Release Date: July 3, 2007
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It can be a lonely life as a robot in disguise.

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Position Staff In Brief
31/50 Michael Bentley 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.
32/33 John Seal Loud, obnoxious, and racist trash
33/48 Kim Hollis If it had been two hours of Optimus Prime, I would have been riveted. Unfortunately, there were a bunch of humans in the film.
44/46 Les Winan 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...
46/214 Max Braden 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.

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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)

Vital statistics for Transformers
Main Cast Shia LaBeouf, Jon Voight, Megan Fox
Supporting Cast Josh Duhamel, Hugo Weaving, Peter Cullen, Mark Ryan
Director Michael Bay
Screenwriter Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
Distributor DreamWorks
Screen Count 4,011
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