The Awfulness of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" Film Review by Nicky

A critical review of the film "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen", directed by Michael Bay.
# 150997 | 890 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on May 17, 2012 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)


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The paper describes the storyline of the film "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and asserts that what makes this film so truly, epically, awful is that it does not even seem to try to be anything more than a commercial masquerading as a film. The paper contends that every word that comes out of each character's mouth sounds clumsy and staged and characters are basically just a replay of old stereotypes to cater to the narrow target audience of younger, male viewers who will ensure this film is a money-making success.

From the Paper:

"In their original incarnation as toys, the Transformers were not noted for having distinct characters. The toy was a gimmick, not an effort to create a particular 'world,' unlike such icons as GI Joe and Barbie, for example. This could have presented a more talented director than Michael Bay with an opportunity to create something completely new, without having to show fidelity to the original source. Instead, a random series of action movie cliches are strung together. The Transformers are simply identified as a race from a planet far, far, away. They speak with a hodge-podge of central casting accents, including New York, British, and 'street.' The human world is in peril, according to the repeated, alarmed statements of the humans. A major iconic monument is threatened, in this case the pyramids. The critical viewer's eyes naturally roll--of course the world/world's treasures are in grave peril, just like in Independence Day and War of the Worlds. Of course serious scientists make dire pronouncements: but really, the film is an excuse for explosions--and product tie-ins.
"What makes Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen so truly, epically awful is that it does not even seem to try to be anything more than a commercial masquerading as a film, special effects masquerading as plot. All of the women are beautiful and statuesque; all of the robots are fierce, angry, and loud. The soundtrack blares in the background, just to make sure that the viewer does not forget to download it from iTunes. And of course, the hope is that children will buy the toys, or pester their parents to purchase the toys."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Sharkey, Betsy. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Film review: LA Times. June 24, 2009.October 22, 2009. http://www.calendarlive.com/movies/reviews/cl-et-transformers24-2009jun24,0,2265260.story
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Directed by Michael Bay. 2009.
  • Travers, Peter. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Film review: Rolling Stone. October 22, 2009. http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/movie/25458013/review/28840142/transformers_revenge_of_the_fallen

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