Release Date
July 3, 2007
Director
Michael Bay
Screenplay
Roberto Orci
Alex Kurtzman
John Rogers (Story By)
Distributed By
DreamWorks Pictures
Budget
$150 million
Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, brief sexual humor, and language
144 minutes

Transformers

Bringing to life a story of epic stature, “Transformers” is everything I wanted it to be and so much more. Michael Bay understands the anatomy of a science fiction action film and runs with that knowledge full force. Despite some heavy handed attempts at stereotyped humor, Bay handles the comedic portion of the film with an expert hand, weaving it in and out of the cataclysmic backdrop as much as possible, whether its the endearing and hilarious performance from lead Shia LeBeouf as Sam Witwicky, or the telephone operator trying to sell a “premium package” in the midst of a war, Bay delivers an action film based on Hasbro toys that absolutely everyone of any age can enjoy.

Visual effects and sound design are crucial with this film and these teams never upset, with brilliant colors and animations as the vehicles change seamlessly into their towering counterparts, bringing every kid’s dreams to life, as they once made the same sounds as they Rubix cubed their toys back and forth between car and Autobot. With plenty of human counterpart story arcs to fill the blockbuster quota and delving head first into the lore of the Transformers, the entire screenplay is tight-knit. On top of that, Bay wastes no time jumping into the action and once that action ends, the film reaches its conclusion wonderfully.

I can not stress enough how expertly handled the action sequences are in this film, with the epic battles remaining some of the best I’ve ever witnessed, all while Sam Witwicky runs below, trying to save the All Spark. Although some of the humor is lost on me and Jon Turturro’s character is often a caricature of itself, there’s enough going for this movie to drown out any exceptionally wasted portions. Michael Bay may get tons of grief for his blockbuster endeavors, but “Transformers” is by far one of my favorite films of all-time, capturing everything I loved about these toys when I was a child to everything I love about actions films as an adult.

 

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