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Revenge of the Fallen: Epic or Bust?

8 Jun


Michael Bay is up to his old antics again, after the much anticipated release of ‘Transformers’ in 2007. Anyone could guess that there was soon to be more Transformers movies on the way. Director Michael Bay, executive producer Steven Spielberg, and the team from Dreamworks and Paramount have teamed up again and are bringing us the second movie; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Watch the offical trailers here:

Sequel success often rides on how many original cast members are featured in the second movie, and most of them are back, with Shia LaBeouf playing Sam Witwicky and Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes. Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Kevin Dunn and Julie White are all back as well in Revenge of the Fallen.

So will the latest film be the most successful movie of the year? I vote yes. Hollywood has proven audiences do not need substance to make a great movie. And if you have a fleet of giant metallic robots in an all out battle of mass destruction with mankind caught in the middle, definate hit. And robots we will see, with a plethora of Autobots and Decepticons premiering in the new movie, it makes the orginal Transformers seem like childs play. With the premier appearance of the `Constructicons/Devastator’, the decepticon robot made up of several smaller construction vehicles, remember collecting those toys as a kid?

Michael Bay must have a travel itch as well, because Revenge of the Fallen is bringing us to new places around the globe. Scenes in the movie take place at locations like the Eiffel Tower, and the Arch de Triomphe in Paris, Petra and Wadi Rum in Jordan, Luxor and the Pyramids of Giza in Egpyt. Bringing in these locations helps bring audiences into the global scale of the events, and it defiently draws bigger international revenue. I quickly recognized Karnak Temple in the trailer, and was pleased to see that filming did take place (albiet breifly) in a number of foreign locations.

And if you thought the Transformers legacy might end with this second movie, think again. Paramount and Dreamworks already announced a July 1, 2011 release date for the 3rd installment of Transformers.

Release dates for ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ are slated for June 19, 2009 in the UK, and June 24, 2009 in north america. I will be in Japan on release date, so expect to see updates when we see the movie in Tokyo!