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Comments

July 12, 2007

Pylon_Trooper said:

Good review! I really did think I’d be walking out of this movie with a foul taste in my mouth, but it ended up being just as much fun as Terminator 3. That’s probably as profound as I’m going to get here, but I just thought for rambunctious action SFX-fests, those two movies seem to fit quite well together on many levels.

July 13, 2007

Hammerjack said:

I’m not sure if I agree with calling Transformers cyberpunk. I loved Transformers, and I love cyberpunk, but I don’t think I can cram this movie in to that genre. To me, it feels too much like “classic scifi” with giant robots from space attacking. The plot sounds more like a pulp 50’s scifi than cyberpunk. When “fusion of man and machine” relates to a line said by a used-car dealer and “focus on the underground” relates to a character that has a juvy record… I don’t think it works. There is a “ubiquitous access to information” simply because it takes place in a day and age where the internet exists, and not even a romanticized view of the internet, it’s ebay. This is a great movie, but I don’t think I can call it cyberpunk.

SFAM said:

I’ve been on vacation so I haven’t seen Transformers yet. I will be seeing it this weekend, although I too am somewhat suspicious of this movie being cyberpunk.

Monolithic Angel said:

I think that it is a little farfetched to call Transformers cyberpunk, even when Mr. Roboto has issued some interesting points. But to be honest i’m not that keen to this particular incarnation of Transformers, i found it to be a little heavy on the ‘human’ side of things, even more so when we face the fact that the actual robots are the only strenght of this film.
But i guess that’s not so surprising when Mr. Bay sits at the helm, he boasts an alarming fascination for human relations in B-grade action blockbusters and he doesnt have the talent required to adress them even in a mildly decent way. In other words he sucks at this, too often we see him try to grasp the levels of human empathy displayed in the better movies of Spielberg only to see him fall flat on his face. And don’t get me started on the supposedly funny light feeling of this movie because it doesn’t exist. Masturbation puns and racist jokes just doesn´t cut it nowadays.
But i degress, it’s not a horrible movie at all, but it does drag on the middle, and the incompetence, patriotic mumbo jumbo and racist overtones that Michael Bay has acostumed us over his career just holds down the fact that it´s a great looking, entertaining, giant robot rumble movie.

But it´s just an opinion…

July 14, 2007

Made in DNA said:

I think this site is getting more than a little loose with the term ‘cyberpunk’. Sorry but TRANSFORMERS is NOT cyberpunk in the ANY sense of the word. Not even if you count the word ‘Cybertron’.

CorSaiR said:

hope that CR wont transform into an all/any movie review site.

Made in DNA said:

I agree. There are plenty of sci-fi movie review places out there already. I’d like to see CR stay a cyberpunk only site.

July 15, 2007

Caelum said:

the only good thing about this movie was the special effects

when the robots weren’t on screen i wanted to blow up the world

SFAM said:

OK, I just got back from Transformers. Mr. Roboto, I’m afraid I disagree. There is absolutely nothing about this movie which is in any way Cyberpunk. I do agree with the actual star rating though - the special effects were terrific. It had the regular insane plot holes for a Michael Bay movie but was LOTS better than his last flick - the Island.

But bottom line, this movie just isn’t cyberpunk. This takes place in the present, not near future, there is no focus on the underground, the use of information is all about magical hacking, and there is no negative influence of technology, as the transformers are aliens. Furthermore, the dispute is the regular cartoonish “humans are nice, we should save them / NO! They are gnats in the face of our greatness, we should kill them!” This is one of the main reasons I don’t consider any Mecha stuff cyberpunk. It’s all just superhero/Dragon Ball Z type combat. There is no social commentary. I am going to change the categories to reflect this.

And I do absolutely LOVE that others are starting to do reviews here - and I’m definitely looking for more people to help, but especially with movies, we definitely want to make sure they either are cyberpunk, or are in the “Not cyberpunk” category.

