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Transformers 2: Sneak- Preview Quick Review

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Last night Allison and I went into Boston at the last minute to go and see a Free Sneak Preview of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. I was fortunate to get tickets and I guess all my talk of Transformers as well as the insane amount of them on my desk tipped people off that I like them, a lot!

I loved the movie but I did have issues with plot, much more about this in the SPOLIER section.

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Here is my just part of my collection of transformers. I spent the better part of 3 hours setting up the Decepticons back in 2007. I took this with my XShot.

My friend Joanne e-mailed me to tell me that a friend of hers had two passes to see a Pre-Screening at the AMC in Boston last night at 7:00pm. I connected with him and got the tickets, he was happy that someone was going so he gave them to me free. He got the tickets from his local comic shop Friendly Neighborhood Comics. Allison and I figured out some logistics for taking care of Eva, thanks Aunt Corrine, Mom and Dad for watching her all day yesterday and last night.

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This was a photo from 2007 where I set up all of my Transformers for a Photo Shoot with the local newspaper prior to the 1st Transformers Movie and Botcon 2007.

After work Allison pulled up with a bag of clothes for me to change into. My Autobots Red, White and Blue Shirt and my new Jeans. I also put on a jacket that my dad gave me. I was pumped and excited as I walked to the car. Allison could really tell I was excited. We jetted into the city and the set of directions I printed was nearly perfect, we parked over by the Glass Slipper (yeah, it is what you think it is) and then walked to the theater. There was no line outside so that was a good sign. We went inside and discovered that there was quite a line inside so we hopped at the beginning of the second line. That was at 5:15pm, the movie was at 7:00pm

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My desk at Work was all set up in 2007. It was full of toys, Transformers Alternators, Harley Davidson Pins, Transformers Heroes of Cybertron figures and many misc toys.

While waiting in line we observed one poor ticket taker who had to deal with every person who tried to sneak past by telling her that their friends were inside. So what, we all have friends inside you’re not special, get back in line. She did not say that but that is what I was saying in my head after watching everyone. Then this old man came up and asked if anyone had a ticket. He then tried to get in. He was refused. The ticket taker, I’ll call her Jessica (she looked like a Jessica to me. She was wicked nice and all she did was take crap from people all night long, the general public most often should not be out in public.) So, Jessica lets six people in and we were part of the six. So we were now at the back of the first line, this is a good thing, we were going to get seat.

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At Botcon 2007. Taken with my X Shot this is the welcome sign for BotCon 2007. Impressive isn’t it.

But the next thing I know there is the crazy old man. He had snuck past Jessica with the claim that he had to use the bathroom. I can understand that she had to let him go, he’s old and he probably said he was incontinent, but he was a liar. He was in line with us, and now ahead of us telling people that he snuck through. I guess if you are a crazy old coot you can get away with things like that. Finally Jessica saw him and asked him to get back in line. He refused and poor Jessica could do nothing, she was the only person there and how bad would it look to see someone physically remove a dottering old man. He was certainly playing that up. (I have nothing against old people I have something against assholes who try and cheat the system)

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The Old Dude who snuck in.

We grabbed a couple of hot dogs and ate them in line. We waited in the line and we got in. We grabbed seats on the side where there were four seats, that way we weren’t climbing over people and people weren’t climbing over us. There was a huge section of reserved seats and it was unclear who they were exactly reserved for because as it became later in the evening and closer to the start of the movie those seats became less reserved and more free for all. Again I maintain that much of the general public should not be out in the public. Oh and crazy old man sat right in front of us. A nice couple sat next to us. Allison suspects that they had a really GOOD time during the show.

Me and Prime

Me with Optimus Prime at Botcon 2007.

Okay, the movie itself. This portion here is the spoiler free version, below will be the spoiler section. I will alert you to the spoiler section.

Optimoous Prime?

I am a Transformer fan from 1984 and I don’t believe that Michael Bay has ruined my childhood because of his take on the franchise. I think that he plays to the lowest common denominator most of the time and the humor of the movie was juvenile at best. Oh, I did laugh at a few parts but some things were overdone. By the end of the movie we were pretty much all set with Skids and Mudflap the comic relief bots.

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Promo item for the 1st movie in 2007. A Giant Robot hand holding the Transformers Movie Count Down Clock. Taken during my tour of Hasbro.

The action was huge, more massive than the first movie. The fights were way more intense yet quite chaotic anhttp://www.benspark.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=7612d hard to follow who was a good guy and who was a bad guy. Maybe if we were actually introduced to the characters say for instance Optimus could have done one of the patented roll calls from the cartoon then at least we would have had some idea of many of the names of the characters.

Into the Fray

My desk still has a few toys on it including my set of Robot Heroes.

