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Transformers (2007)

July 4th, 2007 by Maxim · 1 Comment · 12,692 Views

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5/5

Saw ”Transformers” on the 4th of July. My rating is A++. Would’ve been A++++, but I knocked out two stars for
a) some robots still talk like in the 80s: “NUMBER FIVE – ALIVE - NO DISASSEMBLE”
b) uhm.. ok, great movie. A+++.
As always in Spielberg’s movies (”Poltergeist” being the only exception I can think of), kids under 5 years of age never get hurt by big monsters (”Mommy, there’s a dinasaur/robot/monkey in our swimming pool!”). Great CGIs, great humor, great story, great action. Great queues in the movie theatre too. Actually, it’s Michael Bay film. Mr. Spielberg is one of the producers.

My favorite quotes:
“The criminals are…hot”,
“If something like that would have happened, our government would tell us. I mean, this is America!”

I generally don’t like such an aggressive product placement, but in this case I will make an exception: both company’s (Hasbro and GM) products were placed very tastefully. Great job, DreamWorks.

By the way CGI’s are so flawlessly put into the movie, only a few times I saw a place where it was obviously video in green-room combined with a CGI (the scene on top of the Hoover Dam and jets flying between tall buildings in the city), other then that, like in the photo below, it looks so real in EVERY frame: every CGI intergates with the environment. Well, in the frame below you can tell the difference between the real smoke and dust coming from behind the bus on the left and bubbly blobs of smoke (CGI) from the Bot on the right.

Megan Fox’s performance was so-so, but she has nice… earrings.

Autobots, an alien race, in DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures' Transformers - 2007Mikaela (Megan Fox)  in DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures' Transformers - 2007Jazz in car form in DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures' Transformers - 2007Bumblebee from DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures' Transformers - 2007Bonecrusher in DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures\' Transformers - 2007

Looking forward to Harry Potter, even though read the book already and know the ending of that book.

Not looking forward to Rush Hour 3. How long can they milk that cow. Both Chris and Jackie are just old.

Oh, one more thing: why do aliens/robots/scientists always meet at Griffith Observatory? Practically 90% of all aliens in the movies end up near Griffith Observatory in one way or another!

**Update** Transformers now came out on HD DVD. The 2-disk special edition includes:

  • Commentary by Michael Bay

  • Transformerstm Heads Up Display – View Transformerstm like never before with picture-in-picture behind-the-scenes information and more.

  • Paramount HD Connect – Customize your Transformerstm with exclusive HD web-enabled features.

  • Our World – Explore the world of Transformerstm through interviews with cast and crew, stunt training footage and exclusive access to the on-set locations.

  • Their War – Learn more about AUTOBOTStm and DECEPTICONStm with exclusive access to production design, military advisors and digital special effects.

  • Transformerstm  Tech Inspector – View the Transformerstm  robots up-close with this innovative interactive feature.

  • More Then Meets The Eye – an in-depth featurette on the making of the Skoropnok Desert Attack scene and concept boards.

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Rated 5/5 on Jul 4 2007
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Tags: Action · Adventure · Comedy · DVD · Movies · Sci-Fi

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  • 1 Maxim // Jan 7, 2008 at 10:06 pm

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    On the 2nd HD-DVD with special features there’re two feature-length documentaries about all the special effects and chases and props and cars and buses blowing up and it’s just awesome. They also are in HD.

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