Following his adventurous encounters with the Transformers, Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBeouf) is planning to settle into his first year at college and get on with his life. But a shard from the All-Spark falls from Sam’s jacket. This sets off a chain reaction that involves Sam, his girlfriend Mikaela (Megan Fox) and a new friend, Leo (Ramon Rodriguez). They must battle the resurrected Megatron and his superior, the Fallen, in another quest for world domination. Sam has to stay alive while the key to the quest is found. The question is – can he?
Death and destruction; separation from parents
There is excessive violence in this movie. For example, it includes numerous destructive battles between robots and humans. The final scenes consist almost entirely of bombing, shooting, hand-to-hand combat and dismembering of robots. The violence in this movie includes the following:
- People are trampled and killed by Decepticons.
- Soldiers are crushed by concrete pipes as a result of a battle between Decepticons and Autobots.
- Cars are split in half. On one occasion, the heroes of the movie are inside.
- Sam is attacked by small Decepticons in his kitchen.
- Megatron punishes Starscream for disloyalty by beating him up.
- Megatron threatens to ‘strip the flesh’ from Sam, and to ‘kill (him) slowly and painfully’. He eventually captures Sam with the aim of having Sam physically probed by smaller Decepticons for the information in his head. This process is like torture.
- Mikaela and Wheelie (a Decepticon) battle in her father’s workshop. She eventually prods him in the eye, then chains him up and locks him into a metal box.
- A Decepticon helicopter picks up Mikaela’s car and shakes it around. This dislodges its occupants, who are left hanging from the door wells. The Decepticon then drops the car onto a concrete floor and cuts it in half with a large saw blade.
- Megatron and Optimus Prime battle violently in a forest. Megatron hits Optimus in the face, and oil sprays out like blood. Megatron throws Optimus to the ground, rips his arms off, and stabs him through the back. This kills Optimus.
- Megatron tackles Starscream on the rooftop of a building. Starscream must reattach his own arm.
- Decepticons attack and destroy an aircraft carrier at sea. One person slides down the deck as the boat is upended. Another drowns in the water.
- The Decepticon Devastator (which is assembled from other robots) sucks up sand, cars, possibly a person and an Autobot. The Autobot later fights his way out, saying, ‘I’m gonna bust your face in’.
- Bumblebee and a Decepticon fight until Bumblebee destroys the Decepticon. Then another Decepticon, who looks like a panther, joins the fight and is pulled apart by Bumblebee.
- A Decepticon’s head is removed in battle. Another surfaces from the sand and attacks Jetfire.
- Sam is shot down and killed, but later revived.
- Bumblebee fights Alice, a disguised Decepticon. He forces her face into his dashboard by pushing the back of his seat forwards. Then he sprays her with oil.
- Ron Witwicky threatens to ‘drop’ a waiter for being in his ‘space’ while he and Judy are dining.
- Guards at the Smithsonian museum are ‘tasered’ so that the heroes can get through without being stopped.
- Agent Simmons ‘tasers’ Leo to stop him from panicking.
Content that may disturb children
In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, there are numerous scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under eight. These scenes include all those featuring the robots and their many transformations from machine to robot. For example:
- The shard from the All-Spark falls from Sam’s jacket and through the floors of the house to the kitchen table. It has an immediate effect on the kitchen appliances, causing them to transform into creatures that swarm all over the kitchen and up the walls.
- A large panther-like Decepticon emerges from the sea and creeps into a secure facility. It drops ball bearings from its mouth down a chute. Once inside, the bearings transform into one large Decepticon to steal back what’s left of the All-Spark.
- A cargo ship is suddenly revealed as the home to a group of Decepticons including the panther. They all transform and jump off the deck into the sea where they search the sea bed for Megatron.
- Megatron lies lifeless at the bottom of the sea but then is reawakened and returns to the surface.
- The interior of the Decepticon’s ship has several scary-looking robots and pieces of equipment.
- One of the Decepticons is disguised as a girl, Alice. She attacks Sam with a long tail and tongue. Then she transforms into a robot, and her facial skin splits and disintegrates.
- Megatron pins Sam down and forces tiny bug-like robots up into his nostrils and mouth to search for information in Sam’s brain. He is about to have his head sawn open when Optimus comes to the rescue.
- Jetfire transforms from a Stealth Bomber on display in a museum into a fully fledged Decepticon.
