Review: Transformers 2

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This post contains spoilers if you have not yet seen the movie.

I am a child of the 80s. If my brothers hadn't gotten to them, I would still own the (mint) complete set of Aerialbots that my dad got me for Christmas one year. My first Transformer was Ratchet (even my toys reflected my desire to be a doctor). Then Bumblebee. I had that set until I left for college, when I "willed" it to my youngest brother, because, you know, I was too old for toys.

All that aside, I loved Transformers when it came out because I went into it realizing that it would be nothing like my beloved cartoon. And that's why I love Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.

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The story line continues from the first movie. Unlike Avatar: The Last Airbender, this movie translates fairly well to the screen -- if only taken as a highly action-packed summer blockbuster. Don't expect more from it than that. And that Megan Fox chick has more dialogue. It's cute. Revolves around the "L" word.

I treated my mom and Josh (thus earning me more cool mom points) to Transformers 2 and she loved it so much she's going to see it again. There is a lot to take in visually and it's fairly fast-paced. Basic plot is -- Decepticons are still trying to take over and destroy Earth ("might as well call it 'Dirt' ") and it's up to the Autobots and Witwicky's to save the world. The Fallen is a new element that gets introduced and makes Optimus Prime's involvement extremely important.

You can expect to see pretty holographics, a B-series bomber with an English attitude and great one-liners, lots of explosions, and robots fighting. All-in-all a good flick that doesn't make you think too much (except for the part where the .... see the spoiler alerts)

Spoiler Alerts:
They killed Optimus Prime. Again. "How could they kill Prime???" I almost cried like I did in the orginal Transformers movie. Don't laugh too hard. I was 10 and very empathetic. But they brought him back to life and all is well.

There's a touch of Terminator with Decepticons impersonating humans, and apparently, the robots can switch sides. Wheelie does it (can robots lust after humans?) after the old bomber tells his story.

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