Transformers

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Oct 312007
 

TransformersHigh-school student Sam Witwicky buys his first car, who is actually the Autobot Bumblebee. Bumblebee defends Sam and his girlfriend Mikaela Banes from the Decepticon Barricade, before the other Autobots arrive on Earth. They are searching for the Allspark, and the war on Earth heats up as the Decepticons attack a United States military base in Qatar. Sam and Mikaela are taken by the top-secret agency Sector 7 to help stop the Decepticons, but when they learn the agency also intends to destroy the Autobots, they formulate their own plan to save the world.

Director:
Michael Bay

Genre:
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Cast:
Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rachael Taylor, Anthony Anderson, Jon Voight, John Turturro, Michael O’Neill, Kevin Dunn, Peter Cullen, Julie White, Amaury Nolasco, Mark Ryan, Zack Ward

Despite the advancements in today’s special effects, it being inspired from the highly popular 1980’s Hasbro toys and cartoon, with Steven Spielberg overseeing the production as an Executive producer, Michael Bay and his writers were still guilty of making this a disappointment of a movie.

The story was about a teenager name Sam (Shia LaBeouf) who purchases a car that happens to be a robot in disguise from another world. Sam is then caught in the middle of an ancient battle between two groups of these alien robots, the heroic Autobots and the Evil Decepticons. Both are seeking a mysterious cube known as the “Allspark” that contains their “life source.” This central plot intertwines with the story of a special ops team being attacked by one of the Decepticons in the beginning, the pentagon enlisting teams of computer hackers to decode a signal they detected that ultimately came from the Decepticons and a hokey love story between Sam and Mikaela, the gorgeous bombshell in his class.

As intriguing as all of this may sound, besides the many battle scenes, car chases, attempts on Sam’s life and Decepticon attacks, nothing happens to move the story along. Whatever layers of stories that were suppose to be happening beneath the unimpressive action sequences were uneventful and slow. So, all you’re left with is the action, which by the end was boring and tedious to watch. I was really wanting to see this movie, and I never watched the cartoon, so I came with no baggage…but it just didn’t make the grade for me.

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Bad Boys II

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Jul 252004
 

Bad Boys II (2003)

Two loose-cannon narcotics cops investigate the flow of Ecstacy into Florida.

Directed by
Michael Bay

Genres
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Cast
Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Jordi Mollà, Gabrielle Union, Peter Stormare, Theresa Randle, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Shannon, Jon Seda, Yul Vazquez, Jason Manuel Olazabal, Otto Sanchez, Henry Rollins, Antoni Corone, Gary Nickens

DVD

If you liked the first Bad Boys film, chances are you’ll also at least accept this one. If you didn’t like the first one, you’ll hate this sequel. Everything is basically the same in Bad Boys 2 as the first film, with humorous comments and and jokes about masculinity and other sensitive areas of manhood. Will Smith is the cool, slick, attractive hero while Martin Lawrence is the comic side-kick. Some of the jokes and witticisms are spot-on and you are guaranteed at least a few laughs, as long as you’re not an overly serious and sincere upper- class human being with no ability or trait to once in a while appreciate the face-value humour of an action-comedy film like this one. When you get comfy and ready to watch this film, don’t expect miracles. It’s dumb, silly and highly foreseeable, but yet enjoyable enough as headless, unintelligent candy for the bitty, little stupid thing inside us that occasionally screams for a dose of heroic maleness, fast-paced adventure, and adrenaline rush. This is pure and utter brainless Saturday-night popcorn-entertainment, expect nothing more.

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