ⓘ Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen


ⓘ Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a 2009 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay and based on the Transformers toy line. It is the sequel to 2007s Transformers, as well as the second installment in the live-action Transformers film series. Taking place two years after the first film, the story revolves around Sam Witwicky, who is caught in the war between the Autobots, led by Optimus Prime and the Decepticons, led by Megatron. Sam begins having strange visions of Cybertronian symbols, and is being hunted by the Decepticons under the orders of an ancient Decepticon named The Fallen, who seeks to get revenge on Earth by finding and activating a machine that would provide the Decepticons with an energon source, destroying the Sun and all life on Earth in the process. Returning Transformers include Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ironhide, Ratchet, Megatron, Starscream, and Scorponok.

With deadlines jeopardized by possible strikes by the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild, Bay managed to finish the production on time with the help of previsualization and a scriptment by his writers David Marconi, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and series newcomer Ehren Kruger. Shooting took place between May and September 2008, with locations in Egypt, Jordan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California, as well as air bases in New Mexico and Arizona. It is the last film in the series to star Megan Fox, and is also the last film in the series to be co-produced by DreamWorks Pictures, leaving Paramount Pictures as the sole distributor of its future sequels, starting with Dark of the Moon.

Revenge of the Fallen premiered on June 8, 2009 in Tokyo and was released on June 24, 2009 in the United States. Critical reception was negative, with critics considering it to be inferior to the first film. Critics panned the films script, rude humor, characters, performances, and runtime, while praising the visual effects, action scenes, score, and the performances of Peter Cullen and Hugo Weaving. The film won three Golden Raspberry Awards at the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony and became the highest-grossing film to win the Worst Picture award. The film surpassed its predecessor at the box office, grossing a total of $402.1 million in the US and Canada and $434.2 million in other territories, for a total of $836.3 million worldwide, making it the 37th highest-grossing domestic film and fourth-highest of the year worldwide. With over 11 million home media sales in 2009, it was also the top-selling film of the year in the United States. It was followed by Dark of the Moon in 2011.


1. Plot

In 17.000 B.C., the Seven Primes travel across the universe to create Energon with star-absorbing machines called Sun Harvesters, which destroy stars in order to collect their raw material. One of them defies the rule to never destroy a planet with life on it by establishing a Sun Harvester on Earth, earning him the name "The Fallen". The Fallen is confronted by the other Primes, who imprison him before he can harvest the Sun using the Matrix of Leadership. The rest of the Primes then sacrifice themselves to hide the Matrix in an unknown location.

In the present, two years after the Battle of Mission City, the Autobots and the U.S. military have formed the Non-biological Extraterrestrial Species Treaty NEST, a classified international task force in order to eliminate the surviving Decepticons. In Shanghai, the Autobots intercept two Decepticons, Demolishor and Sideways. Sideways is killed by the Autobot Sideswipe, while Optimus Prime kills Demolishor, but not before he warns them of the Fallens return. At NESTs secure headquarters in Diego Garcia, National Security Adviser, Theodore Galloway, concludes that since Megatrons corpse is at the bottom of the Laurentian Abyss and the last known AllSpark shard is secure in their base, the Decepticons must still be on Earth solely to hunt the Autobots. The Decepticon Soundwave hacks into a military satellite, overhears this information, and sends Ravage to retrieve the shard.

Meanwhile, Sam Witwicky is preparing to attend college, leaving his girlfriend Mikaela Banes and guardian Bumblebee behind. He finds a smaller AllSpark shard in his hoodie and picks it up, causing him to see Cybertronian symbols. As a side effect, the shards energy brings various kitchen appliances to life, who then attack Sam and his family. After Bumblebee kills the living appliances, Sam gives the shard to Mikaela, who later captures the Decepticon Wheelie as he attempts to steal it. At the Laurentian Abyss, the Constructicons resurrect Megatron using the stolen shard and parts ripped off from one of their own allies. Megatron then travels to one of Saturns moons, where he reunites with his second in command, Starscream, and his master, the Fallen, who orders him to capture Sam alive and kill Optimus, as Primes are the only Transformers who can defeat the Fallen.

In college, Sam is followed and seduced by Alice, a Decepticon Pretender disguised as a college student, along with Mikaela and Leo, his roommate. Mikaela then kills Alice, and the trio is then captured by the Decepticon Grindor and taken to an abandoned factory. There, Megatron reveals that the symbols in Sams mind will lead the Decepticons to a new Energon source, before Optimus and Bumblebee arrive to rescue them. Optimus engages Megatron, Starscream, and Grindor, killing the last in the process, before being himself killed by Megatron. The other Autobots arrive and force Megatron and Starscream to retreat. The Decepticons then launch devastating, simultaneous attacks around the world, while The Fallen hijacks Earths telecommunications systems, demanding that Sam be handed over to him.