July 16, 2007

Made in DNA said:

I wouldn’t mind if this site had a ‘related-recommendations’ section (or something like ‘Robot Roundup’ or ‘TechnoThrillers’ or something like that). ‘not cyberpunk’ seems a little broad. THE SOUND OF MUSIC is not cyberpunk.

Burnt_Lombard said:

Well there is the theme of commercialization running wild. Bay’s movie are basically ads for other items. The product placement is always very blatant. The giant Coke ad that takes up the entire screen in Armegeddon. Playstation ads in the underground secret world of the island and of course in this one A Mountain Dew machine and an X-box becoming evil robots. He might as well make Amazon.com the movie.

Made in DNA said:

>>> He might as well make Amazon.com the movie.

I’d buy that for a dollar.

Funny. Frankly, I ignore commerical ad placement in movies. But then again, on a whole, I don’t watch TV, and even when I do, I turn off the commericals. A habit I picked up from my stepfather back in the 80s when the remote control was this loud, clicking monster with four buttons. I’m surprised it didn’t transform. Would kill to have it now. Talk about fun paraphanelia. But I digress…

Ghostface said:

how about an “almost cyberpunk” section too? lol

July 18, 2007

erc1452 said:

While I did not think “Cyberpunk” when I saw this movie, it was freaking amazing - easily 10 out 10.

Eric

Arjun Jassal said:

well the movie hasnt been released in India as of now. However, I really dont think it can be cyberpunk!! waiting for it nonetheless….

July 19, 2007

yonosoycase said:

Se ve buena, dicen que va ha ser la peli del año. ps aver 1que pasa

July 21, 2007

David Gentle said:

The best review I read of this movie was here:
http://www.zenofdesign.com/

“Once giant robots started kicking the shit out of each other, all was forgiven.”

August 2, 2007

Merzmensch said:

I haven’t seen “Transformers” yet, but after the descriptions, they aren’t Cyberpunk at all. Even more: cyberpunk has always various audiences and target groups: mainstream and underground. Mainstream is important for widely spreading of the cyberpunk work, and of course for the financial support. Underground is (imho) the real target group, because the philosophie and intertextuality of CP-work can be recieved and accepted by “underground” or non-mainstream recipients. That’s why “Matrix” was like impact, and “Matrix II+III” were soso (the sequels were very mainstream-oriented…)

“Transformers” seem to have only mainstream target group, this is a big commercial clip about Hasbro, produced by Spielberg. And the cyberpunk themas aren’t in it.

But: the trailer of other movie, running before “Transformers” is really really interesting: the “Cloverfield”-Project by JJ Abrams. It seems not to be cyberpunk, but the viral marketing actions around this movie are cyberpunkish (f.e. profiles of the fictional protagonists of the movie on Myspace, official or/and inofficial websites claiming to be inofficial/official etc.). This is intertextual interaction, and that’s cool.

August 31, 2007

Anonymous said:

transformers….la pelicula es de primera, ese!

November 27, 2007

Unicron said:

being a huge fan of TF since back in the day, as well as cyberpunk since i first saw blade runner as a kid….i would have to strongly disagree…. the movie was good, but not cyberpunk… the CLOSEST TF has ever come to cyberpunk was BeastMachines, and while its fairly close… its still neither here nor there…. just like this movie..good movie… just not for this genre

May 26, 2008

Anonymous said:

cool car owsm movie

Anonymous said:

love that car and loved the movie

Anonymous said:

love that car and loved the movie you guys should make a number 2

January 4, 2009

ard said:

you fuckin suck mother fuckess

January 6, 2009

Danag said:

It Was So Easy For Sam To Beat Megatron. All He Had To Do Was To Put The Cube In Megatron’s Chest. So Sam Put It. The Cube. In Megatron’s Chest. Megatron Was Defeated.

January 12, 2009

Danag said:

If Only Sam Thought Of Putting the Cube [in Megatron’s Chest] Earlier, The Movie Should Not Have Been Two Hours Long..

February 5, 2013

Vando said:

Bloody spam for interior design!

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