Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film based on the Transformers toy line. The film, which combines computer animation with live-action filming, was directed by Michael Bay, with Steven Spielberg serving as executive producer. It was produced by Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto, and is the first installment in the live-action Transformers film series.
The noble Autobots and Decepticons, two intergalactic races of robots, crash land on Earth. They battle for the Allspark, the ultimate power source, whose location is held by Sam.
Why It Rocks
- A lot of really awesome action scenes, camera and effect wise.
- Impressive CGI effects, especially for the Autobots and the Decepticons.
- Some of the voice actors reprise their roles from the 80s Transformers series, especially Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime.
- Epic soundtrack composed by Steve Jablonsky, especially the end credits music ("What I've Done" by Linkin Park).
- Decent acting and performances, especially from Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky and John Turturro as Seymour Simmons.
- The Autobot Arrival scene (due to the magic of CGI and the power of the music).
- When Jazz died, the movie, unlike the later films, actually treated him like a character rather then forgetting him and continue the story as if he never existed.
- Some faithfulness to the source material, such as the "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings" line.
- The Decepticons are portrayed in the is film as menacing just like the original cartoon series.
- At least the story makes sense and is pretty decent for the most part.
- Starscream was portrayed pretty well in this film until he was back to being portrayed as a coward again.
- It spawned Bumblebee, which was a great prequel which saved both the film franchise and the franchise as a whole.
- The film was able to attract many people to the Transformers series as a whole.
- Due to this film's overall success, Transformers Animated was created to tie in directly to it.
- If it wasn't for this film, and its promotional effect on the Transformers toy line, Hasbro probably wouldn't have been inspired to create My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
- Some hilarious and funny quotes such as: "SHUT UP GRANDMA, DRINK YOUR PRUNE JUICE!"
- Bay was told by soldiers the film helped their children understand what their work was like, and that many had christened their Buffalos – the vehicle used for Bonecrusher – after various Transformer characters.
- Mojo, Sam's chihuahua is a cute pet.
- The opening scene where Blackout destroys the Soccent Air Base was just pure AWESOME!!!!
- The first film of the Transformers is the only decent film from the franchise.
- Even though it is meant to be a Transformers film, both the Autobots and the Decepticons don't get a lot of screen time, and the film focuses mostly on the humans.
- The Autobots & the Decepticons radical redesigns drew a divided response from fans.
- It has a lot of product placement, a trademark of Michael Bay. (However it does makes sense for the Transformers, as they do turn into cars and aircraft).
- It overuses too many explosions, another trademark of Michael Bay.
- The Decepticons aren't really explained quite well, making many watchers who aren't fans be pretty confused.
- The movie does portrays most of the Decepticons as mindless-animals that are out for destruction, unlike in the original series.
- Continuity error, Brawl (Tank Decepticon) is named Devastator in the movie, while in the sequel there's another Decepticon with the same name. the writers confirmed that it's an error in the first movie.
- Some juvenile humor, such as the scene where Bumblebee is lubricating Seymour Simmons in which he looks like he’s peeing on him and when Sam’s mom thinks Sam is masturbating.
- Some of the camera angle was shaky and hard to see what was going on at times.
- It's never explained what happened to Barricade after the highway chase, making this a major plothole in the entire film series.
Transformers was released on July 3, 2007, and it received mostly mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, audience, and fans alike, although it was initially divided over the film due to the radical redesigns of many characters, although the casting of Peter Cullen was warmly received. The film currently holds a 58% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 227 reviews, with an average rating of 5.79/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "While believable characters are hard to come by in Transformers, the effects are staggering and the action is exhilarating." Metacritic scores a film a 61/100 based on 35 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
It became the 28th highest-grossing film of all-time at the time of its release and was the fifth highest-grossing film of 2007, grossing $709 million worldwide, with an estimated 46 million tickets sold in the United States.