Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
is a 2009 American science fiction action film
directed by Michael Bay
and is based on the Transformers toy line
. It is the sequel
to 2007's Transformers
, as well as the second installment in the live-action Transformers film series
. Taking place two years after the first film, the story revolves around Sam Witwicky
), who is caught once again in the war between the Autobots
, led by Optimus Prime
) and the Decepticons
, led by Megatron
). Sam begins having strange visions of Cybertronian symbols, and is being hunted by the Decepticons under the orders of an ancient Decepticon named The Fallen
, who seeks to get revenge on Earth by finding and activating a machine that would provide the Decepticons with an energon source, destroying the Sun and all life on Earth in the process. Returning Transformers include Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ironhide, Ratchet, Megatron, Starscream, and Scorponok.
With deadlines jeopardized by possible strikes by the Directors Guild of America
and the Screen Actors Guild
, Bay managed to finish the production on time with the help of previsualization
and a scriptment
by his writers Roberto Orci
, Alex Kurtzman
, and series newcomer Ehren Kruger
. Shooting took place between May and September 2008, with locations in Egypt
, New Jersey
, and California
, as well as air bases
in New Mexico
. It is the last film in the series to star Megan Fox
, and is also the last film in the series to be co-produced by DreamWorks Pictures
, leaving Paramount Pictures
as the sole distributor of its future sequels, starting with Dark of the Moon
Revenge of the Fallen
premiered on June 8, 2009 in Tokyo
and was released on June 24, 2009 in the United States. Critical reception was negative, with critics considering it to be inferior to the first film. Critics panned the film's plot, script, crude humor, characters, and runtime, while praising the visual effects, action scenes, score, and the performances of Peter Cullen and Hugo Weaving. The film won three Golden Raspberry Awards
at the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards
ceremony and became the highest-grossing film to win the Worst Picture
award. The film surpassed its predecessor at the box office, grossing a total of $402.1 million in the US and Canada and $434.2 million in other territories, for a total of $836.3 million worldwide, making it the 37th highest-grossing domestic film
and fourth-highest of the year
worldwide. With over 11 million home media sales in 2009, it was also the top-selling film of the year in the United States
. It was followed by Dark of the Moon
Two years after the battle of Mission City,[N 1]
and a joint task force of the U.S. military
and British Armed Forces
have formed the Non-biological Extraterrestrial Species Treaty (NEST), a classified international task force meant to eliminate the remaining Decepticons
who are hunting the Autobots. During a fight with them in Shanghai
, a Decepticon informs them of the return of the Fallen, a Prime from 17,000 B.C. Back then, the Fallen tried to destroy the star of a planet that sustained life to make a star-absorbing machine, known as a Sun Harvester, on Earth, but was imprisoned for it by the other six Primes. The Decepticons steal the last known piece of the AllSpark shard from the Navy base and use it to resurrect Megatron's body. Megatron is then directed by second in command, Starscream
, and his master, the Fallen, to capture Sam Witwicky
alive and kill Optimus.
Meanwhile, Sam, now a college student, has being seeing Cybertronian symbols since holding a smaller AllSpark shard in his hoodie; according to MegaTron, the symbols will lead the Decepticons to a new Energon source. The shard tries to kill Sam and his parents, which Bumblebee
stops. Sam gives the shard to his girlfriend Mikaela Banes
, who later captures the Decepticon Wheelie
as he attempts to steal it. Sam, his roommate Leo, and Mikaela are captured by the Decepticon Grindor before Optimus and Bumblebee rescue them. The Decepticons then kill Optimus and launch devastating, simultaneous attacks around the world, while The Fallen hijacks Earth's telecommunications
systems, demanding that Sam be handed over to him.
