The film opens with Optimus Prime, heroic leader of the benevolent Autobots, describing in a voice-over the destruction of the Transformers’ home world, Cybertron. It was destroyed by the evil Decepticon leader Megatron in his quest to obtain the All Spark. The Autobots want to find the All Spark so they can use it to rebuild Cybertron and end the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons, while the Decepticons want to use it to defeat the Autobots and conquer the universe. Megatron found the All Spark on Earth, but crash-landed in the Arctic Circle and was frozen in the ice. Captain Archibald Witwicky and his crew of explorers stumbled upon Megatron’s body in 1897. Captain Witwicky accidentally activated Megatron’s navigational system and his eye glasses were imprinted with the coordinates of the All Spark’s location. Sector 7, a secret United States government organization founded by Herbert Hoover, discovered the All Spark in the Colorado River and built the Hoover Dam around it to mask its energy emissions. The still-frozen Megatron was moved into this facility and was used to advance human technology through reverse engineering.
In the present day, the rest of the Decepticons—Blackout, Scorponok, Frenzy, Barricade, Starscream, Devastator and Bonecrusher—have landed on Earth and assumed the disguise of Earth vehicles (except Scorponok, who hides within Blackout). Blackout and Scorponok attack the U.S. SOCCENT FWD military base in Qatar and try to hack into the U.S. military network to find the location of Megatron and the All Spark. Their mission is thwarted when the base staff severs the network cable connections. While Blackout destroys the rest of the base, Scorponok chases a small group of survivors who have photographic evidence of the robots, but he is eventually repelled. During this battle, the military discovers the only effective weapons against the Transformers’ armor are high-heat sabot rounds.
After Blackout’s failure, Frenzy infiltrates Air Force One to again hack into the military network, planting a virus. He finds the map imprinted on Captain Witwicky’s glasses, whose descendant Sam Witwicky, intends to sell on eBay. Frenzy and Barricade begin tracking Sam’s location. Autobot scout Bumblebee is also on Earth, disguised as a 1976 Chevrolet Camaro, and is bought by Sam while shopping for his first car. Bumblebee helps him woo his crush, Mikaela Banes. Bumblebee leaves at night to transmit a homing signal to the rest of the Autobots and Sam sees him in robot mode. Barricade confronts Sam and demands Archibald’s spectacles, but Bumblebee rescues him and Mikaela. They leave to rendezvous with the rest of the Autobots—Optimus Prime, Jazz, Ironhide, and Ratchet—who have landed on Earth and taken the forms of Earth vehicles as well. Sam, Mikaela, and the Autobots return to Sam’s home and obtain the glasses; however, agents from Sector 7 arrive and capture Sam, Mikaela and Bumblebee.
Frenzy, now disguised as Mikaela’s cellphone, secretly accompanies the group to Hoover Dam and releases Megatron from his frozen state. Locating the All Spark, Frenzy sends an alert to the other Decepticons. Sam convinces the Sector 7 agents to release Bumblebee so that he can deliver the All Spark to Optimus Prime. Frenzy’s virus has shut down government communications, but a group of humans manage to establish a signal to the Air Force in order to support the Autobot-human convoy, who have gone to nearby Mission City to hide the All Spark. The Decepticons attack and Bonecrusher, Frenzy, Jazz, Devastator and Blackout are all killed during the ensuing battle. Sam, who is ordered to get the All Spark to a rendezvous point for it to be taken to a safe location, instead chooses to ram it into Megatron’s chest, destroying it and killing Megatron. Optimus takes a fragment of the All Spark from Megatron’s corpse, but realizes that with its destruction, their home world Cybertron cannot be restored. Consequently, Optimus sends a signal to other surviving Autobots in the universe, directing them to their new home, Earth. The government orders the closure of Sector 7 and has the five Decepticons killed in the Mission City battle dumped into the Laurentian Abyss. Starscream, who fled the battle, escapes into space.
Any boy who grew up in the 80s more than likely had an addiction to Transformers. I was no exception. I loved them, so I’m a little biased.
Let’s start with the good things. This movie actually got made. There were doubts as to if it would. Luckily it did, and it turned out awesome. They brought back the original voice of Optimus Prime. what better way to get the fanboys on your side than to bring back voice of their God, Peter Cullen. Not only that, he’s the first voice you hear when the movie starts.
Now, the negative. Michael Bay’s ego is going to be his undoing. He said Bumblebee wasn’t a VW bug because he reminded him of Herbie. This is a man that thought this was a stupid toy movie and only came on board to work with Steven Spielberg, so what does he care. All of us that grew up on TF know that Bumblebee was a bug. It’s part of his name! Optimus Prime had flames and lips. The Transformers didn’t resemble their original forms. Megatron didn’t turn into a gun. This is all fanboy stuff, though. The only real problem I have is with the final battle.
The last 30 minutes or so, are totally awesome. I do wish that more than just Optimus and Bumblebee got to have lines, especially on the Decepticon scene. Now, I understand that there are casualties in war and whatnot, but what purpose did it serve to kill Jazz? Best I can figure is that, the other Autobots that were used, with the exception of bumblebee all were killed in the 80s Transformer movie, and that was “payback”. I nearly cried when I saw Megatron rip him in two, though.
I didn’t care for the heavy human factor. The movie is called Transformers, not humans! However, I understand the cost of CGI, so there’s not much you could’ve done, but they could’ve made some kind of compromise. Also, I read on some message boards that people didn’t like the humor. I guess they wanted this to be a dark, evil movie. Everything doesn’t have to be dark, people, get over it. The humor added to the enjoyment!
As you can tell, there’s not really not much I have negative to say about this film, other than minor fanboy type stuff. Let’s hope the sequel lives up to this one!
5 out of 5 stars