While looking for alien expert "Robo-Warrior", Sam, Mikaela, and Leo find and enlist the help of former Sector Seven agent, Seymour Simmons, who reveals the Transformers visited Earth eons ago and the most ancient, known as Seekers, remained hidden on Earth. With help from Wheelie, they track down a senile Decepticon Seeker named Jetfire at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. They use their shard to revive Jetfire, who teleports the group to Egypt and explains the story of the Fallen. Along with Jetfire, Wheelie sides with the Autobots, and Jetfire sends them to locate the Matrix, which could be used to revive Optimus. The group find the Matrix in Petra, but it disintegrates into dust. Nevertheless, Sam stuffs its remains into one of his socks.

Meanwhile, NEST forces and the Autobots land near the Giza pyramid complex and are attacked by a large force of Decepticons. During the battle, the Constructicons combine to form Devastator, who destroys one of the pyramids to reveal the Sun Harvester hidden inside, before he is killed by a U.S. Navy railgun aboard the USS Kidd. Ravage and the Decepticon Rampage attempt to spring a trap, using Sams captured parents as bait, in order to force Sam to give them the Matrix, but Bumblebee interferes and kills them both. Major William Lennox and Sergeant Robert Epps call in an airstrike that kills the majority of the Decepticon ground forces. However, Megatron manages to shoot Sam, mortally wounding him. He then retreats after coming under attack by fighter jets. As Sam nears death, the Primes speak to him through a vision, saying that the Matrix must be earned, not found, and that he has now earned the right to bear it for fighting for Optimus. They restore Sams energy and grant him the Matrix, which he uses to revive Optimus.

The Fallen teleports to their location and steals the Matrix from Optimus. He returns to the pyramid with Megatron and activates the Sun Harvester. Jetfire, who is severely wounded after his battle with Scorponok, sacrifices himself to allow his parts to be transplanted to Optimus. The parts give Optimus immense strength and the ability to fly, allowing him to destroy the Harvester. He then battles Megatron and The Fallen, incapacitating the former and killing the latter. Megatron retreats with Starscream, vowing vengeance. The Autobots and their allies then return to the United States, and Sam finishes college.


2. Cast

  • Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes, Sams girlfriend whom he trusts as the Allspark fragments begin to unravel.
  • Kevin Dunn as Ron Witwicky, Sams father.
  • Matthew Marsden as Graham, a British Army NEST officer.
  • Ramon Rodriguez as Leo Spitz, a college roommate of Sams who runs an online conspiracy blog and is obsessed with the Transformers.
  • Glenn Morshower as General Morshower, the supervisor of NEST.
  • Julie White as Judith Witwicky, Sams mother.
  • Josh Duhamel as William Lennox, a U.S. Army Major who establishes NEST to help the Autobots in their battle against the remaining Decepticons.
  • John Turturro as Seymour Simmons, a former agent of the recently terminated Sector 7 who now runs a meat shop in New York City with his mother, Tova Simmons.
  • John Benjamin Hickey as Theodore Galloway, a national security adviser who often chastises NEST and the Autobots for their destructive tactics.
  • Rainn Wilson as Professor R.A. Colan, Sam and Leos astronomy teacher.
  • Tyrese Gibson as Robert Epps, a U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant in Lennoxs team who leads NESTs SWAT unit.
  • Isabel Lucas as Alice, a female pretender sent to spy on Sam in college.
  • Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky, a recent high school graduate who is unwittingly drawn again into the Autobot cause to unravel an ancient mystery implanted into his mind by the now-destroyed Allspark.

