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Transformers

International movie poster
Directed by Michael Bay
Produced by Steven Spielberg (executive)
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Ian Bryce
Tom DeSanto
Don Murphy
Written by Roberto Orci
Alex Kurtzman
(screenplay)
Roberto Orci
Alex Kurtzman
John Rogers
(story)
Narrated by Peter Cullen
Starring Shia LaBeouf
Megan Fox
John Turturro
Josh Duhamel
Tyrese Gibson
Peter Cullen
Hugo Weaving
Jon Voight
Anthony Anderson
Rachael Taylor
Mark Ryan
Jess Harnell
Robert Foxworth
Charles Adler
Reno Wilson
Darius McCrary
Music by Steve Jablonsky
Cinematography Mitchell Amundsen
Editing by Paul Rubell
Glen Scantlebury
Thomas A. Muldoon
Studio DreamWorks
Paramount Pictures
Hasbro
Di Bonaventura Pictures
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) June 29, 2007 (2007-06-29) (Austraila)
02007-07-04 July 4, 2007
(United States)
02007-07-27 July 27, 2007 (Canada)
02010-11-05 November 5, 2010 (3-D released)
Running time 143 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $150 million[1]
Gross revenue $709,709,780[1]
Followed by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers is a 2007 live-action film, based on the Transformers toy line. The film is directed by Michael Bay and written by John Rogers, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. It stars Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky, a teenager involved in a war between the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, two factions of alien robots who can disguise themselves by transforming into everyday machinery. The Decepticons desire control of the All Spark, the object that created their robotic race, with the intention of using it to build an army by giving life to the machines of Earth. Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Jon Voight, Anthony Anderson and John Turturro also star, while voice-actors Peter Cullen and Hugo Weaving voice Optimus Prime and Megatron respectively.

Producers Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto developed the project in 2003, with a treatment written by DeSanto. Executive producer Steven Spielberg came on board the following year, hiring Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The United States Military and General Motors loaned vehicles and aircraft during filming, which saved money for the production and added realism to the battle scenes. Hasbro organized an enormous promotional campaign for the film, making deals with hundreds of companies. This advertising blitz included a viral marketing campaign, coordinated releases of prequel comic books, toys and books, as well as product placement deals with GM and eBay.

Transformers was a box office success[1] despite mixed critical reaction to the radical redesigns of the characters, and reviews criticizing the focus on the humans at the expense of the robots. It is the thirty-seventh most successful film released and the fifth most successful of 2007, grossing approximately US$709 million worldwide. The film won four awards from the Visual Effects Society and was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, and Best Sound Editing.

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Plot

The film opens with Optimus Prime, heroic leader of the benevolent Autobots, describing in a voice-over the shut down of the Transformers' home world, Cybertron. It was destroyed by the malevolent Decepticon leader Megatron in his quest to get hold of the All Spark. The Autobots want to find the All Spark so they can use it to rebuild Cybertron and end the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons, while the Decepticons want to use it to obliterate the Autobots and take over the universe. Megatron had managed to locate the All Spark on Earth, but crash-landed in the Arctic Circle and froze in the ice. After stumbling upon his frozen body in 1897, explorer Captain Archibald Witwicky accidentally activated Megatron's navigational system and his eye glasses were imprinted with the coordinates of the All Spark's location, an incident that left him blind and mentally unstable. Sector 7, a secret government organization created by President Herbert Hoover, discovered the All Spark in the Colorado River and built the Hoover Dam around it to mask its energy emissions. The still-frozen Megatron was moved into this facility and was used to advance human technology through reverse engineering.

In the present day, a group of Decepticons composed of Blackout, Scorponok, Frenzy, Barricade, Starscream, Brawl and Bonecrusher, have landed on Earth and assumed the disguise of Earth vehicles. Blackout and Scorponok attack the U.S. SOCCENT forward operations base in Qatar and try to hack into the U.S. Military network to find the location of Megatron and the All Spark. Their mission is thwarted when the base staff cuts the network cable connections. While Blackout destroys the rest of the base, Scorponok pursues a small group of survivors, led by Captain William Lennox and Sergeant Robert Epps, who have photographic evidence of the robots. Scorponok is eventually repelled and hides in the sand after the humans damage his tail. During this battle, the military discovers the only effective weapons against the Decepticons' armor are high-heat sabot rounds.