Many people don’t like him but I like Shia Lebouf, in the Transformers Franchise, because he plays the character of Sam well. He did some great physical comedy stuff and his dialogue and delivery is fantastic. There is a great scene when he meets his roommate.

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Megan Fox is basically just eye candy for the 13-99 year old boys out there. Why else wold you put her in a flimsy low cut top and make her run in slow motion away from explosions. And I am sure that the way she was airbrushing the motorcycle was the best possible position to do that job.

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Gotta start them early learning about the finer things in life. Like Father like Daughter.

Tyrese Gibson had some good lines but not enough. Josh Duarmel was in the movie and had a great scene but not much else. This was mostly a robot movie and that was a good thing. The action was based on the robots, focused on their fight with a “new” enemy. There was a geriatric robot as well, insert some more low brow jokes when he comes along.

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Overall I loved the movie, the pace was intense I was not bored for a second. RunPee will be hard pressed to find good spots in this movie. There were points where I had goosebumps, got choked up, was surprised and wanted to cheer. It was amazing and I cannot wait to see it in IMAX tomorrow.

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Today after my ride, Allison and I headed to Framingham to the Premium Cinemas to go and see Sahara. First impressions: The movie was a great action movie, so much good about it. Characters: Admiral Sandecker, William H. Macy did a good job as Sandecker however Sandecker dyes his beard to keep any grey out of it. Macy’s beard was grey. He did have the trademark cigars however and that is important. I don’t think the movie Sandecker was tenacious enough, but he did still get the job done.

Rudi Gunn: Okay you got the glasses right but Rainn Wilson is a bit too pudgy to be playing Gunn who is a skinny little pencil pusher on the outside but a tough former Navy guy when pushed. Gunn seemed confused when with Pitt and Giordino but then again most everyone is. They are a tight pair. However his scientific knowledge was shown very well.

Giordino, Okay I had my doubts about Steve Zahn as Al Giordino, he was awesome, but he wasn’t the Giordino that I have come to know in the Dirk Pitt Series. But that was not necessarily a bad thing. Zahn made Giordino come alive but a different Giordino. And that was okay. Zahn provided much of the movies humor and Gunn provided the rest but playing the straight man to the manic Zahn and the ever confident Pitt.

Dirk Pitt, Matthew McConaughy was fantastic as Pitt. They got the look down and the mannerisms and the eyes they got the eyes right. Dirk Pitt’s eyes are a huge part of the books, whether they are soulful or dangerous and of course Opaline green. McConaughy played the ever confident and never rattled Pitt so very well, it made me believe that he stepped off the pages of the book.

The story: The story was a big deviation from the book but it was a great story in itself. It is impossible to pack every character and plot twist from a Cussler novel into a mere 2 hours and 7 minutes, but the adaptation of the book to movie was done very well. It had many of elements that make a Dirk Pitt novel so great. Multiple plot lines and many characters, lots of actions and impossible odds. That is was makes Pitt such a great character, he always goes for the impossible. One thing I didn’t particularly like was a transition that was all too quick and that had to do with the land yacht. The chemistry: I think the only character who was really wooden was Penelope Cruz, she’s the poor man’s Catherine Zeta Jones or Selma Hayek. Although I think that Selma Hayek and Penelope Cruz would have been interchangeable in this role. But oh well. The core four, Sandecker, Gunn, Giordino and Pitt had great chemistry, they had the bickering and bantering down pat. The scenes with Pitt and Giordino were great, it really felt like they were friends from back when they were in kindergarten. That was one of the great things about the movie. And there were lots and lots of explosions, but the way the explosions happened were like nothing I’ve seen before in movies. The Soundtrack: Seventies rock and roll, you can’t beat that, it was a great choice for the feel of the movie. I would certainly see this movie again and will definitely see it again when it comes to the Route One Cinema Pub, Dad and I are going to see it then.

The location: The Framingham Premium Cinemas as always was great, we got a plate of appetizers and all the popcorn and soda that we wanted.

After the movie we went to Jordan’s furniture to look for a lift top coffee table. They didn’t have a good selection so we went to Bob’s Discount furniture and found one that we liked and bought it. It should be delivered on Friday. No more sitting on the floor for dinner. We then headed home and went to Cardi’s Furniture to see if any of the tables were better but didn’t find one. And then we went to the Memphis Roadhouse for a rib dinner. It was really cold there but luckily they shut off the overzealous fan just as we left, one hour after we asked the fan to be turned down. Way to be on top of things.

When I got home Tara and I set up the wireless Router so that she and Erik could have Internet Access and so could Mom and Dad. I’m actually writing this entry on my laptop wirelessly. Too bad that Allison and I are locked into a year long contract with Verizon for DSL. Oh well, live and learn.