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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen a.k.a. “Transformers 2,” “Transformer: Revenge,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen—The IMAX Experience,” “Toransufômâ: Ribenji,” “Transformers—Die Rache,” “Transformers—La venganza de los caídos,” “Transformers—Razbunarea celor invinsi,” “Transformers—Retaliação,” “Transformers—Yenilenlerin intikami,” “Transformers 2—Kaatuneiden kosto,” “Transformers: A Vingança dos Derrotados,” “Transformers: A bukottak bosszúja,” “Transformers: De Faldnes hævn,” “Transformers: De beseirede slår tilbake,” “Transformers: I ekdikisi ton ittimenon,” “Transformers: Pomsta porazených,” “Transformers: la revanche,” “Трансформеры: Месть падших”

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug material.

Reviewed by: Thaisha Geiger
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Teens, Adults
Genre:
Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Sequel
Length:
2 hr. 30 min.
Year of Release:
2009
USA Release:
June 24, 2009 (wide—4,000 theaters)
DVD: October 20, 2009
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“Revenge is coming.”

For two years, the U.S. and Autobots have had a classified alliance codenamed Nest. Together, the Nest team goes around the world hunting down the remaining Decepticons. After the security site for the last known piece of the All Spark is located, it is stolen and used to resurrect Megatron. Finally, wanting a normal life, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is going away to college, leaving behind his parents and his girlfriend Mikaela (Megan Fox). After packing his souvenir jacket from the last alien invasion, a small piece of the Allstar falls out and integrates encrypted coordinates into Sam’s mind. This makes him an immediate target for Megatron who wants to locate the hidden device that is powerful enough to destroy the sun.

While the action sequences are less choppy than the first film, they are louder, longer, and way more frequent. The majority of the film is a battlefield with the actors yelling at one another as they run through explosions in slow motion. The plot is somewhat more complicated and hard to follow, at times, since differently accented Bots take turns with the narrations. Several of the Decepticons also look too similar and were essentially hard to differentiate at times.

In this sequel, the Autobots and Decepticons are more centrally focused upon. While the latter are portrayed accurately as evil bots, the Autobots are way less relatable to their creative origin—and great liberty was used in humanizing them. While Optimus Prime remains true, his part is considerably less this time around. Replacing him in the forefront are two squabbling twin Autobots who are racially stereotypical and profane.

Offensive Content

In their liberations, the writers made the Autobots more immoral than in the first film. While there are only 11 profanities, they are heavily emphasized and are mainly used by the Autobots. In addition, one calls a human a “p__y,” has “suck my popsicle” painted on its car, and one is even shown to have testicles. Finally, one miniature Decepticon humps Mikaela’s leg as a form of affection.

If one found the sexual content offensive in the first film, it would be better to skip this sequel, as they have increased quite dramatically. Aside from Mikaela’s skimpy clothing, women are further objectified, especially in Sam’s college. From wall posters to the women merely walking by, most were under-dressed. During his first day at college, Sam is heavily pursued by a very sexually aggressive girl. She straddles his lap, lays on top of him and whispers suggestive seductions. While her sexual advances are directly related to the plot, they are what they are. In addition, Sam’s astronomy professor is a pervert undercover, throwing sexual hints to the female students who react with suggestive smiles. Without warning, John Turturro is shown wearing a thong. Sam’s dog has a new companion with whom it is shown twice having sex.

Although the violence is heavily styled and exaggerated, two robots are vividly stabbed. Some kind of slimy robotic device is inserted through Sam’s nose and mouth. While dropping Sam off at college, his mom inadvertently buys marijuana and is shown high in a lengthy scene. While on her buzz trip, she makes sexually inappropriate comments.

Some kind of farce heaven with angelic robots is shown in a near-death scene. God is hinted at one time during the film. At one time, Sergeant Epps says that if God made man in his image, then who made the Autobots. In Scripture, God only created man in His image, not everything. However, absolutely everything, including the universe and the unknown beyond is made by the Lord. In Nehemiah 9:6, it reads:

“You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the Earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything…”

The word “alone” should be taken special note of, especially in a society where everyone is encouraged to find his own path to happiness and spirituality. There is a huge difference between truth and opinion. In John 14:6, Jesus famously said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Christ is not a mere bandwagon, a hype, or one of many paths. He is the only path to true salvation. If He were not, then our faith would be worthless and for naught. In Corinthians 15:17, Paul wrote, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.”

I personally do not recommend this film. While I do love action movies, this one was too much chaos, mostly pausing to insert inappropriate jokes or puns. If you’re looking for a heavily-filled action movie with cleaner substance, I recommend seeing “Terminator: Salvation” instead of this offensive movie.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Heavy

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Positive
Positive—Transformers 2 is a frenetic robot war biopic with meticulous visual FX shots, too much action, and no character development—all common traits of quick-cash sequels. I love visual FX, I’ve been fascinated by them since I was probably 3 feet tall. As you probably can already surmise, visual FX dominate the majority of every nook and cranny of this movie. For me, it’s the insanely articulate motion tracking (though not always perfect—watch the scene where Sam gets a visit from the “doc”) and the tons of reflective surfaces on every Autobot and Decepticon (which I’ve still yet to see a fully 3D character be 100% true to life in terms of optics) that Transformers 2 earns its weight in gold I love a good action flick like any other dude, but too much is too much. This movie reminds me of the last two Bond flicks' dilemma: commanding start quickly dissolves into something less. And by that I mean the first Transformers has a respectable sampling of all the essential movie ingredients. You got action and visual effects, but also a story, characters, humor… and oh, time to breathe. The sequel is non-stop explosions, fights, and soldiers and Sam alike arbitrarily lunging off rooftops, dunes, cars, balconies—anything really. Okay, so I exaggerate. You say “But Keenum—this movie has humor and people and stuff.” Read on.

The sheer intensity of the sequel is okay for its intended summer blockbuster purpose, but it leaves no time for character development. Yes, nearly everyone and their mother returns for part 2, but does that mean we as the audience don’t care about these fictitious people, what they’re doing, what they’ve been doing? Course not. But people (new and old) are rushed onto the set and wham! They’re running or fighting or screaming or all of the above. The roommate? Totally unnecessary. No contribution whatsoever (Smithsonian scene—was it really all that funny? Would you have missed it had it been cut from the final reel?). The miniature Johnny 5 or in today’s vernacular, Wall-E. What happened to him? They introduced and he survived through act one and two, but then went AWOL. Transformers 2 is NOT a stand-alone film. The Dark Knight? Sequel, but also a stand-alone film, and one that allows itself some room for interaction with the characters, the places, the scenes, i.e. drama. What little drama in “Revenge of the Fallen” is hedged in. Forced. And ultimately downright cheesy because the movie never takes itself seriously to begin with. See, the original Star Wars films found that happy balance of action and development. Their people laughed, joked with one another, cried together, fought enemies and fought each other on occasion. You bonded with them and found your favorite (mine’s always been Yoda).

That’s why the old franchise is memorable and highly replayable. So no, I don’t think the new series of Hasbro automatons will be this generation’s Star Wars, despite what fellow critic and moviegoer PAYDEN FORKUM thinks (TWO THUMBS UP). Box office revenue doesn’t determine success (cf POTC: Dead Man’s Chest). Visual FX seldom do (Revenge has a fighting chance). Shia LaBeouf better not—if he does, tell me, and I’ll laugh. You sitting on your butt watching this over and over again does.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Keenum, age 23 (USA)
Positive—…I …thoroughly enjoyed it! It did have some inappropriate things which would be offensive to some people, at least those that never look past these things and see the movie and story behind it. It was action-packed definitely, which makes an awesome movie. Is it better than the first? Almost. I would really recommend seeing this movie if you like shows in this genre. Shia did an amazing job as usual, and the movie’s plot played out smoothly—couldn’t help but notice they left it wide open for a 3rd—sweet! I really like the new additions to the Auto-bots, they were the comic relief, and fun to watch. You should go see this movie it was amazing and fun!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Donovan, age 18 (USA)
Positive—I honestly loved this movie. The story may have been a little too fast moving at times, but it worked out overall. The effects were great as well. I am a Christian, but I believe I have thicker skin then some. Taking young kids …maybe not the greatest idea honestly. I watched this film, and had to listen a 6 or 7 year old boy keep asking his mom what every joke meant. Especially on the ones aimed at adults and more mature audiences. If I was to have kids of my own, I’d wait til this movie came out on video and watch it with one of those curse free tv things. This is not to say I thought they content was too strong. I simply think younger kids… around the ages of maybe 10 or younger, should watch it with an adult.

