Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Unsurprisingly, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is much of the same, continuing on from the first Transformers film in a similar style. The elements that worked in the first, such as Shia LaBeouf’s chaotic relationship with his family, his blossoming relationship with Megan Fox, and giant robots fighting in places that cause the most destruction to manmade structures, have all been kept, but there is the addition of ancient robots that have been on Earth for millennia, including the Fallen, voiced gamely by Tony Todd. Most of the original cast also return, including Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and John Turturro.
The premise is fairly simple. Following the arrival of the Transformers on Earth, the government has employed the Autobots to rid the world of Decepticons. The couple at the centre of the last film have tried to move on and have normal lives, but an overlooked piece of shrapnel brings about a chain of events that could release an even bigger evil.
The film is not quite as good as its predecessor, as though the set-pieces are larger, the story is thinner-on-the-ground, and the first film could hardly be accused of being dense of plot as it was. Where the increase of action is sometimes justified, at a few points it dragged. The cast throw themselves into their roles and mostly succeed, but unfortunately the writing once again overlooks Megan Fox, but this time to the detriment of the overall film. The threads she was able to weave into a semblance of a role in the first film are sorely missing and around halfway through she stops having anything to do beyond run around after various men and occasionally shout something. It is a waste of an opportunity. Add in some retroactive alterations to the overall Transformers mythology and the film begins to feel like an add-on instead of a continuation.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is fun, but not fantastic. It brings about the same effect of the first, in that it is childish and fun, but it is not in the same league as its predecessor.