After Blackout's failure, Frenzy infiltrates Air Force One to again hack into the military network, planting a computer virus. He finds the map imprinted on Captain Witwicky's glasses. While the Pentagon interferes with Frenzy's plan, he finds that Witwicky's descendant Sam Witwicky intends to sell the glasses on eBay. Frenzy and Barricade begin tracking Sam's location. Meanwhile, Sam buys the Autobot scout Bumblebee (also on Earth disguised as a 1976 Camaro[2]) as his first car. After Bumblebee helps Sam woo his crush, Mikaela Banes, he leaves at night to transmit a homing signal to the rest of the Autobots. Sam pursues Bumblebee, thinking someone is stealing his car, but is shocked to find his car is actually a giant robot, which he regards as evil as first. Sam then gets arrested, and in the police station, tries to explain to the police officer what happened, but the apathetic and impassive officer just assumes that he is hallucinating under the influence of drugs. When Bumblebee (in car mode) returns the following day, Sam flees, believing the car is stalking him. While out, Barricade attacks Sam and ferociously interrogates him about his grandfather's glasses. Bumblebee saves Sam and Mikaela and engages Barricade in battle. During the fight, Mikaela severs Frenzy's head but he transforms into her cellphone and hides in her purse. They leave to meet with the rest of the Autobot team—Optimus Prime, Jazz, Ironhide, and Ratchet—who have landed on Earth and taken the forms of Earth vehicles as well. Sam, Mikaela, and the Autobots return to Sam's home and obtain the glasses; however, agents from Sector 7 arrive and take Sam and Mikaela into custody. The Autobots intervene, but Sector 7 captures Bumblebee and sends Sam and Mikaela away.

Sam and Mikaela are taken to Hoover Dam, as are Lennox and Epps, under Defense Secretary John Keller's orders. Frenzy sends an alert to the other Decepticons and sneaks into the technology system, freeing Megatron from his frozen state. Sam convinces the Sector 7 agents to release Bumblebee so that he can deliver the All Spark to Optimus Prime. Frenzy's hacking has shut down government communications, but Keller and two hackers, Maggie and Glen, manage to establish a signal to the Air Force in order to support the Autobot-human convoy that has gone to nearby Mission City to hide the AllSpark. The Decepticons attack; Bonecrusher, Frenzy, Jazz, Brawl, Barricade and Blackout are all killed during the ensuing battle. Sam, who was instructed to put the All Spark into Optimus Prime's chest if Megatron prevailed (thereby destroying it and Optimus Prime), instead chooses to ram the All Spark cube into Megatron's chest. The All Spark disintegrates, and its power obliterates Megatron. Optimus takes a fragment of the All Spark from Megatron's corpse, but admits that with its destruction, their home world Cybertron cannot be restored. The government orders the closure of Sector 7 and has the destroyed Megatron dumped into the Laurentian Abyss. Lennox and Epps are reunited with their families, and Sam and Mikaela form a relationship. Optimus transmits a message to all surviving Autobots in space, telling them that they have a new home on Earth.

During the credits, Starscream—the only surviving Decepticon besides Scorponok—escapes into space.

Production

Development

"In all the years of movie-making, I don't think the image of a truck transforming into a twenty-foot tall robot has ever been captured on screen. I also want to make a film that's a homage to 1980s movies and gets back to the sense of wonder that Hollywood has lost over the years. It will have those Spielberg-ian moments where you have the push-in on the wide-eyed kid and you feel like you're ten years old even if you're thirty-five."
— Tom DeSanto on why he produced the film[3]

Producer Don Murphy was planning a G.I. Joe film adaptation, but when the United States launched the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Hasbro suggested adapting the Transformers franchise instead.[4] Tom DeSanto joined Murphy because he was a fan of the series.[5] They met with comic book writer Simon Furman, and cited the Generation 1 cartoon and comics as their main influence.[4] They made the Creation Matrix their plot device, though Murphy had it renamed because of the The Matrix film series.[6] DeSanto chose to write the treatment from a human point-of-view to engage the audience,[7] while Murphy wanted it to have a realistic tone, reminiscent of a disaster film.[6] The treatment featured the Autobots Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Jazz, Prowl, Arcee, Ratchet, Wheeljack, and Bumblebee, and the Decepticons Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Ravage, Laserbeak, Rumble, Skywarp and Shockwave.[8]

Steven Spielberg, a fan of the comics and toys,[5] signed on as executive producer in 2004. John Rogers wrote the first draft, which pitted four Autobots against four Decepticons,[9] and featured the Ark spaceship.[10] Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, fans of the cartoon,[11] were hired to rewrite the script in February 2005.[12] Spielberg suggested that "a boy and his car" should be the focus.[13] This appealed to Orci and Kurtzman because it conveyed themes of adulthood and responsibility, "the things that a car represents in [the United States]".[14] The characters of Sam and Mikaela were the sole point-of-view given in Orci and Kurtzman's first draft.[15] The Transformers had no dialogue, as the producers feared talking robots would look ridiculous. The writers felt that even if it would look silly, not having the robots speak would betray the fanbase.[11] The first draft also had a battle scene in the Grand Canyon.[16] Spielberg read each of Orci and Kurtzman's drafts and gave notes for improvement.[13] The writers remained involved throughout production, adding additional dialogue for the robots during the sound mixing (although none of this was kept in the final film, which ran fifteen minutes shorter than the initial edit).[17] Furman's The Ultimate Guide, published by Dorling Kindersley, remained as a resource to the writers throughout production.[17] Prime Directive was used as a fake working title. This was also the name of Dreamwave Productions' first Transformers comic book.[18]

