“What I look for in a script is something that challenges me, something that breaks new ground, something that allows me to flex my director muscle.”–Michael Bay
DIRECTED BY: Michael Bay
FEATURING: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Jon Voight, John Turturro
PLOT: Giant robots attack a military installation. Shia LaBeouf buys a muscle car, but it’s actually a giant robot in disguise. A team of good giant robots from outer space battle a team of bad giant robots from outer space for control of a Rubik’s Cube.
- The movie Transformers was so successful that it launched a toy franchise and a Saturday morning children’s show.
- Against the studio’s wishes, director Michael Bay deleted thirty minutes of explosions from the final cut, then added an additional hour of character development. A yet-to-be-released director’s cut incorporates all the explosion footage that was shot, and runs for over four days.
- Jon Voight was once a respected actor.
- Shia LaBeouf is a pseudonym which roughly translates from the French as “Made-up name the beef.”
- Within five months after receiving her paycheck for Transformers, Megan Fox declared bankruptcy. Reportedly, she spent all of the money on unlicensed Mexican plastic surgery, including $500,000 for an experimental procedure which would have installed an expression on her face.
- Stephen “Schindler’s List” Spielberg executive produced, haters.
INDELIBLE IMAGE: Oh, how about just a freakin’ awesome muscle car transforming into a bad-ass killer robot, is all.
WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: One of the basic tenets of Surrealism is its insistence on juxtapositions and transformations of unlikely objects. As poet Pierre Reverdy said, “the more the relationship between the two juxtaposed realities is distant and true, the stronger the image will be — the greater its emotional power and poetic reality.” In Un Chien Andalou, we see breasts that turn into buttocks; is this any stranger or more poetic than souped-up yellow Camaros that turn into giant missile-shooting bipeds?
Original trailer for Transformers
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