Sam, Mikaela, and Leo then find alien expert and former Sector Seven agent, "Robo-Warrior" Seymour Simmons, who reveals the Transformers visited
ago and the most ancient, known as Seekers
, remained hidden on Earth. With help from Wheelie, they track down a senile Decepticon Seeker named Jetfire
at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
. They use their shard to revive Jetfire, who teleports the group to Egypt
. Along with Jetfire, Wheelie sides with the Autobots, and Jetfire sends them to locate the Matrix of Leadership, which could be used to activate the sun harvester and revive Optimus as well. The group find the Matrix of Leadership
, whom the Primes that punished the Fallen sacrificed themselves to hide, in Petra
, but it disintegrates into dust.
Meanwhile, NEST forces and the Autobots land near the Giza pyramid complex
and are attacked by the Decepticons. The Constructicons combine to form Devastator
, who destroys one of the pyramids to reveal a hidden Sun Harvester. A majority of the Decepticons are killed, mostly with a NAVY airstrike
, but not before Megatron kills Sam. The Primes speak to Sam through a vision, saying that the Matrix must be earned, not found, and that he has now earned the right to bear it for fighting for Optimus. They revive Sam and grant him the Matrix, which he uses to revive Optimus. The Fallen steals the Matrix from a weak Optimus and uses it to activate the Sun Harvester. After Jetfire sacrifices himself to allow his parts to be transplanted to Optimus, the Prime destroys the Harvester and kills the Fallen, although Megaton retreats to Starsceam incapacitated. The Autobots and their allies then return to the United States; and Leo and Sam return to college.
- Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky, a recent high school graduate who is unwittingly drawn again into the Autobot cause to unravel an ancient mystery implanted into his mind by the now-destroyed Allspark.
- Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes, Sam's girlfriend whom he trusts as the Allspark fragments begin to unravel.
- Josh Duhamel as William Lennox, a U.S. Army Special Forces Major who establishes NEST to help the Autobots in their battle against the remaining Decepticons.
- Tyrese Gibson as Robert Epps, a U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant and Combat Controller in Lennox's team who leads NEST's SWAT unit.
- John Turturro as Seymour Simmons, a former agent of the recently terminated Sector 7 who now runs a meat shop in New York City with his mother, Tova Simmons.
- Ramon Rodriguez as Leo Spitz, a college roommate of Sam's who runs an online conspiracy blog and is obsessed with the Transformers.
- Kevin Dunn as Ron Witwicky, Sam's father.
- Julie White as Judith Witwicky, Sam's mother.
- Isabel Lucas as Alice, a female pretender sent to spy on Sam in college.
- John Benjamin Hickey as Theodore Galloway, a national security adviser who often chastises NEST and the Autobots for their destructive tactics.
- Glenn Morshower as General Morshower, the supervisor of NEST.
- Matthew Marsden as Graham, a British Army NEST officer.
- Rainn Wilson as Professor R.A. Colan, Sam and Leo's astronomy teacher.
- Michael Papajohn as Colin "Cal" Banes, Mikaela's father.
- Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots who transforms into a blue and red 1994 Peterbilt 379 semi-trailer truck.
- Hugo Weaving as Megatron, The Fallen's apprentice and the leader of the Decepticons who transforms into both a Cybertronian tank and jet.
- Tony Todd as The Fallen, a Prime who is the first and founder of the Decepticons, as well as the master of Megatron.
- Mark Ryan[a] as Jetfire, an ancient Decepticon-turned-Autobot Seeker who transforms into a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.
- Jess Harnell as Ironhide, the Autobot weapons specialist and Optimus's new second-in-command who transforms into a black 2006 GMC Topkick C4500.
- Charlie Adler as Starscream, Megatron's second-in-command who transforms into a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor.
- Robert Foxworth as Ratchet, the Autobot medical officer who transforms into a yellow 2004 search and rescue Hummer H2 ambulance.
- Frank Welker[b] as:
- Soundwave, the Decepticon communications officer who transforms into a Cybertronian satellite. He is only seen orbiting Earth in this film.
- Reedman, a razor-thin Decepticon composed of thousands of miniature bead-like Decepticons.
