Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

Check out our review of Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen - is it any good and how suitable is it for kids?

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Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel. (12A)

Release date: 2009

2 out of 5


A sequel to 2007’s robot blockbuster, this heavy-on-explosions light-on-understandable-plot adventure once again has average teen Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) helping the good guy robots (Autobots) battle the bad guy ones (Decepticons) for control of the world or the universe or something. Sam is now all grown-up, and off to college, leaving scantily clad girlfriend Mikaela (Fox) and his parents behind. However, he’s got a bit of the Allspark (a magical cube for transformer-types) in his pocket and the Decepticons want it so they can resurrect their baddest guy, Megatron, and start a war. Cue tons of explosions, impressive transformer special effects, and lots of excuses for Megan Fox to run around looking pouty and sultry.
The problem with this Transformers movie (more so than the 2007 original) is that kids who are into Transformer toys tend to be under 10, and this film isn’t really aimed at them at all. They’ll beg to see it though, and while the explosions and robot fights aren’t anything to raise a parent’s eyebrow, you may want to forward through all the busty close-ups of Fox, and also a scene in which Sam seems drunk and is later seduced by a girl who turns out to be a robot (when she converts from college cutie to metal killer, her extra-long tongue tries to attack Sam – an image not suitable for younger kids!)
Overlong, loud, and confusing to anyone who doesn’t know their Starscream from their Optimus Prime (just watch a battle between robots and try to figure out who is crunching who and you’ll see), this is one for fans of the toys only.

Is Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...

Kids who love Transformers won’t be scared, although Megatron and The Fallen are quite creepy.
Parents should note that the aforementioned scene in which a woman turns into a robot complete with killer tongue is not suitable for younger kids.
Also, a British-voiced robot says the word 'bollocks', which parents of under-10s may not be too thrilled about.

If you like this, why not try: Transformers, Transformers: The Movie, The Iron Giant, Iron Man, Iron Man 2,