It is hard to believe that it has been over two decades since this action thriller came out. Adventure on the high seas with a post-modern twist filled with so many guns and explosions, it is hard to tell exactly whom to root for, or why the bad guys are doing what they are doing. The advertisement teased us with “In 1992 a battleship’s been sabotaged by nuclear pirates out to steal its warheads. Now, surrounded by terrorists, a lone man stands with a deadly plan of attack.” What those execs on Madison Avenue did not tell us was that this battleship was The Battleship!
Anyone who loves a good action film is not going to be disappointed by this film from Michael Bay. It has all the elements for a great Sci-Fi action thriller that should please everyone, unfortunately not everyone. Having watched the cartoon since it first aired on TV in 1984 and several of the incarnations since then I personally feel that the film indeed captures the essence of when Hasbro and Marvel first did the shows and comics. While purists hate anything Michael Bay may make this reviewer feels that he did the name of Transformers true justice. The film is about autonomous robots that are seeing something on earth, just as in the old series. While the first movie doesn’t deal with the search for Energon but it does make hints at it with them showing that there are a group of transformers on the surface of Mars. This film deals with the search for the All Spark, the Cube, their maker. The show also has the interactions between the humans and the transformers with the interaction with the teens that ultimately become their spokesmen on earth. With so much coming from the old series there is no way that you can not mistake this as not being a full authentic transformers film.