RT on DVD: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Plus, new films with Harrison Ford, Jennifer Aniston, Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo

by | November 3, 2009 | Comments


Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

This is the second film in director Michael Bay’s live action adaptation of the toy franchise, and somehow he’s made it even bigger and more spectacular than the first.

It must be said that if you loved the first one, you are right in the target market for this explosive extravaganza. The war between the Autobots and Decepticons continues to rage, Shia LaBeouf is still looking terribly earnest and Megan Fox is still really hot. Other stuff happens, a lot of stuff, but let’s face it: how important is plot in a film like this?

This is a movie about the CGI and it is seriously upsized. It is loud, shiny and positively mesmerising.

It’s no secret that the critics panned this one — you only have to look at the Tomatometer to see that — however, it kicked some serious butt at the box office, amassing in excess of $AU925 million worldwide. No doubt the howling fans are demanding more.


What Doesn’t Kill You

Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke give strong performances as two childhood friends who have grown up rough and created a co-dependent life of petty crime to survive. Amanda Peet also shines as Brian (Ruffalo’s) hard-done-by wife.

The story is fairly straightforward but it is the quality of the acting that resonates to make this a gritty and memorable film. More than just a movie about failings and indiscretions, it examines the challenge of self-reinvention in a way that is surprisingly relatable, even without the jail time.

Written and directed by actor Brian Goodman, the movie is based loosely on his own experiences. His co-writer, New Kid on the Block and Wahlberg brother, Donnie Wahlberg, also stars as the local cop who sends the delinquent buddies to jail.

[tomatometer]MuzeID= 1195589[/tomatometer]


While this film may be a little bit on the stalkerish side of the rom-com genre, there is something delightful here. Jennifer Aniston is her likeable self as the up-and-coming sales woman adored, and Steve Zahn plays the guy willing to cross state lines to do the adoring.

Steve Zahn has long been cast as the loveable, stoned, oddball sidekick. Here he is still stoned and oddball but he most definitely has stepped out of the ‘best-friend’ role and straight into underdog leading man. He makes the movie.

[tomatometer]MuzeID= 1185132[/tomatometer]

Crossing Over

This is a collection of stories about illegal immigrants in America fighting for new lives and the mighty green card. At the centre of these entwined tales stands Max Brogan, a weary immigration law enforcement officer, played by Harrison Ford. For all of Brogan’s heart and good intentions, this is a dark and deceptive world, personified by corrupt immigration official Cole Frankel (Ray Liotta).

There are some big-name heavyweights attached to this film, but what brought the movie its attention prior to release was the inclusion of an honour killing of an Iranian character. The storyline caused such offence throughout the Iranian American community that it was re-edited. It was too late, however, to prevent Sean Penn from insisting that he be dropped to the cutting room floor and released from the project.

