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The interstellar battle between the Autobots and Decepticons rains destruction down on planet Earth as director Michael Bay adapts Hasbro and Takara's popular Transformers franchise into a big-budget,... read more read more... live-action summer tentpole extravaganza in this ambitious sci-fi action feature starring Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Bernie Mac, John Turturro, Jon Voight, and, of course, Optimus Prime and Megatron. Long ago, on the planet of Cybertron, a massive, powerful alien race divided into two factions, the noble Autobots, and the devious Decepticons. They fought for the sole access to a talisman known as the Allspark, a cube with the capacity to grant infinite power, and eventually the Autobots smuggled it off the planet's surface, hiding it in an unknown location on Earth. Now, hundreds of years later, the Deceptacons have come looking for it, and if the Autobots don't find it first, the Earth will be enslaved or destroyed by the evil aliens' use of its massive power. The Autobots don't know where the cube was hidden, but the information may be stored in the most unlikely of sources, as a gangly young Earthling named Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) who's just picked up his first car, has a strange connection to the Allspark's history, making him the unlikely ally of these enormous creatures, as they fight for humankind's survival and the chance to return home. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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PG-13, 2 hr. 23 min.

Directed by: Michael Bay

Release Date: July 3, 2007

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DVD Release Date: October 16, 2007

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  • September 22, 2014
    Oh dear oh dear this must be the perfect example of a modern day film and how bad they can be ruined with the dreaded CGI monster. Where to begin! first off using Bay as director was probably the worst decision made when this film was being created, the man can make good action f... read morelicks yes but this sci-fi cartoon creation of epic proportions was not meant to be like this. The film is a mess from start to finish with loud noises and visuals that make no sense to the naked eye, yes it all looks very pretty shiny and flashy but you have no idea where the Transformers begin and where they end.

    I wasn't expecting an amazing plot nor was I expecting an adult based film. Even though the original cartoon was actually quite dark in places and we all knew it would be hard to translate the robots to the big screen, but at the end of the day as an old fan of the original cartoon and toy line I hated how they made the Transformers look in this film.

    Only Prime and Bumblebee actually looked visually pleasing as all the other robots were practically indecipherable, a huge maze of shiny moving parts which I couldn't tell if even a head was present! Yes the transformation sequences looked kinda neat but again I had no idea what was moving and where! a complete U-turn from the original cartoon where you could actually see how the robots transformed. I just hate how only Prime looks like the original concepts, I understand they updated the robots but the fact hardly any of them resembled their original designs killed me. For some reason all the Decepticons were very pointy and had spikes...why? also I noticed every vehicle was a US vehicle, a good example of how Bay and Hollywood totally 'transformed' (pun totally intended) this cool franchise into what they wanted. Bumblebee an ugly looking Camaro!? and what the hell did they do to Megatron and Frenzy!.

    So apart from the mass of in your face CGI what else is there? what is left if you take away the effects? nothing, the film has nothing else to offer a tall. The acting is bad, B-movie bad, we're talking 'Godzilla' remake bad. John Turturro gave me some smiles but apart from that this is 'Independence Day' acting right here. Plenty of sappy jive talkin' and Fox looking like she's made out of plastic with her bright white teeth and ridiculous amounts of orange body tan.

    Kids will enjoy this film I'm sure as they have probably not seen the original material, its loud, got lots of plosions and slow motion fighting. I myself cringe at how gaudy and terrible this trash is, the whole human side of the film is totally pointless! the real live actors are completely defunct and could literately be sidelined. Whilst the big robots are all fighting away in an orgy of shiny CGI nuts n bolts we get little snippets of the actors running around driving stuff and trying to look busy or like they're actually of any use. Then out of the blue one soldier manages to shoot and kill a Decepticon easy as pie! (had to do it from jumping off a moving motorbike for some reason). It all leads me to think they should of made a fully CGI animated film like the old 86 movie.

    Best thing about the film? they listened to the old school fans and got Cullen back to voice Prime. Unfortunately when Prime says 'sorry my bad' I had to put my face in my hands, yep they got Prime talkin' like a hoodie. No...quite simply no, blow me back to the 80's please!
  • fb733768972
    June 26, 2014
    Transformers benefits from a great cast, lovable machines, and a story, although preposterous, that is very entertaining. This truly is a blockbuster that you are into it, you can easily be on the edge of your seat. Never in my life would I have thought I would love watching rob... read moreots beat the crap out of each other. This is definitely one of the best efforts in bringing an old television cartoon to the big screen, and it does so in great style. Shia LaBeouf leads this movie to stardom, with an exceptional performance, even though his character is a tad annoying at times. Sure there is dumb humor and almost too much action, but that is Michael Bay for you. All in all, it's one of Bay's best!
  • fb535316333
    June 26, 2014
    I'd give this 1 star if I wasn't a sucker for well choreographed action, enticing visuals and seemingly real robots shooting and slicing each other up.

    Shia Lebouf was already awful, giving him a script with verbal diarrhea didn't help. Megan Fox's character never felt convinci... read moreng and I was pretty sure I'd shoot myself if I had to put up with any more pop-comedy and it's pathetic reach for the "young and hip generation"

    The story was embarrassingly senseless, with sprawling progressions that seemed about as coherent as a child's imagination. The climatic end is nothing more but a hollow cliche.

