Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen roars onto the screen, with Sam Witwicke (Shia LaBeouf) packing the car with his parents, as he is off to college. In the process of packing, his father, played by Kevin Dunn, reminds him that he is allowed to date other girls, to which Sam promptly replies that he is a "one-woman man". Enter the girlfriend.
Straddled over a motorcycle, as she paints a she-devil design on the side of it, in a pair of extra short cut offs, Mikaela Banes (Megan Fox
) receives a call from Sam reminding her that he is leaving and wants to see her before he goes. After playing hard to get, she cycles over to Sam's house with a special 'good bye' planned. Meanwhile, Sam discovers a souvenir from the last movie that burns through his bedroom floor to the kitchen below. In the process the the kitchen appliances to spring to life and then quickly locate Sam, firing upon him and his family.
What follows is a series of one liners that at first appear funny. But after two hours, the premiere audience seemed less willing to laugh. What seemed most surprising in this film
, more so that in the last one, was the over humanizing of the autobots and decepticons. They were more profane, stereotypical – and one even appeared to have testicles. All of this is meant to pump up the humor and keep the audience engaged, but it remains to be seen if it will work with the paying audiences. Early reviews are mixed.
At a glance: In the recent movie preview, Transformers 2, more than three thirds of the auditorium was filled and most in attendance were thirty five and under. Unlike past previews, there was no waiting in long lines. In comparison, the Star Trek premiere had people in line for hours, was filled to capacity and hosted a more diverse audience.