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June 16, 2017

Transformers (2007) --- "Shia Laboufe Screams Constantly, Megan Fox Is Hot, And Alien Robots Exist."

Plot Summary
The fate of humanity is at stake when two races of robots, the good Autobots, and the villainous Decepticons, bring their war to Earth. The robots have the ability to change into different mechanical objects as they seek the key to ultimate power. Only a human youth, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) can save the world from total destruction. 

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     Transformers (2007) is not the BEST movie of ALL TIME but is one of the best visual achievements of 2007.  It is ridiculous that some audiences and critics are complaining about how Michael Bay (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, the Island) went "over the top" with the visual effects. This is a Michael Bay film, of course, the visual effect is going to be over the top, that’s the point. Transformers is not meant to be an epic drama like The Godfather but rather it is like Star Wars. Of course, Transformers is not on the Star Wars level because of the script which had some very corny lines that did not exactly fit in with the action moments. Aside from the script, this film has a lot of dimensions and the characters are actually far more complex than first realized, this is due to the mesmerizing action sequences.
     Shia LaBeouf’s (Holes, Eagle Eye, Fury) portrayal of an awkward teenage boy from start to finish was wonderful, his first scene was a bit perplexing in terms of his character's intentions but very understandable. In one of his final scenes, when he's facing the enemy he seemed very genuinely scared and yet steadfast in his desire to do the right thing. In terms of the robots, if it is possible to give a robot humanity then Michael Bay has done it. One of my favorites is the Autobot Bumblebee (Mark Ryan – Return to Sender), his humor is as clever as it is heartwarming and emotional. The other characters are great, even Megatron (Hugo WeavingLord of the Rings, V for Vendetta). I had no idea Weaving played the voice of the creepy, cunning, and evil Decepticon Megatron but he did an absolutely wonderful job at it.
     Overall, Transformers is a great movie and has something for everyone. For the "old school" fans of the series, you will not be disappointed because Michael Bay does not let us down. For fans of games like Call of Duty or Tom Clancy's then you’ll really be able to appreciate the weapons used in the film; by both the humans and the robots. Transformers (2007) may not be the best in the series but it is still enjoyable and entertaining to watch.

“Fifty years from now, when you're looking back at your life, don't you want to be able to say you had the guts to get in the car?”
- Sam Witwicky

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  3.9 of 5 star
Worth Buying:  3.9 of 5 stars

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Cast & Crew
Directed by: Michael Bay
Writing Credits:
(Screenplay) Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman
Produced by 
Kenny Bates                      ---   co-producer (as Ken Bates)
Michael Bay                       ---   executive producer
Ian Bryce                           ---   producer
Allegra Clegg                     ---   co-producer
Matthew Cohan                 ---   associate producer
Tom DeSanto                    ---   producer
Lorenzo di Bonaventura   ---   producer
Brian Goldner                    ---   executive producer
Michelle McGonagle         ---   associate producer
Don Murphy                      ---   producer
Lorne Orleans                   ---   IMAX version
Steven Spielberg               ---   executive producer
George Strayton                ---   transmedia producer
Mark Vahradian                ---   executive producer
Music by Steve Jablonsky
Cinematography by Mitchell Amundsen
Production Design by Jeff Mann
Shia LaBeouf                                    ---     Sam Witwicky
Megan Fox                                        ---     Mikaela Banes
Josh Duhamel                                 ---     Captain Lennox
Tyrese Gibson                                  ---     USAF Tech Sergeant Epps
Rachael Taylor                                ---     Maggie Madsen
Anthony Anderson                         ---     Glen Whitmann
Jon Voight                                        ---     Defense Secretary John Keller
John Turturro                                 ---     Agent Simmons
Michael O'Neill                                ---     Tom Banacheck
Kevin Dunn                                      ---     Ron Witwicky
Julie White                                       ---     Judy Witwicky
Travis Van Winkle                          ---     Trent DeMarco
Ashkan Kashanchi                          ---     Mahfouz
Rizwan Manji                                   ---     Akram
William Morgan Sheppard          ---     Captain Witwicky
Bernie Mac                                       ---     Bobby Bolivia
Carlos Moreno Jr.                          ---     Manny
John Robinson                                ---     Miles
Peter Jacobson                               ---     Mr. Hosney
Glenn Morshower                          ---     Colonel Sharp
Chris Ellis                                         ---     Admiral Brigham
Samantha Smith                             ---     Sarah Lennox 
Peter Cullen                                       ---     Optimus Prime (voice)
Mark Ryan                                          ---     Bumblebee (voice)
Darius McCrary                                ---     Jazz (voice)
Jess Harnell                                       ---     Ironhide / Barricade (voice)
Robert Foxworth                             ---     Ratchet (voice)
Hugo Weaving                                  ---     Megatron (voice)

Charlie Adler                                     ---     Starscream (voice)

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