2.1. Cast Voices

  • Hugo Weaving as Megatron, The Fallens apprentice and the leader of the Decepticons who transforms into both a Cybertronian tank and jet.
  • A black and silver Mack concrete mixer truck head of Devastator, originally a Constructicon called Mixmaster
  • A yellow Caterpillar D9T bulldozer, like Rampage left leg
  • A red KW Dart D4661 Tractor Truck articulated dump truck lower torso, originally a Constructicon called Overload
  • Robert Foxworth as Ratchet, the Autobot medical officer who transforms into a yellow 2004 search and rescue Hummer H2 ambulance.
  • Devastator, a massive Decepticon who is the combination of nine construction vehicles. In the Transformers lore, these vehicles are meant to be individual Decepticons called the Constructicons. Concept art was even created for them to be featured in the film, but most of them except for Demolishor and Rampage ended up not being used, only being featured in the films related toy line. The vehicles that compose Devastator are
  • Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots who transforms into a blue and red 1994 Peterbilt 379 semi-trailer truck.
  • Frank Welker as
  • Tony Todd as The Fallen, a rogue Prime who is the first and founder of the Decepticons, as well as the master of Megatron.
  • Reedman, a razor-thin Decepticon composed of thousands of minuscule bead-like Decepticons.
  • Jess Harnell as Ironhide, the Autobot weapons specialist and Optimuss new second-in-command who transforms into a black 2006 GMC Topkick C4500.
  • Charlie Adler as Starscream, Megatrons second-in-command who transforms into a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor.
  • A green Caterpillar 773B dump truck right leg, originally a Constructicon called Long Haul
  • Mark Ryan as Jetfire, an ancient Decepticon-turned-Autobot Seeker who transforms into a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.
  • A yellow Caterpillar 992G scoop loader right arm, originally a Constructicon called Scrapper
  • A yellow Volvo EC700C crawler excavator fitted with a Stanley UP 45SV attachment originally a Constructicon called Scrapmetal
  • A yellow Kobelco CKE2500 II crawler crane left arm, originally a Constructicon called Hightower
  • A red and white Terex O&K RH 400 excavator, like Demolishor torso, originally a Constructicon called Scavenger
  • Soundwave, the Decepticon communications officer who transforms into a Cybertronian satellite. He is only seen orbiting Earth in this film.
  • Tom Kenny as
  • Wheelie, a former Decepticon spy, later turned Autobot, who transforms into a blue radio-controlled toy monster truck.
  • Skids, an Autobot messenger and Mudflaps twin who transforms into a green 2007 Chevrolet Beat.
  • Andre Sogliuzzo as Sideswipe, the Autobot combat instructor who transforms into a silver 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray concept car.
  • Prime #2, one of the Seven Primes.
  • John DiCrosta as Scalpel credited as "Doctor", a spider-like Decepticon who transforms into a microscope.
  • Grey DeLisle as Arcee, a female Autobot who transforms into a pink Ducati 848.
  • Michael York as Prime #1, one of the Seven Primes.
  • Reno Wilson as Mudflap, an Autobot infiltrator and Skids twin who transforms into a red 2007 Chevrolet Trax.
  • Calvin Wimmer as Demolishor credited as "Wheelbot", a massive Constructicon who transforms into a red and white Terex O&K RH 400 excavator.
  • Rampage credited as Skipjack, a Constructicon who transforms into a red Caterpillar D9T bulldozer. He is killed by Bumblebee when trying to obtain the Matrix from Sam.
  • Kevin Michael Richardson as
  • Robin Atkin Downes as Prime #3, one of the Seven Primes


2.2. Cast Non-speaking characters

  • Sideways, a Decepticon surveillance agent who transforms into a silver Audi R8; he hides out in Shanghai alongside Demolishor.
  • Scorponok, a scorpion-like Decepticon who was a minion of Blackout in the previous film.
  • Jolt, an Autobot technician who transforms into a blue Chevrolet Volt.
  • Ravage, a feline-like beast sent down by Soundwave to steal the spark from the NEST HQ in order to revive Megatron.

3.1. Production Development

Major hurdles for the films initial production stages included the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike as well as the threat of strikes by other guilds. Prior to a potential Directors Guild of America strike, Bay began creating animatics of action sequences featuring characters rejected for the 2007 film. This would allow animators to complete sequences if the Directors Guild of America went on strike in July 2008, which ultimately did not happen. Bay considered making a small project in between Transformers and its sequel, but decided against the idea, saying "you have your baby and you dont want someone else to take it".

Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who had written the first film, originally passed on the opportunity to write a sequel due to schedule conflicts. The studio began courting other writers in May 2007, but were unimpressed with other pitches and eventually convinced Orci and Kurtzman to return. The studio also hired Ehren Kruger, who had impressed Bay and Hasbro president Brian Goldner with his knowledge of the Transformers mythology. The writing trio were paid $8 million. Screenwriting was interrupted by the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, but to avoid production delays, the writers spent two weeks writing a treatment, which they handed in the night before the strike began. Bay then expanded the outline into a 60-page scriptment, which included more action, humor, and characters. The three writers spent four months finishing the screenplay while "locked" in two hotel rooms by Bay; Kruger wrote in his own room and the trio would check on each others work twice a day.

Orci described the films theme as "being away from home", with the Autobots contemplating living on Earth as they cannot restore Cybertron, while Sam goes to college. He wanted the focus between the robots and humans "much more evenly balanced", "the stakes spit, they outgas, they sweat, they snort." Shooting in the higher resolution of IMAX required up to 72 hours to render a single frame of animation. While ILM used 15 terabytes for Transformers, they used 140 for the sequel. Particularly problematic effects were the lighting, with scenes such as Jetfire inside the Smithsonian requiring 41 light sources, and the destruction of the pyramid, which appears in about five shots and required seven months to simulate the behavior of the blocks. Orci hinted the majority of the Decepticons were entirely computer-generated in both robot and alternate modes, making it easier to write additional scenes for them in post-production. Rendering the Devastator took over 85% of ILMs render farm capacity, and the complexity of the scene and having to render it at IMAX resolution caused one computer to "explode".


3.2. Production Music

The score to Revenge of the Fallen was composed by Steve Jablonsky, who reunited with director Michael Bay to record his score with a 71-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the Sony Scoring Stage. Jablonsky and his score producer Hans Zimmer composed various interpretations of a song by Linkin Park called "New Divide" for the score.


4. Marketing

An additional $150 million was spent to market the film globally. Hasbros Revenge of the Fallen toy line included new molds of new and returning characters, as well as 2007 figures with new mold elements or new paint schemes. The first wave was released on May 30, although Bumblebee and Soundwave debuted beforehand. The second wave came in August 2009, which introduced toys such as 2¼-inch human action figures that fit inside the transforming robots, and non-transforming replicas of the cars that can be used on a race track. Product placement partners on the film include Burger King, 7-Eleven, LG phones, Kmart, Wal-Mart, YouTube, Nike, Inc. and M&Ms, as well as Jollibee in the Philippines. General Motors financial troubles limited its involvement in promotion of the sequel, although Paramount acknowledged with or without GM, their marketing campaign was still very large and had the foundation of the 2007 films success. Kyle Busch drove a Revenge of the Fallen decorated car at Infineon Raceway on June 21, 2009, while Josh Duhamel drove a 2010 Camaro at the Indianapolis 500. At the movies launch in China, a version of Bumblebee was constructed using a Volkswagen Jetta.


4.1. Marketing Printed media

Chris Mowry and artist Alex Milne, who had collaborated on The Reign of Starscream comic book, reunited for IDW Publishings prequel to the film. Originally set to be a five-part series entitled Destiny, it was split into two simultaneously published series, titled Alliance and Defiance. Alliance is drawn by Milne and began in December 2008; it focuses on the human and Autobot perspectives. Defiance, which started the following month, is drawn by Dan Khanna and is set before either film, showing the beginnings of the war.

After the 2007 film, and serving as a bridge between the two films, Alan Dean Foster wrote Transformers: The Veiled Threat, originally titled Infiltration. During the writing, Foster collaborated with IDW to make sure their stories did not contradict each other.

The first printed media directly related to the second film was a 32-page coloring and activity book by publisher HarperCollins, which became available on May 5, 2009 and was the first official source to openly give out key plot points to the film. On June 1, 2009 DK Publishing published a 96-page book entitled Transformers: The Movie Universe, which intended to provide factual data on the characters of the film.

On June 10, 2009, the comic book adaptation of the film, written by Simon Furman was released. Additionally, Alan Dean Foster also wrote the novelization for the film. Meanwhile, Dan Jolley wrote Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The Junior Novel, a 144-page book oriented at a younger audience than the one by Foster. Lastly, a book titled Transformers: The Art of the Movies was released, documenting behind-the scenes aspects of the making of the film.

Other minor tie-in publications include Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The Last Prime, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The Reusable Sticker Book, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Made You Look!, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Rise of the Decepticons, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Spot the Bots, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Mix and Match, Operation Autobot, When Robots Attack and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2010 Wall Calendar.


4.2. Marketing Video games

On June 23, 2009, Activision published a video game based on the film for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Games for Windows.

  • The Nintendo DS version was developed by Vicarious Visions, which is separated into two games, Autobots and Decepticons.
  • The Games for Windows version was developed by Beenox, which is similar to the PS3 and Xbox 360 version
  • The Wii and PlayStation 2 versions were developed by Krome Studios.
  • The PlayStation Portable version was developed by Savage Entertainment.
  • The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were developed by Luxoflux and published by Activision.

