An entertaining movie, much like a good meal, is worth the price you pay. And even though a bad movie, unlike a bad meal, probably won’t give you the runs, paying $10 dollars to see it will make you feel like shit.

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Production Budget: $150M

Worldwide Gross: $632.7M

As with every July 4th weekend, Hollywood releases a series of high-budget flicks that seek to attract moviegoers with the promise of great special effects, adventure, and acting. Transformers is no different. It follows the tried and true “summer blockbuster” recipe, supplying all the aforementioned elements minus perhaps, a flimsy storyline.

The movie stars Shia LeBeouf (Disturbia) as Sam Witwicki, your typical hormone driven, lip-bumbling teenager who finds himself stuck in the middle of a war between autonomous robotic organisms from the planet Cybertron. As with every war, there are two sides here, the good “Autobots” under Optimus Prime, and the bad “Decepticons” under Megatron. The two sides fight over the “all-spark”, a mysterious cube that has the ability to transform Earth’s machinery into an army of sinister robotic organisms at Megatron’s disposal. Optimus Prime and company follow Megatron to Earth in an effort to prevent his procuring of this cube.

You might be wondering, how is Sam in any way related to this conflict? Sam’s great grandfather and 19th century explorer Captain Witwicki had the misfortune of discovering Megatron, who crash landed – and got stuck in an ice berg at the North Pole (haha) – on Earth in search of the cube. When Captain Witwicki touched Megatron, he accidentally activated his navigation system and seared directions to the Cube into his own glasses. As luck would have it, Sam inherited the glasses, making him key to the Autobots and their effort to find the cube.

Clearly, this storyline is as ridiculous as it is unbelievable. But, once I came to the realization that most movies make no sense anyway, I sat back in my chair and enjoyed the show for what it was: a movie based on toys. So, story line gripes aside, Michael Bay (The Island, Armageddon) offers up a seriously enjoyable, action-packed movie. As we have come to expect, Bay shakes the screen with flying bullets, exploding rockets, and flipping robots. Even more important, all of this action looks completely real on screen. There were few if any instances in which I questioned the quality of the CG or its placement in the movie. In fact, I would venture to say that this movie sets the standard for special effects, easily topping the Matrix series and even Spiderman. Moreover, the movie sports a fine cast of young actors anchored by LeBeouf, who is surely on a path to stardom.

But, and as you have probably realized, this film is geared towards a young, male audience. Therefore be warned, if you’re female and in the process considering this movie, you’ll probably be unmoved by the film’s special effects and frenetic pace. Thus, my recommendation to you: if you’re searching for something to get your man out of the house for 2 hours and 20 minutes, get him a ticket to this movie; he won’t be home early – guaranteed.


For the best bang for your buck: Watch in the theaters if you wanna be thoroughly entertained.