Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen parents guide

Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen Parent Guide

Despite being based on a kid's toy and marketed to a family audience, the near nonstop violence, sexual banter and language makes these Transformers anything but child's play.

Overall C-

Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) thinks he's headed for college, but instead he finds himself -- once again -- caught in the middle of the ancient feud between the Autobots and the evil Decepticons. And just like last time (as shown in the prequel movie The Transformers) the war waged by these extra-terrestrial robots threatens the whole world.

Release date June 24, 2009

Violence D+
Sexual Content C-
Profanity D
Substance Use D+

Why is Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug material.

Run Time: 150 minutes

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Parent Movie Review

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.

Starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro. Running time: 150 minutes. Theatrical release June 24, 2009. Updated

Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen
Rating & Content Info

Why is Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen rated PG-13? Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug material.

This action film may be based on toys, but is hardly children’s entertainment. Extended battle scenes result in huge collateral damage on public streets and communities. While we don’t see any graphic human violence, cars and buildings are blasted to bits. The robots, however, are not exempt from explicit scenes as they gush fluids from various orifices when they are attacked. There are no consequences for any of the violence—messes simply disappear and one scantily dressed, female character comes through the sequences unscathed. Sexual jokes and innuendo are heard throughout the film. Women at a university are presented in a very sexualized manner and posters on dorm walls show nude women with private parts discreetly covered. Dogs are seen in sexual situations and a robot mimics canine behavior with a human. Language includes a single sexual expletive along with many near-uses or substitutions of the same word. Crude terms for sexual anatomy, scatological slang and Christian deity are used. A woman eats a drug-laced brownie, which causes her to become inebriated and behave in a sexually promiscuous manner (this situation is presented in a comedic fashion).

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Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen Parents' Guide

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?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen movie is October 20, 2009. Here are some details…

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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Actor Shia LaBeouf plays another character that gets caught up in ancient secrets in the movieIndian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

This movie is part of a franchise that includes: Transformers and Transformers: Dark of the Moon The three movies are also available in a single package: Transformers Trilogy: 7-Disc Limited Collector’s Edition.