5. Release

Revenge of the Fallen premiered on June 8, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. After its UK release on June 19, 2009, it was released in regular and IMAX 3-D theatres in North America on June 24 though some theaters held limited-access advance screenings on June 22. The IMAX 3D release featured additional scenes of extended robot fighting sequences, which were not seen in the regular theatre version.


6.1. Reception Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 20% based on 250 reviews and an average rating of 3.91/10. The sites critical consensus reads, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a noisy, underplotted, and overlong special effects extravaganza that lacks a human touch." On Metacritic, the film has an average score of 35 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a "B+", compared to the "A" that the original film had scored.

According to The Washington Post, Revenge of the Fallen was Bays worst-reviewed film at the time of release, faring even worse than Pearl Harbor 2001. Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times described the film as "in-your-face, ear-splitting and unrelenting. Its easy to walk away feeling like youve spent 2 hours in the mad, wild, hydraulic embrace of a car compactor".

Roger Ebert, who had given the 2007 film three stars, gave the sequel only one, calling it ".a horrible experience of unbearable length", a phrase which later became the title of his third bad-movie-reviews collection. Later in his review, Ebert discouraged movie-goers from seeing the film by saying "If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination." He later wrote on his blog about the film, "The day will come when Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will be studied in film classes and shown at cult film festivals. It will be seen, in retrospect, as marking the end of an era. Of course there will be many more CGI-based action epics, but never again one this bloated, excessive, incomprehensible, long 149 minutes or expensive $200 million." Ebert would continue to lambast the film in other movie reviews and responses to letters and emails sent to him. Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers did not give the film any stars, considering that Revenge of the Fallen has a shot at the title Worst Movie of the Decade." Which he later did name it the "worst film of the decade". Other reviewers, while still critical, were less damning of the film, The A.V. Club gave the film a "C-", complaining about the writing and length, but mentioning the effects and action scenes were impressive. Among positive reviews, Robbie Collin of News of the World remarked "Its bigger. Badder. Boobier. And many other words beginning with B, including boneheadedly brilliant." Amy Biancolli of the Houston Chronicle called it "a well-oiled, loudly revving summer action vehicle that does all thats required, and then some", Jordan Mintzer from Variety said it "takes the franchise to a vastly superior level of artificial intelligence", and Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Revenge of the Fallen may be a massive overdose of popcorn greased with motor oil. But it knows how to feed your inner 10-year-olds appetite for destruction." A review on Empireonline.com says:"What saves it, just about, are the effects. At times the frame is so packed with whirring cogs and twirling cranks that you could replicate the effect by staring at the innards of a domestic appliance, but when these CGI moto-men from another world duke it out, the images are often so screwy it’s impossible to do anything but sit and stare."

There was considerable negative reaction to the characters Mudflap and Skids, who some perceived as embodying racist stereotypes. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times said that "the characters to see a film with the lowest forms of humor, stereotypes, and racism around." Bay the director has attempted to defend the film as "good clean fun" and insisted that "Were just putting more personality in." Writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman responded to the controversy with "Its really hard for us to sit here and try to justify it. I think that would be very foolish, and if someone wants to be offended by it, its their right. We were very surprised when we saw it, too, and its a choice that was made. If anything, it just shows you that we dont control every aspect of the movie."

Another major complaint about the film was Bays usage of the IMAX 3D format. Instead of using IMAX 3D for complete unbroken sequences similar to director Christopher Nolans approach for The Dark Knight, Bay chose to use the format primarily on a shot-by-shot basis, combining conventional 35mm footage and IMAX 3-D shots in the same sequence. That approach, combined with rapid cutting, created a jarring, highly unpleasant experience for most moviegoers.

Actor Shia LaBeouf was unimpressed with the film, stating "We got lost. We tried to get bigger. Its what happens to sequels. Its like, how do you top the first one? Youve got to go bigger. Michael Bay went so big that it became too big, and I think you lost the anchor of the movie.You lost a bit of the relationship. Unless you have those relationships, then the movie doesnt matter. Then its just a bunch of robots fighting each other." Bay has admitted his disappointment with the film and has apologized, saying the film was "crap" and blaming the 2007–08 Writers strike, saying "It was very hard to put the sequel together that quickly after the writers strike of 2007–08".