As an adult this movies is great like I said, it’s geared towards a older audience. Not to insult anyone or there intelligence, but every movie now says what it’s rated for. I never understood how people could act so blind sided by some things in a PG-13 movie. Use common sense when You go to see this movie… and please enjoy it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Christian, age 24 (USA)
Positive—I think any movie these days will spark controversy with anyone. What I don’t think is that everyone with a computer should be putting in their two cents worth because they feel they’ve been directly offended by said movie. Sure the movie needs to make money and they will do most anything they can to do that and I think this is a blockbuster movie to be reckoned with. I think they did a fantastic job to make the movie as free of objectivity as they could. I mean come on PG-13 like most kids under that age haven’t heard or said something worse than what’s in this movie. I think a lot of people have a lot of growing up themselves to do if they think that movie makers are going to make these styles of movies G rated because it hurts their feelings. Transformers has been around since 1984 so think of the age group they are targeting. They argent targeting children as much as they are the late 20’s early 30’s. So suck it up princess and go watch wall-e again. Or better yet Ice Age 3 is coming out, but I’m sure you’ll find something wrong with that too.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Norbert, age 31 (Canada)
Positive—I personally fell that the movie makers could’ve done without the language and amount of sexuality that was used. I wasn’t counting, but if I had been, there was at least 5 times when I looked over at my husband as if to say, “I can’t believe they are saying this stuff!” We took our 5 yr old and 8 yr old to see it and they even whispered, “mommy, he just said another bad word.” I don’t feel that it was offensive to me at all, however, my little ones didn’t need to hear all of that. Typically the “Theatrical” version is more muted than the “Unedited DVD.” It should’ve been a choice for the movie go-er considering they were using more than one theater… it would’ve been nice if there were two versions. Don’t freak out though, the “F” word and “N” word were not used… but there were a few “A,” “B” and “S” words thrown out there. All around it was an awesome movie! I hated for it to end. It was thrilling from start to finish and I almost cried twice! I look forward to the next one, but I’m not sure if I’ll be taking my children to see it next time… what a shame, those are kids toys!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Christina, age 27 (USA)
Positive—Everyone really needs to grow up a bit and realize that this is a movie. For people to honestly say how shocking and vulgar they found the movie to be, need to turn on the TV to any MTV show or whatever. So what if there was some profanity. Optimus Prime was incredible. A true heroic character that I think children can look up to as a role model. I mean, the guy is always sacrificing himself against all odds for his friends. And frankly, I thought they included more religion and spirituality than they were going to. They could have left out the whole heavenly experience with the Primes. I would think that parents would find it comforting that the filmmaker chose to include those aspect, especially if they are taking children and they want their children to think spiritually. Besides come on, its Transformers! It’s an alien robot war movie. What did you think it was going to be like? It wasn’t rated G, you know. Did you think everyone was going to be saying things like, gee wiz. golly. I mean, come on, I for one went to a christian high school and let me tell you, some of the worst, most profane, slutty, hypocritical people I have ever met. Not to imply everyone is like that. But people, get off the high horses and enjoy the M-O-V-I-E for what it is. A movie. entertainment.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Chris, age 27 (USA)
Positive—The movie was great. True, it could have been better like for example, I thought Optimus Prime and the Fallen should have a whole “Prince Hector vs Achilles” (from “Troy”) showdown type thing, that was the part that kind of discouraged me. Other than that though, and some of the unnecessary extra “lust” scenes, the rides were tight, acting was good and for the most part entertaining. (Didn’t put you to sleep) I really felt a sense of sorrow when Optimus Prime was killed, but was glad (so was everyone else in the theater) when he was brought back to life. …SO MANY times people applauded and yelled in support of the Autobots. I think instead of criticizing and pointing fingers we should applaud the efforts, after all, the same thing happened with “The Matrix” trilogy, “The Matrix” was bomb while “Reloaded” and “Revolutions” let the crowd down. “Revenge of the Fallen,” didn’t let me down, it had its mystery, romance, and action.

As Christians, we know that those who are in the world, and do not know the Lord as we do, will produce things like this. But as Christians, I don’t think we are to criticize the world, but to be the lamps to it. There is a quite of “Worldly” material in this movie, I’ll admit, which is why you follow the rating and don’t take anybody under Thirteen to see it. If you were so strong in your faith and following Christ, you have nothing to worry about when you go and see movies like these. It also depends on what you go see, whether you are like for that sexual material or just going for the action, I thought it was good that they recognized that God made us in his image, it shows truth from the word. This type of “offensive” material can be taken from any event, sporting events, to shows, to performances. It’s up to the individual in Christ to choose for themselves. I’d rate it 4.5 out of 5 Stars.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Aldo A. Bossio (USA)
Positive—I went with great excitement to see this movie the day it came out. I didn’t get the chance to see the first one until it was on DVD, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn’t want to miss the chance to miss the 2nd in theaters. And I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed. Knowing how vulgar and base action movies can be these days, I went into it knowing that although the first Transformers wasn’t that bad, this one had the potential to be. So I was pleasantly surprised that there were no outright sex scenes, no long strings of profanity, no useless killings… Yeah, there is a scene with a [SPOILER ALERT] freaky Decepticon chick trying to “get it on” with Sam, but he is RESISTING because he wants to be faithful to his girlfriend. [END]

Um, last I checked, that is a GOOD message. I didn’t notice a large amount of profanities, but that may be because as a young person, I’m around it on a daily basis. I mean come on, when you’re working or going to school you’re gonna hear it. I just make it a point to try not to USE it. There is also a scene in which [SPOILER ALERT] Optimus Prime takes the hits for Sam—he lays down his life to protect Sam. Optimus knows what Megatron and the other Decepticons will do to Sam if he’s caught, and he doesn’t want Sam to meet that fate. [END]

It bothers me that a lot of people are saying how horrible it is. When you compare it to other movies, it’s actually fairly clean. If you have problems with the humping dogs and the humping Decepticon, go watch Click. I can see how it would bother some people, and if you feel that you can’t watch extreme action and sexual hints without being affected, then this movie isn’t for you. But if you know where you stand and you’re open enough to learn from the mistakes people make on screen, then by all means, go enjoy it. Just do yourself a favor, and go to a matinee showing—they’re cheaper.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Rebekah, age 23 (USA)
Positive—…“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” began pretty much not long after it left off in the first movie, I sat in a movie theater that was almost full, a number of us went together or met at the theater (over two weeks after it opened), we all came just to see this movie, yes, there were some crude remarks, sexual innuendo, mild language that I would not use (so, I will not take my thirteen year old daughter to see it), but the overall movie was enjoyable, some of the one liners even touched a chord from my past life, making me laugh at myself, although I do not agree with young ones using drugs or experimenting with physical contact before marriage, the drug induced spree by Sam’s mom and the aftermath of the heavy petting session with the Deceptacon with a long tongue were two of the funniest parts of the movie.

The sequel did what it projected it would do, it was one step forward in time, it did not just need human connection to make it work, what it did need was what it gave, the loss of the aircraft carrier showed the tremendous loss of life signaled during a time of war, anyone who has ever been in and lived through an intense armed combat situation understands that for a movie to work in this situation, you must have many variables, for a start this type of combat is a hit miss affair, with the insanity of war foremost in the situation, in a combat situation you rely and count on those fighting beside you, not an audience watching, that is war.

What the movie did convey in human terms was, intense loyalty, love and duty (in this case, of and for beings that were not the same, from both sides, human and autobot). Bumble Bee indeed had such a connection with Sam, he felt intense pain at parting from him, Optimus Prime gave his very life to save Sam, even after being pushed aside and rejected by the government, the Autobots, although machines grieved for their fallen comrade, after Optimus was killed defending Sam, Sam indeed lamented his loss, all through this time Sam and Mikaela (Megan Fox) avoid the “L” word, trying to make a commitment to each other, but never getting there until very late in the movie, while looking for details about the power source that could help Optimus regain life, Sam comes across a Deceptacon that has changed sides (HE MADE A CHOICE TO DO THE RIGHT THING), sound familiar, every one of us must make that choice at least once an hour, day, week, month, during our Christian walk), during an intense battle, an extremist who in the first movie was humiliated, showed he not only did not hold a grudge, he was in fact a real life hero (no matter how gung-ho) he called down fire on his own position, his tongue-in-cheek scenes at times stole the show, giving the audience a good laugh, we must be able to laugh at ourselves after all, for everyone can see a little bit of themselves in these characters, even if past character traits, (we must NEVER forget who we were or how far we have come), Sam almost gave his life, trying to bring Optimus back to life, after doing so, Optimus states to Sam, “you came back for me”, then another Autobot (the Decepticon who changed sides no less), gives his very life (power source) so Optimus could continue and win the fight.

The show is a good defeats evil movie, leaving the door open for another sequel (since Megatron got away) I will go and see the next one without hesitation. I would not pay to see Night in the Museum 2 again, but Transformers, like the new Star Trek movie, I would see again and again, after all I am a Sci-Fi fan, this does not conflict with me being a Christian, it is basic escapism at it’s best.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Larry Bailey, age 56 (Australia)
Positive—Awesome movie; must see it. Somewhat bad morals, but its the world we live in.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Diddy, age 39 (USA)
Positive—Good movie, its one most well made movies I’ve ever seen. It has some unnecessary junk. But overall it is really good. The suggestive parts are very mild. And drug scene was funny and in no way said drugs where okay. I recommend it to ages 8 +.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 1
—Bob Gunn, age 60
Neutral
Neutral—Watched this film today with family, really shocked that this was given a 12a in the UK. Full of sexual type remarks. Crude use of words; some parent will find this offensive for younger children. Transformer fans wont be disappointed though with this film, full of action, ongoing throughout the film. wouldn’t recommend taking your younger children if you find swearing and inappropriate language offensive.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Mandy, age 40 (UK)
Neutral—“Transformers 2” is very unlike its predecessor. The morality of the film was horrible, but the action and movie-making quality was outstanding. As far as offensive content goes, the cussing is mild and easily ignored; the sexual innuendos and references are out of line and not necessary. The first movie was so clean, and then with this film they just went wild on the sex references. Megan Fox’s wardrobe above reproach completely, but the other “hot girl” of the movie was pretty bad—she saddles Sam in one scene and then she literally attacks him on his bed and you can see her butt and underwear. There is a shot of one of the guys wearing a thong, one guy runs out of the bathroom with his pants down, there is a reference to “enemy scrotum,” “balls,” “the media ball sack,” dogs humping each other, and several other sexual innuendos.

