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Friday, November 11, 2011


The Earth is caught in the middle of an intergalactic war between two races of robots, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, which are able to change into a variety of objects, including cars, trucks, planes and other technological creations. Director Michael Bay adapts Hasbro and Takara's popular Transformers franchise into a big-budget, live-action summer extravaganza in this ambitious sci-fi action feature starring Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Bernie Mac, John Turturro, Jon Voight, and, of course, Optimus Prime and Megatron.

 This live-action movie is based upon the popular line of robot toys produced by Hasbro since the early 1980s that "transform" from recognizable machines or animals into giant robots. The toys have previously been adapted to television as a few different TV series and as an excellent animated feature film in 1986, featuring the voice of Orson Welles in one of his last performances. This film is most definitely considered to be the first in a potential series of live-action Transformers movies. Specifically, the characters in this movie will be based upon the original 1984 line-up.

The planet of Cybertron is the homeworld of a race of robots which have the ability to transform into other mechanisms, with each Transformer having its own unique disguise. The Transformers are divided into two separate camps: the noble Autobots, who are led by Optimus Prime and the evil Decepticons, who are led by Megatron. With fuel supplies called Energon Cubes on Cybertron running low, both forces travel through space looking for a new source, which leads them to Earth, which from their perspective is rich in the minerals and chemicals they need.
Disguising themselves as cars, airplanes, boats, etc. easily recognizable to humans, the Transformers engage in a secret war for control of Earth's bountiful natural resources. This secret war explodes into action when Spike Witwicky, the descendant of a 19th century sailor, buys a yellow sports car which turns out to be an Autobot named Bumblebee. What Spike doesn't know is that the eyeglasses he inherited have a secret map burned into the lens by the evil Decepticon leader, Megatron. This map details the location of a mysterious power source which could turn the course of the war between the two factions of Transformers. Meanwhile, the war begins with an attack by Scorponok, a giant scorpion-like Decepticon, on a military base in the Middle East, as the various Transformers on both sides awake to spark war on Earth.

 The special effects are fantastic. The battles between Optimus Prime and Megatron, Bumblebee and Barricade, and other characters are all stunning. They are jaw dropping spectacles of destruction in their battle scenes. Although some of the ideas are edited or even removed from the original story, the spirit of the original cartoon remains. Michael Bay's "Transformers" is officially the first summer blockbuster that delivers what was promised.

"Transformers" is a fast paced action film that incorporates amazing visual effects and '80s nostalgia to make for a simplistic yet entertaining story.

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