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Saturday, 1 October 2016


Huge explosions director Michael Bay aims for the hearts of 12-year old boys everywhere with the big-screen live-action adaptation of beloved '80's Hasbro toy line Transformers.
In the first installment of the film series, Earth becomes the battlefront for two giant robotic races known as the Autobots and the Decepticons.
There's a decently thematic Spielbergian story here that gets trampled all over with Bay's love of the military, juvenile bullyish jokes and shiny things that go boom.  There's supposed to be a lot of emotion in this story but it's hard to feel anything when clearly Bay knows how to speak better from his fists than from his heart.  Still keeping it somewhat simple, compared to the stupidly cluttered films that come after it, this one manages to muster up some mindless excitement and wide-eyed special effects thrills that scrapes the bottom of the guilty pleasures barrel.

2½ spectacles out of 5


budarc said...

I have fond memories of this first one (the rest were shit), but I've been afraid to rewatch it for ruining that memory. For now, 3 shape-shifting thingies out of 5.

cuckoo said...

It's still fun and not too busy.
I haven't seen it in almost 10 years so I was wondering if I still thought the same of it.
Turns out to be exactly the same.

I almost gave it a weak 3 but there's so much bad dialogue and bad character moments I couldn't.