The action on the other hand was impeccable and the fighting scenes were breath-taking. Michael Bay did a tremendous job on the movie and all of the action sequences, but made a downward spiral on morality. The plot was decent, but not spectacular like the first movie. But they are making or, at least, it was hinted that there will be a third film so this could merely be a typical 2nd film-filler of a trilogy. Sometimes the middle of a story is boring, whereas the beginning establishes everything and the end wraps everything up. So all in all, “Transformers 2” is worth your money because of the amazing action and movie-making quality, but lacks plot substance and morality.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
Elisa A. Walker, age 20 (USA)
Neutral—First of all, I thought this movie was exactly what I expected. Lots of explosions, lots of shallow people in a shallow plot, lots of skimpy one-dimensional women. Seriously people, it’s a Michael Bay/Jerry Bruckheimer movie. You know what your getting into when you walk in. I expected a brainless popcorn fluff movie, and I got it. Don’t watch it if your looking for something deep, intellectual, or morally uplifting, in any way. Don’t watch it if you are easily offended by sexual jokes, profanity or violence. It is, in all honesty, a 2 and a half hour commercial for the military… and patriotism—to a stretch. There just happen to be Autobots and Decepticons duking it out and people trying to get out of the way.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—April, age 23 (USA)
Neutral—I have a mixed opinion on this movie. The good is definitely in the story and special effects. The story is fairly good, not as great as the first movie, but not disappointing. There were a few parts that were unreasonable, or even silly (***SPOILER***: the “transformer heaven” made me laugh). But the overall story is well put-together. But this film’s strongest point is the special effects. They are literally incredible. The transformers look completely real, and their ‘transformation’ into cars is amazingly realistic. But there was a fair amount of bad in this movie. The dog humping just didn’t need to be in there. Mikayla (Megan Fox) could have worn a lot more clothing. Unfortunately, there was a good amount of the B-word, S-word, and D-word, also completely unnecessary. The sex jokes disappointed me too. They threw them in between the tense moments, but instead of comical, they just seemed stupid. Overall, I recommend this movie, but wait until it gets out on DVD and try getting a version with the language and some of the scenes edited out.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Chelsie W., age 15 (USA)
Neutral—While the first Transformers film had questionable content, this one was almost ridiculous. As a family we were all disappointed in this film. One of our children is on the autistic spectrum and spoke continuously after the first film and also of the the release of the new one. Actually, we were all very excited for the new release. After watching this, the child really hasn’t said much, and was put off by the language and sexual content (this child is actually warning others to beware!). Our kids are 15 and 13. This could have been a pretty good movie without the above mentioned junk. We as a family would prefer to see something a little corny and action packed rather than something like this. My bet is people would still have paid the same money to see this movie toned down.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—TMB, age 50 (USA)
Neutral—This is, by far, one of the best movies ever made. The acting is great, the special effects are fantastic, and the action is non-stop. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” deserves an academy award at least for special effects, but the biased in the award system, which only awards political perverted movies will have that honor. The reason I rate it offensive is because of the foul language and the highly suggestive themes in the movie. This is definitely not kid-friendly movie. I would take only older teens or young adults to see it.

The violence presented may offend some, but it is about a war, between the heroic Autobots and their human allies, against the evil Decepticons.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
Jacob Airey, age 20 (USA)
Positive—“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” was a very well-done movie. The only sexual stuff that bothered me was Mikaela and Alice (the Decepticon girl); however, Alice is clearly evil, and Sam’s time with her is shown to be unrewarding, plus Bumblebee rightfully warns Sam against her. Mikaela’s actions were not needed, but to people like me, they show that sexual immorality does not make a good relationship. Sam’s roommate was completely not needed, and the scene with him requesting toilet paper was twice as stupid as offensive. Sam’s professor is somewhat flirtatious, but he only appears for 3 minutes in the movie.

The violence in this movie is “Light vs. Dark,” and the Bible does say “There is a time for peace, and there is a time for war”. Anytime God’s name is blasphemed is beyond uncalled for, but, sadly, many people, even Christians have committed this sin. Pray for anyone who has ever (or will ever) use(d) the Lord’s name in vain. Let me wrap up my comment with this: This movie is not for 5-10 year olds. It’s not the Transformers stuff from the 80s to mid-2000s. If little kids see this movie and imitate ungodliness, I blame the parents more than Michael Bay.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Peter, age 22 (USA)
Negative
Negative—How the Transformers have fallen! The first one was so good and even had the Gospel message in it, giving up your life for others. This one was terrible. Don’t see it. I thought it was rated PG and was totally aghast at the filth in this movie. It shouldn’t even be a PG-13 or an R. Although God’s name was not taken in vain, every other swear word was in there, including b**** at least twice. Even though the “f” word wasn’t in it, they did say “f-in” many times, as well as “frickin.” Even the p**** word was used. This wasn’t even the worst of it. The female lead was on a motorcycle dressed in short shorts and leaning very provocatively. There was a scene where a girl (aka transformer) was on top of Sam. She had on a very short dress and twice they showed a metal tail coming out of and going back into the backside, and you visibly saw her underwear and rear end both times. It also had one dog humping another dog as well as a small transformer humping the female lead’s leg.

There was also a scene where a grown man dropped his pants and it showed thong type underwear as well as his rear end. Another scene had a young man running around with his pants around his ankles. Then there was the sexual talk between Sam’s mom and dad as well as the mom eating Marijuana brownies, then running around high. Then the college Sam was attending (Yale, I think) had a co-ed dorm and many posters of scantily dressed women. If I remember correctly, Yale started out as a Christian college. It’s founders would be appalled, as I am.

I regret seeing this movie! PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THIS MOVIE! I am tempted to BOYCOTT Hollywood. They are just taking too much leeway with this filth, and we put up with it! I know many Christians who go to movies even worse than this. It’s got to stop and we need to let Hollywood know we won’t put up with it!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Mel Lotti, age 52 (USA)
Negative—I was always a fan of Hollywood movies, but lately I am definitely not. This movie definitely convinced me of that. As born again Christians, both my boyfriend and I felt uncomfortable watching this film, so we walked out of the cinema after a while. This film contains scenes which are so worldly… Megan Fox’s wardrobe for this film was definitely very revealing, and I think no woman should wear that little amount of clothing… Sam, the leading man of this movie, goes to a frat party, where he meets this girl who is clearly not interested in him, but only in his body. What kind of message are these actors sending to teenagers or anyone that go watch this movie?

Not to mention the swearing…even the robots swear!!!… and then, they took God’s name in vain, several times. It was just then, when we walked out. The camera work, effects and acting was okay, but the script… erm… no. I don’t recommend this film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Barbara, age 22 (South Africa)
Negative—I went to see “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” thinking I was in for some good clean fun with some humor, action and decent story. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in all respects. First and foremost, the amount of profanity from the characters was just absurd. Two characters were supposed to be the Autobots versions of “Gangstas” and couldn’t go a sentence without some form of profanity. These same two characters also serve as the stereotype of the “Magic Negro” made popular in early cinema, with feats of strength and powers, along with traits that obviously distinguish them as being “Black.” As if that weren’t enough, several scenes from the college portion of the depict women as objects only suitable for sexual gratification. Finally, the story itself is no different from any other action movie. Hero is too weak to save the world, gains special powers, fights off enemy, blah, blah blah, yada yada yada. This is a waste of time and a waste of money, avoid it for your own sake.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2½
—Tom, age 20 (USA)
Negative—I enjoyed the first “Transformers,” Michael Bay actually did something right with the first one because it is now a classic. Which made me think the second would be better. I watched the midnight showing with a couple of friends. As I watched the movie, explosions and crude humor came often, then more frequently. By the time the ending came, it never came. I felt like it was never going to end. I looked at my watch fifteen minutes later, the same thing was still happening explosions and yelling, followed by more crude robot humor. The movie was 2½ hours of crude humor, Megan Fox’s lip-gloss and non-sensational dull action. The mom in the movie eating a weed-browie, robots cursing, and racist stereotypical robots were the comic release in the movie. Also Michael Bay’s shameless advertising of his “Bad Boys” poster making a cameo in the boy’s college dorm room. I’m sure that wasn’t Shia Laboeuf’s.

