Release Date: July 2nd, 2007 at 8 PM by Paramount Pictures.
The Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rachael Taylor, Anthony Anderson, Jon Voight, John Turturro.
Directed by Michael Bay.
BASIC PREMISE: 16-year-old Sam (LaBeouf) and his classmate, Mikaela (Fox), join the Autobots to search for the Allspark before the Decepticons use it to destroy the world.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Transformers is everything you expect from an ultra-cool summer blockbuster: cool cars, exciting action scenes, slick CGI effect, comic relief, and a charismatic lead joined by a hot babe. In the opening scene, a cube called the Allspark crashes into Earth and it can wipe out the entire planet if the Decepticons get a hold of it. Way out in Qatar, U.S. soldiers lead a battle against strange machines that are actually Decepticons, while Secretary of Defense John Keller (Voight) tries to make sense of everything. Meanwhile, back in the U.S., Sam, a high school teen, just got a new car and tries, unsuccessfully to impress a hot classmate, Mikaela. The map that can locate the Allspark happens to be on ancient glasses which teenage Sam happens to be selling on Ebay, so, soon enough the Decepticons try to find him. From start to finish, it’s fun to root for Sam as an underdog who must help save the world and, perhaps, win over the girl of his dreams. Co-screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci add some well-needed comic relief every so often, especially with the inclusion of the offbeat Agent Simmons, played by the underrated John Turturro. Anthony Anderson also has a funny scene in a small role as a car salesman. Granted, the plot does have some plot holes toward the end and a few clichéd and awkward moments, such as a scene that almost feel like one from American Pie when Sam’s parents barge in on him. Just like in Disturbia, Shia LeBeouf proves to be a solid leading man by balancing charisma and toughness without being dull or over-the-top. It also helps that the adventure itself feels exciting and thrilling, especially when Sam befriends the Autobots and realizes his purpose. Director Michael Bay includes his trademark loud explosions, pulse-pounding action scenes, slick visuals along with a fast pace and an exciting musical score. Even at a running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes, Transformers never overstays its welcome.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief and check your brain at the door.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: An ultra-cool, thrilling and crowd-pleasing summer blockbuster. Bring on Transformers 2!
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater
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