- Devastator, a massive Decepticon who is the combination of nine construction vehicles. In the Transformers lore, these vehicles are meant to be individual Decepticons called the Constructicons. Concept art was even created for their robot forms to be featured in the film, but most of them (except for Demolishor and Rampage) ended up not being used, only being featured in the film's related toy line.
The vehicles that compose Devastator are:
- A black and silver Mack concrete mixer truck (head of Devastator, originally a Constructicon called Mixmaster)
- A yellow Caterpillar 992G scoop loader (right arm, originally a Constructicon called Scrapper)
- A yellow Volvo EC700C crawler excavator fitted with a Stanley UP 45SV attachment (originally a Constructicon called Scrapmetal)
- A green Caterpillar 773B dump truck (right leg, originally a Constructicon called Long Haul)
- A red and white Terex O&K RH 400 excavator, like Demolishor (torso, originally a Constructicon called Scavenger)
- A yellow Kobelco CKE2500 II crawler crane (left arm, originally a Constructicon called Hightower)
- A red KW Dart D4661 Tractor Truck articulated dump truck (lower torso, originally a Constructicon called Overload)
- A yellow Caterpillar D9T bulldozer, like Rampage (left leg)
- André Sogliuzzo as Sideswipe, the Autobot combat instructor who transforms into a silver 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray concept car.
- Tom Kenny as:
- Reno Wilson as Mudflap, an Autobot infiltrator and Skids' twin who transforms into a red 2007 Chevrolet Trax.
- Grey DeLisle as Arcee, a female Autobot who transforms into a pink Ducati 848.[c]
- Calvin Wimmer as Demolishor (credited as "Wheelbot"), a massive Constructicon who transforms into a red and white Terex O&K RH 400 excavator.
- John DiCrosta as Scalpel (credited as "Doctor"), a spider-like Decepticon who transforms into a microscope.
- Michael York as Prime #1, one of the Seven Primes.
- Kevin Michael Richardson as:
- Prime #2, one of the Seven Primes.
- Rampage (credited as Skipjack), a Constructicon who transforms into a red Caterpillar D9T bulldozer.
- Robin Atkin Downes as Prime #3, one of the Seven Primes
- Jolt, an Autobot technician who transforms into a blue Chevrolet Volt.
- Sideways, a Decepticon surveillance agent who transforms into a silver Audi R8; he hides out in Shanghai alongside Demolishor.
- Scorponok, a scorpion-like Decepticon who was a minion of Blackout in the previous film.
- Ravage, a feline-like beast sent down by Soundwave to steal the spark from the NEST HQ in order to revive Megatron.
- ^ Mark Ryan also voices Bumblebee, but the character is not listed in the credits.
- ^ Frank Welker also voices Ravage and Grindor, but the characters are not listed in the credits.
- ^ Grey DeLisle also voices Arcee's partners, Chromia and Elita-One, but the characters are not listed in the credits.
Major hurdles for the film's initial production stages included the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike
as well as the threat of strikes by other guilds. Prior to a potential Directors Guild of America
strike, Bay began creating animatics
of action sequences featuring characters rejected for the 2007 film. This would allow animators to complete sequences if the Directors Guild of America went on strike in July 2008, which ultimately did not happen.
Bay considered making a small project in between Transformers
and its sequel, but decided against the idea, saying "you have your baby and you don't want someone else to take it".
Screenwriters Roberto Orci
and Alex Kurtzman
, who had written the first film, originally passed on the opportunity to write a sequel due to schedule conflicts. The studio began courting other writers in May 2007, but were unimpressed with other pitches
and eventually convinced Orci and Kurtzman to return.
The studio also hired Ehren Kruger
, who had impressed Bay and Hasbro president Brian Goldner
with his knowledge of the Transformers
The writing trio were paid $8 million.
Screenwriting was interrupted by the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, but to avoid production delays, the writers spent two weeks writing a treatment
, which they handed in the night before the strike began.