The film though did have amazing CGI… and that’s all I can think of that was great about the movie. As a Christian, I wouldn’t recommend this movie due to it’s content.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Mikel, age 19 (USA)
Negative—My husband and I saw a midnight showing of “Transformers” last night. The movie starts out suggestively, and continues with crude humor, a lot of swearing, and a lot of sexual content (though not actual sex scenes, but through partial nudity, crude jokes, sexual innuendos). Don’t be fooled, This is not a kids movie! I thought the plot was great, and it has action galore. The “clean” humor was fun, and enjoyable. However, the explicit content was very very distracting from the movie, and felt uncomfortable, like they were trying too hard. Sure some of the scenes generated instant laughs, but that’s what every other movie does. Hire a writer to write some real jokes. Transformers was a children’s cartoon, and now they’re selling out to be “hip.” Sadly, sex does sell… I’m not a prude, and am usually kind of an “just ignore the bad” kind of person. You just couldn’t ignore the bad in this one. It was WAY over-the-top.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Sarah, age 26 (USA)
Negative—After seeing the first Transformers I was especially excited to see this one, so I went to the midnight showing, only to walk out not even halfway through the movie. This is the first time I have ever walked out of a movie. Normally I check ratings and read up on movies, but I had no idea that this was what I was running into after the first one. From the very beginning the crude sexual implications began. Sam’s own mother was the worst. She not only is seen doing weed, but then proceeds to talk sexually to her husband until she is off the screen! Although I’m not sure if that was worse or if the cussing was. The constant use of it made my stomachs turn. Me and my friend did walk out and return our tickets, but another one of my friends stayed. He later told me that despite the immorality of it, the movie sucked on it’s own. I was very disappointed not only by the fact that I had to walk out, but also because I so enjoyed the first one. If you do still go see it, please spare your children. I would never bring a child into a movie like that!!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2½
—Rachel, age 20 (USA)
Negative—Disappointing, indeed. As we were heading home after watching this movie my wife said “I’m really sorry you had to sit through that.” I battled between walking out and staying seated several times during this movie. I stayed seated and was rewarded with a very long, very cool final battle scene with incredible sound effects. But the price we paid! This movie is over the top with sexuality. Visually there are scenes with dog-on-dog (twice), robot-on-guy, robot-on-girl, under skirt shots, lap sitting, male g-string, inappropriate guy-girl body positioning, suggestive wall hangings, and even a robot crotch made of construction wrecking balls. The language was just as hard to deal with, including phrases I haven’t heard or spoken in 15 years… I’d type some of them, but then this page probably would not pass a decent internet filter. My wife and I agreed last time we felt assaulted by a movie that we would always check the Christian movie reviews before watching. I didn’t follow that rule with Transformers 2, mainly because the first Transformers movie was pretty clean, and very funny. This was my wake-up call. Parents, please keep your kids away from this film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—AndyR, age 31 (USA)
Negative—My friends and I stood in line for 45 minutes to receive tickets for the midnight showing of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” It was crampacked with sexual references and an obscene look at a man in a thong. (unexpectedly shown and not at all necessary for the plot or enjoyment). I was extremely disappointed in this movie. As other viewers have said they went in this movie based solely on the fact they immensely enjoyed the first movie. That is exactly why I went, I guess even if you like the first movie in a series you should still do your homework and research the ratings first. My friends are huge fans of Transformers everything, we are talking posters, Christian versions of Transformers t-shirts, watched every episode of the cartoon for kids, saw the first movie… etc. Well, they were highly disappointed in this movie and said not only was there so much profanity and crude humor, the plot was hard to follow and they did not enjoy the portraying of young women in the sense that they are nothing more than sexual objects, and they all want to sleep with their 40 plus year old college professors. Anyway, the movie was horrible all around, context, style, plot… it definitely wasn’t worth a 3:30 in the morning bedtime or the $9.25 it cost to get in. Also I was extremely disappointed because my friends sister was 14 and my sister was 16 and they should not have been exposed to such trash. The Bible says, “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry; the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the Earth” Psalm 34:15-16.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Cherie, age 18 (USA)
Negative—Man, what can I say, this movie was horrible. I didn’t want to watch the 1st Transformers because of preconceived ideas, however after watching it I liked the over all jest of the movie. “Revenge of the Fallen” however was far more insulting then the first one. First of all I was in the theatre with at least 150 teenagers, Just think one of those kids could be yours! And the whole movie was based on sexual gratification. I mean from humping dogs, to humping robots with a lot of human sexuality scattered all around. God forgive me for watching this unholy movie. All I can say is this movie was produced by perverts! (Please don’t throw out my post for stating the obvious) The sad thing is that I was a huge Transformers fan as a young child and even now walking through any shopping center the Transformer toys are everywhere, This is what we are teaching our kids! Please parents, don’t even let your teenagers see this movie, it is “American Pie” with a lot of action. P.S.—I am disgusted with this perverted movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Pastor Shane Mason, age 30 (USA)
Negative—I took my son and his friend out to the movies last night to see Transformers. We own the first one and even in that one there was some unnecessary stuff. But this new one takes the cake… Even my 12 year old would look at me and roll his eyes… he knows what’s right and wrong, but Hollywood today seems to be making movies that obviously would attract the younger generation but aimed at an older audience. Who wants their kids to hear B***h* and other profanities and see dogs going at it in a sexual way, and all the sexual stuff aimed at women. My son is at a young impressionable age and this movie is geared towards, sex and violence. Definitely not suited for any teenager or younger. It’s such a shame, the graphics were good, but the sexual stuff and profanities totally take away from the movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Sherrie, age 32 (Canada)
Negative—The action is intense and the special effects are great. Other than that, the story is full of holes and sometimes just plain dumb. SPOILER ALERT***we get to see a Transformer “heaven” when a major character dies. There were people laughing at the stupidity of this scene. It is highly suggestive sexually. No nudity, but half naked Megan Fox and a few scenes at a college campus of raunchy girls. Foul language permeates the movie. It has moments of enjoyment, but to think that it IS marketed to young kids (To the fanboy who says otherwise—if it wasn’t, why are they promoting it with happy meals and ads on nickelodeon.) makes me sick. Even if it was on TV, the TV version wouldn’t take out much, just cursing. The racial stereotyping of the pimped out twin autobots was annoying and unnecessary. The dogs and robot against the leg imagery was something I wouldn’t want to try to explain to a kid. There is a war besides the one on screen. It is a war to make us complacent enough to buy and support the garbage of this world that the film industry wants to sell us. We are not of this world, but a Heavenly Priesthood. It is troubling to think that so many of us are OK with this and that many of us would take kids to see this without previewing it. LOVED THE FIRST MOVIE-this one stinks in many ways…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Barrett, age 40 (USA)
Negative—I am relieved to see that others share in my disgust. I thought I was the only one. I went to a midnight showing of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and was ashamed. I found myself covering my ears and eyes as well as my mouth with what I heard and saw from these characters. I could not believe that I was watching a PG-13 rated movie! Now, I can not remember how much profanity was used in the first movie, but I am sure that this one takes the cake. I do remember seeing the lead female in unnecessary poses. As a 26 year old, I was offended. In no way was the profanity in this movie funny. Not only was it used by humans in this movie, but also by the robots repeatedly and unnecessarily. The robots. Robots whom action figures my children play with. Robots whom my children think are awesome and talk about endlessly. They are cursing and laughing about it as if it were okay. I regret spending my money and sleepless hours on this movie. Even more, I regretted telling my nine and six year old that they were not going to be able to see this one. I was relieved when my nine year told me he didn’t really care. Although, I believe he was pretending he didn’t care.

My six year old was shocked to hear about the inappropriate language. I had forgotten about all the sexual innuendoes until I read what others had said. I am a preschool teacher and I have had a few conversations with parents who have and have not seen this movie. I am really curious about what those parents have to say after seeing this with their children. I am all for the boycott. Yes, CGI’s were amazing, but in the end the harsh reality of how the movies have transformed is my lasting impression. Where, o where are the decent movies for my children and students?
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Ieshia, age 26 (USA)
Negative—It seems that some people with very warped minds wrote this. The whole “plot” seemed to make perverted comments and to show off sexually explicit images. You could not tell who was fighting who and if there was not perverted comments the movie would not peak any interest.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
—Ben, age 28 (USA)
Negative—COMPROMISE!!! I am ashamed to say that I compromised my values and went with my desire to see the sequel to the first. I was appalled by the language, the verbal and visual sexual innuendos. I don’t know how any born again Christian who is endeavoring to walk in holiness can say anything positive about this movie, let alone watch the whole thing. I’m disgusted with Hollywood’s agenda to wrap poison inside these sensational movie concepts and then ram it down the throats of not only secular viewers, but Christians, too. And the Christians sit there watching and listening to this garbage. The worst part about it was all the young children in the room that heard the vulgarity and saw the close-ups on the characters' body parts--some with clothes and some barely clothed. I AM DONE WITH HOLLYWOOD! I REFUSE TO SUPPORT THEM ANYMORE. I say we boycott the entertainment venues of this present world. Me going to see and spend my money on this material isn’t reaching any sinners for Christ. THAT’S IT, I’M OUT! I hope many of you will join me.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2½
—Jim, age 50 (USA)
Negative—I can’t believe the reviewer of this movie didn’t mention the racist stereotypes surrounding the two “twin” robots. Just to name a few, the robots in question are modeled after hip hop stars, but are made to embody every black stereotype out there. Bay made them about as ugly as humanly possible (a “white” robot like Optimus Prime is made to look as noble and beautiful as possible, but the “black” ones have crooked eyes and bad teeth). In one scene, one of the robots admits that he can’t read. They fight each other practically every two seconds. There literally isn’t a scene or line involving them that isn’t used for racial humor of the most offensive nature.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Roger Bartlett, age 18 (USA)
Negative—…the first one wasn’t nearly as bad, and it had a couple parts it could do without, but this one crosses so many lines its ridiculous. At first I was ashamed that I had taken my kids to it and had NO idea that it was gonna be like it was. But when you do something in life, and it doesn’t turn out how you think it should… turn it into a lesson. For myself and my 2 children, I will never trust the PG-13 rating again. we don’t go to see any R or NC-17 movies period. the way times are now it is getting close to never seeing anything but G or PG. I was SO excited to see this movie, I jumped the gun and went before I read a review. Had I had known, I wouldn’t have wasted my money. Action scenes were cool, story kinda bombed, but the sex/language/drug stuff were made so intense on the screen that the film was ruined. A christian says he can watch this and recommend it to other adults? Better look inside that heart of yours…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Anthony, age 32 (USA)
Negative—I felt this movie went way off base in all the offensive content it had in it. The cussing was way out of line. This was supposed to be a movie based on line of children’s toys. Some action and tense scenes are understandable, however near use of the “F” word, the b-word are not. I was shocked how much cursing that was in this film. I feel it is not necessary, and on top of that, this was based on a popular children’s cartoon. Parent, be warned, I am twenty-three and found a lot of this very tense. Also, it is VERY, VERY LOUD! I felt my ears go deaf with all the explosions. There is constantly something blowing up.