Michael Bay was asked to direct by Spielberg on July 30, 2005,[19] but he dismissed the film as a "stupid toy movie".[20] Nonetheless, he wanted to work with Spielberg, and gained a new respect for the mythology upon visiting Hasbro.[19] Bay considered the first draft "too kiddie", so he increased the military's role in the story.[19][21] The writers sought inspiration from G.I. Joe for the soldier characters, being careful not to mix the brands.[22] Because Orci and Kurtzman were concerned the film could feel like a military recruitment commercial, they chose to make the military believe nations like Iran were behind the Decepticon attack as well as making the Decepticons primarily military vehicles.[23] Bay based Lennox' struggle to get to the Pentagon phoneline while struggling with an unhelpful operator from a real account he was given by a soldier when working on another film.[19] The scene is also show similarities to the film Heartbreak Ridge where characters call for air support using a phone and a credit card, which is itself reported to be based on true events.

Orci and Kurtzman experimented with numerous robots from the franchise, ultimately selecting the characters most popular among the filmmakers to form the final cast.[5] Bay acknowledged that most of the Decepticons were selected before their names or roles were developed, as Hasbro had to start designing the toys.[24] Some of their names were changed because Bay was upset that they had been leaked.[25] Optimus, Megatron, Bumblebee and Starscream were the only characters present in each version of the script.[11] Arcee was a female Transformer introduced by Orci and Kurtzman, but she was cut because they found it difficult to explain robotic gender; Bay also disliked her motorcycle form, which he found too small.[22] An early idea to have the Decepticons simultaneously strike multiple places around the world was also dropped.[15]

Design

The filmmakers incorporated valid physics into their designs, establishing the necessity for a robot's size to correspond to that of its disguise. The layout of Optimus Prime's robotic body within his truck mode is seen here.

The filmmakers created the size of each robot with the size of their vehicle mode in mind, supporting the Transformer's rationale for their choice of disguise on Earth.[26] The concept of traveling protoforms was developed by Roberto Orci when he wondered why "aliens who moonlight as vehicles need other vehicles to travel".[27] This reflected a desire to move to a more alien look, away from the "blocky" Generation 1 Transformers.[28] Another major influence in the designs was samurai armor, returning full-circle to the Japanese origins of the toy line.[26] The robots also had to look alien, or else they would have resembled other cinematic robots made in the image of man.[29]

A product placement deal with General Motors supplied alternate forms for most of the Autobots, which saved $3 million for the production.[30] GM also provided nearly two hundred cars, destined for destruction in the climactic battle scene.[26] The military of the United States provided significant support, enhancing the film's realism: the film features F-22s, F-117s, and V-22 Ospreys, the first time these aircraft were used for a film; soldiers served as extras, and authentic uniforms were provided for the actors.[19] A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and Lockheed AC-130s also appear. Captain Christian Hodge joked that he had to explain to his superiors that the filmmakers wanted to portray most of their aircraft as evil Decepticons: however, he remarked "people love bad guys".[26]

Filming

To save money for the production, director Michael Bay reduced his usual fee by 30%. He planned an eighty-three day shooting schedule,[19] maintaining the required pace by doing more camera set-ups per day than usual. Bay chose to shoot the film in the United States instead of Australia or Canada, allowing him to work with a crew he was familiar with, and who understood his work ethic.[19][21][30] A pre-shoot took place on April 19, 2006, and principal photography began on April 22 at Holloman Air Force Base,[2] which stood in for Qatar.[19] To film the Scorponok sequence at White Sands Missile Range, a sweep was performed to remove unexploded ordnance before building of a village set could begin; ironically, the village would be blown up. The scene was broken down for the pilots flying the AWACS aircraft, who improvised dialogue as if it were an actual battle.[19][31]

The company also shot at the Hoover Dam and the Pentagon, the first time since the September 11, 2001, attacks that film crews had been allowed at these locations.[2] The external Hoover Dam scenes were shot before tourists arrived daily at 10:00 a.m., with shooting moving inside for the remainder of the day.[31] Production in California was based at Hughes Aircraft at Playa Vista, where the hangar in which Megatron is imprisoned was built.[31] Six weekends were spent in Los Angeles, California shooting the climactic battle, with some elements being shot on the Universal Studios backlot and at Detroit's Michigan Central Station.[2][31] The crew was allowed to shoot at Griffith Observatory, which was still closed for renovations begun in 2002.[2] Filming wrapped on October 4, 2006.[21]

Michael Bay returned to film at the same place he had previously shot for Armageddon for the romantic scenes between Sam and Mikaela. Bumblebee breaks down when Sam takes Mikaela back home at the same exact place where AJ and Grace spend the last day on earth before AJ goes to the Asteroid. In Transformers, we see this place once again at the ending of the film where Optimus Prime sends the message to other Transformers out in the Universe.

