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Transformers (DVD)

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and some big robots fighting each other.

Rated: 12.

Story: Geeky teenager (LaBeouf) attempts to chat up a pretty girl in his class (Fox). They get caught up in an inter-stellar war between big robots that can disguise themselves as ordinary vehicles. Geeky teenager tries not to get grounded by his parents while saving the world.

Comments: What do you expect from a film based on toy cars which can turn into robots? Probably not much, so this is surprisingly good.

The romance subplot is pretty embarrassing. The main plot is fairly non-existent. Some of the fighting is hard to follow. Still, there's an awful lot of action involving big robots stomping on each other and just about everything blows up, so it could have been a lot worse. It almost certainly looks fantastic in HD.

Conclusion: One for teenage boys of all ages.

Explosions: Lots.
Robots: In disguise.
Message 1: Geeky guys are actually brave, misunderstood heroes.
Message 2: Cute girls dig guys that drive giant robots.
Basis in reality: Tenuous.

Rating: 3/5.

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