I also did not like the sexual references in the film. Mackayla was shown in a provocative pose on a motorcycle as well as in very revealing clothes. I hated how college was portrayed as a place of sex and drinking. As a college student myself, I feel this is very disturbing and gives people the wrong idea about secondary education. Also, I did not like the sexual comments made to the students by the astronomy professor. Also the twin autobots were just horrible. There were phrases using the A-word, phrases like “suck my popsicle,” and simulated robot genitals were far over the line. I, also, did not like the idea put forth that God was not the one who created us because of Optimus Prime. In short, this film is really offensive, long, loud and not suitable for anyone, young or old. I would not recommend it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Laura, age 23 (USA)
Negative—I went to the midnight showing for “Transformers,” and this movie was amazing. You will not be disappointed. The special effects, the acting, there’s so much action and it leaves you on the edge of your seat. It meets up to the expectations in my opinion. There was nothing that I would of changed EXCEPT there was sooo much trash in this movie that I was vexed. My boyfriend leaned over and said I can’t believe this, we cannot let our families watch this. The whole movie was trashy until the end. I can’t even count on two hands how many cuss words these two robots said throughout the movie and that’s not counting everyone else in the movie who cussed!

There were scenes of perversion with dogs and robots doing dirty things, which is just weird in the first place. There is a girl in two scenes and she’s coming onto Sam (Shia) in a very provocatively way. If you don’t want your young men to be completely violated DON’T LET THEM SEE IT, or anyone for that matter. There was nudity, a close up of like a 40 year old man in a thong. That threw us off. And then this college friend of Sam’s had his pants down, his shirt covered, but it was still nasty. There were so many sexual innuendos.

Sam’s mom “accidentally” gets high on special brownies at the college bake sale and starts saying foul perverted things about her son, losing his virginity and not to mention she cussed like 7 times. There is enough exposed flesh of women to last an eternity. There’s a party scene that only lasts for a few minutes, but the girls are scandalous non the less. There are references to men’s areas like 5 times. There is so much else I can’t even remember.

It was sad because at every bad part that my boyfriend and I and our friends were vexed about the whole theater cheered. All in all they could of left every one of those FOUL things out and it would of been a great movie. The action, the story, and all the robots and special effects were way cool and Shia did a great job (he wasn’t even part of all the bad parts which is crazy) BUT I would never see this movie again unless I had a TV guardian.

I DO NOT recommend seeing it, and if you are really set on seeing it wait until it comes out and buy a tv guardian. Save yourself from the perversion and being vexed. Save the money and go see UP. I hope Shia reads this, Jesus Christ can fill the God shaped hole you have that you were talking about. He did it for me and can do it for you. He loves you so much. I would never go back to my life without Him.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Chantel, age 20 (USA)
Negative—There is nothing good about “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” It is an awful movie in every single way. The first movie was mostly good, thanks to the lively characters and rather engaging plot, though it would have done better had ten minutes been shaved off action scenes near the end. The second movie needs more like 30 minutes, or maybe 60, cut entirely. Oh, and while we’re on the action scenes: No, they are not as good as the first one. Don’t listen to people who say they are, because they aren’t.

In fact, the action is far worse. The first Transformers had huge action scenes. This movie has… well, behemoth-sized action. And bigger most definitely proves NOT to be better. There is way too much on the screen at one time. Limiting 8 robots to the first film was a wise decision, because 40 transformers whirling around onscreen, dozens at a time, with all their parts flailing and morphing and shooting rockets is confusing, ugly, and irritating.

We’ve heard of regular porn and torture porn. Well, this is action porn. That is to say, it aims to give you as much explosions and whirring parts as possible with no thought to quality and/or content.

The storyline--which, by the way, is exceedingly poor—is only an excuse for the action. There was promise in the movie when Sam (Shia LaBeouff) goes off to college. His parents provided some humor (though they acted a lot dumber than they did in the first movie), as did his roommates and his astronomy professor. But then the story segued into the bad action scenes, and things soured rapidly. Oh, and the characters are far flatter in this movie than the last. There is hardly any reason to care about them anymore because they don’t act like real people… at all. I’m not just saying this: there are hardly any action movies I’ve seen in which characters act less real than in this one. Especially odious is the hammy line-reading of Agent Simmons’s character. It is painful to watch him do or say anything.

Pay attention very closely: Bigger is not necessarily better! Also, action scenes are only as exhilarating as the characters behind them. See the Bourne series or “The Dark Knight” or “Iron Man” for recent movies with great action. Perhaps action is all you are looking for. You will not be satisfied with this movie, despite it being 150 minutes of pure action, because it’s such bad quality that it cannot possibly be enjoyed. Have I still not convinced you? Well then, let me pull my last card. It has inappropriate content in it.

Yes, I gave a positive review to “Wanted” and “Watchmen,” whose contents were far more graphic and mature in nature. But I need to say everything I can to convince you not to see it. And, this being a Christian site, probably the best way to get you guys not to see this film is to tell you about the sexual content in this film. There’s dogs copulating with each other, parents making sexually flirtatious comments to each other, lingering shots on Megan Fox’s endless legs, and a college girl who very forcefully pushes Sam into his bed and straddles him and kisses him. Actually, the first two are perfectly fine as 1) animals having sex is natural and not against the Bible and 2) a married couple having sex is natural and not against the Bible, either. But the other two I hope will deter you from wanting to see this film. Oh, and five more words: Agent Simmons in a thong. Another deterrent always helps. Have I convinced you? Let me reiterate: DON’T see “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” It is stupid, boring, an hour too long, and has terrible action.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
—JM, age 19 (USA)
Negative—Following the high success of the first Transformers movie, a movie that I enjoyed immensely and still do, I was looking forward to the sequel and the return of the constant war between the Autobots and the Decepticons. In this sequel, The Autobots have made an alliance with a military group known as “NEST,” and their primary goal is to fully eliminate the Decepticons. However, as one Deception dies, there is a warning—the Fallen is coming, and he’s wanting revenge and domination. It’s then up to both the Autobots and NEST, along with Sam Witwicky (Shia Lebouf) and Mikaela (Megan Fox) to stop the evil plans of the Fallen and save the day once more.

This is a natural Michael Bay film—everything is badder, louder and more explosive, even more than the first movie. There are some fantastic robot battles, such as Optimus Prime’s battle with three Decepticons. The battles are more explosive, which made it fully amazing on the big screen. I also liked how Starscream was given a more expanded role and enjoyed the return of Megatron, as well as the introduction of some new characters, such as the Autobot Twins Mudflaps and Skids. Now that I’ve got the few positive aspects aside, I will now center on the negative aspects of this film, which sadly, for this movie, there’s a lot.

Firstly, the plot was sub-average. Lasting at 2½ hours or so,“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” is a very long movie, and it feels like it’s even longer with the average plot. The plot has little cohesiveness throughout the movie, and it’s really unclear as to what is going on until the second half of the movie.

Secondly, there is very little character development with some of the new Autobots and Decepticons, such as Sideways, Sideswipe and Rampage, and I was disappointed to see that both Ironhide and Ratchet had reduced roles in the movie. Mikaela was really only in the movie just because she looks good, and Sam Witwicky had a less than impressive role in this movie compared to the last one, and his college roommate was just plain annoying. There is also the absence of Barricade, which to me was disappointing, as I wanted to see the police car Decepticon play more of a part in this movie. Perhaps in the third Transformers movie he will have a bigger part.