Effects

Spielberg encouraged Bay to restrict computer-generated imagery to the robots and background elements in the action sequences.[19] Stunts such as Bonecrusher smashing through a bus were done practically, while cameras were placed into the midst of car crashes and explosions to make it look more exciting.[31] Work on the animatics began in April 2005.[9] Bay indicated that three quarters of the film's effects were made by Industrial Light & Magic, while Digital Domain made the rest,[19] including the Arctic discovery of Megatron; Frenzy's severed head; a vending machine mutated by the All Spark, and the Autobots' protoforms.[32] Many of the animators were big Transformers fans and were given free rein to experiment: a scene where Jazz attacks Brawl is a reference to a scene in The Transformers: The Movie where Kup jumps on Blitzwing.[26]

"I just didn't want to make the boxy characters. It's boring and it would look fake. By adding more doo-dads and stuff on the robots, more car parts, you can just make it more real."
— Michael Bay on the level of detail he wanted for the robots[33]

ILM created computer-generated transformations during six months in 2005, looking at every inch of the car models.[34] Initially the transformations were made to follow the laws of physics, but it did not look exciting enough and was changed to be more fluid.[35] Bay rejected a liquid metal surface for the characters' faces, instead going for a "Rubik's Cube" style of modeling.[19] He wanted numerous mechanical pieces visible so the robots would look more interesting, realistic, dynamic and quick, rather than like lumbering beasts.[19][33] One such decision was to have the wheels stay on the ground for as long as possible, allowing the robots to cruise around as they changed.[36] Bay instructed the animators to observe footage of two martial artists and numerous martial arts films to make the fights look graceful.[19]

Due to the intricate designs of the Transformers, even the simplest motion of turning a wrist needs 17 visible parts;[2] each of Ironhide's guns are made of ten thousand parts.[33] Bumblebee uses a piece below his faceplate as an eyebrow, pieces in his cheeks swivel to resemble a smile, and all the characters' eyes are designed to dilate and brighten.[36] According to Bay, "The visual effects were so complex it took a staggering 38 hours for ILM to render just one frame of movement;"[2] that meant ILM had to increase their processing facilities.[37] Each rendered piece had to look like real metal, shiny or dull. This was difficult to model because the aged and scarred robots had to transform from clean cars. Close-up shots of the robots were sped up to look "cool", but in wide shots the animation was slowed down to convincingly illustrate a sense of weight. Photographs were taken of each set. These were used as a reference for the lighting environment, which was reproduced within a computer, so the robots would look like they were convincingly moving there. Bay, who has directed numerous car commercials, understood ray tracing was the key to making the robots look real; the CG models would look realistic based on how much of the environment was reflecting on their bodies.[26] Numerous simulations were programmed into the robots, so the animators could focus on animating the particular areas needed for a convincing performance.[37]

Music

Composer Steve Jablonsky, who collaborated with Bay on The Island, scored music for the trailers before work began on the film itself. Recording took place in April 2007 at the Sony Scoring Stage in Culver City, California. The score, including the teaser music, uses six major themes across ninety minutes of music.[38] The Autobots have three themes, one named "Optimus" to represent the wisdom and compassion of the Autobot leader, and another played during their arrival on Earth. The Decepticons have a chanted theme which relies on electronics, unlike most of the score. The All Spark also has its own theme.[39] Hans Zimmer, Jablonsky's mentor, also helped to compose the score.[19]

Cast

Voices:

Release

Transformers had its worldwide premiere at N Seoul Tower on June 11, 2007.[40] The film's June 27 premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival used a live digital satellite feed to project the film on to a screen.[41] A premiere took place at Rhode Island on June 28, which was a freely available event giving attendees the opportunity to buy tickets for $75 to benefit four charities: the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, the Autism Project of Rhode Island, Adoption Rhode Island, and Hasbro Children's Hospital.[42] The film was released on IMAX on September 21, 2007,[43] with an additional two minutes of footage that were not included in the general theatrical release.[44]

Marketing

Hasbro's toy line for the film was created over two months in late 2005/early 2006, in heavy collaboration with the filmmakers.[28] Protoform Optimus Prime and Starscream were released in the United States on May 1, 2007, and the first wave of figures was released on June 2.[28] The line featured characters not in the film, including Arcee.[26] A second wave, titled "All Spark Power", was set for release late 2007, which consisted of repaints and robotic versions of ordinary vehicles in the film.[45] The toys feature "Automorph Technology", where moving parts of the toy allow other parts to shift automatically.[46] Merchandise for the film earned Hasbro $480 million in 2007.[47]

Deals were made with 200 companies to promote the film in 70 countries.[48] Michael Bay directed tie-in commercials for General Motors, Panasonic, Burger King and PepsiCo,[49] while props — including the Camaro used for Bumblebee and the All Spark — were put up for charity sale on eBay.[50] A viral marketing alternate reality game was employed through the Sector 7 website, which presented the film and all previous Transformers toys and media as part of a cover-up operation called "Hungry Dragon," perpetrated by a "real life" Sector 7 to hide the existence of "real" Transformers. The site featured several videos presenting "evidence" of Transformers on Earth, including a cameo from the original Bumblebee.[51]