- Several small mining vehicles are dragged in together and transformed to create one large Decepticon (Devastator). He then immediately becomes aggressive and destructive.
- Optimus merges with Jetfire. He becomes an almost unrecognisable but formidable robot, capable of taking on The Fallen.
- The Decepticons kidnap Sam’s parents, Ron and Judy Witwicky, and hold them hostage in exchange for Sam. They are reunited with Sam in the desert, but Sam insists that they leave again for their own safety. Both Sam and his parents aren’t happy with this decision but know it’s for the best.
- Ron and Judy witness Sam’s death and are distraught. They are prevented from reaching their son’s side by soldiers holding them back from the firing line.
In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, children in this age group could be particularly concerned about the fate of the occupants of a submarine that collides with the Decepticons.
In addition to some of the scenes mentioned above, children in this age group could be concerned about the following scenes:
- Sam hallucinates at points during the movie, speed-reading a book, stuttering and twitching.
- Sam meets the Primes in the afterlife and discusses their history. This happens while Major Lennox and medics are working to revive Sam’s body in reality.
This movie includes some sexual references. For example:
- Sam’s father, Ron, suggestively slaps Sam’s mother, Judy, on the bottom. Judy responds with a similar tone and intent, referring to their younger days.
- Sam and Mikaela banter suggestively on the phone as they discuss camshafts.
- After eating a drugged biscuit, Judy propositions Ron and suggests she’ll do ‘anything for an A’.
- Leo has his computer open a web page displaying the ‘Hot 100 Freshman Babes’.
- Alice speaks seductively to Sam in his car while pulling her skirt higher up her legs.
- A teacher drops his apple on the floor during a lecture and a female student picks it up. The teacher suggests that the student should ‘finish that for me’. He then goes on to discuss ‘Virgo, the virgin’ while looking provocatively at the student.
- Wheelie says to Mikaela, ‘You might be hot but not that smart’.
- Wheelie again refers to Mikaela as being ‘hot’ as she steals a car.
- Judy refers to a caller on the other end of a telephone as a ‘perverted mouth breath(er)’.
- Mikaela lands on top of, and facing into, Leo’s groin during a teleport.
- Two testicle-like appendages are seen hanging from a Decepticon’s groin region. These are described as ‘enemy scrotum’.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
This movie includes some use of substances. For example:
- Judy Witwicky unknowingly purchases a bag of biscuits laced with marijuana. After eating one, she is affected. The bag is clearly labelled with a picture of marijuana on the front.
- Someone refers to having had a ‘reefer’.
- Characters drink alcohol at a party.
Nudity and sexual activity
This movie includes some nudity and sexual activity. For example:
- On two occasions, the family’s pet dogs are seen mating. Ron refers to seeing ‘a lot of that in college too’.
- Mikaela is first seen wearing very little clothing (short shorts and tight fitting t-shirt) and leaning provocatively over a motorbike.
- Mikaela undresses and changes her clothing outside Sam’s garage and in front of a camera.
- Sam and Mikaela kiss in several scenes.
- In Sam’s new dormitory at college, his roommate, Leo has centrefold posters on his walls.
- Alice forces herself onto Sam at a party and then again later in his room. She rubs herself against Sam’s crotch and chest and eventually pins him to the bed. Her Decepticon tail is revealed, as are her underpants. She then tries to kiss Sam with a very long robotic tongue.
- Agent Simmons takes off his trousers revealing his barely covered buttocks in a close-up shot.
- Leo lets his trousers drop to the floor in an effort to distract the guards at the museum.
- Wheelie mounts Mikaela’s leg.
This movie is a vehicle for marketing Transformers toys and associated products. Other products and companies shown in the movie include GMC, Camaro, Mountain Dew, Exide Batteries, Cisco WebEx, Valvoline, LG, CNN, Panasonic, News Corp, Phillips, Pan America and Air France.
This movie includes frequent mild to medium-level coarse language.
Ideas to discuss with your children
Transformers: Revenge of the Falle n is an action-packed science-fiction adventure. It might appeal to older adolescent and adult Transformers fans. It is not suitable for children, who are likely to want to see it because of the association with Transformers toys.
The main positive messages from this movie are the importance of courage, comradeship and loyalty.
This movie could also give you the opportunity to discuss with your older children real-life issues such as:
- the excessive violence shown
- the sexual encounters shown
- the use of this type of film to sell products.