Bay then expanded the outline into a 60-page scriptment
which included more action, humor, and characters.
The three writers spent four months finishing the screenplay while "locked" in two hotel rooms by Bay; Kruger wrote in his own room and the trio would check on each other's work twice a day.
Orci described the film's theme as "being away from home", with the Autobots contemplating living on Earth as they cannot restore Cybertron, while Sam goes to college.
He wanted the focus between the robots and humans "much more evenly balanced",
"the stakes [to] be higher", and more focused on the science fiction elements.
Orci added he wanted to "modulate" the humor more,
and felt he managed the more "outrageous" jokes by balancing them with a more serious plot approach to the Transformers'
Bay concurred that he wanted to please fans by making the tone darker,
and that "mums will think it[']s safe enough to bring the kids back out to the movies."
Two elements were added late into the film: the Autobot Jolt—as General Motors
wanted to advertise the Chevrolet Volt
—and the railgun that kills Devastator, a new acquisition by the United States military.
In September 2007, Paramount announced a release date for the sequel to Transformers
in late June 2009.
The film was given a $200 million budget, which was $50 million more than the first film,
put the budget spend at over $210 million, after rebates.
Some of the action scenes rejected from the first film were written into the sequel.
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura
later stated the studio proposed filming two sequels simultaneously, but he and Bay agreed that the idea was not the right direction for the series.
Prior to the first film's release, producer Tom DeSanto
had "a very cool idea" to introduce the Dinobots,
while Bay was interested in including an aircraft carrier
, which was dropped from the 2007 film.
Orci claimed they did not incorporate these characters into Revenge of the Fallen
because they could not think of a way to justify the Dinobots' choice of form,
and were unable to fit in the aircraft carrier.
Orci later admitted that he was dismissive of the Dinobots because he does not like dinosaurs, saying "I recognize I am weird in that department."
However, he became fonder of them during filming because of their popularity with fans.
He added "I couldn't see why a Transformer would feel the need to disguise himself in front of a bunch of lizards. Movie-wise, I mean. Once the general audience is fully on board with the whole thing, maybe Dinobots in the future."
When asked on the subject, Michael Bay said he hated the Dinobots and they had never been in consideration for being featured in the movies.
During production, Bay attempted to create a misinformation campaign to increase debate over what Transformers would be appearing in the film, as well as to try to throw fans off from the story of the film; however, Orci confessed it was generally unsuccessful.
The studio went as far as to censor MTV
and Comic Book Resources
interviews with Mowry and Furman, who confirmed Arcee and The Fallen would be in the picture.
Bay told Empire
that Megatron would not be resurrected, claiming his new tank form was a toy-only character,
only for Orci to confirm Megatron would return in the film in February 2009.
Bay also claimed he faked the leaking of daily call sheets
from the first week of filming, that revealed Ramón Rodríguez's casting,
and the appearance of Jetfire and the twins.
Inspired by its use in Christopher Nolan
's The Dark Knight
, three action sequences in Revenge of the Fallen
were shot using IMAX
Although screenwriter Roberto Orci suggested that the IMAX footage would be 3D
Bay later said he found 3D too "gimmicky". Bay added that shooting in IMAX was easier than using IMAX stereoscopic 3-D
The majority of interior scenes for the film were shot in the former Hughes Aircraft
soundstages at Playa Vista
From June 2–4, the production filmed an action sequence at the Bethlehem Steel
site in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
, which was used to represent a portion of Shanghai
Afterwards, they shot at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
The crew moved to Philadelphia
on June 9, where they shot at a defunct PECO
Richmond power station, the University of Pennsylvania
, Drexel University
, the Eastern State Penitentiary
, Laurel Hill Cemetery
, Philadelphia City Hall
, Rittenhouse Square
, historic Chancellor Street (which represents a street near Place de la Concorde
), and Wanamaker's
The production moved to Princeton University
on June 22.
