Transformers Revenge of the Fallen won’t hit theaters until June 24th in the US, and most press screenings won’t take place until a little before that. But, over in the U.K. critics have already gotten a peek at the sequel to the original 2007 blockbuster. If you want to know what reviewers across the pond have to say about the film, below I’ve put together some excerpts for your viewing pleasure.
Check out the early reviews after the jump.
Here are a few quotes from various U.K. film sites that have already reviewed Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. For the most part it seems like everyone walked away with the same opinion of the film.
- “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever… It’s bigger. Badder. Boobier. And many other words beginning with B, including boneheadedly brilliant… And that, readers, is Michael Bay’s latest film in a nutshell. Stupid and proud.” [News of the World]
- “In terms of explosions, firepower and sheer shrill, all-action, popcorn entertainment it is hard to see how this big’n'bold sequel can be topped this year. Star Trek might have had more spaceships and aliens and Terminator: Salvation more grim-faced robots, but this Michael Bay summer blockbuster is pure mindless adventure mayhem that sticks firm and hard to its winning formula. In truth, it is a film for teen boys – and a bloomin’ long one at that – but is also a guaranteed multiplex crowd pleaser.” [Mirror.co.uk TV]
- “Unlike the summer’s other big robot movie, Revenge Of The Fallen does have a personality, but it’s a frightfully detestable one. It celebrates all the wrong things with ferocious gusto, marking a new type of low for blockbusters.” [SciFiNow]
- “Similarly, Revenge Of The Fallen shares its predecessor’s tin ear for the spoken word. Dialogue, as if it even matters, is delivered at breakneck speed and is barely audible amongst the cacophony of metal on metal. What can be heard isn’t much worth listening to – it doesn’t feel much like a script, rather a transcription of Action Man’s greatest pull-string catchphrases. In Michael Bay’s universe, soldiers really do say “Bring the rain!” and villains really do snarl “This isn’t over!” But come on. Like you even care”. [The Shiznit]
- “For all its faults, Fallen is genuinely more enjoyable than the summer’s other giant-robot picture Terminator Salvation. In contrast to McG’s portentous, po-faced tone, Bay works in a likeable strain of knowing humour that makes the two hour-plus running time fly by.” [Total Film]
- “Don’t get us wrong, we love Michael Bay and the particular grab-bag of delights only he can bring to blockbuster movies; huge explosions; quick, intense dialogue; lingering, pornographic shots of both girls’ asses and military hardware. 90 minutes of Bay-ness makes for a thrilling flick, but if the clock starts ticking past the two hour mark and beyond, it all becomes just too much; your mind and senses need a rest.” [IGN.com]
After reading all of these reviews in their entirety the bottom line is this: Revenge of the Fallen has great action, but the film runs too long. I personally thought a longer run time might lead to more entertaining action or a more flushed out story. I guess we’ll all find out for ourselves when the film debuts domestically next Wednesday.
Watch out for our review of Transformers Revenge of the Fallen next week, and see what we have to say about the film.
What do you think of the first reviews for Transformers Revenge of the Fallen?