Transfomers has fanboys clinking their ear medicine bottles in celebration the world over. State of the art (production and effects wise), this is produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Michael Bay. Some of the cartoon's original voices (like Peter Cullen as Optimus) are joined by rising star Shia LaBeouf and a strong support cast including Jon Voight and John Turturro. ... More

On the planet of Cybertron, a war has been warring between two alien robot armies: the noble Autobots (led by Optimus Prime) and the devious Decepticons (commanded by Megatron). They fight for control over the Allspark: a mystical talisman that would grant unlimited power to whoever possessed it. The Autobots hid it and Megatron wanted it. In the 1850s he tracked it down on Earth. He crashed into the Arctic Ocean and froze. Before shutting down and getting picked up by the US government, he sends a transmission home letting his Decepticons know his whereabouts. Now, the rest of the Decepticons have arrived followed by the Autobots who come to protect us. As this war on Earth begins, from the depths of the Pentagon, the cryogenically stored Megatron awakens…Hide

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A movie based on a line of toys that transform between robots and vehicles is a weird idea. Loosely hanging a story on that concept is awkward. Trying to get an audience to watch something that originated twenty years ago in a crude television cartoon is a tough sell. It’s lucky then, that the ‘Transformers’ movie is one of the most spectacular pieces of cinematic entertainment in recent memory. This film is going to pulverize the box office. It blew me away and left me wanting more.

A centuries-long war between the Autobots (good), led by Optimus Prime, and the Decepticons (bad), led by Megatron, ends up on Earth, where both sides are searching for a cosmic Cube (The Allspark) which gave them their powers. 16-year-old Californian Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) holds a special link to the mystical artifact and he becomes involved in the robot battle.

The computer-generated effects are photo-real. The transformations themselves are fast and fluid (Almost too fast – I would have liked to have studied the intricacies of the machines). The sight of two giant robots smashing each other through buildings is beyond words. At one point the Secretary of Defense (Jon Voight) decides the safest idea would be to hide the Allspark Cube in the city. Um, that sounds like quite a stupid idea actually but at least it creates the opportunity for much robot mayhem and destruction in an urban environment.

The robots’ dialogue is hammy: “It’s you and me, Megatron!” “No, it’s only me, Prime!” And, about the Cube, “We know not where it came from.” It’s great when they’re talking like that. But, perhaps, not so good when they start wisecracking ‘urban’ style (They’ve learnt English on the web, we are told).

Steven Spielberg was executive producer, and there are plenty of Spielbergian moments, such as the little girl finding a giant robot in her swimming pool, or the sight of five robots hiding in a suburban back garden. Even Shia LaBeouf, playing Sam Witwicky, seems like a classic Spielberg character, and I’m looking forward to seeing him in Indiana Jones IV. He’s likable, funny, full of energy, never annoying, and most certainly the star of the show. The other actors are fine, John Turturro is great as a secret government agent but newcomer Megan Fox is nothing special as the love interest. There’s plenty of humour, more hit than miss, and nothing ever gets too serious.

The whole film is so fast and frenetic that it’s almost hard to remember what you’ve seen just a mere two hours afterwards. Despite the criticism that often gets thrown at director Michael Bay (‘Pearl Harbor’, ‘Bad Boys II’), he’s made a brilliant bit of blockbuster escapism. Just make sure you see it on a huge screen with a great sound system. ‘Transformers’ is a spectacular cinematic experience. I am very impressed.

Reviewed by Andrew Hedley.

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BY TTWhaiti lister

a bit guttered as expecting more. Got a bit bored and looked at my watch!!

first off im a big 80s transformer fan
so i had been waiting for this,a bit worried if the director would not cater for the old fans but he had injected enough history to enjoy
this movie, his new concepts were great and on track with nonstop acton ,combining three story lines that marry together for the big show down. casting was another big draw card i really liked how he used both the parents from small soilders (excellent movie)
but the best thing was the movie crowd
when opitmus first... More transforms into the truck seening people get up and cheer like it was a concert young and old
and no one left untill the credits were all finished.
than the lobby was a buzz with every one ringing people(wifes husbands girlfreinds,boy freinds,grand parents saying how good it was
and we are going again tomorrow.
i give it a A for effort for the whole movie going experince
as a fan there were things that could of been better but untill
i become a director this will doHide

this isnt the best movie ive seen it agree with the person before me it just didnt spin my wheels. there was a good animation part but that was all over all i rate it 1 out of 5

The magic didn't happen for me, that was the worst movie i've ever seen, i spent the whole time trying to find something to put my finger on... but the transformers sfx weren't what i had hoped for.
Perhaps im too old to be watching robots kill each other, i felt like i was losing an iq point every second i was watching it, im sure younger children such as 'Liam' would be more pleased by it and probably spent the rest of the day running around playing with the complementary toy which comes... More with a transformers combo pack from the candy bar, acting as the transformers had in the movie.
This movie did not spin my wheels or fill my hole as far as good movies go, im sorry 'Liam' but i will be the first, oops i mean 15th person to give it a rating under 5 stars.
Thank you
PS Liam, i'll see you at school =)Hide

Anyone not rating this movie at least 4/5 must have no social life and have no friends.
As everyone can see how great this movie is.
The CGI is amazing. The special effects team built the transformers out of hundreds of moving parts on their screens.
if you haven't seen this yet i suggest you do

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  • Transformers might not be a brilliant cartoon/comic adaptation – it's not in the same league as Hellboy or Batman Begins – but it is a very competent, ridiculously entertaining and hugely enjoyable load of nonsense... I'll probably go and see it again... Full Review

  • The ultimate effect is anaesthetising when it should be exhilarating... At its most inspired, Transformers calls to mind Terminator 2 or Starship Troopers. What we end up with is more like a gazillion-dollar version of Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla. This is precisely middle-tier Bay: below The Rock, Bad Boys and Armageddon, above Pearl Harbor, The Island or Bad Boys II... Full Review

  • You know you're in a Michael Bay movie when a bunch of uniformed guys walk across an airport apron in slow motion with the sunlight just so... somehow, Transformers has become a highly enjoyable popcorn film delivering high-powered animation that can make you believe a Kenworth can turn Kongbot just like that, dazzling action and engaging characters... Full Review

  • 1/2 Transformers boils down to a big, dumb, noisy movie: massive robots smashing stuff up. You know if it's your sort of thing... Full Review

  • Jon Voight plays the cardboard-cut-out Defence Secretary while John Turturro is relegated to a degrading role as an irritating secret agent from "Sector 7" – an agency so secret you've never heard of it. But we're not here for the plot, with its many, many holes. We wanna see stuff transform into other stuff, shiny robots and plenty of cool fights, and that's exactly what we get... Full Review

  • 1/2 The way to do Transformers is to quite simply channel a 14-year-old boy, leave your brain at the door, and prepare to gasp, cheer and laugh your way through some astonishing animation and real action sequences in this testosterone-fuelled pure action blockbuster... Full Review

  • If it's true that there's an 8-year-old boy inside every man, "Transformers" is just the ticket to bring the kid out. Big, loud and full of testosterone-fueled car fantasies, Michael Bay's actioner hits a new peak for CGI work, showcasing spectacular chases and animated transformation sequences seamlessly blended into live-action surroundings. There's no longer any question whether special effects can be made more realistic: The issue is whether disposable actors can be trained to play better with bluescreens... Full Review