From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg comes a thrilling battle between the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS. When their epic struggle comes to Earth, all that stands between the evil DECEPTICONS and ultimate power is a clue held by Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf). Join the fight for mankind in the extraordinary adventure that “features some of the most spectacular action and effects sequences of any movie of its kind and will appeal to the kid in all of us” (Claudia Puig, USA Today).
This movie does not disappoint when it comes to entertainment. You’ll be completely grasped by the film from beginning to end as you are awed by the special effects. What’s even more surprising is the amount of humor this film brings to the stage. I found myself laughing more times in this film than I have in the majority of comedies that I’ve seen this year.
As most everyone that will see this film already knows, Transformers is based on an incredibly successful line of toys as well as the animated series. It actually makes for a solid concept and the execution is just mind-blowing. Scenes that could have given away any weaknesses in special effects were nothing but seamless. The battles at Hoover Dam all the way to Mission City look as real as they possibly could.
It’s by no means a great Oscar-worthy film. It simply is what it is, an entertaining action film. The script isn’t great, the acting could be better (Shia LaBeouf actually puts in a pretty good performance. It’s just the rest of the cast that kind drops the ball.), but combined with the special effects and a good concept, this film more than accomplishes what it set out to.
If you’re going to purchase this release, pick up the Blu-ray edition as the extras are totally worth it. Check out HD special features including featurettes that included interviews, stunt training footage, the making of the Skorponok Desert Attack scene, concept boards, trailers, and so much more!
This was without a doubt one of the top summer blockbusters of 2008, and while it doesn’t come close to touching The Dark Knight, fans can still appreciate it for what it is: an entertaining movie.
Review by Emma Loggins