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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

In these harsh times it’s nice knowing Michael Bay still believes in opulent excess.  Every frame of his latest directorial effort oozes his gargantuan style for bigger and astounding effects, with a particular point known as a story studiously ignored.  Occasionally this isn’t such a bad thing as, for all its faults, Transformers 2 is entertaining nonsense most 80’s raised children should enjoy with nostalgic relish.
Despite winning the battle, the war between the Autobots and Decepticons rages.  After evil Megatron is resurrected by a magical device, he plots to destroy his enemy Optimus Prime.  His latest scheme involves The Fallen, a legendary figure that has an earth based sun destroying machine capable of maintaining their power source.  With the help of Sam (Shia LeBeouf), Mikaela (Megan Fox) and a hoard of ‘robots in disguise’, it’s up to Optimus to protect the earth from droids who have more than meets the eye.
Everyone knows these films aren’t high art, and certainly this sequel is pretty slack in offering anything new.  This could be due to the small break between films, with this short respite perhaps reflecting on the scripts’ rushed feel.  Although calling it a script would be insulting as what plot there is seems very threadbare to cover its incredibly long running time.  So many characters are crammed in that there’s little time to form any connection with the reliance of laughs over tension seriously affecting the great CGI and tongue in cheek acting. 
Thankfully Transformers 2 isn’t a total waste, as the energy level and cinematography are a marvel to observe.  You could be forgiven thinking you’re watching a remake of Top Gun, as Bay’s constantly roving camera seems to conduct a love affair with various military hardware on display.  Every human character is shown in broad comic strip poses with the colour never descending below its bubble gum origins.  Whilst the pacing often suffers, there’s always another scene ready to replace a lesser one within an instant.  It’s this ongoing movement that is its main plus and it can’t be accused of not offering bang for the price of a movie ticket.  If you want an action spectacle, it’s all here with the creativity and imagination in showing the various battles worthy of admiration.
Transformers 2 is a huge and bombastic popcorn blockbuster steadfastly unapologetic for what it is and does what it sets out to do very well.  It isn’t a crime to occasionally enjoy these cheesy films and it’s good seeing trashy escapism hasn’t totally vanished from the gloom of everyday drudgery.
Rating out of 10:  6

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