Tag Cloud

what to watch werewolf streaming movies sag awards IFC Marvel Television TV movies posters BBC Apple TV Plus The Walking Dead cars Disney cats Watching Series art house Anna Paquin zombie breaking bad Hallmark Christmas movies Fargo Tomatazos tv talk X-Men Neflix trophy Shudder obi wan Pacific Islander DGA documentary dramedy hidden camera Year in Review sopranos marvel comics halloween tv Mystery crime award winner Grammys Teen E! talk show Amazon Prime Video Netflix Christmas movies ghosts Focus Features Stephen King Best Picture science fiction pirates of the caribbean Film Festival HBO miniseries Spike TV renewals Christmas worst dexter concert stand-up comedy parents rt labs Best Director Bravo 2017 BBC One canceled TV shows Sony Pictures canceled scene in color 24 frames Travel Channel new york Awards Tour Funimation Paramount Network MTV Pixar festivals twilight zero dark thirty Peacock Super Bowl obituary Holiday natural history reviews dceu book adaptation true crime halloween cancelled television stop motion based on movie heist movie 2015 Infographic Awards San Diego Comic-Con football international Disney streaming service Calendar indiana jones Tumblr strong female leads Disney Channel asian-american 79th Golden Globes Awards Oscar romantic comedy Winter TV crossover streamig streaming name the review video Legendary Tarantino GLAAD 93rd Oscars high school supernatural TLC A24 discovery Geeked Week christmas movies Set visit king arthur HBO Max scary movies blockbusters toronto vampires 20th Century Fox Baby Yoda revenge nfl richard e. Grant Music indie scary spy thriller binge docuseries Amazon Prime Action japanese Britbox Nominations vs. all-time PBS Ovation Comic Book 1990s dreamworks E3 stoner space kaiju biopic cancelled 72 Emmy Awards australia BAFTA mcc 2020 critics HBO Go OneApp Marvel prank Pride Month sports Disney+ Disney Plus new zealand spanish language Exclusive Video Paramount Horror razzies politics The Academy IMDb TV renewed TV shows serial killer kong See It Skip It The Walt Disney Company new star wars movies period drama TruTV BET Awards FOX rotten witnail Mary Poppins Returns reboot Interview television Extras slasher justice league Pop TV Brie Larson Television Academy Paramount Plus universal monsters Cosplay Tags: Comedy Apple Ghostbusters video on demand Character Guide Emmy Nominations Video Games summer TV king kong leaderboard ABC Signature Trailer New York Comic Con aapi cancelled TV series Alien target zombies Photos LGBTQ Classic Film Indigenous Schedule Fantasy Shondaland Masterpiece Quiz Martial Arts DC streaming service directors cops olympics Broadway laika Musicals The Witch cartoon dragons RT21 ABC docudrama Kids & Family Lifetime Christmas movies Mary poppins Valentine's Day HFPA Universal Pictures Dark Horse Comics royal family 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Mudbound Walt Disney Pictures japan broadcast aliens mission: impossible Rocky comic book movie dogs WGN rt labs critics edition SXSW 2022 YouTube boxoffice Spring TV toy story OWN superman Acorn TV robots TV Land TNT comic books Syfy movies travel Cannes satire casting crime drama Pet Sematary theme song hollywood Oscars FXX Drama debate critic resources TCA 2017 Sony Hollywood Foreign Press Association Epix ITV best Native Turner Reality Competition Toys fresh adventure Mary Tyler Moore feel good social media mutant Rom-Com mockumentary scene in color series anime Opinion CBS All Access james bond criterion foreign Netflix disaster sitcom Sundance child's play police drama FX young adult Superheroes golden globes 73rd Emmy Awards screen actors guild CW Seed comiccon Spectrum Originals TCA Winter 2020 adaptation Winners Countdown summer TV preview die hard Sundance TV Best and Worst Endgame Election popular Comedy basketball Box Office nbcuniversal AMC Columbia Pictures BBC America Paramount Pictures saw political drama ratings singing competition interviews NBC Writers Guild of America DirecTV Showtime free movies Freeform live event jurassic park TIFF President CMT adenture spanish Chernobyl marvel cinematic universe El Rey Podcast The Purge godzilla Sundance Now USA Crunchyroll psychological thriller movie blockbuster NYCC news boxing Hear Us Out green book screenings ESPN Best Actor black films Star Trek MSNBC The Arrangement independent Arrowverse rt archives Adult Swim women Lucasfilm rom-coms LGBT Nat Geo venice DC Universe YouTube Premium mob Mindy Kaling romance hist TV animated joker Esquire Thanksgiving AMC Plus BET black comedy Musical composers APB ViacomCBS thriller TBS french Prime Video 4/20 dc Starz Song of Ice and Fire Crackle The CW Premiere Dates scorecard National Geographic Fall TV South by Southwest Film Festival Vudu Turner Classic Movies 99% monster movies YouTube Red scene in color film series Black History Month Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt batman Red Carpet worst movies A&E Women's History Month facebook a nightmare on elm street psycho Country Heroines Fox News spider-man hispanic heritage month CBS Sci-Fi Tokyo Olympics Family blaxploitation Warner Bros. slashers SDCC Fox Searchlight Wes Anderson Animation south america Lifetime Amazon 94th Oscars WarnerMedia biography harry potter 007 TCM spinoff TCA comic historical drama trailers MGM First Reviews diversity archives fast and furious Television Critics Association spider-verse comedies jamie lee curtis Summer Instagram Live medical drama RT History PaleyFest franchise 2016 deadpool Comedy Central technology golden globe awards VOD Elton John action-comedy USA Network nature Hulu legend unscripted Superheroe cooking comic book movies ABC Family know your critic 2021 Amazon Studios comics TV One teaser Academy Awards Lionsgate Marvel Studios rotten movies we love summer preview Chilling Adventures of Sabrina PlayStation target scene in color YA Marathons Best Actress finale elevated horror live action 2019 cancelled TV shows book kids Hallmark chucky lord of the rings Disney Plus SundanceTV series TCA Awards telelvision Comics on TV American Society of Cinematographers hispanic 71st Emmy Awards game show spain FX on Hulu Avengers Trophy Talk Comic-Con@Home 2021 Ellie Kemper game of thrones Apple TV+ war VH1 doctor who History superhero IFC Films SXSW 90s gangster Logo 21st Century Fox italian children's TV Pop Captain marvel Reality Pirates versus CNN classics genre Polls and Games wonder woman remakes VICE cinemax sequel Universal Film Western DC Comics Emmys sequels Certified Fresh GIFs anthology latino Star Wars MCU suspense Rock emmy awards Food Network Tubi cults ID GoT Nickelodeon NBA 2018 Biopics First Look Creative Arts Emmys Trivia Binge Guide 45 Image Comics Sneak Peek transformers Cartoon Network Star Wars Celebration Discovery Channel Holidays festival crime thriller dark documentaries Black Mirror quibi Rocketman