Thursday, July 12, 2007

Movie Review: Transformers meet the eye

One of the most anticipated movies of the summer, Transformers rolled in to theaters over the holiday week.  Staying true to the original cartoon series, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons battle it out over the ever important Allspark, the creator of life…in a cube.

Unfortunately for Earth, the Allspark, and Megatron the leader of the Decepticons, landed in the frosty Arctic Circle many years ago.  Having tracked the Allspark to Earth, but not knowing exactly where, Decepticons of all different shapes and sizes descend upon the military and their intelligence headquarters.  It is up to the Autobots and an unassuming high school kid, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), to find the Allspark first and stop the Decepticons from destroying the Earth.

A little less than meets the eye, the plot was full of holes, but none the less entertaining.  The movie was filled with cheesy non commercials for phones, disks and the most obvious, Chevrolet.  The Autobots had to turn into something right?  The special effects were okay, though they moved a bit fast.  It was hard to tell who was who between the two robot factions in the fight scenes.  The romance that blossomed between nerdy Sam and gorgeous Mikaela Banes (Megan Fox) was inevitable and only a touch on the cheesy side.  Sam’s parents (Kevin Dunn and Julie White) however, provided the much needed comedic refreshment.  If you have two hours to kill, Transformers fits the bill, but wait a few weeks.  It is not worth waiting in line outside the theater for and hour just to get a good seat.