pleasant surprise this movie turned out to be. After months of speculation and guessing games, us kids of yesteryear (now adults) who cried at the passing of the adored Optimus Prime are once again treated to the Transformers. My memories of this cartoon are fond ones, as I tuned in to every episode and scrambled to have every toy within my collection. It is people like myself that were kids once caught up in a frenzied fever of Transformers, who prayed and begged that this movie would not tarnish the image and story of the robots in disguise. My friends, I am happy to say that all my mistrust and speculation was proven wrong, the Transformers kicked robotic ass.

The story details the planet Cybertron being destroyed by a battle between the good Autobot army and the evil Decepticons. Optimus Prime, wisened leader of the Autobots, sends the Allspark cube off into space to evade the hands of the Decepticon leader Megatron. The cube finds it’s way to earth followed by a desperate Megatron and a host of robots both good and evil, soon to rekindle the war, this time on planet earth.

Unfortunately the details of this movie would be so spoiler-ridden, the effort alone would make it unworthy to this excellent film. My overall feeling is one of awe for Micheal Bay who captures a feeling on film that impressed me more than the excellent CG on the Transformers… he captured the feeling of hopelessness. This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat as you witness true, unadulterated terror and fear. The Decepticons are no longer the goofy semi-dangerous bad guys of the cartoons, but are absolutely badass and relentless. People die in this movie, and I mean alot of people die, Transformers die, buildings and monuments are demolished then more people die. The fight scenes are detailed in coreography and the military strategy of the Autobots are keen and impressive. Mid-fight you see robots hopping over each other for cover, firing and ducking, calling out strategies, pulling electronic blades for a quick shank, doing hand stands out of a transformation to avoid shots, and it goes on and on. The action was the best part of the movie, the story was carried out well and remained interesting throughout, even the casual movie-goer who has no history with Transformers, will be educated on their past, their struggle and their future. This was very well written and carried out.

Hats off to Tyrese Gibson and Josh Duhamel for their potrayal as Special Force leaders. The acting was very well done and Shia Lebouf steals the show as the loveable semi-nerd Sam Witwicky. For me the best part of course was the portrayal of Optimus Prime, he was the same Prime I remembered; First into combat, last out of the action, wise, scrappy and larger than life. The dynamic of Megatron was changed for the better and the old handgun Megatron is replaced with a near invincible, hardened war tyrant with brass balls bent on Universal domination… he was scary as hell. I am looking for a few sequels to this epic film and even if I never see them I must say that this blew away any expectations I had for The Transformers. Everyone will enjoy this movie, I urge you to check it out as soon as you can.

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Greg Dragon

 
Cinephile and opinion writer, Greg Dragon has been a fan of movies since the 80's when Kung Fu theater was all the rage and Roger Moore was James Bond. Greg is the founder and lead critic of Spicy Movie Dogs. You can follow him on Twitter @Rafacus or on his Google+ account.