Filming there angered some students at the University of Pennsylvania, believing Bay had chosen to reshoot scenes at Princeton and script Princeton's name in the film. One shot that was filmed in the University of Pennsylvania was the party scene, filmed at what students call "The Castle". "The Castle" is home to the prestigious Psi Upsilon Fraternity. However, neither the University of Pennsylvania nor Princeton gave Bay permission to be named in the film because of a scene that both institutions felt "did not represent the school" in which Sam's mother ingests marijuana-laced brownies
Three days of filming were spent in Egypt.
The first unit then shot for three days in Egypt at the Giza pyramid complex
. The shoot was highly secretive, but according to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura
, a crew of 150 Americans and "several dozen local Egyptians" ensured a "remarkably smooth" shoot.
Bay earned the Egyptian government's approval to film at the pyramids by contacting Zahi Hawass
, whom Bay said "put his arm around me and said, 'Don't hurt my pyramids.'
A 50-foot-tall (15 m) camera crane was used at the location.
Bay stated he found the climax of the first film to be weak, partly because it was shot across five different city blocks, making the action confusing and hard to follow. On this film, the final battle in Egypt was devised to make it easier to follow the action.
A screenshot of Starscream confronting Sam. In his audio commentary for the 2007 film, Michael Bay said he wanted more close-ups of the robots for the sequel.
became more involved in the designs of the robots than the company was for Transformers
The company, along with Takara Tomy
, suggested to the filmmakers that combining robots be the main draw for the sequel.
They insisted on keeping the alternate modes of some of the returning characters similar so that consumers would not have to buy toys of the same characters.
Bay used a real F-16 Fighting Falcon
and tank fire when filming the battles.
Many of the new Autobot cars supplied by General Motors
were brightly colored to look distinctive on screen. Revenge of the Fallen
features 46 robots, while the original movie had 14.
returned as visual effects supervisor and anticipated moodier use of lighting as well as deeper roles for the Decepticons
He stated that with the bigger deadline, post-production would become a "circus".
The producers expected that with a bigger budget and with the special effects having worked out, the Transformers would have a larger role. Peter Cullen
recalled, "Don Murphy
mentioned to me, 'Only because of the tremendous expense to animate Optimus Prime, he'll be in just a certain amount of [Transformers
].' But he said, 'Next time, if the movie is a success, you're gonna be in it a ton.'"
Michael Bay hoped to include more close-ups
of the robots' faces.
The heads had to be designed with more pieces in order to express emotions in a more convincing way.
Farrar said the animators implemented more "splashes and the hits and the fighting on dirt or moving, banging into trees, [...] things splinter and break, [the robots] spit, they outgas, they sweat, they snort." Shooting in the higher resolution of IMAX required up to 72 hours to render a single frame of animation.
While ILM used 15 terabytes
, they used 140 for the sequel.
Particularly problematic effects were the lighting, with scenes such as Jetfire inside the Smithsonian requiring 41 light sources, and the destruction of the pyramid, which appears in about five shots and required seven months to simulate the behavior of the blocks.
Orci hinted the majority of the Decepticons were entirely computer-generated in both robot and alternate modes, making it easier to write additional scenes for them in post-production.
Rendering the Devastator took over 85% of ILM's render farm
capacity, and the complexity of the scene and having to render it at IMAX resolution caused one computer to "explode".
An additional $150 million was spent to market the film globally. Hasbro
's Revenge of the Fallen
toy line included new molds of new and returning characters, as well as 2007 figures with new mold elements or new paint schemes.
The first wave was released on May 30, although Bumblebee and Soundwave debuted beforehand.
The second wave came in August 2009, which introduced toys such as 2¼-inch human action figures that fit inside the transforming robots, and non-transforming replicas of the cars that can be used on a race track. Product placement
partners on the film include Burger King
, LG phones
, Nike, Inc.
