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Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen

Released

Latest Home Video

Oct 20, 2009

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

150

Cast

Shia LaBeouf

Megan Fox

Josh Duhamel

Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro

Studio

2009 DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures

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OverallC-
ViolenceD+
SexC-
LanguageD
Drugs/AlcoholD+
Run Time150

Making the Grades

Autobots? Decepticons? If you don’t know what these terms mean, you soon will after sitting through 150 minutes of mechanical mayhem in this sequel to the 2007 movie that launched the Transformers toy franchise into the cinematic stratosphere.

Disguised as cars, machinery and every other mechanical device imaginable, these alien creatures have been living on our planet since ancient times. I can’t tell you why they are really here (because then there would be no reason to endure the subwoofer serenade), but I can say the bad Decepticons are trying to find a little shard of metal from something called The Allspark (a plot point in the first movie). That trinket will get them access to another prize called the Matrix of Leadership, which will allow them to overcome the good Autobots. It’s pure videogame stuff   except you don’t get to hold a controller with a pause button.

Once again, Sam (Shia LaBeouf) is at the center of the action. About to leave home to attend Princeton (we can’t help but wonder how he attained such scholastic glory), his mother (Julie White) provides a sobbing goodbye while dad (Kevin Dunn) happily packs his bags. Meanwhile Mikaela (Megan Fox), the girlfriend he is leaving behind (who is styled like a porn star throughout this film) is looking forward to regular webcam meetings.

Although the students and campus look more like Hefner’s guests at the Playboy mansion than a academic institution, the eager freshman barely has time to look around before stumbling across an Internet clip showing a robot attack in China. Well, okay, he does get momentarily sidetracked by a blonde babe (Isabel Lucas) who throws herself on top of him. Her true nature is quickly revealed however, when she releases a mechanical tongue that embeds into Sam’s apparently vacant brain information that will later be used to fight against the robotic forces of evil. Putting Princeton on hold, Sam is joined by Mikaela on a quest to save the world. Let the battles begin!

Written at the level of an eight-year-old, yet including mature sexual jokes and comments (including dogs and robots in heat), this film manipulates its young captive audience with the deftness of a sledgehammer. Endless epic battles with 360-degree camera dollies leave viewers dizzy with confusion. And it’s nearly impossible to tell the good guys from the bad guys. While countless humans are presumably dead from the carnage, there are thankfully few details. Such is not the case with the robots. While they may not be made of flesh, they die in very explicit ways with blood-like fluids gushing from their mangled, metal bodies.

As eye candy for older males, there are plenty of slow motion shots of Megan Fox running, and running, and running… all while wearing a strappy, little shirt that will never qualify her for best “supported” actress. With bombs falling like rain and the men cut up, burned and dying, her character somehow manages to endure. Her pouty lips remain freshly glossed and her lashes continue to hold up pounds of mascara. (No wonder many young men have unreasonable expectations of what a woman should look like after a hard day’s work.)

And then there are Sam’s parents. Depicted as happily married and concerned for their son, these positive elements are lost when Mom consumes some pot-laced brownies and becomes uncontrollably amorous.

So, despite being based on a kid’s toy and marketed to a family audience, the near nonstop violence, sexual banter and language (that includes one use of “the” sexual expletive plus many derivations), makes these Transformers anything but child’s play.

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Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen.

Transformers were introduced in the mid-1980s. Most of the children who played with them would now be in their mid-twenties to early-thirties. How does this movie try and capture that audience, while attempting to generate interest in the toys for young potential purchasers?

What are your feelings about using a toy aimed at young children in an adult context? Do marketers have a moral obligation to ensure products associated with young children’s toys are presented in a manner suitable for that age group?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
14A Frequent Violence.
AB 14A
MB PG Not Recommended for Young Children, Violence, Frightening Scenes.
ON PG Violence, Not Recommended for Young Children.
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen...

