Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

A confusing mish-mash of stereotyped characters and lots of hi-tech fighting, Transformers 2 still has Megan Fox and that hair of hers.

This movie begins with an action sequence that is impossible to see (too dark), let alone understand, and it's all downhill from there. Even the cast of beautiful people can't save this one. OK, OK, the CGI sequences are impressive, if that's what you're going for. But even comic-book/toy-brand movies need a semblance of a plot. Within the first 20 minutes of Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, unfortunate and predictable gender roles are established (the emotional mother, the dim-witted father, the sexy girlfriend who's, uh, not a Nobel Prize winner), weak attempts at humour have gone over like lead balloons and general confusion about the story has set in. In general I'm a huge fan of comic-book movies, but not this one. Disjointed scenes, weak dialogue and characters impossible to sympathise with make it difficult to stay interested. OK, so, where are we? Ah yes, the beginning. Scene one. Fight. Big fight. Cars turn into huge monsters; lots of noise; metal on metal. Explosions. So, it's over already? But who won the fight? Wait- now we're in college, moving into the dorm. Umm, where are we now? Metallic dog lands on earth from outer space. Why does everybody look so sweaty? This movie cost $200 million (Dh740m), how come no one brought a fan? Cool, now we're in Petra. Wait, the movie's over? But, what happened? Something exploded, then Megan Fox took off her helmet and swished her hair around. Or was it the other way around?

Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 Hajer Almosleh, the winner of the last year's short story competition, at her home in Dubai. Duncan Chard for the National

Get involved with The National’s short-story competition

Writers have two weeks to craft a winning submission, under the title and theme "The Turning Point".

 It is believed that the desert-like planet of Tatooine is being recreated for Star Wars: Episode VII. Could that be where filming in the UAE comes in? Courtesy Lucasfilms

Could the force be with us? The search for Star Wars truth

On the hunt for the Star Wars: Episode VII set, which a growing number of people are sure is in Abu Dhabi, but no one can seem to find.

 With an estimated 18,000 comic and film fans having already paid a visit to this weekend’s Middle East Film and Comic Con, organisers are hopeful they will have surpassed last year total, of 21,000, by its close. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

In pictures: Middle East Film and Comic Con in Dubai

Dubai's World Trade Center was awash with people visiting this weekend’s Middle East Film and Comic Con. Here's some of our best pictures.

 Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, presents Quincy Jones with the Abu Dhabi Festival Award as the Admaf founder Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo applauds. Courtesy Abu Dhabi Festival.

A candid talk with Quincy Jones about the UAE, Lil Wayne and the Abu Dhabi Festival award

The Abu Dhabi Festival honoree Quincy Jones discusses his legendary career as a music producer, the return of Dubai Music Week and why he can’t handle the rapper Lil Wayne.

 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at Wellington Military Terminal on an RNZAF 757 from Sydney on April 7, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. Chris Jackson / Getty Images

In pictures: Will and Kate visit Australia and New Zealand

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge are on a tour Down Under for three weeks.

 A protester gives a victory sign during clashes near Tahrir Square in Cairo in November 2011. Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

Street life: humanity’s future depends on ability to negotiate and sustain public space

Negotiating our ever more crowded cities and maintaining vibrant public spaces are among the major challenges facing humanity in the coming decades.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National