Finally, and this is the greatest disappointment of all in every way, the amount of sexuality and sexual innuendo, as this Christian Answers reviewer has rightfully rated, is heavy. It ups the ante on almost every sexual joke compared to the first movie in regards to frequency and also how explicit it is. I won’t list every sexual innuendo in the movie—if I did, this review would be very long, that’s how much innuendo there was in this movie. However, I can tell you that when there was a close up of Simmons (the former Section 7 agent) pulling down his pants and revealing him dressed in a g-string, it was quite the shock to everyone in the cinema—which I think speaks volumes about how everyone found that highly shocking and offensive.

To conclude, this movie is the greatest disappointment this year. I was disgusted with the amount of sexuality in this movie and disappointed that the plot and character development was so boring. I would say that watching the first movie is good enough—don’t watch this one, because it has fallen in so many ways.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2½
—Dave, age 23 (Australia)
Negative—The sequel to the (in my opinion, excellent) movie, Transformers was a huge letdown for me. While the movie would have been a good serious movie, it seems the director went out of the way to create a movie that would appeal to massive amounts of people—and in doing this, I believe it took a lot of appeal away from those who enjoyed the original.

The cursing, while not as central a player as many other movies, is still present. However, the profanity is not as noticeable as the crassness of many of the punchlines in the movie. Random (perhaps even forced) comments regarding sex are thrown around in the movie—the mother, in particular, is much more vulgar in this movie, and some of that includes a romp she takes after having some “special” brownies that were for sale at Sam’s college. The Autobot Twins were an unnecessary duo in the film, in my opinion. Their language was beyond offensive for a movie that was broadcast to the same (and younger) crowd that enjoyed the original, cleaner movie.

The sexual content in the movie was very offensive, as well. I am not criticizing Christians who may have a stronger tolerance to this type of stuff than I do—and I know there are many. In fact, the things I didn’t like about the movie are probably much tamer than other movies. However, it was terribly unneeded as far as I was concerned. They go as far this time as to show a brief bit of a very attractive girl’s underwear, from a view up the skirt while she is laying on top of Sam attempting to seemingly seduce him. While the girl turns out to be more than meets the eye, the point is still that it is something that could have been done without.

As someone who struggles with pornography, even little things like that are triggers, and also it stands out much more. Also, Mikaela’s breasts are in focus more, with slow-motion jogging (usually away from explosions) being a large part of this film. The sexual content, I believe, is included in “sexual immorality,” when Paul says that we should, “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” They are images that people will have stored in them to replay over and over, and I, personally, want no part of it.

Overall, the movie was, again, a letdown for me. Even more disappointing now is the fact that I no longer enjoy the first as well now that I know how the second is! I will not be going to see the third one if and when it comes out. I will not ever own Revenge of the Fallen, so there is no need to see how it all ends.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—James, age 27 (USA)
Negative—Against my better judgment, I went to see this film, and I regretted it. I had heard from more than one source (including this Web site) that this movie had too much bad language and sexual references. But I liked the first Transformers quite a bit, so I really wanted to see this one. Bad mistake. There were countless swear words, and several disgusting sexual references (already described by other reviewers).

Let me tell you something, Michael Bay: You could have left out all of that garbage, and the quality of the movie wouldn’t have suffered one bit. In fact, it would have been significantly better. You take that junk out of your movies, and you won’t lose hardly any ticket sales, but I guarantee you would gain quite a bit more. There are countless people out there like me who will not recommend this movie to anyone. You might be making a ton of money on this movie, but you could have made even more if you had left out the filth.

One last comment, to all the reviewers who rated this as Positive. Several of you say things like, “look past that stuff and see the storyline”, or “get used to it…this is just how movies are these days.” If you aren’t a Christian, then fine… you have a different worldview than mine, and I can see why you don’t have a problem with this.

But if you are a Christian, and you don’t see anything wrong here, then please WAKE UP! Don’t you know that we aren’t supposed to conform to the ways of this world? (Romans 12:2). I know I’m not perfect… I struggle with conforming all the time. I was certainly a conformist when I bought my ticket for this movie… but I wouldn’t dare go so far as to recommend this movie with a positive review. If you think we need to accept this stuff in our world, you are being deceived!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Tim, age 35 (USA)
Negative—The movie itself wasn’t bad; the scenes were choppy, in my opinion, making it hard to following the battles, but the special effects and CG were really cool. I was very disgusted, however, at the high level of sexual content that was inserted into this film. It was totally inappropriate and not needed. Add to this that it involved robots, and you get totally sick. I do not plan to watch this movie again, as I don’t feel the need to see all the immorality. PARENTS!!! screen this movie before taking your children. It’s not for them.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Rob, age 25 (USA)
Negative—I don’t understand how Christian America can drive their SUV’s to the movie theater and pay good money for tickets to this Godless crudfest. Megan Fox, portrayed as a “sex icon” was highly offensive to me. I brought my five year old son, because he loves robots and that was a mistake. The sex in this movie is so overwhelming, I can’t even understand why anyone would go see this. All the slow motion scenes are of Megan Fox running toward the camera, and it is too sexual. There is a lot of violence, the preview made it look like this would be robots saving the world, not robots just killing each other for no reason. I don’t even get the plot. I wish someone would have warned me to stay far, far away from this movie and not waste 2 hours and 45 minutes of my life watching teenaged sexual tension between two poor actors and giant robots ripping each other’s limbs off, frightening my five year old son in the process. …
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—John, age 36 (USA)
Negative—Sometimes I wonder when reviewing other “Christian” reviewers' comments on movies like this one, if people truly understand what the LORD our GOD expects of us when we surrendered ourselves to obey Him. Righteousness and morality is certainly absent from this movie and I myself had to repent for watching and condoning so much of it.

I was first disappointed in myself for even going and sitting there so long. And what was even more disappointing and amazing was the fact that the cinema house was filled with children under 13 absorbing all the perversion and being desensitized by it. I believe that this is truly the goal of such movies, to brainwash our youth so that morality becomes a personal preference and not a right / wrong issue.

But the Word of GOD is clear… Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Galatians 5:19-21: Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Revelations 21:8: But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Paul, age 37 (Trinidad)
Negative—I couldn’t believe my ears or eyes. Hollywood never ceases to amaze me on how low they can go. Obviously, this movie is a tool of the devil to pervert the minds of young people. As I watched it with my wife, sister-in law, two nieces and nephew, I found myself fast forwarding the movie a lot. It wasn’t my movie or I would have stopped it and trashed it. I was highly offended after the first ten minutes. I began watching it in the middle of the movie. I made comments here and there and even found myself fast-forwarding some scenes. Finally I had all I could take and left the room. I feel sorry for all the children who watch movies now day. Pg-13 is yesterdays X-rated. There’s no excuse for letting you children watch this trash. (here is wisdom) “Would you as an adult, tell a teenager one dirty joke??” Of course not. And if you are an adult Christian, you have no business watching it either.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1
—Don, age 44 (USA)
Negative—Bad, bad, bad, bad movie. Action sequences are tedious (and violate tons of rules of visual composition… Your eyes are going all over the place, and you get a headache trying to follow everything), the characters are boring (again, this movie is called “Transformers,” and yet, they’re the characters with the least personality… It’d be like calling the “Star Wars” movies “Lightsabers”), and the sense of humor is just…ugh. There is nothing funny about half the stuff Michael Bay throws at us. It’s Disaster Movie-quality humor, along the lines of an Autobot passing gas, a running joke about dogs AND robots humping, and a quick but very visible look at John Turturro in thong underwear. And that’s not even the half of it. The robots all talk like gangsters, especially the Twins, some of the most obvious racial stereotypes I’ve ever seen, who spend most of the movie calling each other things like b-ch-a-s. I don’t feel like going through all my opinions on this movie… Anyway, if what I just said didn’t make it apparent, this isn’t a movie for kids. This isn’t a movie for anyone. It’s an awful movie, the only one I’ve seen in years that actually doesn’t do a single thing right. Stay far, far away.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
—Matt Triponey, age 18 (USA)
Negative—I liked Transformers one and I heard this one had a lot of ridiculous sexual content so we waited until it came out on DVD so we could fast forward past that stuff. We watched it last night and I am APPALLED at the amount there was; I honestly wish I never watched it! Sure, the graphics were amazing but corrupting my mind with the slutty, horrible portrayal of women and the evil, demonic-like robots was NOT WORTH watching it.

