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Review: Transformers

Evidently for Michael Bay nothing succeeds like excess. The second part of a planned trilogy, this spin-off of the 2007 blockbuster bludgeons the viewer with bigger explosions, gargantuan robot warriors and a deafening metallic soundtrack, says Rashid Irani.

movie reviews Updated: Jul 11, 2009 14:14 IST
Rashid Irani

Transformers: Revenge of the fallen
Cast: Shia LaBoeuf, Megan Fox
Direction: Michael Bay
Rating: **

Evidently for Michael Bay nothing succeeds like excess. The second part of a planned trilogy, this spin-off of the 2007 blockbuster bludgeons the viewer with bigger explosions, gargantuan robot warriors and a deafening metallic soundtrack.

The action-meister (Bad Boys, The Island) harnesses state-of-the-art technology to bring computer-game style excitement to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Like the once popular toy-line series from which it derives, the $200-plus million adventure is squarely aimed at undemanding pre-teen audiences.

Reprising his role from the original, Shia LaBoeuf portrays the gawky suburban hero who must save Planet Earth from annihilation. Also back are his hottie girlfriend (Fox) and the gung-ho government official (John Turturro) who has now to be coaxed out of ‘retirement’.

The perfunctory plot regurgitates the long-standing war between two tribes of rival robots from outer space. In essence, we’re back in the good-guys versus mean-machines syndrome.

An impressive display of FX razzmatazz ensues as the narrative zips from Shanghai, Paris, Jordan to the East Coast of the US. Though offering non-stop action sequences, the film suffers from the lack of spectacular set-pieces. Also, the occasional comic interludes are feeble and the effort cannot sustain interest for its lengthy two-and-a-half hours running time.

Recommended, yes, but only if you are in the mood for mindless, B-movie fun.