Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

The second installment of The Transformers has Shia LeBoeuf going away to college and Rainn Wilson joing in the action as his professor. 1.9 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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Certificate 12A
Genre Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Director Michael Bay
Cast Shia LaBeouf, Rainn Wilson, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Isabel Lucas Megan Fox
Studio Dreamworks SKG
Release Date June 2009
Running Time 157 minutes
 

The second installment of The Transformers has Shia LeBoeuf going away to college and Rainn Wilson joing in the action as his professor.

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Reviews

Total Film

Mark Samuels

Old folks may find the relentless sensory assault a little draining, but the bangs, ’bots and bombast ensure Fallen has everything Transformers fans will want and expect.

14/06/2009

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

...what Bay serves up is 147 explosion-filled minutes (yes, it really is that long) dedicated to the idea of making metal-mashing mayhem fun. Whether you find it fun will once again depend largely on which age bracket you fall into. Bay seems to reckon audiences can handle relentless action, and that's what he delivers. The only consistent performances he requires are from his effects team, and they mostly deliver this time (unlike last time).

19/06/2009

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Time Out

Tom Huddleston

Perhaps it’s just that the sheer volume and ferocity of the thing becomes impossible to resist, but by the climactic desert conflict, in which the entire Valley of the Kings is razed to the ground, the film has become so utterly lunatic, so breathtakingly, boneheadedly brazen, that it’s easier just to give in.

18/06/2009

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The Times

Ed Potton

It’s like being hit over the head repeatedly with a very expensive, very loud train set.After two and a half hours in this bludgeoning company, you’re begging Bay to put away the boys’ toys and make a rom-com.

18/06/2009

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

The transformation effects, and the crumbling pyramid effects, and the only-slightly-sub-nuclear explosion effects, and the relentless sound, are all hugely impressive, in much the same way that you might find it impressive to have your head used as one of the timpani during Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. Say what you like about Michael Bay, but his ability to cow his audience into submission remains second to none.

18/06/2009

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Channel 4 Film

Richard Luck

Revenge Of The Fallen isn't only louder than Transformers, however. It's longer, it's more explosive, it's more directionless, it's all the proof you'll ever need that more really isn't always more. That it's slightly - only slightly - better than part one is solely due to the fact that the money's clearly up on screen. But by the time the umpteenth building is demolished by a stray Decepticon boot, you'll find yourself amazed at how little (an estimated) $200 million buys you these days.

19/06/2009

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Kids must love this stuff. It is the only explanation for its release. At the press show some critics – I looked around – seemed to be slipping into a state of rigor mortis. The plot is incomprehensible, though when I said this after the show a defender riposted with: “So is Last Year in Marienbad.” Sir, I knew Last Year in Marienbad. Last Year in Marienbad was a friend of mine. And your film is no Last Year in Marienbad. I admit, though, that the digital effects are mind-boggling, assuming, after extensive pulverisation, that you have a mind left to boggle.

17/06/2009

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

I found it at once loud and boring, like watching paint dry while getting hit over the head with a frying pan. And at two and a half hours, it really is very long.

19/06/2009

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

This boring, preposterous nonsense is stretched to an agonising two-and-a-half hours, the last battle scene alone – where the pyramids of Egypt crumble (thanks guys!) – seeming to last longer than the whole of The Iliad. That at least was poetry. This is just machinery.

19/06/2009

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

Like its predecessor, it is only comprehensible as a merchandising opportunity. As usual with Michael Bay movies, the action is designed for shock and awe, but it's edited with such a shocking lack of continuity and shot so awfully close-up that it's impossible to work out what's happening, why or to whom  -  or what.

18/06/2009

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