Protect yourself, your family and your children, the women in this movie act like porn stars and I truly CANNOT believe they went this route. It was so filtrated throughout most of the movie, I had to fast forward past a lot of it and missed the story line! Its sad really, that is 2 and half hours of my life I will never get back! Don’t waste your time.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
—S Taylor, age 35 (USA)
Negative—The graphics were amazing, no doubt, but the most positive thing about that movie is I am done watching it! And that I had control of the controller so I could fast forward past the female actors they portrayed as porn stars through most of the movie. I would have stopped watching but felt compelled to not leave my husband there to have to fast forward past those parts, even though I know he would, he would just cover his eyes and ask me to fast forward it so he didn’t have to see it either. Don’t waste your time.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
—S Taylor, age 35 (USA)
Comments from young people
Negative—Horrible, I saw this movie yesterday and I can’t recall why I wanted to see it. May be it was because I thought the first one wasn’t that bad. But this one from beginning to when I left (in the last seven minutes of the movie) was raunchy, vulgar, and down right offensive. One person referred themselves to being God. Foul language was throughout, sexual content was pervasive. I left in the last seven minutes of the Movie. I didn’t care to know how it ended, the Decepticons could win for all I care. I’m not a huge fan of the Harry Potter Series, I’ve only seen the first four movies. But I hope the Half-Blooded Prince does way better at the Box Office than Transformers 2! Spare your eyes and memory, don’t go and see it. Wait for Ice Age3
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Ian, age 16 (USA)
Neutral—Well… wow… “Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen” was… hmm… well that’s just it, I don’t know how to describe it. The action was amazing and the CGI was great and during those scenes it was a rather good movie to be seeing. Yet that in the entirety of the film was about 45 minutes. The rest of the film was made up of sexual scenes and comments, bad clothing choices, and cussing. A major downer for me was that the robots cussed a lot more than the first film (just goes to show what happens when you’re on our planet too long and are influenced.) So if you are thinking of going to see Transformers 2 either be prepared for a lot of unneeded material or just don’t see it… Transformers 2 overall was a let down.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Luke, age 16 (USA)
Negative—Wow. I really enjoyed the first Transformers film. But this one…. I can’t believe it’s even by the same studio. Where do I begin? I saw this film at the midnight showing. The film was terrible! The only positive thing I can say about it was it was well filmed. That’s about it. From a moral standpoint, this movie has 10 times the amount of sexual innuendo that the first Transformers film did. And there is EXCESSIVE profanity. In a PG-13 film, a little cussing is excusable. But I felt like every minute a character would spew a profanity in this film! Ugh.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Emily, age 17 (USA)
Positive—I saw this film at midnight and I was very excited to see it because I am a huge fan of the first film. I have to say that story wise, this film was disappointing and the first one was way better in that aspect. But when it comes to the action and coolness of the film, it surpassed the first by a mile. Megan Fox did a much better job in this film than the last one. The story was very hard to follow and there were too many subplots. This made the film too complex. Also, the ending of the film seemed very rushed. It seems that they could have taken out the college scene and put more time into ending the film appropriately.

When it comes to the action, it was insane. Although it was hard to see what was happening, the action scenes were intense and fun to watch. Moral wise, the film was a tad shaky in some areas. The college scenes were a bit over done and were probably the most offensive part of the film. Also, there was way more profanity in this film than the first. Not excessive, but still it was a lot. There was some minor drug references (Sam’s mom accidentally does drugs) and minor sexual humor. Other than that, the film is okay. This film is good, but not great. I think it was because the first Transformers was so good, it was hard to make another one even better. But in the end, this film was good and I enjoyed it. Transformers is the new Star Wars of the 2000’s (Not comparing the two, just saying it is THAT series of our century) and I’m looking forward to at least one more.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Tommie, age 16 (USA)
Neutral—Although this movie is slam packed with action around every corner, it does contain suggestive themes and crude sexual humor. I would not recommend this movie for anyone under 13. The action is fantastic. Complete with explosions and metal mashing chaos, the movie will not disappoint the action movie seeker. The language in this movie is also unacceptable. Aside from the language and sexual content, it is a very long movie and, depending on your moral standings, can be thoroughly enjoyed. I liked it a lot, because I’m a guy and I like action, but it is definitely not suited for younger children. As a family movie, it is NOT a good movie. But possibly for the more Biblically and spiritually strong it is a movie worth seeing.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Patch, age 17 (USA)
Negative—This movie was a complete disappointment to my family and I. After eagerly anticipating the “Revenge of the Fallen” after the first Transformers, we were very letdown. After 30 minutes of continuous cursing and crude humor, we left the theater. This is not a family movie, and is one of the greatest disappointments.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1½
—Liz, age 17 (USA)
Negative—this movie is a great action movie and had great potential, but it is very sexual the whole way through the movie and the last fighting scene is so quick that it gives you the feeling of “that was it” and does not have a real great plot and some very good humor, but is not what the movie was hyped up to be and is not worth seeing till DVD.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Jared, age 17 (USA)
Positive—The movie was very good; I mean it had more content than the first one, but some of it was brief. The language was not as much as the first, but still they really don’t need language in a movie. I recommend the movie to anyone who is at least 12 or older.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Luke, age 11 (USA)
Positive—Story: If you haven’t watched Transformers 1, go see it, then see this. It makes it worth it. I though the story to Transformers 2 was very well scripted, very well played out, and almost expertly handled by a creative mind. I felt the story was paused at times, but I have never worried too much about story as long as they maintain continuity, which they did at a moderate scale. I had the thought that maybe they should’ve done what The Matrix Trilogy did: Made 2 movies out of the storyline, Transformers 2 and 3 as a connected story, so that they could have filled more details and explanations of what’s going on in each movie. Story: 7/10

Morals: As many have stated across the world about this movie, they went a little overboard with the immorality. If they wanted to make an R-Rated sex and sick jokes movie, they should’ve done it with a different movie, not a sequel to a great family friendly movie. Now, keep in mind, I am a teenager and I honestly thought that a good amount of the crude humor was funny, if not hilarious! But I do not think for a second it was appropriate for younger kids, such as middle school and under. I didn’t see anything wrong with the crude humor except they went too far twice: They showed John T. wearing a thong, and implied testicles on a robot blatantly. Too much guys, overkill. Morals: 5/10

Profanity: I, unfortunately, have had a problem with swearing myself, so my tolerance is pretty much as broad as it gets. I don’t care nearly as much as I should if I hear cursing in a movie. As for all the normal people out there who still have intact morals. I would caution highly against this movie for young children or if you are offended by medium swearing. The two newer autobots, the twins, are the most common users of language throughout the movie. Most of the swearing is kept at a mild level however. F-bombs, and using the Lord’s name in vain is thankfully nowhere to be found in this movie. Profanity: Medium/Often

Final Verdict: I thought this was a very well done movie, which could have had a stronger approach to it’s story. Swearing is not needed in a movie that is based off of a kids line of Hasbro toys. The crude humor is often, yet surprisingly relevant to the stories plot! (If you’re curious enough to know why, watch it.) Adults: If you are not as offended by mild swearing and crude humor, then go ahead. Teens: High schoolers, but not middle schoolers. Even still, you need to be careful… Kids and Younger: BIG NONO!!! I give this movie a 8/10 Rating.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Brandon Pilgrim, age 17 (USA)
Positive—I really enjoyed seeing this movie. My whole family went and we all loved it. I was literally on the edge of my seat the whole time. The action was great, the plot was great, and the acting was great. Oh and yes there was an inappropriate part with a girl from Sam’s college and there was a little bit more cursing in this one than in the last one and there was some offensive stuff with Sam’s mom. But over all it was a great movie. I definitely recommend it to anyone twelve or older. Shia and Megan did a great job once again!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Nathan, age 12 (USA)
Negative—I went to go see this movie… with my mom, dad and 13 year old brother.It was totally awkward for me throughout the movie because of all the sexual parts with my parents sitting right there. I had waited months for this movie because I thought that the moral value and the message like in the first one would follow through to the second. Boy was I wrong!I was shocked at the amount of sexuality in it and even the intensity of it. What they did with the Decepticon girl got annoying real quick and even Sam’s roommate. You would have missed absolutely nothing if he was not in it. And, just about (if not) everything that came out of his mouth was sexual. Personally, I think that they should have skipped his part in general from the name of his web address to the position that he was in with the lead girl after they get transported from the Smithsonian. And even the language in it.

I was surprised that they had the Autobots cursing and I think the twins just added pretty much all of the unnecessary profanity throughout. Although I am extremely disappointed with the script, the robot action was totally stellar! But it was sad that you have to go through 20 or 30 minutes of sexuality and profanity nonsense to get to a good robot scene. I would strongly suggest that even though it is PG-13 that you do not take your children to see this movie or even yourself. Just save the money and time.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Acacia, age 16 (USA)
Positive—First of all, I want to say that the acting was better than what most reviews say. Shia was great (as always) and Megan was a good leading lady. The special effects were probably the best I’ve seen in my life (I’ve seen plenty of movies). I didn’t get to see the first one in the theatre, but I loved it and the second one was even better. Morally their was nothing offensive to me, but that’s probably just my opinion. There were plenty of swears, but if you look past that it was a good movie. It was very funny in parts, and I thought the plot was great. I recommend this movie for mature pre-teens to adults because there is definitely plenty of violence and profanity. If you can look past that, it is extremely entertaining and worth $10. I can’t believe that the critics didn’t like it. What matters most is that the people like it (which they do), and it is the #1 movie in the world grossing more than 300 million, and it still has a long time to go. …
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Noah, age 12 (Canada)
Neutral—I saw this movie with 5 other friends and left the theater feeling both amazed and disappointed. I thought the action scenes were fantastic. There were many slow-motion scenes and close-ups on the robots body and faces. The special effects were great and the movie also had some very funny parts to it. However, not all of which were appropriate or comfortable watching sitting next to a girl. I was disappointed that there was a fair amount of profanity and sexual content. Half of which wasn’t even funny just pointless. I found it weird that two of the robots swore just like any trashy human would. It kind of lowered my respect for the script writers and people who decided that it was necessary to put that in there.