Reception

"From the king movie geek Harry Knowles of AintItCool.com to newspaper film critics and regular Joe (and Jane) comments, there is general raving about the mechanical heroes and general grumbling about the excessive screen time given to some of the human characters played by Shia LaBeouf, Anthony Anderson, Tyrese Gibson and Jon Voight. Optimus Prime, the leader of the good-guy Autobots, doesn't appear until midway through the film."
USA Today[52]

Many fans were irked by the Micheal Bay-ified insect-like versions of the Autobots and Decepticons.[53] Transformers fans were initially divided over the film due to the radical redesigns of many characters, although the casting of Peter Cullen was warmly received.[26] Transformers comic book writer Simon Furman and Beast Wars script consultant Benson Yee both warmly received it as spectacular fun, but Furman argued there were too many human storylines.[54] Yee felt that being the first in a series, the film had to establish much of the fictional universe and therefore did not have time to focus on the Decepticons.[55]

The film created a greater awareness of the franchise and drew in many new fans.[56] Transformers' box office success led to the active development of films based on Voltron and Robotech,[57] as well as a Knight Rider remake.[58] When filming the sequel, Bay was told by soldiers the film helped their children understand what their work was like, and that many had christened their Buffalos – the vehicle used for Bonecrusher – after various Transformer characters.[59]

After the film's 2009 sequel was titled Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Roberto Orci was asked if this film would be retitled, just as Star Wars was titled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope when rereleased. He doubted the possibility, but said if it was retitled, he would call it Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye.[60]

Reviews

The film received mixed to positive reviews from film critics.[61] Review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 57% of critics gave the film positive write-ups, based on 207 reviews,[62] with a 68% rating from selected "notable" critics.[63] At the website Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received a rating average of 61, based on 35 reviews.[61] IGN's Todd Gilchrist called it Michael Bay's best film, and "one of the few instances where it's OK to enjoy something for being smart and dumb at the same time, mostly because it's undeniably also a whole lot of fun".[64] The Advertiser's Sean Fewster found the visual effects so seamless that "you may come to believe the studio somehow engineered artificial intelligence".[65] The Denver Post's Lisa Kennedy praised the depiction of the robots as having "a believably rendered scale and intimacy",[66] and ABC presenter Margaret Pomeranz was surprised "that a complete newcomer to the Transformers phenomenon like myself became involved in the fate of these mega-machines".[67] Ain't It Cool News's Drew McWeeny felt most of the cast grounded the story, and that "it has a real sense of wonder, one of the things that’s missing from so much of the big CGI lightshows released these days".[68] Author Peter David found it ludicrous fun, and said that "[Bay] manages to hold on to his audience's suspension of disbelief long enough for us to segue into some truly spectacular battle scenes".[69] This was also the first film that Doug Walker's (That Guy With The Glasses) 'Nostalgia Critic' character reviewed.

Despite the praise for the visual effects, there was division over the human storylines. The Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt liked "how a teen plotline gets tied in to the end of the world",[70] while Empire's Ian Nathan praised Shia LaBeouf as "a smart, natural comedian, [who] levels the bluntness of this toy story with an ironic bluster".[71] Ain't It Cool News founder Harry Knowles felt Bay's style conflicted with Spielberg's, arguing the military story only served as a distraction from Sam.[72] James Berardinelli hated the film as he did not connect with the characters in-between the action, which he found tedious.[73] Los Angeles Times' Kenneth Turan found the humans "oddly lifeless, doing little besides marking time until those big toys fill the screen",[74] while ComingSoon.net's Joshua Stames felt the Transformers were "completely believable, right up to the moment they open their mouths to talk, when they revert to bad cartoon characters".[75] Daily Herald's Matt Arado was annoyed that "the Transformers [are] little more than supporting players", and felt the middle act was sluggish.[76] CNN's Tom Charity questioned the idea of a film based on a toy, and felt it would "buzz its youthful demographic [...] but leave the rest of us wondering if Hollywood could possibly aim lower".[77]

Box office

Worldwide, the film was the highest grossing non-sequel movie in 2007. It grossed $709.7 million[citation needed], making it Michael Bay's second highest grossing film to date, with only the sequel surpassing this amount by more than $100 million.[1] The film was released in ten international markets on June 28, 2007, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the Philippines. Transformers made $29.5 million in its first weekend, topping the box office in ten countries.[78] It grossed $5.2 million in Malaysia, becoming the most successful film in the country's history.[79] Transformers opened in China on July 11, and became the second highest-grossing foreign film in the country (behind Titanic), making $37.3 million.[80] Its opening there set a record for a foreign language film, making $3 million.[81] The film was officially released in the United Kingdom on July 27, making £8.7 million, and helped contribute to the biggest attendance record ever for that weekend. It was second at the UK box office, behind The Simpsons Movie.[82] In South Korea, Transformers recorded the largest audience for a foreign film in 2007, and recorded highest foreign revenue of the movie.[83]

