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GeoReview: Transformers

by Clayton Ruley

Many people will only know the Transformers from this summer's blockbuster movie but surprise it's originally from the 80's. The storyline is basically good robots (Autobots) helping humans protect the earth from their evil counterparts, the Decepticons.

In the role of the lead human we have Shia LeBeouf playing Sam Witwicky, a young man just trying to get the high school's most popular and his first car. What he finds out is this car isn't just a car but the beginnings to whole new world that this world isn't prepared for. The Autobots' leader is Optimus Prime and he's nemesis is the Decepticons are lead by Megatron.

The special graphics are awesome and you'll see a lot of fight scenes that help you come to the same conclusion including the Skorponok Desert Attack scene. The other humans sprinkled in the film include Anthony Anderson, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Megan Fox, John Turturro and Jon Voight.

Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Michael Bay, the 143 minute film takes a bit long to develop but once it does it's action packed and a lot of fun to watch. This movie does make you yearn for the days when product placement wasn't so blatent because Bumblebee was a yellow Volkswagon Beetle not a damn Chevy but what are you going to do! The acting is ok but we aren't expecting anything Oscar winning we ask that the actors just act long enough for the computer people to do their thing with the robot battles.

The Special Edition DVD has commentary by Michael Bay, contrasting featurettes on our world versus their world and story boards from the film.

I'll give it 4 GeoGlobes.

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