When Michael Bay decided to make the sequel to Hasbro Toys franchise Transformers (2007), he must have made up his mind to exceed and better everything, that has been done before including the first movie of the series.
When you enter the theater, you have to throw all rationality and reason out of the window, as the movie never tries to make any claim of being close to reality. This is no superhero with a heart. This is the meeting of two worlds, where anything is possible, as long as we decide to work together and live with robots. In a world, where every machine is also a robot, when the time comes, especially all cars help you to fight your battles apart from transporting you to the battlefield.
Shia LaBeouf (Sam) and Megan Fox (Mikael) are back from the first movie. Sam is trying to lead a common man's life and ready to enter college, leaving his sexy girl friend, Mikael back at her father's garage with the promise, that CISCO with their long distance relationship kit, will help them to connect or not connect over the net for chats. There are certain comic situations about Sam's mother not letting him go and some common parental anxiety and this parental love track comes back in the movie, once in a while, sometimes to provide a comic break from the robots fighting their civil war. Actually, this could be some kind of weakness, as it breaks the pace of otherwise pacy, mind numbing action sequences.
The Decepticons are in pursuit trying to resurrect Megatron securing a secret spark, which revives him from the depth of the Ocean, heavily guarded by the might of US navy. Now, they want to secure a secret power source to destroy the Sun and obliterate the Civilization on Earth. However, they have to deal with Sam, who comes in their way.
For Sam, things go wrong from first day itself in the College, when Sam is tempted by the hot blonde female, out to chew up his brains and get the secret. Sam has no choice, as he gets dragged to the war and takes upong himself to assist the Autobots to get the evil Decepticons out of Earth's way. The fight continues for the whole duration as they go on a roller coaster ride from China to corners of USA to the Oceans to Egypt / Jordanian desert.
There are usual comic scenes in college, where Sam's mother tries to direct girls to his room, gets drugged and goes on a rampage. The college roomie, Leo (Ramon Rodriguez) who thinks, he is the genius, going to start a billion dollar company. However, experiencing the real world takes the steam out of him.
There are other characters like the Bureaucrat Galloway, out to take the armed forces to task and setting things in order with the command from the President, who likes to throw his weight around. And then Major Lennox takes an inspired decision to go against the Command and follow his intuition to help the kid, who seems to be knowing what he is doing. Agent Simmons (John Turturro) with his quirky mannerisms provide some additional comic relief, out to redeem himself. Obviously, Sam succeeds in saving the world with some help from Optimus Prime after going through videogamesque display of fireworks from all corners.
Megan Fox keeps your eyes glued to the screen as long as she is there, and if you want to look away from the robots or other creepy creatures. While walking out of the theater, and back to real world, can't help wondering...When we can co-exist with robots in this world, why can't we co-exist peacefully with others of the same species across our borders?
The film needs to be enjoyed without much of these thoughts, coming to your mind though. There is just no opportunity to think inside the theaters. ;-)
Wonder, if our own crop of Indian producers or directors will ever be inspired to take up a project to match the scale of Transformers.