Home Video Release: Transformers Trilogy: 7-Disc Limited Collector’s Edition

Blu-ray Release: 31 January 2012

The Transformers Franchise releases to home video as a trilogy in a 7- Disc set. Bonus extras include:

- Blu-ray and DVD copies of: Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

- Plaque of movie images signed by Michael Bay

- More than 10 hours of special features

Release Date: 20 October 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Two-Disc Special Edition on DVD is presented in widescreen with audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English, French and Spanish), along with subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Two-Disc Special Edition on Blu-ray is presented in widescreen with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (English) and 5.1 Dolby Digital (English, French and Spanish). Subtitles are available English SDH, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.

Both versions include the following bonus materials:

- Commentary by Michael Bay , Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

- Featurettes: The Human Factor: Exacting Revenge of the Fallen, Seeds of Vengeance - Development and Design, Domestic Destruction   Production: United States, Joint Operations   Production: Military, Wonders of the World   Production: Middle East, Start Making Sense   Editing, Under the Gun   Visual Effects, Running the Gauntlet   Post-Production and Release,

A Day with Bay: Tokyo and 25 Years of TRANSFORMERS.

- Production Gallery: NEST: Transformer Data-Hub

- Deconstructing Visual Bayhem (Commentary by Pre-Vis Supervisor Steve Yamamoto)

- Extended ScenesB

- Music Video: New Divide by Linkin Park.

Features exclusive to Blu-ray:

- The ALLSPARK Experiment

- More NEST: Transformer Data-Hub

- Giant Effing Movie

- The Matrix of Marketing

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P Heffner says: Jun. 26, 2009

I saw the movie with my 15-year-old daughter.  She took ME.  I’m okay with most sci-fi, and saw the prequel with my grandkids, which was pretty good.  This one, however, embarrassed me.  I don’t want my grandkids to see it.  The movie was not created for them.  In the midnight premier showing one saw who it was for—the 20’s who are stereotypical post-adolescent kids, endulging in their freedoms.  I’d say the review was very fair.  It I heard another stubbed-off “F—-in’” or “Freakin’” used as a well-practiced substitute, I thought I’d—- well, you get my drift.  The pair of wrecking balls referred to explicitly as establishing the location of the decepticon’s “scrotum” went way beyond all the hide-and-seek innuendo that preceded it.  Sad that the hollywood types with value-deficit disorder had so much creative input into the script.

Cadillac says: Jul. 01, 2009

I watched the movie and the special effects were amazing but I was very, very, very disappointed.  My kids will not see this movie.  The language is R rated in my view and completely unnecessary and it overshadowed almost every good aspect of the film.  I am thankful that I scout questionable movies before I take the kids.  If you see this movie, expect to hear every word in the book, several times each;  the “F” word was shortened to the letter “F” but used often and obviously in place of the other.  I would grade this with a D- and rate it R-17.

KMChambers says: Jul. 04, 2009

I saw this movie today with my sons. In truth, I took them both to the first one and was okay with it. But, Folks, the first half hour or more of this was quite frankly, soft porn. I am not generally squeamish or prudish, but this was completely over the top.

RosemaryG says: Jul. 17, 2009

My husband and I took our 9 and 7 year old to this movie and we were SHOCKED by the amount of swearing and blatant sexual content.  We tried to find parent reviews on it but we took them too soon after its release. There was FAR more inappropriate content in this sequel than in the first Transformers movie.  We cringed throughout the movie and totally regret bringing them.  I personally love this kind of movie, and we are not prudes by any means, but we try to shelter our children from exactly this kind of adult content.  As an aside I’d say it’s ok for 16 years and over.

sassysuz says: Aug. 06, 2009

I am so glad that I read ya’lls comments I will NOT be taking my 3 kids to see this movie.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!  I have a 13, 11, & 9 yr.  Thank you again and PLEASE keep review movies for all of us concerned parents!!!!

Gab&Dad; says: Oct. 19, 2009

This movie is not ideal for young children, although it’s hard to keep them away from it due to the marketing and general ‘playground’ exposure to it….  I did take my 7yr.-old son when it was in theatres, and he did enjoy it.  To me, it is overly bombastic with no redeeming value.  No particular content bothers me overly (I don’t find ‘robot violence’ disturbing compared to other ‘kinds), other than it just being so mindless!  See me review the movie with my father, at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRphYHvYR3I

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