Transformers (2007) – movie review

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Movie Review by Nigel A. Messenger

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Anderson

Director: Michael Bay

TRANSFORMERS is one of those movies that’s going to split opinion right down the middle. But before you take sides consider what it is. It’s a big summer blockbuster that’s aimed at a wide audience of all ages as well as a major update and big screen outing of the 80’s animated TV show loved by kids, especially boys, plus anyone who has played the video game.

The Transformers themselves are split into two sides, the good Autobots and the evil Decepticons. A Transformer is a sentient machine that can either walk around as a giant robot or disguise itself by taking the form of any other machine, which in most case means cars, trucks, tanks or even planes.

As long as you can suspend your disbelief and accept the premise you’re in for a hell of a ride!

So I’ve told you what Transformers are – now here’s what they are doing in the movie. The Decepticons are coming to Earth to find ‘The Cube’, an object that crashed on Earth years ago. They will use this to assimilate all Earth machines and make our planet their home. Our only hope are the Autobots led by Optimus Prime who are scattered throughout the universe after a war with the Decepticons in which their own planet was destroyed.

Without getting into too much detail the story is told from Earth’s perspective and specifically teenager Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) who’s great great grandfather discovered ‘The Cube’ after it crash landed in Antarctica years ago. Also Sam’s yet to be girlfriend, the ultra hot Mikaela (Megan Fox), US marine Captain Lennox (Josh Duhamel) and yet another hot babe, computer expert Maggie Madsen (Rachael Taylor).

Basically Sam is the key to the Transformers finding ‘The Cube’. The Decepticons are out to get him and the Autobots must protect him and get to ‘The Cube’ first. All this happens to the very funny background of Sam getting his first car (Transformer BumbleBee) and pulling the hottest babe in town, the sexy Mikaela!

Meanwhile Captain Lennox is fending off the Decepticons first attack on Earth and computer tech Maggie is trying to stop the Decepticons infiltrating Earth’s defence systems.

There are lots of other memorable characters in TRANSFORMERS but the question you should be asking is how can cars transforming into giant robots who are both attacking and defending humans, be believable on the big screen?

Well get this – they are totally believable, and while your brain is telling you what you’re seeing is CGI, you really can’t see it! Well obviously you can see the screen and what’s happening on it but the CGI is so good the Transformers look real.

TRANSFORMERS is action, action, hot babes, hot cars, fantastic on screen visuals and then… more action! To sum it up, if you only see one action blockbuster movie this summer, then make it TRANSFORMERS!

6 out of 6 stars