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Genre: Action/Adventure/Science Fiction
Rated: PG-13
Directed by:
Michael Bay
Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Jon Voight, John Turturro
Released by: DreamWorks

In Short: Action junkies and fans of shape-shifting toys will love this over-the-top tale of alien robots battling for control of the earth.

Transformers Blasts Off
by Jenny Peters

The anticipation has been so high for Michael Bay’s latest film, you can almost feel it in the air, especially if you happen to be around a group of teenage boys. For that’s the main market for Transformers, his balls-out telling of the shape-shifting robots’ arrival on Planet Earth. But then there are all those adults out there, both male and female, who grew up playing with the toys of the same name and watching the animated cartoons as well; both groups, and anyone else that loves a slam-bang action flick will find complete satisfaction with Transformers.

Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf in Transformers
Jon Voight is the Secretary of Defense

The plot is pretty simple. A race of giant robots have destroyed their own planet due to violent civil war; now those warring factions – the Autobots and the Decepticons – have come to earth in search of a powerful talisman that has been hidden on the planet.

As parallel stories unfold, the U. S. military struggles to contain the robot threat, led by Jon Voight as the Secretary of Defense, Josh Duhamel as a special forces captain, and John Turturro as the head of a secret government branch known as Section 7, while teenager Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) gets his first car, which turns out to be one of the good-guy Autobots in disguise.

Bonecrusher and Optimus Prime
Josh Duhamel and Shia LaBeouf in Transformers

But this is a movie that isn’t really about a complicated plot. It’s much more about the exciting action sequences that start early and come fast and furious throughout the two and a half hour adventure, and the incredible Transformers, CGI creations that are visual feasts. As they shape-shift from their hiding-in-plain-sight disguises as cars and trucks into massive robots with incredible abilities, you literally won’t believe your eyes.

Be warned, however. This is one LOUD film filled with violent images (although to get the kid-friendly PG-13 rating, there’s no actual blood letting or horrific deaths), so if sitting through an almost constant barrage of intense sights and sounds is not your idea of an exciting cinematic experience, stay home. Otherwise, Transformers is definitely a movie to be seen in a theater – the bigger, the better for this fun ride.


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