, as well as Jollibee
in the Philippines
. General Motors
' financial troubles limited its involvement in promotion of the sequel, although Paramount acknowledged with or without GM, their marketing campaign was still very large and had the foundation of the 2007 film's success. Kyle Busch
drove a Revenge of the Fallen
decorated car at Infineon Raceway
on June 21, 2009,
while Josh Duhamel
drove a 2010 Camaro at the Indianapolis 500
At the movie's launch in China, a version of Bumblebee was constructed using a Volkswagen Jetta
Chris Mowry and artist Alex Milne
, who had collaborated on The Reign of Starscream
comic book, reunited for IDW Publishing
's prequel to the film. Originally set to be a five-part series entitled Destiny
it was split into two simultaneously published series, titled Alliance
is drawn by Milne and began in December 2008; it focuses on the human and Autobot perspectives. Defiance
, which started the following month, is drawn by Dan Khanna and is set before either film, showing the beginnings of the war.
The first printed media directly related to the second film was a 32-page coloring and activity book by publisher HarperCollins
, which became available on May 5, 2009 and was the first official source to openly give out key plot points to the film.
On June 1, 2009 DK Publishing
published a 96-page book entitled Transformers: The Movie Universe
, which intended to provide factual data on the characters of the film.
On June 10, 2009, the comic book adaptation of the film, written by Simon Furman
Additionally, Alan Dean Foster also wrote the novelization
for the film.
Meanwhile, Dan Jolley wrote Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The Junior Novel
, a 144-page book oriented at a younger audience than the one by Foster.
Lastly, a book titled Transformers: The Art of the Movies
was released, documenting behind-the scenes aspects of the making of the film.
Other minor tie-in publications include Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The Last Prime, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The Reusable Sticker Book, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Made You Look!, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Rise of the Decepticons, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Spot the 'Bots', Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Mix and Match, Operation Autobot, When Robots Attack and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2010 Wall Calendar.
Revenge of the Fallen
premiered on June 8, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan.
After its UK release on June 19, 2009, it was released in regular and IMAX theatres in North America on June 24,
although some theaters held limited-access advance screenings on June 22. Linkin Park
held a special show after the premiere at the Fox Theater, Westwood Village
on June 22, during which they performed "New Divide
" live for the first time.
The IMAX release featured additional scenes of extended robot fighting sequences, which were not seen in the regular theater version.
The film was released in two-disc Blu-ray
editions, and a single-disc DVD version on October 20, 2009 in North America.
Michael Bay has revealed that the Blu-ray release of the film, produced by Charles de Lauzirika
, features variable aspect ratio for the scenes shot in IMAX format
. A special IMAX edition was available exclusively at Walmart
Home versions include over three hours of bonus content and several interactive features, including "The AllSpark Experiment", which reveals Michael Bay's plans for a third movie
in the series. At Target
, the DVD and Blu-ray versions includes a transformable Bumblebee case. Both two-disc editions are the first to include Paramount's Augmented Reality
feature, which allows the user to handle a 3-D model of Optimus Prime on a computer by moving the package in front of a webcam.
First-week sales of the DVD reached 7.5 million copies, making it the best-selling DVD of 2009. The Blu-ray version had the best first-week sales of 2009, with 1.2 million units.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
was released on 4K UHD Blu-ray on December 5, 2017.
On Rotten Tomatoes
, the film has an approval rating of 20% based on 251 reviews and an average rating of 4.10/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
is a noisy, underplotted, and overlong special effects extravaganza that lacks a human touch."
, the film has an average score of 35 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore
gave the film a "B+", compared to the "A" that the original film
According to The Washington Post
, Revenge of the Fallen
was Bay's worst-reviewed film at the time of release, faring even worse than Pearl Harbor
Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times
described the film as "in-your-face, ear-splitting and unrelenting. It's easy to walk away feeling like you've spent 2 hours in the mad, wild, hydraulic embrace of a car compactor
, who had given the 2007 film three stars,
gave the sequel only one, calling it "...a horrible experience of unbearable length", a phrase which later became the title of his third bad-movie-reviews collection. Later in his review, Ebert discouraged movie-goers from seeing the film by saying "If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination."
