First off, if you didn’t like the first Transformers movie then stop here because you won’t like the second, but if you were a fan of the first movie, and you believed it was short on robots and robot mayhem, then strap in!
Transformers 2 is an adrenaline pumped, steroid using big brother of the first film. This film is filled with more robot action in the first half an hour, then the entire first film. Transformers 2 has been super-sized and I like it! Now many people aren’t fans of director Michael Bay who made the Rock, Armageddon and the Bad Boys films, but I have to admit I liked all of the above mentioned films. If you want popcorn summer action, then Bay is the man. Now if you want a complex story and characters then you made need to look elsewhere. Bay doesn’t bring complexity to Transformers 2, and to be honest, I don’t need it. When I saw Transformers 2, I wanted to see as many robots as possible, transforming and duking it out with rocket cannons and blasters. I wanted to see as few humans as possible, and I sort of got my wish. Bay continues to include humans and the traditional love story bit into the films, which are adequate at best, but serviceable to the movie. The characters are the same as in the first film, and they are just as paper thin, but they fulfill their purpose to give a human side to the movie.
The story is also straightforward and simple, with the Decepticons (the evil transformers) searching for their leader Megatron and a lost power source to fuel their galactic ambitions for the glory of the Fallen. The Autobots (the good transformers) defend humanity and try to stop the Decepticons.
So if you enjoyed the first one, then you will love the 2nd one, although there is much more cussing than in the first one. A lot more humans die in this one than in the first one. I would say a good 8 to 10 thousand people die in this film, although they are Star Wars type deaths, which means no blood or gore.
I did have an issue with certain elements of the film. First of all there is a scene where the mom of the human hero Sam unknowingly eats brownies filled with marijuana. She of course acts a fool, but it had nothing to do with driving the plot of the movie forward whatsoever. Secondly, there were some Autobot twins, which gave me a strong memory of Jar Jar Binks, although not as blatant. They were annoying and some people will complain, but they were not too over the top with their stereotypes. Thirdly, I wish these directors would stop with the shaky cam and quick cuts! I am sick of it already.
Despite my issues, this is a fun summer sci-fi film, which fulfills its mandate to entertain therefore it has earned a solid….B