In North America, the film had the highest per-screen and per-theater gross in 2007.[84] It was released on July 3, 2007, with 8 p.m. preview screenings on July 2. The U.S. previews earned $8.8 million,[85] and in its first day of general release it grossed $27.8 million, a record for Tuesday box office attendance. It broke Spider-Man 2's record for the biggest July 4 gross, making $29 million.[86] Transformers opened in over 4,050 theaters in North America,[1] grossed $70.5 million in its first weekend, amounting to a $155.4 million opening week, giving it the record for the biggest opening week for a non-sequel.[87] The opening's gross in the United States was 50% more than Paramount Pictures expected. One executive attributed it to word of mouth that explained to parents that "it [was] OK to take the kids". A CinemaScore poll indicated the film was most popular with children and parents, including older women, and attracted many African American and Latino viewers.[88]

Awards

Before its release, Transformers was voted "Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet" at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards,[89] and at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards, it was voted "best movie". It was nominated for three Academy Awards, in the fields of Achievement in Sound Editing, Achievement in Sound Mixing, and Achievement in Visual Effects.[90] It received a 2008 Kids' Choice Award nomination for Favorite Movie.[91]

The film received a Jury Merit Award for Best Special Effects in the 2007 Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival.[92] Visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar was honored at the Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony on October 22, 2007 for his work on the film.[93] In 2008, the Visual Effects Society awarded Transformers four awards: for the best visual effects in an "effects driven" film and the "best single visual effects sequence" (the Optimus-Bonecrusher battle). The film's other two awards were for its miniatures and compositing.[94] Broadcast Music Incorporated awarded composer Steve Jablonsky for his score.[95]

Entertainment Weekly named Bumblebee as their fourth favorite computer generated character,[96] while The Times listed Optimus Prime's depiction as the thirtieth best film robot, citing his coolness and dangerousness.[97]

Home media

Transformers was released in Region 1 territories on October 16, 2007 on DVD and the now defunct HD DVD format. The Wal-Mart edition of the DVD included a shortened animated version of the prequel comic book, titled Transformers Beginnings and featuring the voices of Mark Ryan, Peter Cullen and Kevin Dunn, as well as Frank Welker as Megatron.[98] The Target copy was packaged with a transforming Optimus Prime DVD case and a prequel comic book about the Decepticons.[98] The DVD sold 8.3 million copies in its first week, making it the fastest-selling DVD of 2007 in North America, and it sold 190,000 copies on HD DVD, which was the biggest debut on the format.[99] The DVDs sold 13.74 million copies, making the film the most popular DVD title of 2007.[100]

It was released on Blu-ray on September 2, 2008.[101] In the first week, the two-disc edition of the Blu-ray was number one in sales compared to other films on the format. The Blu-ray version accounted for two-thirds of the film's DVD sales that first week, selling the third most in overall DVD sales.[102] On June 16, 2009, Paramount included a sticker on all new Transformers DVDs that contained a code to view exclusive content online from the first film and get a sneak peek at Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The content includes three exclusive clips from Revenge of the Fallen, behind-the-scenes footage from both films, and never-before-seen deleted scenes from the first film.[103] The DVD has sold 15.63 million copies, earning approximately $286,099,392 after more than two years.[104]

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Quotes

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From Wikiquote

For other uses of "Transformers", see Transformers.

Transformers is a 2007 film based on the Transformers franchise. It describes two factions of a robotic alien race landing on Earth to recover the Allspark - with different intentions on how they plan to use it.

Directed by Michael Bay. Written by Roberto Orci (screenplay) and Alex Kurtzman (screenplay).
Their war. Our world. (Taglines)

Contents

Sam Witwicky

  • [seeing his car transform for the first time] Oh my God... [talking into phone] My name is Sam Witwicky. Whoever finds this, my car is alive, okay. [holds up phone briefly to show Bumblebee] You see all that? If these are my last words on Earth, I just want to say that Mom, Dad, I love you and if you find Busty Beauties under my bed, it wasn't mine, I'm holding it for Miles. No, no, wait that's—Okay, that's not true. It's mine; Uncle Charles gave it to me. I'm sorry. Mojo, I love you.

Optimus Prime

  • [Closing line] With the Allspark gone, we cannot return life to our planet. But fate has yielded its own reward: a new world to call home. We live among its people now, hiding in plain sight, but watching over them in secret, waiting...protecting. I have witnessed their capacity for courage, and though we are worlds apart, like us, there's more to them than meets the eye. I am Optimus Prime, and I send this message to any surviving Autobots taking refuge among the stars: We are here. We are waiting.

Mikaela Banes

  • [to Sam about Bumblebee] You know what I don't understand? Why, if he's supposed to be this super advanced robot, does he transform back into this piece of crap Camaro?

