On the Big Board
|A typical Bay movie, which is to say: a stupid plot, poorly developed one-sided characters, an annoyingly bad music score, and a few explosive moments to make it a little fun.
|Loud, obnoxious, and racist trash
|If it had been two hours of Optimus Prime, I would have been riveted. Unfortunately, there were a bunch of humans in the film.
|The action scenes are impressive, but even for a Michael Bay film it's vacant and shallow. Terrible acting and writing, unnecessary subplots, it's all here...
|Shia makes the first half of the movie. There are some great images in the cinematography, but the movie ultimately becomes cartoonish. A decent summer flick.
More than meets the eye
Robots in Disguise
For people who are dedicated fans of the Robots in Disguise, the prospect of a big budget theatrical adaptation of the characters they have come to know and love is likely a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing, of course, because the movie promises to be shiny, loud, and a continuation of the stories that originated way back in the 1980s. On the other hand, the project is going to be a live action film directed by Michael "the cut master" Bay.
The good news is that the film's story is based on a concept by Steven Spielberg, never a guy to lack for creativity and inspiration. The movie will take the classic characters Optimus Prime and Megatron and put them smack in the middle of some big screen action that will surely be fast-paced, exciting and full of special effects. The story will center around the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons as they crash land on Earth to battle for the ultimate power source, known as Energon.
Since they became enormously popular in the early '80s, Hasbro's Transformers have seen many different iterations. There has been a hugely popular line of toys, an original television program, a comic book series and an animated film. Today, the toy line continues, the Cartoon Network has an animated series in its lineup, and two million Transformers comic books sold in the calendar year 2004. Needless to say, this is a project with tons of potential and an enormous built-in fan base. Look for the film to energize fans in a big way. (Kim Hollis/BOP)