Tuesday, June 16, 2009

More Reviews; Variety Confirms Todd As Fallen?

Variety has posted its review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen from the London premiere of the movie. As part of that, they posted a partial cast list that seems to confirm that Tony Todd is the voice of The Fallen. It also shows that Anthony Anderson voices Jolt. While Todd's deep voice is perfect for Fallen, not sure about Jolt who I don't think even has lines in the movie so I can't help but wonder if Variety's list is from IMDB which is not 100% accurate. Thanks to Jennie for the link and Carnivac for the reminder.

Now on to few more reviews.

Variety Review
With machines that are impressively more lifelike, and characters that are more and more like machines, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" takes the franchise to a vastly superior level of artificial intelligence. As for human intelligence, it's primarily at the service of an enhanced arsenal of special effects, which helmer Michael Bay deploys like a general launching his very own shock-and-awe campaign on the senses. Otherwise, little seems new compared to the first installment, except that this version is longer, louder, and perhaps "more than your eye can meet" in one sitting. It will reap similar B.O. rewards worldwide.

But the true stars here are the Transformers themselves, who continually steal the spotlight from the flesh-and-blood cast, even in scenes of tragic death or comic relief usually reserved for real actors.
The Hollywood Reporter
With its intelligence at the level of the simple-minded, however, the film is not likely to attract moviegoers who seek something more than a screen filled with kaleidoscopes of colored metal. Fan boys will no doubt love it, but for the uninitiated it's loud, tedious and, at 147 minutes, way too long.
Empire Online (3/5)
Devastator..lumbers up the dusty colossus, a shot tilts up to its mid-section, revealing two wrecking balls dangling down. Yes, Michael Bay...has one-upped himself: Decepticon testicles. If the thought of that gag makes you laugh, chances are you’ll have a ball with Revenge Of The Fallen. If not… well, Bay really doesn’t care. His first and only sequel since Bad Boys 2 is, like that film, marked by swaggering confidence, wild excess and a string of bad-taste jokes. ...The plot, meanwhile, is as baffling as before, not only bringing back the abstruse Allspark but throwing in a new MacGuffin called the ‘Matrix of Leadership’. It tries harder to be funny but is actually less so.

What saves it, just about, are the effects. At times the frame is so packed with whirring cogs and twirling cranks that you could replicate the effect by staring at the innards of a domestic appliance, but when these CG moto-men from another world duke it out, the images are often so screwy it’s impossible to do anything but sit and stare. The Shanghai-set opening sequence is lunatic fun, with Optimus Prime leaping onto the face of a colossal, rampaging unicycle and ordering it to, “Pull over”. And while Prime’s later forest face-off against a trio of Decepticons suffers by comparison to a recent film’s spar between a big ape and three dinosaurs, there are more flawlessly rendered money shots in the last 40 minutes alone than in a dozen less ambitious blockbusters.



  2. ^Agreed. Had so much hype for this movie but after reading reviews and whatnot, it's about all gone. "Decepticon testicles" WTF?!

  3. travisracer1@hotmail.com6/16/2009 8:26 PM

    there just critics dude they nit pick every damn detail no matter what.Its your opinion that matters not theres.

  4. a better review:


  5. Did you guys not read the reviews for the first one? The first one didn't get many glowing reviews.

  6. This is actually good news. If a normal movie critic doesn't like it, then that gives me hope that Bay finally gave in to the fanbase and made a movie that WE can enjoy. I'm stoked!

  7. exactly! i remember seeing the first TF movie without reading reviews, and when I finally did read some I was shocked that they were kinda negative. Then i remebered..critics don't know shit about a good time at the movies

  8. These reviews are not to be taken too seriously their complaints are too long, too loud and too many jokes. Or in other words issues i don't care about

  9. Most of the summer blockbuster-type movies get panned by the critics. Critics think that everything has to be some cinematic marvel, awaking all of your senses in some over-done artsy kind of way. They keep mentioning that the humans take a back seat to the robots, which, if you read the consumer reviews from the 1st movie, is what most wanted anyway.
    I say Fcuk the critics on this one.

    - Hud

  10. Hud's right. so bottom line ignore the critics. this movie will be the shit

  11. I'm in UK, I'm a diehard fan, I watch it on Day 1 release, n I don't like it. FULLSTOP. It got awesome CGI n fighting scene but the storyline suffers a lot. REALLY DISSAPOINTED..


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