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Friday, June 28 12:00 AM ET

Trailer Review: Transformers

By Brian Briggs

Reviewinator

Trailer Quicktime
Starring

Shia LaBeouf
Megan Fox

Director Michael Bay
Official Site Link
US Opening

July 4, 2007

Rated PG-13
Genre Cartoon to Movie Adaptation
Explosions 13
Weapons Autobots, Decepticons, helicopters, tank, fighter jets, aircraft carrier, assault rifles,

Man Quotient

8.4
(Explosions + Weapons + Hot Babes - Kisses)/ Minutes

Trailer
Déjà Vu
Bad Boys
Geek Factor 80%
See Trailer? Yes
See Movie? Yes

The original Transformers animated series launched in 1984.  I knew it existed, but my after school cartoon viewing was in decline.  So, it's without any twinge of nostalgia that I review this trailer.

Cartoon-to-movie translations (The Flintstones, Scooby Doo) have almost been as appalling as video game-to-movie translations (Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Brothers).  Could Transformers become an exception rather than the rule?  Read on.

In the Transformers universe, the Autobots are the good guys and the Decepticons are the bad guys.  The Autobots are wheeled vehicles, and the Decpeticons are flying vehicles.   That makes keeping track of whom to root for easier than it might look.

The trailer opens with Shia Lebeouf getting pwned by his father.  His dad drives him to the Porsche dealership. Shia thinks he's getting a Porsche, but dad keeps on driving.  Later, Shia runs over his dad with his used Camaro to get even.

Josh
If anyone dies in the film, I hope it's him.

A Camaro might not be a Porsche, but this is no ordinary Camaro.  It's one that drives away in the middle of the night by itself, so you can freak out thinking someone stole it.

At this point, I started thinking, "Isn't this a Michael Bay film?  Where are the explosions and the flaming rocks headed towards Earth?"  On cue, they appear.  They aren't flaming rocks though, they're flaming robots!

Next we head over to the secret underground base where the US Government has a frozen Megatron.  Gee, I wonder if they unthaw him, and let him loose on humanity?  Yup.

After that it turns into Michael Bay overload, with explosions, stuff blowing up and other synonyms for destruction.

Optimus Prime
Hey, I'm more than meets the eye,
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE!

There's a brief calm interlude with a good joke about Optimus Prime, then back to blowing stuff up.  Of course, there's somebody shooting while jumping through the air, a staple of Michael Bay films.

Ending Prognostication:  Since there's already talks about a sequel, I know that this one will end open-ended.  The Autobots will save humanity for now, but the Decepticons won't be completely destroyed.

Conclusion on Trailer:  Lots of action, a couple good laughs and excellent special effects.  I wasn't anticipating going to see this movie, but this trailer did its job and now I want to go.  Even if it's by Michael Bay.

Conculsion on Movie:  Should be entertaining, loud, and mindless.  Not the worst description an action movie has gotten.  I'd go see it in the theater, because the Transformers will look so much cooler when huge.

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