Michael Bay is the ultimate high-concept director, and with a little help from the US army and Industrial Light and Magic he’s made the ultimate high-concept movie - giant transforming robots fight a war on earth.
Plot? What plot?
The slender plot has Shia LaBeouf’s uber-nerd coming into possession of a galactic Macguffin and being caught up in the battle between the robots who want it back.
But you don’t watch Transformers for the plot – you watch it because it has action scenes so extravagant that the cameras had to be bullet-proofed.
Not content to just blow stuff up, Bay pulls off that rare directorial trick of staging fast-moving action in front of a fast-moving camera, resulting in kinetic action sequences into which he’s comped a selection of surprisingly believable robots.
Awesome sound design
If the strength of the CGI isn’t enough to win you over, Transformers still has an ace-in-the-hole, one of the most impressive sound designs of recent years.
Complex, layered and evocative, whether depicting the noise of a thousand mechanical parts shifting from one shape to another or an angry robot blowing up an army base, the soundtrack never fails to impress.
The Blu-ray release features a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack, putting it amongst finest audio performances you can have in your living room.
Transformers is one of the daftest films we’ve seen in recent years, but it’s also the film that comes closest to recapturing the gobsmacking extravagance of 80s action cinema.