This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Transformers Engine Cranks, but Still Won't Start

Clocking in at 2 hours and 45 minutes, the movie probably could've been cut down by 20 minutes, if not more, with unnecessary scenes such as longer chase scenes involving Tucci and Li Bingbing, and not missed anything. It seems as if Bay was appealing to fans with a longer movie, but it's the wrong content on screen. Giving Galvatron, voiced by Frank Welker (a nod to Generation 1 fans) more screen time and more development, would've been a better choice than having Miller shown on screen incinerated by a grenade for a good 15, 20 seconds.

There were several plot holes, like why were the Dinobots on Lockdown's ship, and how come Optimus can all of a sudden fly, but with most Bay movies, the action makes up for plot holes, even if they are noticeable.

Even though there were several glaring negatives to the movie, Bay does show improvement as a director, and it's noticeable. The cinematography is much, much better than the first free. Bay finally allows scenes to be more than half a second, and there was a drastic cut down on the bathroom humor, though some of it still seemed out of place.

The CGI, as always is top notch, and there is no better director in Hollywood than Bay when it comes to filming action scenes. There were quite a few nice touches to G1 fans aside from Welker voicing Galvatron, including Galvatron's color scheme, Optimus Prime's old truck mode, a text message sound that's the old theme song, and the transformation sound, making it an enjoyable experience for fans, both young and old alike.

The movie certainly sets up a sequel, with Galvatron leaving Earth, and Optimus Prime going into the stars looking for his Creators (the Quintessons?), but the film could've done so much more before getting ahead of itself.

Alien robots, Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammar, cars and attractive women should be the greatest combiner of all time, nicknamed Moneytron. However, this one seems like it's stuck still trying to figure out how to put the pieces together.

Final Grade: 6.5/10

Why Apple Decided to Introduce New iPods

Is Starbucks Tuition Reimbursement Just the Start?

--Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

2 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 17,079.57 -42.44 -0.25%
S&P 500 1,996.74 -3.38 -0.17%
NASDAQ 4,557.6950 -11.9260 -0.26%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs