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08 August 2007 :: 14:08:35 pm 21559

PDN Movie of the Month: Transformers

A big, rollicking epic in the tradition of Star Wars, King Kong, E.T., and dozens of other blockbusters, Transformers really puts on a show. In doing so, it employs loads of gee-whiz technology in a story that alternates among multiple genres – sci-fi, action/adventure, romance, comedy, etc. Children of all ages, especially boys, will find much to enjoy in this techno-struggle of good vs. evil.
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The Transformers brand captured the minds of millions in 1984, when the story of the Autubots vs. the Decepticons first appeared. The transforming robots in disguise became a highly popular line of toys from Hasbro and Takara as well as a comic book series, television program and an animated feature film. Now, almost a quarter century later, a new generation is being turned on by the new film.

As Transformers opens, we see the planet, Cybertron, which has lost its magical cube, Allspark, a device which grants unlimited power to its owner. Long ago, a war raged on the planet between the noble Autobots, led by the wise Optimus Prime, and the Decepticons, commanded by the evil, Megatron. The Autobots succeeded in smuggling the Allspark off the planet, but Megatron followed in hot pursuit. Eventually, he found it on Earth, but his reckless quest for power sent him crashing into the Artic Ocean, where Captain Archibald Witwickylater found him.

Flash forward to the present where the captain’s descendent, Sam Witwicky buys his first car, a yellow Camaro named Bumblebee, and is shocked to find out that it is an Autobot. Thus, an adventure begins that is largely the saga of Sam’s dual romance with his car/Autobot and his girlfriend, Mikaela, and their attempts to help Optimus Prime and the Autobots defeat the forces of evil, especially Megatron. The chase scenes are spectacular, stretching from Los Angeles to Hoover Dam.

Transformers is packed with heart-pounding action, along with generous doses of campiness and romance. Shai LaBeouf stands out as Sam Witwicky, and Jon Voigt is very convincing as the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Near the end of the movie, Optimus Prime says his oft-used line to Megatron, “One shall stand…one shall fall!” Whether Transformers stands or falls in the minds of viewers may depend on whether they are boys or girls, car chase lovers or slow-moving types, technophiles or technophobes. You decide for yourself.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Travel

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