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Movie Review: Transformers – The Last Knight (2017)

So we’re already on the fifth of the Transformers series in The Last Knight — and have you seen it last night? Ho, kidding aside, this franchise is one of the most followed series for past the decade — and rightfully so, it’s got a good foundation way back from its first release in 2007.

The Synopsis. Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it’s up to the unlikely alliance of inventor Cade Yeager, Bumblebee, an English lord and an Oxford professor to save the world.

Looking deeper and beyond movies, humans against machines could be in an inevitable war — what with the continued development of robots, yes, especially in terms of AI. See for one, there are already those who lost their jobs to automation — and later on, this number would only grow.

Yet what’s more scary is when the time comes that these robots could not be controlled anymore — and that’s gonna be the start of a real war between man and machine! Actually, these thoughts came to screen in The Terminator from long time ago — and the Transformers only made it a little ‘playful’.

Anyway, ever since Shia LaBeouf (a.k.a. Sam Witwicky) had been replaced as the franchise’s lead star, the movie has actually gone sour. Like, the interest just got affected somehow, let alone, when Megan Fox left after the movie’s second installment. Not that Mark Wahlberg did a bad job, it’s just that the ‘life cycle’ jumped way too far. Hey, can’t they just grow with the film? Like Harry Potter and many others, you know.

The box office just shows the effects. Let’s see why.

One. The Last Night have become a little messy, yeah, the story line. Like, robots having a past here on earth?? These are just robots, mind you. And trying to incorporate robots into human history is already like an overdose of brainwashing. It’s unnecessary. This is not some kind of super hero or fantasy film like Peter Pan or something — so, there’s no need to go overboard.

Two. If the foundation is shadowy then what follows is sort of questionable — like robots at sea or something like that?

Three. The movie is what, more than 2 hours long?? Wow, just way too long! Two hours could have been enough to make a diehard real satisfied, so definitely scenes should have been cut in the narrative.

In all, if all you want to see are robots that are fighting then perhaps you would be entertained here; then again, the battle scenes have just become a little monotonous — while the effects are, well, guess they just tried too hard to give viewers a good time.


Movie Review: RoboCop (2014)

After watching the movie RoboCop, I felt the “tone” that made it a classic was sort of missing. I mean, yes, times have changed but what was loved by the public then became a question mark today.

We understand that director Jose Padilha wanted to focus more on the realities of today like that of drones and politics instead of action(?). But then again, it’s a sci-fi film – that has already built a name! If you focus a little more on politics (unless it’s Transformers), don’t you think that it would change the tone?

At any rate, the actors only follow the script and instructions, so you can’t totally blame them if there are shortcomings. Joel Kinnaman did pretty well for a relatively “unknown” actor, though his support could have carried the film to even greater heights than they did.RoboCop-2014-oped-RoboCop-3

Still, the suit looks great as expected; but looks silly on the wearer when he runs. Oh, the screws must be tight, ugh!

In general, the film is okay, though guess the production simply tried a bit too hard to keep up with the “classic.”

Anyway, if there’s a scheduled Batman vs Superman movie for 2016,.. how about RoboCop vs Iron Man? Now that would be something!