    All in all, it's a shallow endeavor that's only worth watching for the visuals. Some might argue that's enough but I don't know.
  • June 25, 2014
    Aside from its shameless product placement, lame jokes, and lack of coherent action editing, Transformers is visually awesome. Nostalgia is generally not a reason to recommend a film, but the Autobots and Decepticons look so cool that watching them on the big screen made me feel ... read morelike an 8 year old kid again. This is why CGI was invented.
  • May 1, 2013
    The acting was good, with a nice actress. Very different, great action, and fast paced. Certainly wont bore you. Michael Bay dished out a good movie. Visually brilliant, worth your money and your time.
  • May 1, 2013
    Transformers is a summer special effects extravaganza starring Shia LaBeouf as the descendant of an Arctic explorer who gets caught up in a war between rival factions of a robotic alien race. Michael Bay, the scourge of modern cinema, once again foregoes anything so unnecessary a... read mores a plot, interesting characters or meaningful dialogue instead preferring to fill the screen with as much CGI and explosions as possible, using the pretty young cast as window dressing in case the adolescent audience feel like a self congratulatory wank after the dust has settled. Admittedly, the special effects are magnificent, the robots superbly designed and animated and as they rocket around the screen, guns blazing and constantly morphing as they go, it makes for a breathtaking spectacle. Unfortunately, as soon as any of the characters open their mouths you are reminded just how juvenile and idiotic it all is; Bay's insistence on only ever casting actresses who look like playmates of the month is insulting and every black character (and even one of the robots) is a blatant and crude racial stereotype. Superficially eye boggling, Transformers is nothing but an extended toy commercial and weighing in at nearly two and a half HOURS, that's just plain insulting to the intelligence of all but the very youngest of its audience.
  • March 20, 2013
    I loved the Transformers cartoons as a kid. They are alien robots in disguise. Shia buys his first car only to find out it is an autobot. The autobots have to defeat Megatron and protect the human race. I love the house scene where the autobots are trying to hide outside in the g... read morearden. Great action scenes and special effects.
  • fb1442511448
    August 25, 2012
    Michael Bay's visual feast of war-driven robots on Earth is epic. Though some bumps could've been avoided the film is overshadowed by groundbreaking visual effects and in-depth action that is captivating from start to finish. 4.5/5
  • July 28, 2012
    With themes of 80's Speillbergian movies, Transformers has nice special effects and hilarious scenes, but it's another comercial action movie that have the problematic, underground and messy USA goverment as background, the stereotype of "high middle class, not popular, young whi... read morete rebel American hero that stay with the pretty girl" and an innuendo positive pop view of Iraq war. A boring mix of Christine, Small Soldiers and several unoriginal comercial summer blockbusters. Rotten.
  • March 9, 2012
    Oh man... another Michael Gay movie. Guess what it has? Explosions, helicopters flying, slow motion of eye candy (whether it may be the transformers or the useless Megan Fox herself). What a bore. The action was forgettable and the characters are uninspired.

Critic Reviews

Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
Bob Mondello,

For the bot-neutral rest of us, two-and-a-half hours of mostly incoherent special effects may be a bit much. Full Review

Kyle Smith
July 31, 2007
Kyle Smith, New York Post

I challenge you to name another movie about an alien robot come to save the world while disguised as a yellow Camaro. Isn't it just an intergalactic Herbie the Love Bug? Full Review

Richard Roeper
July 16, 2007
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

It's a big, cool, dopey, noisy, non-stop action powerhouse. It's also too long by a half hour and it left my ears ringing, but it's a lot of fun.

Rex Reed
July 11, 2007
Rex Reed, New York Observer

With Transformers, director Michael Bay has once again claimed the year's top honors for loud, stupid filmmaking. Full Review

David Germain
July 11, 2007
David Germain, Associated Press

The action sequences are so turgid it's sometimes hard to tell which 'bot is doing what, but with Bay steadily hurling fireworks you won't really pause much to think about that, or about how truly ina... Full Review

Andrea Gronvall
July 11, 2007
Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader

Not a movie, just one gigantic commercial for Hasbro. Full Review

Lisa Kennedy
July 7, 2007
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

The film's hurtling visuals and snappy pace (even at two-plus hours) allow many a postmodernist to escape overreaching tendencies. Full Review

Richard Corliss
July 6, 2007
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

Divorced from reality, even movie reality, Transformers becomes an action film in traction. Its relentless product placement makes it seem like a 2hr. 22min. General Motors commercial. And the film ha... Full Review

Joanne Kaufman
July 5, 2007
Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal

The welcome mat is out for Michael Bay's cheerfully dopey saga inspired by the popular shape-shifting toys from the '80s. Full Review

Peter Rainer
July 5, 2007
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

What keeps Transformers watchable is LaBeouf and the computerized effects, which are often startling. When Sam's Camaro muscles up into the Bumblebee bot, it's like watching every boy's fantasy of his... Full Review

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    • Jazz: Come on, Decepticon punk!
    • Ratchett: It's Megatron! Retreat!
    • Jazz: Move!
    • Ratchett: Fall back!
    • Starscream: I live to serve you, Lord Megatron.
    • Megatron: Where is the Cube?
    • Starscream: The humans have taken it.
    • Megatron: You fail me yet again, Starscream. Get them!
    • Frenzy: Megatron! Megatron! Megatron!
    • Optimus Prime: You all know there's only one way to end this war. We must destroy the Cube. If all else fails, I will unite it with the spark in my chest.
    • Ratchett: That's suicide. The Cube is raw power. It could destroy you both.
    • Optimus Prime: A necessary sacrifice to bring peace to this planet. We can not let the humans pay for our mistakes. It's been an honor serving with you all. Autobots, roll out!
    • Jazz: We rolling!
    • Ironhide: Why are fighting to save the humans? They're a primitive and violent race.
    • Optimus Prime: Were we so different? They're a young species. They have much to learn. But I've seen goodness in them. Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.

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