6.2. Reception Box office

Despite mostly negative reviews from critics, the film was a box office success. Revenge of the Fallen grossed $16 million from midnight showings, at the time the most ever for a Wednesday midnight debut. The film proceeded to beat Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix s record $44.2 million for the biggest Wednesday opening in history, bringing in $62 million in total receipts on its first day until The Twilight Saga: Eclipse topped this record with $68.5 million in 2010, additionally ranking it as the second biggest opening day ever at the time, behind The Dark Knight. The film grossed $108.9 million on its first weekend, the seventh-largest in history at the time, and brought in $200 million in its first five days, putting it in second place behind The Dark Knight s $203.7 million for the all-time biggest five-day opening. Its gross from Friday to Sunday was also the biggest June opening weekend for one year, breaking Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban s record $93.7 million, until Toy Story 3 claimed that record the following year $110.3 million.

Revenge of the Fallen remained #1 at the box office for two weeks straight by a close margin. Initial studio estimates showed a tie between it and that weekends new release Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, but the actual totals showed Revenge of the Fallen taking the #1 spot yet again with $42.3 million. Also, it was the first film of 2009 to reach the $300 million mark in North America. On July 27, a month after its release, the movie reached $379.2 million in the US, which brought it into the top 10 highest-grossing movies ever in that country as of August 2009. Revenge of the Fallen closed its box office run with $402.1 million in the U.S. & Canada and $836.3 million worldwide, being the 37th-highest-grossing film of all time domestically. Among 2009 films, it was the second-highest-grossing in the United States and Canada, behind Avatar, and fourth globally behind Avatar, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. As of 2013, the film marks as the second-highest-grossing Hasbro film of all time, behind only its sequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Box Office Mojo estimates that the film sold over 53 million tickets in the US.


6.3. Reception Home media

The film was released in two-disc Blu-ray and DVD editions, and a single-disc DVD version on October 20, 2009 in North America. Michael Bay has revealed that the Blu-ray release of the film, produced by Charles de Lauzirika, features variable aspect ratio for the scenes shot in IMAX 3-D format. A special IMAX 3-D edition was available exclusively at Walmart. Home versions include over three hours of bonus content and several interactive features, including "The AllSpark Experiment", which reveals Michael Bays plans for a third movie in the series. At Target, the DVD and Blu-ray versions includes a transformable Bumblebee case. Both two-disc editions are the first to include Paramounts Augmented Reality feature, which allows the user to handle a 3-D model of Optimus Prime on a computer by moving the package in front of a webcam. First-week sales of the DVD reached 7.5 million copies, making it the best-selling DVD of 2009. The Blu-ray version had the best first-week sales of 2009, with 1.2 million units.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was released on 4K UHD Blu-ray on December 5, 2017.


6.4. Reception Accolades

In a year-end poll administered by Moviefone, the film won in both the best and worst categories. It was voted the "worst film of 2009" by 24% of those surveyed, while also winning the vote for "best action movie" again with 24% of the vote. Foxs performance was voted the worst by an actress that year, and she was also voted the years sexiest star. Comcast ranked the film as the 4th-worst sequel of all time. Empire named the film the 25th-worst movie ever made. In June 2009, David Germain from the Associated Press called the film the "worst-reviewed $400 million hit ever".

Revenge of the Fallen was among the films shortlisted for the Best Visual Effects at the 82nd Academy Awards, but was only nominated for Best Sound Mixing Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson, eventually losing to The Hurt Locker. The film won five Scream Awards, for Best Actress Megan Fox, Breakout Performance-Female Isabel Lucas, Best Sequel, Best F/X, and Scream Song of the Year "New Divide"; and two Teen Choice Awards, for Choice Summer Movie Star: Female Megan Fox and Choice Summer Movie Star: Male Shia LaBeouf. Revenge of the Fallen was also nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film but lost to Avatar, Satellite Awards for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound, a VES Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture, a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble, and an MTV Movie Award for Best WTF Moment Isabel Lucas turning into a Decepticon. Shia LaBeouf, the film and Megan Fox was nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards for Favorite Movie Actor, Favorite Movie and Favorite Movie Actress, but all lost to Taylor Lautner, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Miley Cyrus, respectively.

It was nominated for seven Razzie Awards including Worst Actress for Megan Fox also for Jennifers Body, Worst Supporting Actress for Julie White, Worst Screen Couple for Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox and Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel, winning three in the Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay categories at the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards.


7. Sequels

The third film, Dark of the Moon was released June 29, 2011. The fourth film, Age of Extinction was released June 27, 2014. The fifth film, The Last Knight was released on June 21, 2017. A reboot titled Bumblebee was released December 21, 2018.

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