Movie Reviews: Star Trek & Transformers 2

Star Trek
Star Trek

2009 has been a great year for movies, so far! Today’s post will be about the new JJ Abrams take on the classic TV Series and movie saga, Star Trek and the sequel to 2007’s smash hit, Transformers: Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.

Star Trek was a great film! Taking the lead is Chris Pine who’s been in Just My Luck and Princess Diaries 2, on the big screen. He’s also played parts on ER and CSI Miami on television. He did well playing the cocky James Kirk character and gave a solid performance. Opposite him, playing the young Spock was 24 and Heroes star, Zachary Quinto. A highly logical selection for the Vulcan commander. This is a reboot of sorts of the original series and movies as it creates a back story to who these characters were and how they came to be at the helm of the Enterprise. The pace was quick and well written. Dialog was excellent and there were many references to link this movie to the past. Leonard Nimoy also makes an appearance and provides an excellent tie-in. In all, a fun movie that you may even take the youngsters to. Not much language or questionable content.

Transformers 2
Transformers 2

Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel and John Turturro return for the highly anticipated sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. This movie was a lot of fun!

Best summed up like this: “It’s like watching a blender for two hours while someone shouts at you. And then the last half an hour is the same, except it’s more like having your head strapped to a washing machine while you watch a blender and someone shouts at you.” – Paul French, FHM Magazine

More transformers were in this one, Arcee Twins (two motorcycles), Mudflap and Skids (two little cars with foul mouths), Soundwave (my biggest disappointment, small part), Jetfire (ancient character brought back) and Alice (Decepticon robot disguised as a hot chick to tempt and distract Sam).

The idea here is Sam (LaBeouf) is heading to college to attempt a regular life. He leaves Mikaela (Fox) with a webcam and high hopes. He cannot have a car at college so Bumblebee has to stay behind. While packing, Sam discovers a shard of the AllSpark which embeds a map of symbols into his brain. It also brings to life all of the Witwicky’s kitchen appliances. Now the Decepticons sense this activity and begin again to hunt Sam. This nformation Sam has is where a sun destroying machine was buried anciently in the Egyptian Pyramids. Sam has to protect this info and subsequently, the Earth. His buddies, the Autobots are on hand and battle in some excellent scenes. There is an opening at the end for further sequels. I’m excited!

Wyatt had a “bad dream” after seeing it. It had some seriously intense scenes with enormous transformers vacuuming the desert and destroying the Pyramids, etc… There’s also a bit more crude language (see Mudflap and Skids) and I don’t know how but Megan Fox is even hotter in this one (see slow motion Baywatch running scenes). Use your best judgement if you want to bring the youngins. Good luck if they saw the first one!



Author: Timmy

Radio broadcaster and IT Pro. Livin' and Lovin'! Married to my beautiful wife and have one son.

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