Review written on: July 8th, 2007

Transformers Review

As a child of the ’80s, I have a special place in my heart for anything related to that era! You can imagine my reaction when they announced that this movie was going into production! As expected, with many remakes (or retools in this case), I was anticipating a huge disappointment. To my surprise, it really wasn’t much of one!

OK, so here’s the backstory. Hasbro released a line of toys revolving around 2 alien robot factions, the Autobots (the good guys) and the Decepticons (the bad guys). The kicker? They were all disguised as cars and were able to “transform” themselves (hence the name). Like so many other toys from that time period, there was a television cartoon that all of us watched!

This film takes the concept, and, naturally, brings it into modern day. Three separate plotlines with some common ground then get fused into one. To start with, we get a crash course about the factions and their civil war and why they decide to comes to Earth. Then we?re off!

First, they cut to the Middle Eastern country of Qatar, where on an American military base, we see Josh Duhamel, former singer (now actor) Tyrese Gibson, and their other soldiers go up against some pretty shady, non-human enemies. Hmmm. Now who could that be?

Then, we are off to a meeting, headed by the Secretary of Defense (Jon Voight), where we learn that something/someone is hacking into highly classified government information. They recruit a bunch of computer experts to find out who’s doing it and why.

The third subplot revolves around Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf). He?s a high school student who gets his first car, a used yellow Camaro with racing stripes. While he?s going through the same teenage problems most of us went through, he’s also having a Christine moment. Yep, his car is controlling itself.

We get a few moments that are exciting, and it’s winding everyone up. Then, they bring in the big guys! Finally! This is when it gets really good! A whole bunch of tricked out cars are ?more than meets in the eye?! The most macked-out Mack truck of them all is Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen)! Leading his fellow Autobots, (including Sam’s newly refurbished yellow Camaro, Bumblebee), Optimus Prime is getting ready to face off against his old archenemies, the Decepticons, lead by Megatron (voiced by Hugo Weaving).

Action packed, the battles between them take up the rest of the running time, but I definitely did not mind! Despite the fact that I found it way too long, and some of the subplot was unnecessary, the subject matter alone makes up for it!

The major groups that are hitting this flick will be the fellow hardcore ’80s kids like me, as well as the gearheads. This movie is so full of car candy, my jaw dropped. It’s a car lovers dream! The use of CGI to bring the Transformers back was perfect!

Hey, it’s worth going to see if that’s your bag! As for me, it was a nice trip down memory lane!


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