Movie Review: Toys don’t play as well in sequel

Oklahoman Modified: July 8, 2009 at 4:59 pm •  Published: June 24, 2009

/> Less geeky (and less likable) hero Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is pursuing a normal life: heading off to college, getting away from his annoying parents but holding on to his sexy mechanic sweetie Mikaela (Megan Fox).

But Sam has accidentally carried off part of the powerful cube the Allspark, and before he can finish his first-day classes, he’s having freaky visions of alien symbols. With Mikaela and his irritating roommate Leo (Ramon Rodriguez) tagging along, Sam embarks on a globe-trotting race to save the world from the Decepticons’ planet-destroying plan, which includes elements stolen from "Star Wars,” "The Matrix” and the "Indiana Jones” films.

Some of the fight scenes are engaging. And the film does have a few bright moments from Rainn Wilson as a rock-star professor and John Turturro as former Agent Simmons.

But mostly, "Revenge of the Fallen” is as interesting as watching a 7-year-old boy crashing together his overpriced robot toys for 150 minutes.

— Brandy McDonnell


"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
PG-13

2:30

2 stars

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson. (Intense sequences of sci-fi action-violence, language, some crude and sexual material, brief drug material)

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