I’ve watched Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen yesterday with Rica and our parents. The mall where we went to watch the film allotted 6 cinemas for this film with simultaneous screening time. The lines were kinda long from the ticket booth to the cinema entrance but we’re lucky enough to get in before the movie start. The movie is quite long, with lots of action scenes from Autobots and Decepticons. More Transformers and more screen time for them this time than the first movie. But somehow it doesn’t work that much. In the first movie you couldn’t see the robot-to-robot action because the battles were filmed too close which doesn’t reveal enough to make it easy to follow. While in this sequel you’ll see more details on robot battle scenes which is impressive and clearly edited, but still it’s hard to tell which robot is which because they are just so cluttered and overblown. Everything is happening too fast and too loud. There are so many explosions and CGI stuff, you can’t stop to appreciate them anymore. For a two and half hour film this one will not get you sleepy not because you are not bored but because of overblown sound effects in the background. Clearly it is a CGI-dependent film. Of course what will we expect for a movie focus in robots that transformed to almost anything we can imagine. The special effects is far greater than the first movie (Transformers) and incredibly good to other movie that came up lately. The Autobots and Decepticons look far more real and awe inspiring than they did in the first one. The editing is good enough in merging the computer animated robots with real world actors and set backgrounds. The opening sequence with lots of action scenes from Autobots and Decepticons is awesome visually. But all of these great special effects became too much which makes me wonder if it is really needed in the story.
As for the storyline, nothing impressive with this movie. Watching the film doesn’t really need much of thinking. The plot is simple, predictable and bald. There are some “inconsistency” too (if that is what it should be called), or maybe confusing and questionable. Wheelie changed sides from Decepticons to Autobots for no apparent reason at all. And Megatron said to Starscream something like “Even in death there is no command but my own”, then when Megatron talks to The Fallen he calls him “Master”. When does Megatron kneel to anyone? By the way, Megatron doesn’t have much screentime on this film, even Optimus Prime and The Fallen. I expect more battle scenes between Optimus Prime and Megatron. The battle of Optimus Prime and Megatron with other Decepticons at the forest is the best fighting scene in the entire film. Too bad it occurs halfway through the film. The concept of Jetfire is good and his merging with Optimus Prime is nice.
Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen is not a bad movie, it is still fun to watch. Something that a kid and kid at heart might enjoy. The special effects is also great. Though too much of it isn’t really good. Sometimes when a movie has a surfeit of special effects it leaves no room for anything else.