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When the battle comes to Earth, all that stands between the evil Decepticons® and ultimate power is a clue held by young Sam Witwicky. An average teenager, Sam is consumed with everyday worries about school, friends, cars and girls. Unaware that he alone is mankind's last chance for survival, Sam and his friend Mikaela find themselves in a tug of war between the Autobots® and Decepticons.®
Action Adventure Sci-Fi - This is a loud, hyper live-action adaptation of the popular '80s toy
line and animated series/movie. This aimed squarely at the young
male audience and young fans of star Shia LaBeouf. Those looking for
substance won't find it here. Some may find the nearly
two-and-a-half-hour run time a bit excessive.
PROFANITY: 4 S-words, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Lots of robot fighting; combat sequences. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: Chases, fights, combat, explosions. COMEDY: Comic situations and dialogue.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Below Average Transformers isn't clean, big-budget fun; it's clean, big-budget tedium.
USA TodayFull Review Good Though it's at least 20 minutes too long and uneven dramatically (can you even say drama and Transformers in the same sentence?), the acting is sharp, and it features some of the most spectacular action and effects sequences of any movie of its kind.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 107 moviegoers: FANTASTIC OPINIONS! Children and teen/twentysomething male opinions are extremely high. Opinions for adult males and all female age groups are about the same. Over three-quarters rated "Transformers" very high. The remaining third rated it as average. No one rated it low. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
In many ways Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) is like every
teenage boy. He's interested in girls and cars, and bored
with school. But that's where the similarities end. Smart
and witty, Sam is destined for bigger things than his peers.
When his father agrees to match funds toward his first car,
Sam's excitement quickly turns to disappointment with the
purchase of a beater 1976 Chevy Camaro® that appears to have
a mind of its own. But when the hottest girl in school,
Mikaela (Megan Fox), needs a ride home, Sam can't resist, and
before long the Camaro® steers the two of them together.
The next morning Sam awakens to a distinctive roar and
screeching tires. Someone has stolen his car. In a valiant
effort to pursue the thief, he chases the Camaro® only to
find himself overpowered by a police cruiser that shockingly
transforms into a menacing 20-foot robot. Looming over him,
the robot attempts to interrogate Sam, but before he can
comprehend his terrifying circumstances, Mikaela appears. As
the two run from their mysterious attacker, Sam's Camaro®
flies in to the rescue. Before the dust can settle, sections
of the Camaro® peel back like a banana, grinding, rising
before their very eyes and suddenly changing into another
Saved by the yellow behemoth, Sam and Mikaela attempt to
communicate with their new friend who cannot seem to speak
without the aid of songs playing from his radio. Soon other
vehicles join them, transforming one by one into enormous
mechanical beings who explain that they are Autobots® from
the planet Cybertron on a mission to recover the "Allspark,"
their life source, before their enemies, the evil
Decepticons®, can find it.
Before Sam and Mikaela can implement their plan to help
the Autobots®, they are arrested by a strange and officious
government lackey (John Turturro) and taken to a clandestine