Michael Bay may be mad that the press is lampooning his highly touted sequel, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, but the press is steaming mad that with Obama in office, racism emotes out of the IMAX screen in full force.
Maybe it’s because Bay and company are closet blackophobes. Upon seeing Transformers 2, Tyrese Gibson – a true herb – managed to have nine spoken lines in the full two-and-a-half hour runtime. The dynamic duo of Mudflap and Skids (pictured above) have eclipsed Jar Jar Binks as the most offensive stereotype by a CGI character.
Racist overtones aside, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen finds Shia Lebeouf trying to find a sense of normalcy in the midst of a mechanic civil war between the Autobots and the Decepticons. College bound Sam Whitwicky (Lebeouf) has put the past events of the first movie behind him and is looking to live a normal life.
His girlfriend played by the smoking hot, Megan Fox, is left behind, as well as his “guardian” – Bumblebee. But the past comes back to haunt the present and the Whitwicky family, the Autobots and Earth cannot escape their fate.
Fate is represented as “The Fallen,” this Transformer pre-dates the Autobots and Decepticons and looks to regain his place amongst the top of the top. Standing in his way is Optimus Prime and his band of metallic warriors. The film itself is visually appeasing with its IMAX screening being one of the most detailed spectacles to date. The plot – surrounding itself around events that took place before the first movie – is vague and takes a backseat to the fighting and car chases that Michael Bay is mostly known for.
The runtime for the movie puts the breaks on what should’ve been a faster paced movie. Lengthy lulls full of wordy exchanges between Prime and Sam don’t put too much of a dent in the action (which there is a lot of) leaving audiences with the typical “get-ready-for-Transformers 3” ending.
Transformers 2 gets points for increasing the detail of the machines, but if I can be facetious here, the word is “transform,” right? So, why don’t they spend time doing such? I don’t know. Maybe the audience would be bored to have to see them in disguise during some scenes.
All in all, Michael Bay’s sequel is going to be a cash cow, even threatening the crown currently held by The Dark Knight, but will the racist overtones stop audiences from spending their money on something that’s insulting like this: