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Transformers (2007)

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Transformers
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We Are Here.....We Are Waiting
Genre: Science-fiction
Action
Directed By: Michael Bay
Produced By: Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Tom DeSanto
Don Murphy
Ian Bryce
Written By: John Rogers
Roberto Orci
Alex Kurtzman
Starring: Shia LaBeouf
Tyrese Gibson
Josh Duhamel
Anthony Anderson
Megan Fox
Rachael Taylor
John Turturro
Jon Voight
Peter Cullen
Hugo Weaving
Cinematography: Mitchell Amundsen
Distributed By: DreamWorks Pictures
Paramount Pictures
Release Date: July 3, 2007 (United States)
Runtime: 143 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $150–200 million
Box Office: $709.7 million
Prequel: Bumblebee (Chronologically)
Sequel: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen


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.

Plot

When teenager Sam Witwicky buys his first car, what he doesn't know, is that it's actually an alien robot. This isn't the only alien to arrive on Earth. Optimus Prime and a fellow group of transforming robots have arrived in search of the Allspark. But Optimus Prime and the Autobots aren't the only aliens to appear. Megatron and the Decepticons are also searching for the Allspark, and they would do anything to get it, even if it means destroying the world.

Why There's More To Them Than Meets The Eye

  1. A lot of really awesome action scenes, camera and effect wise.
  2. Impressive CGI effects, especially for the Autobots and the Decepticons.
  3. Some of the voice actors reprise their roles from the 80s Transformers series, especially Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime.
  4. Epic soundtrack composed by Steve Jablonsky, especially the end credits music ("What I've Done" by Linkin Park).
  5. Decent acting and performances, especially from Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky and John Turturro as Seymour Simmons.
  6. Great cinematography.
  7. The Autobot Arrival scene (due to the magic of CGI and the power of the music).
  8. 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.
  9. Some faithfulness to the source material, such as the "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings" line.
  10. The Decepticons are portrayed in this film as menacing just like the original cartoon series.
    • Unlike the sequels, the Decepticons all get their own time to shine, instead of being treated as jobbers who get killed off too easily in weak ways.
    • There's even a scene where they contact one another using Cybertronian language and they begin to mobilize after locating the AllSpark.
      • "ALL SPARK LOCATED."
      • "THIS IS STARSCREAM: ALL DECEPTICONS, MOBILIZE."
      • "BARRICADE EN-ROUTE."
      • "DEVASTATOR REPORTING..."
      • "BONECRUSHER ROLLING..."
      • "BLACKOUT INCOMING..."
      • "ALL HAIL MEGATRON!"
  11. The story makes sense and is pretty decent for the most part.
    • Compared to the sequels, it is easy to understand this movie's story.
  12. Starscream was portrayed pretty well in this film until he was back to being portrayed as a coward again.
  13. Eleven years later, it spawned Bumblebee, which was a great prequel/soft reboot that saved both the film franchise and the franchise as a whole.
  14. The film was able to attract many people to the Transformers series as a whole.
  15. Fun factor is pretty high.
  16. Due to this film's overall success, Transformers Animated was created to tie in directly to it.
  17. 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.
  18. Some memorable quotes such as:
    • "SHUT UP GRANDMA!"
    • "DRINK YOUR PRUNE JUICE!"
    • "HEY! WHERE"S YOUR WALLET?"
      • "POCKET!"
        • "WHICH POCKET?"
          • "MY BACK POCKET!!"
            • "YOU GOT TEN BACK POCKETS!"
              • "LEFT CHEEK!!! LEFT CHEEK!!! LEFT CHEEK!!!"
    • "Were we so different?"
    • "You left me no choice, brother."
    • "Oh, Jazz. We lost a great comrade but gained new ones. Thank you, all of you. You honor us with your bravery."
    • "Permission to speak, Sir?"
      • "Permission granted, old friend."
        • "You speak now?"
          • "I wish to stay with the boy."
            • "If that is his choice."
              • "Yes."
  19. Some of the humor is good such as:
    • Bumblebee tripping over Barricade
    • The Autobots in Sam's backyard
    • Megatron calling a human disgusting and flicking him away.
  20. 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.
  21. Mojo, Sam's chihuahua, is a cute pet.
  22. The opening scene where Blackout destroys the Soccent Air Base was just pure AWESOME!
  23. Good direction by Michael Bay.
  24. The sound effects at the beginning on the DreamWorks and the Paramount logo are really cool.
  25. Much like his 80s counterpart, Optimus Prime is a lovable character and a great role model.
    • His speeches are very entertaining and inspirational.
  26. Bumblebee is both a cute and funny comic relief as well as a strong and brave soldier who cares very much for his friends.
  27. Despite looking different from his G1 version, Megatron is still an outstanding villain with a terrifying personality.
    • Though Frank Welker doesn't reprise his role here, Hugo Weaving is still a good choice to play the character and he gives Megatron a very savage and evil voice.
  28. Although the humans have more screen time than the robots, the movie does a good job focusing on them equally due to how balanced the script is.
  29. Unlike the sequels, the Transformers have more robotic voices in this film which is a nice touch.
  30. The movie has a lot of heart.
  31. The scene that shows Optimus Prime, Jazz, Ratchet, and Ironhide having a meeting is memorable.
    • AUTOBOTS, ROLL OUT!
  32. The final battle is intense and exciting.
    • This is where the Autobots and Decepticons show how awesome they are.
    • There isn't way too much going on so the final battle is easy to follow.
    • There's even a part where Megatron chases Sam holding the AllSpark which is scary.
  33. The ending was epic and satisfying.
  34. The mid-credit scene that shows Starscream flying in outer space is chilling.
  35. Since this film was a box office success, it started the live-action Transformers series on a positive note.

Bad Qualities

  1. The Autobots and the Decepticons radical redesigns drew a divided response from fans.
  2. 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 aircrafts.
  3. It overuses too many explosions, another trademark of Michael Bay.
  4. The Decepticons aren't really explained quite well, making many watchers who aren't fans be pretty confused.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Some of the camera angle was shaky and hard to see what was going on at times.
  8. The infamous scene where Mikaela was fixing Sam's car, although Megan Fox looks sexy in it and the movie overall.
  9. Although a lot of the dialogue is memorable as mentioned above, there is some poor dialogue, such as Seymour Simmon's line "You're a criminal, and criminals are hot!"
  10. After that, the infamous Transformers sequels (excluding Bumblebee) fell from quality after this movie and became fully bad completely.

Reception

Critical response

Transformers was released on July 3, 2007, and it received mostly positive reviews from critics, audiences, 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".

Transformers was one of the few movies directed by Michael Bay to receive mostly positive reviews from critics. Many considered it to be one Bay's better movies.

Box office

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.

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