That being said, however, this movie was actually a little tame compared to all of the terrible movies like the hangover and dance flick. Overall, I rate this movie average for it’s wonderful action and special effects nut also for it’s morally wrong language and jokes.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Jake Johnson, age 14 (USA)
Negative—…I was dragged to this one, unfortunately. By far the worst film I’ve seen this year. This film disrespects the entire legacy of the original Transformers, with a film that isn’t even that much of a film. It’s a 149 minute hodgepodge of action scenes with a plot that barely exists, since the film changes directions in plot about every 5 minutes with no real evenness in structure. It felt like 40% “humor” (mostly racial stereotypes), 25% buildup, and 120% action; I know the numbers don’t make sense but you’ll understand when you see it. Shia LeBeouf is a likable enough actor who’s been in a couple excellent films, but in this one, he is only used for screaming and running from pyrotechnics. Megan Fox just contributes to the movie’s sexism, with the script taking every opportunity for her to run or take off a jacket so the camera can zoom in on her body in order to please lazy college kids' fantasies.

John Turturro is probably the only remotely decent part of the movie, and even he is just used for Bay’s warped idea of “comic relief.” BTW, just because it’s a dumb action movie doesn’t exempt it from film criticism. “Crank” and “Shoot ‘Em Up” are justified, because they had clear satirical intent, but this one doesn’t have any true purpose except for close ups of young women and explosions. Also, how am I supposed to enjoy the action when I can’t see any of it clearly due to awful camera work? Shaking the camera isn’t realistic, it’s just lazy.

Artistically, this movie isn’t even Mystery Science Theatre 3,000 worthy, it’s just plain awful. I’m not a prude, but Michael Bay’s definition of humor involves rampant bodily function references, and racial stereotypes, with the Leo character and 2 robots known as Mudflap and Skidz being particularly offensive (and I’m not politically correct, but there was absolutely no purpose for them other than mockery).

The cursing is for the most part moderate, with one-spoken F-word and about 15-20 variants of it (“Effing,” “F,” “What the F,” etc.). But it’s not like a slight glimmer of chastity matters if the film is absolutely terrible. In addition, objectification of women is rampant. The film’s most depraved and obvious examples are when a woman(who’s actually a decepticon) tries to seduce Sam, and the camera goes inside her dress, with a robot tentacle coming out of her panties5-10 seconds later, and Mikaela taking off her jacket because there’s a dress underneath it.

The robot violence is extended to the point of insanity, but mostly bloodless and emotionally detached. Overall, these content concerns are the least of the film’s problems. Whether you’re easily offended or not, there is absolutely no artistic or moral value to this film whatsoever.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
—Jonathan Bennett, age 14 (USA)
Neutral—Well, I am 13 years old, and I, at first, thought the movie to be very disturbing. I also found that there were unnecessary parts like when the woman turned into a robot. It was scary, and I didn’t expect it, so it did a bit bring down the movie.

There were also a lot of “gross” parts where “Sam’s” girlfriend is leaning over the motorbike and how the roommates have girl posters all over.

Some parts were funny, I didn’t find it as intense as the first one. Swearing increased quite a bit. I found that if you compared it to the first one, it would be more of a disappointment. When I watched it the second time, it seemed a bit better because I knew what was coming and that I didn’t freak out. I know that it was not a show for kids, like this one lady I know was worried about her son during the movie. There were WAY more graphic scenes and unpleasant scenes that can be taken very offensively. I think that it was a movie the makers could’ve done so much with, but they didn’t come quite too close. I think that if God were to sit down and watch the movie, he too would be disappointed, as I am.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Meadow, age 13 (Canada)
Positive—I thought movie had great action it also had great acting. Sure there was some language, but, other than that, I think it was a great movie—better then the first one.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Rich, age 17 (USA)
Positive—This was a great movie! The special effects were great, just like they were in the first Transformers. I actually liked this one better than the first, but that is my opinion. The language was just as bad as the first. It had some vulgar parts, but nothing worse that a few d-words, s-words, 1 p***y, and the f-word was not used, it was a great movie with a great story line. I encourage everyone to watch this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Braden Walker, age 13 (USA)
Negative—I was looking forward to seeing this movie, because the first one was so good. But this was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. Though it followed a good story line, it was barely enjoyable because of all the offensive language and the sexual scenes and innuendos in the movie. I DO NOT RECOMMEND this movie to ANYONE!!!… If you were really concerned about what you and you family were seeing, you would not see this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Jessie, age 13 (USA)
Neutral—This movie is Very Offensive, but cool.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Ethan, age 11 (USA)
Neutral—I watched “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” a few weeks ago, and I’m ambivalent. Needless to say, were certain social parameters not in place, me and all of my cronies would probably have stood up and whooped in the theater when Optimus Prime rumbled onto the screen at the beginning of the film. And let’s face it, with the notable exceptions of the intensely annoying “twins”—a pair of vulgar, absurd, racially insensitive Autobots—all of the robots in the film are superbly rendered and project a calm, yet powerful awesomeness that dominates most of their scenes.

Actually, my favorite robot in the film was a brilliant portrayal of an “elderly” Decepticon-turned-Autobot, complete with a beard made out of what appeared to be helicopter rotors. A climactic smackdown with Optimus Prime dueling four Decepticons in the middle of a forest is reason enough to see the film, especially when Prime sprouts two glowing hot sword appendages from his wrists. And there is one scene near the climax of the movie where what looks like a huge assembly of Decepticons morphs into a single giant garbage-compactor-like… thing that, among other things, eats an Egyptian pyramid. But… That’s about where the positives end.

Sensibly, the robots are this movie’s driving factor, but it lags because it relies too heavily on that single aspect. Sub-par acting from pretty much everyone, a funny-yet-shallow character in the form of Sam’s roommate, ludicrous dialogue (there’s something very undignified about hearing an Autobot declare, “D**n, I’m good” after decimating a foe), and overdone shots of Mikaela in her barely-there outfits (seriously, what will the teen guys REALLY be watching when Sam and Mikaela are running through a war zone in slow motion?) detract from the film’s overall quality.

It’s not bad, but it’s not good either. It’s better than the first one in my opinion, but it goes way too long, there’s way too much yelling, and the final fight sequence ends up feeling like it was prolonged just so Michael Bay had a chance to blow more things up.

Basically, it all boils down to this: the people who watch these movies for the robots will watch them no matter what. Families looking for a clean, fun Friday night flick shouldn’t even take this one off the shelf to look at the back. And the people seeking an extraordinary cinematic experience had better go watch a Pixar film instead.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Nathan, age 17 (USA)
Comments from non-viewers
As a child I would rush from the school bus to the floor of my living room, and with hands cupping my chin, I would stare in awe as I beheld one of the greatest cartoons on TV… “The Transformers” (right next to the other greatest cartoons… “He-Man” and “Voltron”). I always admired the spirit and conviction of the Autobots as they bravely met their adversaries and fought against them, risking their lives for humans and each other, and it amazed me as a youngster to see their heroic actions over and over again. I felt like I was 11 years old again when first saw The Transformers come to life on the big screen a couple of years ago, and though I was displeased with the adult content, I shrugged off the conviction with a hope that they would not repeat the same mistake next time.

After reading pages of reviews, both secular and christian, I must confess that I will not support this franchise, yet what saddens me the most is the many excuses and reasons that people have given, especially brothers and sisters in the Lord, to convince others to partake in this filth. I have over 200 original Transformers, some are still boxed, many loose Gen 1, so to say that I am a fan is an understatement.

Unfortunately, I will not be adding to the collection any longer. It is a sad day when the enemy of our God convinces people to allow more sexual promiscuity, foul language and lustful scenes, and through some skewed perspective, because a movie involves CGI robots fighting, this blatant and sinful behavior that holds captive a young and impressionable audience is now acceptable to us. I thought we were in a war against the flesh?

And in reference to the many strongly suggestive and over the top sexual scenes in this movie, God’s word says that whosoever looks upon a woman to lust after her is sin…why subject ourselves, let alone our own children to that? How is that acceptable? And, in reference to some comments above, how do you justify this by saying it is just like watching TV, so it must not be that bad? I thought bad was bad enough? And has television now replaced the Bible as the standard for what we allow our eyes to see in the theater?

I will not be watching “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” Although the 11 year old boy inside me yearns to see Optimus Prime in action defending the weak and helpless and sacrificing himself for others, I will, instead, as a man before God, pass by this distraction of a movie and instead relish briefly on the sweet memories of an innocent cartoon that challenged me to always do what was right, even if it means leaving it behind as well.
—D. Caine Calhoun, age 36 (USA)
Wow, I can’t believe that people here are making excuses for seeing this filthy film. I guess they’re used to watching vulgar material, and think it’s o.k. If you want to find out what specific things are in a film before you see it, another good site is “Screen It!” …My husband and I take the time to check films out before we go, and Christian Answers is always our first stop, and “Screen It!” is second. That’s how I found out “Transformers: The Fallen” would have been a better title.

Major kudos to the reviewer for standing up for the right thing, and recommending passing up this tremendous disappointment of a Transformers movie. The first one was so good, except for one particular reference. My suggestion is to go see “Imagine That” instead! Very touching and has a great moral.
—Alex, age 30 (USA)