“What you are about to see is top secret. Do NOT tell my mother!” -Agent Simmons.
I kept hearing that this movie had no plot until about half way through. I went in expecting that. I was happy to find these statements to be wrong. There wasn’t much action until about halfway through, but I saw a good plot all the way through.
Here’s the breakdown.
In addition to the characters from the last movie, there are a some new Autobots and Decepticons. The twins have to be the funniest of the newbies. Anyway, additionally Sam has some new friends from college: one girl that seems to be throwing herself at him, despite Bumblebee’s attempts to thwart her and one guy who is obsessed with finding all he can out about the alien machines that have supposedly been sighted in the recent past.
Basically, there’s a really old Decepticon that Megatron has been working for named The Fallen. He wants to destroy the sun to create energon to help him build an army of Decepticons to rule the galaxy. He can only be killed by a Prime, like Optimus. Unfortunately, Optimus dies halfway through the movie protecting Sam from nearly all the Decepticons on Earth by himself. Of course, Sam, who accidentally touched one of the two remaining shards of the Allspark, has this knowledge floating around his brain that tells him there’s a way to save Optimus, and thus the planet and solar system.
The theme was all based on Linkin Park’s song, New Divide. Apparently, after using What I’ve Done in the last one, they were approached for a new song for the new movie and created New Divide. It’s a good song and makes for a decent soundtrack for giant alien robots blowing each other up.
So it wasn’t a bad movie. It didn’t have the awe factor that the first one did, but sequels rarely do. It was better than people told me it was, in my opinion. Be sure to check it out if you get the chance.