Prime Questions About Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

While there is no doubt that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen smashed the box offices by earning over $300 million domestically and $600 million worldwide (source MTV Movies Blog) the film lacked the personality of the first film (Transformers).

True to Michael Bay’s style the entire 2 hrs and 24 mins of the film were filled with explosions, sun flares, and epic robot battles. While Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a fun action-packed summer movie there were a lot of holes in the storyline that beg to be questioned.

Matt McDaniel over at YAHOO! Movies has an interesting article posted:

“Burning Questions: The 10 Most Confusing Things in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen“.

Shia LaBeouf

1. In Transformers,” there was this giant battle in the middle of downtown Los Angeles — excuse me, Mission City — that was witnessed by thousands of people at the very least. But somehow the government was able to cover up the whole thing, and now the existence of alien robots is just an internet rumor? How did they do it? Pay off everyone who was there and quickly fix millions of dollars in damage? Also, didn’t Keller (Jon Voight) go on TV and tell everyone we were being attacked by “a technological civilization far superior to our own”? How did they spin that?

2. There are two pieces of the Allspark cube left: the military has one under lock and key, and Sam discovers another. The Decepticons steal one and bring Megatron back to life. But when Sam (Shia LaBeouf) wants to bring back Optimus, he has to find the Matrix of Leadership on the other side of the globe. Why not use the other piece? Mikaela (Megan Fox) has it in her backpack the whole time. It brought his kitchen appliances to life, why can’t it do the same for Optimus?

3. Speaking of Megatron’s rebirth, when the Decepticons venture deep into the ocean to revive him, the Navy crew tracking them reads five contacts. When they get down there, they tear apart one of the robots for parts to rebuild Megatron. Then as they rise to the surface, the same Navy guys say they spot six contacts. The little “Doctor” robot popped out down there, but he’s about a third of the size of a person. Would he have shown up on sonar?

Shia LaBeouf 4. That reminds me: even if I were to forgive the Doctor’s German accent — and director Michael Bay is asking me to forgive a lot of ridiculous accents — why would a robot need glasses? He has little lenses that flip in front of his mechanical eyes. Couldn’t he just get his eyes adjusted? You’d think with all the laser guns, someone could perform a Lasik procedure.

5. Apparently, Transformers can look like people now. How? And how is it that even though the robo-girl (Isabel Lucas) is made of metal, she can still straddle Sam without crushing him. And if Bumblebee knows something’s wrong with her, why does he spit antifreeze at her instead of telling Sam? Yes, his voicebox is broken, but wasn’t it fixed at the end of the last movie?

Megan Fox 6. The Fallen is the last of the Primes, since they all sacrificed themselves to stop him from destroying the sun. But then he says that Optimus is a descendant of the Primes. First, Transformers have kids? And second, how could he descend from them if they were all dead? And if the Fallen could only be destroyed by a Prime, why didn’t the originals just gang up on him back in the day? And what makes Optimus so special, anyway? Megatron beat him earlier, but all it takes is a few spare parts from creaky old Jetfire for him to take out the Fallen?

7. Sam, Mikaela, and Simmons (John Turturro) go to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. to find Jetfire. Then they walk out the back onto a wide open field with old planes and mountains in the distance. When did the National Mall start to look so much like to Tucson, AZ (where they really filmed that scene)?

8. The geography is just as bad when they go to Egypt. The stone city of Petra in Jordan is over 250 miles away, over mountainous terrain, with few paved roads and the Israeli border between them, so how can they drive from one to the other in a couple of hours. And the Pyramids are said to be shooting distance from the Mediterranean, but they are actually well over 80 miles inland. Even if the Navy ship had a secret rail gun, and even if the captain would take an order to fire from a former agent of a government branch that no longer exists (over a walkie-talkie that inexplicably starts working again), how could it hit a moving target from that distance?

9. Sam briefly dies and goes to Robot Heaven. Robot Heaven?!?!

Megan Fox 10. Where does Sam’s bandage come from? What about his extra sock? Why does Sam’s roommate not contribute anything at all? What was the Fallen doing for those thousands of years Megatron was frozen in ice? How does one satellite receive transmissions from everywhere on the planet? Why does Wheelie hump Mikaela’s leg? Why do we have to see John Turturro’s thong? Why are robots who join together to become Devastator also seen fighting the Army at the same time? Why does the government want only our military fighting Decepticons when our weapons seem unable to make so much as a dent on any of them? Why did the ancient Egyptians build a pyramid around the sun-destroying machines instead of just breaking it? Why is the Matrix of Leadership bigger in the Fallen’s hand than in Sam’s? And how do Mikaela’s pants stay so clean?

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My main question is: What’s with the weird egg-sack robot babies? Uh, a little explanation on that weird Van Helsing like scene (sacks full of vampire spawn) would have been helpful.

And a huge pet peeve of mine from both movies is the fact that they mix F-16s with F-22s — magically one will turn into the other. For that matter, what’s with Starscream’s new alien tattoos? He went from a plain F-22 to an easily identifiable unfriendly target — not really the best plan when trying to stay inconspicuous.

F-22                                                                         Starscream (F-22)

Perhaps the most disappointing aspects about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen are the lack of explanation (Decepticons can look like humans, and apparently the robots have been — and some still are — on Earth before, etc), and lack of new Autobots. Sure there are the new Autobots: Sideswipe, Arcee (who became the Arcee sisters: Arcee, Chromia, and ?), and the Twins (which are incredibly annoying and look like a nightmarish cross between a furby and a gremlin) but most are hardly in the movie at all — unfortunately the Twins are front and center.

Overall, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen just wasn’t as good as the first film. Perhaps if they had concentrated more on a storyline and character development rather than just blow up as much stuff as possible the movie might have been better.

Be sure to check out the full article (click the article title above to link to the site) and be sure share your questions/opinions.


One Response to “Prime Questions About Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

  1. i love the Bazooka of Megatron, i don’t understand why they did not include it on the movie ;*:

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