Dialogue

Ron Witwicky: I've got a little surprise for you, son. [drives towards a Porsche dealer] Yep, a little surprise.
Sam Witwicky: No, no, no, NO!! Dad! Oh, you've got to be kidding me!
Ron: Yeah, I am. [drives past Porsche dealer] You're not getting a Porsche!
Sam: [offended look] You think that's funny?
Ron: Yeah, I think it's funny.
Sam: What's wrong with you?!
Ron: What, did you really think I'd get you a Porsche? For your first car?
Sam: I don't wanna talk to you for the rest of the day. [Ron chuckles[

[Captain Lennox is trying to call the Pentagon while his men fight Scorponok]
Capt. Lennox: NO, I DON'T HAVE A CREDIT CARD!!
International Operator: [bored] Sir, the attitude isn't going to speed things up any bit at all. I'm going to ask you to speak into the mouthpiece very clearly.
Capt. Lennox: I'm in the middle of a WAR! This is friggin' ridiculous!! [Runs over to Epps] I need a credit card! Epps, where's your wallet?
Tech Sgt. Epps: Pocket!!
Lennox: Which pocket?!
Epps: MY BACK POCKET!!!
Lennox: You've got ten back pockets!!!
Epps: LEFT CHEEK!!! LEFT CHEEK!!! LEFT CHEEK!!!
Lennox: [picks up card and continues talking] Okay, it's a Visa.
International Operator: Also, sir, have you heard about our Premium Plus full service call package?
Lennox: NO, I DON'T WANT A PREMIUM PACKAGE!!! Epps, Pentagon!

[Sam is picking up Mikaela after she dumps Trent]
Sam Witwicky: I hope I didn't get you stranded or anything. You sure? So listen, I was wondering if I could ride you home. I mean, give you a ride home in my car, to your house. [Mikaela enters the car]
Mikaela Banes: [to herself]...I can't believe that I'm here right now.
Sam: You can duck down if you want. I mean, it won't hurt my feelings.
Mikaela: No, no, it's not you. It's just that I'm here in this situation...I'm always in the same situation, and I don't know...I just have a weakness for hot guys with tight abs and really big arms.
Sam: [confused] Big arms? [swallows] Well, there's a couple of new additions to the car. Like, I just put that light there. And that disco ball. And so the light reflects from the disco ball.

[The Autobots meet Sam and Mikaela in an alley]
Optimus Prime: Are you Samuel James Witwicky, descendant of Archibald Witwicky?
Mikaela Banes: [stunned] They know your name!
Sam Witwicky: Yeah.
Optimus: My name is Optimus Prime. We are Autonomous Robotic Organisms from the planet Cybertron.
Ratchet: But you can call us "Autobots" for short.
Sam: Autobots.
Jazz: What's crackin', lil' bitches? [does a somersault]
Optimus: My first lieutenant. Designation: Jazz.
Jazz: This looks like a cool place to kick it! [jumps onto a car behind him as if it were a chair]
Sam: What is that? How did he learn to talk like that?
Optimus: We've learned Earth's languages through the World Wide Web. [points to Ironhide] My weapons specialist, Ironhide.
Ironhide: [brandishing his weapons] You feeling lucky, punk?
Optimus: Easy, Ironhide.
Ironhide: Just kidding, I just wanted to show him my cannons.
Optimus: Our medical officer, Ratchet.
Ratchet: [sniffing] The boy's pheromone levels suggest he wants to mate with the female.
[Mikaela scratches her head in embarrassment - Sam whistles]
Optimus: You already know your guardian, Bumblebee.
Bumblebee: [assumes fighting stance] Check to the rep/Yep, second to none.
Sam: Bumblebee, right? You're my guardian, huh? [Bumblebee nods]
Ratchet: His vocal processors were damaged in battle. I'm still working on them.
Mikaela: Why are you here?
Optimus: We are here looking for the All Spark, and we must find it before Megatron.
Sam: Mega-what?
Optimus: [produces a hologram of Cybertron for Sam and Mikaela to see] Our planet was once a powerful empire, peaceful and just, until we were betrayed by Megatron, leader of the Decepticons. All who defied them were destroyed. Our war finally consumed the planet, and the Allspark was lost to the stars. Megatron followed it to Earth, where Captain Witwicky found him.
Sam: My grandfather...?
Optimus: It was an accident that intertwined our fates. [flashes back to Archibald's discovery of Megatron in the ice] Megatron crash-landed before he could retreive the Cube. He accidentally activated his navigation system. The coordinates to the Cube's location on Earth were inprinted on his glasses.
Sam: How did you know about his glasses?
Optimus: eBay.
Sam: eBay...
Ratchet: If the Decepticons find the All Spark, they'll use its power to transform Earth's machines, and build a new army.
Optimus: And the human race will be extinguished. Sam Witwicky, you hold the key to Earth's survival.
Mikaela: [to Sam] Please tell me you have those glasses.

