This was a trainwreck of a movie. Basically, it’s a bit after the end of the first Transformers. Sam is now getting ready for college. His girlfriend Mikaela is staying home, and they’re going to be long distance. Sam finds a chunk of the All Spark in his stuff and starts having visions. He’s also tempted by a sexy, agressive co-ed who is a robot in disguise.* I’m not exactly sure what happens next — it involves robots, explosions, and a very thin plot — but I can safely say criticism of the racialization of Mudflap and Skids, two illiterate jive-talking Autobots, is on-point. While they’re not the only robots who can’t read the language of the ancients, they are still very Stepin Fetchit.
Megan Fox uses a baby voice the entire film. The plot reads like a love letter to the military, needling the president for cutting military funding and attempting to >gasp!< criticize the military’s agenda regarding its engagement of an unknown, underdefined enemy. It’s this last I find especially troubling. In this particular political moment, plots suggesting that the military should be able to go rogue, and that attempts to engage in diplomacy are dangerous and short-sighted, are very scary. Plus, considering the amount of military equipment they used in the filming, and the DOD’s right to approve plots involving such equipment, I question how unbiased and “for fun” this film actually is.
At least the special effects were pretty. It’s a fun trainwreck.
*Warning: Sexy, aggressive women are ALWAYS treacherous.