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Posted: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:27 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

It seems 2009 isn't the year for director Michael Bay. So far this year, he has released two films, and neither have satisfied.

Released in February was "Friday the 13th," a remake of the 1980s slasher flick. The movie was boring, dragged on forever, and the kills were unoriginal. Absolutely nothing could save the film. It was yet another one of Bay's horrible remakes of classic horror films.

"Revenge of the Fallen" was not a total train wreck. It just was not amazing.

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is the sequel to 2007's "Transformers," a live action revamp of the Hasbro action figures. Bay's Transformers was a solid action film that starred former Disney Channel star Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, and John Turturro. Quite frankly, I loved the movie. The special effects were great, the story was interesting, and audiences were into the film from the second it came on.

Unfortunately, this is not the case with the sequel.

In "Revenge of the Fallen," Shia Labeouf and Megan Fox reprise their roles of the adventurous teens from the first film, and all of the other major actors return to their original roles as well. The acting was as good as it was in the first. It was not the problem. The problem I had was with the story.

The film picks up after the first one ends. The Autobots are working for the government, protecting Earth from the evil Decepticons, while Sam is getting ready to go to college. While cleaning out his house he finds a piece of the Cube that got stuck to his sweatshirt. After taking a lengthy glance at the piece of metal, Witwicky departs for school. Once there, he begins seeing odd symbols. After making a huge scene in his astronomy class, he meets up with Optimus, who informs him there is "much that they have not told him."

Thus begins the adventure to figure out what the symbols mean. The adventure spans the globe and ends with a cinematic battle between good and evil on the Great Pyramids of Egypt.

The problem I had with the film was the fact that it didn't totally interest me. I really wanted to enjoy this flick, but for the first half I found myself interested but wanted more. The film opens with a full-throttle chase through the streets of Shanghai, China and for the first five minutes the chase is awesome, but it just drags on and on. There were scenes that Bay could have done so much with, but instead just threw it in and didn't expand. For example, there is a scene early on when after Sam glares at the piece of cube, the shard burns him and plummets through the floor of his house into the kitchen. All of a sudden microwaves, coffee peculators, toasters, and any other electrical appliance that can be found in a kitchen turn into evil robots. They attack the family and Sam and his parents run out of the house. Bumblebee saves the day by blasting a hole in the side of the house.

The entire segment lasts about 30 seconds. If Bay had expanded and maybe had Sam fight off the creatures, it would have been a good scene. However, it is just a short pointless scene that has absolutely nothing to do with the movie.

All in all, the film's special effects were better then the first. This was the only redeeming factor. The story was not the best and the first half of the movie is fairly boring. I give it three starts out of five.

Shane Weinstein is a Northwest high school student.

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