He later wrote on his blog about the film, "The day will come when Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
will be studied in film classes and shown at cult film festivals. It will be seen, in retrospect, as marking the end of an era. Of course there will be many more CGI-based action epics, but never again one this bloated, excessive, incomprehensible, long (149 minutes) or expensive ($200 million)."
Ebert would continue to lambast the film (and, sometimes, the Transformers
franchise in general) in other movie reviews and responses to letters and emails sent to him. Rolling Stone
critic Peter Travers
did not give the film any stars, considering that "Revenge of the Fallen
has a shot at the title 'Worst Movie of the Decade'."
Which he later did name it the "worst film of the decade". Other reviewers, while still critical, were less damning of the film, The A.V. Club
gave the film a "C-", complaining about the writing and length, but mentioning the effects and action scenes were impressive.
Among positive reviews, Amy Biancolli of the Houston Chronicle
called it "a well-oiled, loudly revving summer action vehicle that does all that's required, and then some",
Jordan Mintzer from Variety
said it "takes the franchise to a vastly superior level of artificial intelligence",
and Owen Gleiberman
of Entertainment Weekly
wrote that "Revenge of the Fallen
may be a massive overdose of popcorn greased with motor oil. But it knows how to feed your inner 10-year-old's appetite for destruction."
A review on Empireonline.com
says:"What saves it, just about, are the effects. At times the frame is so packed with whirring cogs and twirling cranks that you could replicate the effect by staring at the innards of a domestic appliance, but when these CGI moto-men from another world duke it out, the images are often so screwy it’s impossible to do anything but sit and stare."
"On every level this movie is as bankrupt as GM. [...] Transformers: The Revenge of The Fallen is beyond bad, it carves out its own category of godawfulness."
There was considerable negative reaction to the characters Mudflap and Skids, who some perceived as embodying racist stereotypes
. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times
said that "the characters [...] indicate that minstrelsy
remains as much in fashion in Hollywood as when, well, Jar Jar Binks
was set loose by George Lucas
Critic Scott Mendelson said "To say that these two are the most astonishingly racist caricatures that I've ever seen in a mainstream motion picture would be an understatement." Harry Knowles
, founder of Ain't It Cool News
, went further, asking his readers "not to support this film" because "you'll be taking [your children] to see a film with the lowest forms of humor, stereotypes, and racism around."
Bay (the director) has attempted to defend the film as "good clean fun" and insisted that "We're just putting more personality in."
Writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman responded to the controversy with "It's really hard for us to sit here and try to justify it. I think that would be very foolish, and if someone wants to be offended by it, it's their right. We were very surprised when we saw it, too, and it's a choice that was made. If anything, it just shows you that we don't control every aspect of the movie."Tom Kenny
stated in a late 2020 interview that he was hired as a placeholder for the role of Skids, but that Michael Bay
ended up using his voice in the final version of the film; a decision that Kenny admitted he was embarrassed by.
Another major complaint about the film was Bay's usage of the IMAX format. Instead of using IMAX for complete unbroken sequences similar to director Christopher Nolan
's approach for The Dark Knight
, Bay chose to use the format primarily on a shot-by-shot basis, combining conventional 35mm footage and IMAX shots in the same sequence. That approach, combined with rapid cutting, created a jarring, highly unpleasant experience for most moviegoers.
Actor Shia LaBeouf was unimpressed with the film, stating "We got lost. We tried to get bigger. It's what happens to sequels. It's like, how do you top the first one? You've got to go bigger. Michael Bay
went so big that it became too big, and I think you lost the anchor of the movie...You lost a bit of the relationship. Unless you have those relationships, then the movie doesn't matter. Then it's just a bunch of robots fighting each other."
