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Transformers

Transformers

Released: July 3, 2007

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  • "THE FOCUS"
    WRITTEN BY ALI THEODORE, JULIAN DAVIS & AARON JACOB SANDLOFER
    PERFORMED BY X5
    COURTESY OF DEETOWN ENTERTAINMENT
  • "GUADALAJARA"
    WRITTEN BY PEPE GU ZAR
    PERFORMED BY MARIACHI VARGAS DE TECALITLAN
    COURTESY OF RCA VICTOR AND SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (MEXICO) S.A. DE C.V.
    BY ARRANGEMENT WITH SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
  • "TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES"
    WRITTEN BY A. DERAKH, R. SHUCK, A. VALCIC
    PERFORMED BY JULIEN-K
    COURTESY OF JULIEN-K
  • "THIS MOMENT"
    WRITTEN BY DAN DONEGAN, DAVID DRAIMAN AND MIKE WENGREN
    PERFORMED BY DISTRUBED
    COURTESY OF REPRISE RECORDS
    BY ARRANGEMENT WITH WARNER MUSIC GROUP FILM & TV LICENSING
  • "DRIVE"
    WRITTEN BY RIC OCASEK
    PERFORMED BY THE CARS
    COURTESY OF ELEKTRA ENTERTIANMENT GROUP
    BY ARRANGEMENT WITH WARNER MUSIC GROUP FILM & TV LICENSING
  • "SEXUAL HEALING"
    WRITTEN BY MARVIN GAYE, ODELL BROWN & DAVID RITZ
    PERFORMED BY MARVIN GAYE
    COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RECORDS
    BY ARRANGEMENT WITH SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
  • "I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD)"
    WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY JAMES BROWN
    COURTESY OF UNIVERSAL RECORDS
    UNDER LICENSE FROM UNIVERSAL MUSIC ENTERPRISES
  • "BABY COME BACK"
    WRITTEN BY PETER BECKETT & J.C. CROWLEY
    PERFORMED BY PLAYER
    COURTESY OF POLYDOR RECORDS LTD. (U.K.)
    UNDER LICENSE FROM UNIVERSAL MUSIC ENTERPRISES
  • "WHAT I'VE DONE"
    WRITTEN BY CHESTER BENNINGTON, ROBERT BOURDON, BRAD DELSON, JOSEPH HAHN, MIKE SHINODA, AND DAVE FARRELL
    PERFORMED BY LINKIN PARK
    COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. RECORDS INC.
    BY ARRANGEMENT WITH WARNER MUSIC GROUP FILM & TV LICENSING
  • "CHEESY CHA CHA"
    WRITTEN BY MICK PARKER
    COURTESY OF 5 ALARM MUSIC
  • "AIN'T NO GAME"
    WRITTEN BY ALI THEODORE & ZACH DAZIGER
    PERFORMED BY BASKO
    COURTESY OF DEETOWN ENTERTAINMENT
  • "PASSION'S KILLING FLOOR"
    WRITTEN BY VILLE VALO
    PERFORMED BY H.I.M.
    COURTESY OF SIRE RECORDS
    BY ARRANGEMENT WITH WARNER MUSIC GROUP FILM & TV LICENSING
  • "PRETTY HANDSOME AWARD"
    WRITTEN BY ROBERT C. MCCRACKEN, JEPH HOWARD, QUINN ALLMAN
    PERFORMED BY THE USED
    COURTESY OF REPRISE RECORDS
    BY ARRANGEMENT WITH WARNER MUSIC GROUP FILM & TV LICENSING
  • "BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE (SAM AND MIKAELA'S THEME)"
    WRITTEN BY JOHN RZEZNIK
    PERFORMED BY GOO GOO DOLLS
    COURTESY OF REPRISE RECORDS
  • "BATTLE WITHOUT HONOR OR HUMANITY"
    WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY TOMOYASU HOTEI
    COURTESY OF IRC2 CORPORATION/TOSHIBA EMI LIMITED
    UNDER LICENSE FROM EMI FILM & TELEVISION MUSIC
  • "SECOND TO NONE"
    WRITTEN BY TAKBIR ASHIR AND RYAN MCGINN
    PERFORMED BY STYLES FO BEYOND
    FEATURING MIKE SHINODA
    COURTESY OF MACHINESHOP RECORDINGS/WARNER BROS. RECORDS INC.
    BY ARRANGEMENT WITH WARNER MUSIC GROUP FILM & TV LKICENSING
  • "DOOMSDAY CLOCK"
    WRITTEN BY BILLY CORGAN
    PERFORMED BY SMASHING PUMPKINS
    COURTESY OF REPRISE RECORDS
    BY ARRANGEMENT WITH WARNER MUSIC GROUP FILM & TV LICENSING

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Review: Transformers

by Dan Goldwasser July 1, 2007
3.5 / 5 Stars

I\'ve never been a big fan of Transformers. That isn\'t to say I wouldn\'t enjoy the television show, toys, or original animated film; I just never got into it. So when I saw the new Michael Bay live-action version of Transformers, it was not from the standpoint of a long-time fan. The story is pretty straightforward. The Autobots (good guys) and Decepticons (bad guys) have been waging war against each other for a long time. The \"All-Spark\" apparently came to earth a long time ago, and Megatron (the leader of the Decepticons) came after it, because it\'s a source of unlimited power, and whoever wields the All-Spark will win the war. Thrust into the middle of this battle is Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), a somewhat gawky teen who wants to impress the hot girl (Megan Fox) with his new used car - which just happens to be an Autobot in disguise.

Soon Sam discovers that his great-grandfather discovered the secret to the location of the All-Spark, and he and Mikaela (Fox) are soon escaping from evil giant robots, and encountering friendly ones. The leader of the Autobots is Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen), and together they all try to find the All-Spark before the Decepticons can get their hands on it. There\'s a whole parallel story in the meantime involving the U.S. military, and their attempts to figure out what is going on, and as we approach the climax of the film, all the storylines converge, and large action mayhem ensues.

And let\'s be perfectly frank - that\'s what people want from this film. Michael Bay\'s films aren\'t exactly known for their character depth and emotion, and even good dialogue is rarely present in his movies. But, the man knows how to shoot action sequences that are eye-popping, and with Industrial Light and Magic delivering some amazing visual effects, this is clearly the big summer action movie. The pacing is good, and the movie never boring. The actors manage to deliver convincingly against characters that weren\'t added until post, and by the time the movie ends (with an appropriate opening for a sequel), you\'ve been through one hell of a ride.

At times, the editing and choreography is a bit overwhelming, but that\'s typical Bay territory. We get his trademarked camera moves (especially that nice 360 degree rotation when Optimus Prime transforms towards the end of the film), and the music score by Steve Jablonsky is appropriately loud and energy-driven. It\'s not clear how much of an influence Steven Spielberg (who executive produced the film) had in the end result, but there are a few moments that clearly benefited from his touch.

Transformers is poised to be the big summer movie smash that it was expected to be. Fans of the film seem to be reacting to it positively, and people who haven\'t really gotten into the whole franchise will probably find something to latch on to and enjoy with it. For me, it was the fun ride, and awesome visuals.

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