From the very beginning of this near-3-hour-epic, Optimus Prime narrates a past confrontation of humans and transformers, and how their differences caused problems in the past. From then on, Transformers 2 fully takes on that hidden message that humans and transformers have, and now will be dealing with each other, and that they’re differences can be paralleled, and that they will try to live together in peace. Basically, it’s crap blowing up and giant robot fights for 3 hours, and it’s never been better. The story takes place 2 years after the original Transformers (how convenient), as Sam Witwicky (Shia Labeouf) is entering into college, and no longer wants to be involved with the war between the two cybertronian races. Meanwhile, Optimus Prime and the Autobots are now secretly working with the government in an organization called NEST, where they try to eradicate all Decepticon resistance left on Earth. Also Meanwhile, the few Decepticons that are left are busy at work reviving their fallen leader, while reporting to a new leader, the Fallen, who in other words is Transformers’ Emperor Palpatine. Chaos Ensues as power for Earth, Witwicky’s Mind, and Energon once again rages through Earth. Let me just go ahead and say, Transformers 2 is a thrill ride. It assaults the senses and it will leave you breathless. It is one of the biggest and the most fun time I’ve had at the movies all summer, and it is a ride you should not miss.
For 3 hours this isn’t some look at our feelings, this is an action romp, with some incredibly directed action scenes full of crumbling buildings and smashing metal. Michael Bay once again proves his merit from the first installment with some truly incredible special effects and some brilliantly choreographed fight scenes. Scorponok shows up (literally less than 5 seconds), and the shots of the Devastator and some of Optimus’ battle scenes will leave your jaw on the floor. However in some scenes it was still difficult for me to tell which robot was which, and sometimes the action would be so quickly paced I didn’t know what was going on. Also new in the cast is a great variety of new Autobots and Decepticons. The Female Motorcycles, the Twin Stereotypes, Sideswipe, Sideways, RC, Jetfire, Grindor, and more all prove to be worthy additions, with special favor towards The Fallen (voiced by Leonard Nimoy), the new villain in town with a particular Palpatine feel who is a formidable force towards the Autobots, one only a Prime can defeat. There’s also some great humans involved. Tyrese Gibson and Josh Duhammel show up again, along with Leo, the wise cracking sidekick, and John Turturro once again shows up to help out on the action. And of course, there’s Megan Fox who dresses like a hooker. The movie blasts through the entire 3 hours with guns blazing in an incredibly well-built sequel. This installment also revamps the series with a variety of new places for robots to beat the living crap out of each other. Even Scorponok shows up! And of course, there’s Peter Cullen. One of my problems with this movie though was that it is kinda easy to get lost in the ever-looping, ever-changing story that quickly moves around. I sometimes forgot which side was doing what and what they were trying to do to win this battle. A lot of people are blasting this one for whatever it may be, but I thought this one might have even been better than the first. Here you have a very strong story that feels like a great expansion to the first movie, you have improvements on an existing formula, something that corrects some of the old problems, and you have a movie that’s not afraid to have fun and let the audience have fun. Why would you go into a movie about giant fighting robots expecting something profound, or complain about character development? When you buy your ticket to Transformers 2, you’re getting your money’s worth. Sure it’s a little too long (it really does feel like the full 3 hours), but that only further cements the movie’s epic-osity. This is a more-than-worthy addition to the first movie, will probably leave you sore by the end credits, and as far as summer action flicks go, this is funny, it’s got action, variety, an epic story, you can’t really do better than this on a hot summer afternoon. To some, this movie might really be more than meets the eye.
4 3/4 out of 5 or, 5 out of 5