Bay has admitted his disappointment with the film and has apologized, saying the film was "crap" and blaming the 2007–08 Writers' strike
, saying "It was very hard to put (the sequel) together that quickly after the writers' strike (of 2007–08)".
The film was a box office success, Revenge of the Fallen
grossed $16 million from midnight showings, at the time the most ever for a Wednesday midnight debut.
The film proceeded to beat Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
's record ($44.2 million) for the biggest Wednesday opening in history,
bringing in $62 million in total receipts on its first day (until The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
topped this record with $68.5 million in 2010),
additionally ranking it as the second biggest opening day ever at the time, behind The Dark Knight
The film grossed $108.9 million on its first weekend, the seventh-largest in history at the time, and brought in $200 million in its first five days, putting it in second place behind The Dark Knight'
s $203.7 million for the all-time biggest five-day opening.
Its gross from Friday to Sunday was also the biggest June opening weekend for one year, breaking Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
's record ($93.7 million), until Toy Story 3
claimed that record the following year ($110.3 million).
Revenge of the Fallen
remained #1 at the box office for two weeks straight by a close margin before being overtaken by Bruno
($30 million) and the second weekend of Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs
($28 million). Initial studio estimates showed a tie between it and that weekend's new release Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
, but the actual totals showed Revenge of the Fallen
taking the #1 spot yet again with $42.3 million.
Also, it was the first film of 2009 to reach the $300 million mark in North America.
On July 27, a month after its release, the movie reached $379.2 million in the US, which brought it into the top 10 highest-grossing movies ever in that country as of August 2009. Revenge of the Fallen
closed its box office run with $402.1 million in the U.S. & Canada and $836.3 million worldwide, being the 37th-highest-grossing film of all time
Among 2009 films, it was the second-highest-grossing in the United States and Canada, behind Avatar
and fourth globally behind Avatar
, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
. As of 2013, the film marks as the second-highest-grossing Hasbro
film of all time, behind only its sequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon
. Box Office Mojo
estimates that the film sold over 53 million tickets in the US.
In a year-end poll administered by Moviefone
, the film won in both the best and worst categories. It was voted the "worst film of 2009" by 24% of those surveyed, while also winning the vote for "best action movie" again with 24% of the vote. Fox's performance was voted the worst by an actress that year, and she was also voted the year's sexiest star. Comcast
ranked the film as the 4th-worst sequel of all time. Empire
named the film the 25th-worst movie ever made.
In June 2009, David Germain from the Associated Press
called the film the "worst-reviewed $400 million hit ever".
Revenge of the Fallen
was among the films shortlisted for the Best Visual Effects
at the 82nd Academy Awards
but was only nominated for Best Sound Mixing
(Greg P. Russell
, Gary Summers
and Geoffrey Patterson
), eventually losing to The Hurt Locker
The film won five Scream Awards
, for Best Actress (Megan Fox
), Breakout Performance-Female (Isabel Lucas
), Best Sequel, Best F/X, and Scream Song of the Year ("New Divide
and two Teen Choice Awards
, for Choice Summer Movie Star: Female (Megan Fox) and Choice Summer Movie Star: Male (Shia LaBeouf). Revenge of the Fallen
was also nominated for the Saturn Award
for Best Science Fiction Film
but lost to Avatar
for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound,
a VES Award
for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture,
a SAG Award
for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble
and an MTV Movie Award
for Best WTF Moment (Isabel Lucas turning into a Decepticon).
Shia LaBeouf, the film and Megan Fox was nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
for Favorite Movie Actor, Favorite Movie and Favorite Movie Actress, but all lost to Taylor Lautner
, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
and Miley Cyrus
The third film, Dark of the Moon was released June 29, 2011. The fourth film, Age of Extinction was released June 27, 2014. The fifth film, The Last Knight was released on June 21, 2017. A spin-off, titled Bumblebee was released on December 21, 2018.
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