[The Autobots discuss their next move atop the Griffith Observatory]
Optimus Prime: [holding Archibald's glasses] Please...let this work.
Jazz: Fire it up, Optimus.
Optimus Prime: [creates a hologram of the Earth from the glasses] The code...the code on these glasses indicates the Allspark is 230 miles from here.
Ratchet: I sense the Decepticons are getting ready to mobilize.
Ironhide: They must know it's here as well...
Jazz: What about Bumblebee? We can't just leave him to die! Or become some human experiment!
Optimus: He'll die in vain if we don't accomplish out mission. Bumblebee is a brave soldier; this is what he would want.
Ironhide: Why are we fighting to save the humans? They're a primitive and violent race.
Optimus: Were we so different? They are a young species; they have much to learn... but I've seen goodness in them. Freedom is the right of all sentient beings...you all know there is only one way to end this war. We must destroy the Cube. If all else fails, [opens his chest compartment] I will unite it with the spark in my chest.
Ratchet: That's suicide! The Cube is raw power, it could destroy you both!
Optimus: A necessary sacrifice to bring peace to this planet. We cannot let the humans pay for our mistakes. It's been an honor serving with you all. Autobots, roll out!
Jazz: We rolling!

Starscream: I live to serve you, Lord Megatron!
Megatron: Where is the Cube?
Starscream: The humans have taken it!
Megatron: [growls] You failed me yet again, Starscream. GET THEM!

Captain Lennox: Sam, where's the Cube?
Sam Witwicky: [pointing to the ground] Right there!
Lennox: Epps, get those Black hawks down here! That building...okay!
Sam: What?
Lennox: All right, I can't leave my guys back here, so here, take this flare. Okay, there's a tall white building with statues on top. Go to the rooftop, set the flare. Signal the chopper, and set the flare...
Sam: What? No, no, I can't do this-
Lennox: [grabs him] Listen to me, you're a soldier now! All right? I need you take this Cube. Get it into military hands while we hold them off, or a lot of people are gonna die. [to Mikaela] You got to go, you got to go.
Mikaela: No, I'm not leaving.
Lennox: You need to go.
Mikaela: No, I'm not leaving till I get Bumblebee out of here, okay?
Tech Sgt. Epps: [into radio] Army Black Hawk, requesting immediate evac for civillian boy with precious cargo, headed to rooftop marked by flair.
Ironhide: Sam, we will protect you.
Sam: [breathing heavily] Okay...
Lennox: Epps, where are those planes?
Mikaela: Sam, no matter what happens...I'm really glad I got in that car with you.
Ironhide: Sam, get to the building!
Ratchet: Move!
Megatron: DECEPTICONS ATTACK!!!
Lennox: HIT IT!!!
Ratchet: Cover fire!

Megatron: [to Sam] Mine! All Spark!
Optimus Prime: Sam, put the Cube in my chest now! Sam! No, Sam!
[Sam rams the Cube into Megatron's chest, destroying him]
Optimus: [to Megatron's destroyed corpse] You left me no choice, brother. Sam, I owe you my life. We are in your debt.
Ironhide: [hands Jazz's corpse] Prime, we couldn't save him.
Optimus: Oh, Jazz. [referring to the humans] We lost a great comrade, but gained new ones. Thank you, all of you. You honor us with your bravery.
Bumblebee: [fully repaired] Permission to speak, sir?
Optimus: Permission granted, old friend.
Sam Witwicky: You speak now?
Bumblebee: I wish to stay with the boy.
Optimus: If that is his choice.
Sam: Yes.

Taglines

  • Their war. Our world.
  • No sacrifice, no victory (Witwicky family motto)
  • Destroy (Megatron)
  • Protect (Optimus Prime)
  • To punish and enslave (Barricade's motto and a parody of the LAPD's "To protect and to serve")
  • There is more than meets the eye.
  • Michael Bay (Armageddon) and Steven Spielberg (War of the Worlds) change the history of motion pictures with their stunning and revolutionary visualization!

Cast

See also

  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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Transformers
Directed by Michael Bay
Produced by Steven Spielberg (executive)
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Tom DeSanto
Don Murphy
Written by Roberto Orci
Alex Kurtzman
John Rogers
(story)
Starring Shia LaBeouf
Megan Fox
Josh Duhamel
Rachael Taylor
Jon Voight
Voices:
Peter Cullen
Hugo Weaving
Music by Steve Jablonsky
Cinematography Mitchell Amundsen
Editing by Paul Rubell
Glen Scantlebury
Thomas A. Muldoon
Distributed by DreamWorks
Paramount Pictures
United International Pictures
Release date(s) June 28, 2007 (AUS)
July 2, 2007 (US)
July 27, 2007 (UK)
Running time 143 min.
Country Template:FilmUS
Language English
Budget $151 million
Gross revenue $707,675,744
Followed by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers is a 2007 live-action movie adaptation of the Transformers franchise, directed by Michael Bay and written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. It stars Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky.

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Preceded by
Ratatouille
Box office number-one films of 2007 (USA)
July 8, 2007
Succeeded by
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix








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