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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Transformers


**** Transformers. Science fiction, action/adventure.

Directed by: Michael Bay.

Starring: Shia LeBeouf, Megan Fox





We watched this with the boys at the Hercules. To be honest, I didn't expect much from the movie, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Obviously, the boys liked it better than we did--they've got the series DVDs and a huge collection of the toys robots, so they were primed to absolutely love it.

If you never saw the TV show or the toys, in brief, they're alien robots that transform into everyday objects--usually vehicles, but there are also some other items, like a boombox. There are good guy Transformers--the Autobots, and bad guy Transformers--the Decepticons.

The story in the film is--well, come on. Did anyone go to see this for the story? Something about a boy gets his first car and it turns out to be Bumblebee, a Transformer. And he finds himself in the middle of a war between the Autobots, who are trying to protect humanity, and the Decepticons, who are trying to take it over.

Good guys triumph, the boy gets the girl, yadda yadda yadda. Shia LeBeouf did a credible job of placeholder for the adolescent boys watching the movie. I could have done without Megan Fox's character, but she was there for the boys, too.

The real star, of course, is the special effects, which were stunning. The transforming Transformers were very realistic-looking and the action scenes were mostly pretty clear.

My biggest complaint: What happened to the song? I mean, come on! A whole movie, and they never even played "Transformers--more than meets the eye" over the credits or anything? Geez.

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