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'Transformers' gets panned but may still find Oscar gold

June 24, 2009 |  4:47 pm

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" impressed far fewer critics than did "Transformers" in 2007. The original film rated 61 at Meta Critic but the sequel managed only a score of 42. And over at Rotten Tomatoes, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" merited a mere 22 among the top tier of critics while the original "Transformers" earned a respectable 67.

Transformers Shia LaBeouf Megan Fox movie news 1357986 However, the sequel should still equal the original at the box office. Advance ticket sales for "Transfomers: Revenge of the Fallen" have it on track to be one of the top-grossing movies of the summer. Last night's midnight showings sold out across the country. And fervent fans of the franchise and stars Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf are packing today's screenings.

Among those sure to see the movie on the big screen in the days ahead will be members of the various technical branches of the academy. Two years ago "Transformers" earned Oscar bids in three technical categories -- sound, sound editing and visual effects.

"Transformers" lost both sound races to "The Bourne Ultimatum," and "The Golden Compass" won for visual effects. However, the special effects wizards did win four awards from the Visual Effects Society. As with most sequels, the studio has spent even more money this time round on all of those slam-bang special effects.

Director Michael Bay has rehired many of the same tech experts who figured in the success of the first film. One name missing from the credits of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is sound mixer Kevin O'Connell who was part of the losing team two years ago. That defeat marked the 20th in a row for O'Connell, who has held up surprisingly well under the weight of the title of Oscar's biggest loser. As O'Connell worked on the next big summer movie -- "Public Enemies" -- he may well land his 21st Oscar nod this year.

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I'm so excited to see the movie! I love the first one! :) It has to be great!

its way o early to say this film will be an Oscar nominee -- there are months to go and lets face it AVATAR will win every tech award this year .

This was the best movie I have ever seen. Can't wait to see it again.

This movie was awesome! A lot of fun, eye candy for the special effects and hot actors/actresses, and great for the fan boys and girls out there. This is just what I want to see in a summer movie: a lot of fun, great action, a dash of romance, and a side of funny to keep me entertained. I saw it at the midnight showing, and I plan to see it at least 2 more times in the theaters with friends and family. It doesn't matter what the critics think if the fans want to go see it.

I saw the movie yesterday. OMG, the critics are a... well, it's the season for the summertime blockbusters. Personally, I didn't go to the movie to have some personal revelation. I had fun, and that’s what I want. All these critics want some major social comment. I don’t think ONE critic who ever lived actual enjoys action/adventure stories. They are all a bunch of Woody Allen fans. Ewwww!

This movie was good. It is much better then other crap that came out this year so far. Bout time an "action movie" came out that had alot of action. This movie is for the older audience that grew up with these cartoons not the kids who play with the same toys thier parents did! Get some originality FFS!

Movie was fantastic! Not sure why the "critics" didn't like it but then again most of us don't care for the movies that "they" suggest anyway. Good movie! Lots of action! Can't wait to buy it when it comes out!


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