The earliest memories I have of the Transformers, and more specifically of Optimus Prime was a shiny little toy that my cousin used to have when he was younger. He used to guard this particular toy more carefully than the others as this was the only one which have elbows and knees that could bend, a neck that could turn, and a hip that could actually bend. This made Optimus Prime (or Red and Blue robot, as we used to call him back in those days) extra special and extra powerful. So when I first heard of the Transformers movie and read about it, my memories were taken back to those special innocent days. However, me being the jackass that I am, I missed out on watching this movie at the IMAX theatre in Hyderabad in late 2007.
The movie begins with Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots narrating how his home world, Cybertron was destroyed due to lack of energy to sustain it. In the war for the All Spark, the Decepticons led by Megatron manage to destroy most of the Autobots and almost all of Cybertron. However, in his quest for the All Spark, Megatron crash lands on earth and is frozen in ice in the Arctic Circle. Captain Archibald Witwicky stumbles upon his exo-skeleton and accidentally activates Megatron’s navigational system which imprints his co-ordinates in his eyeglasses. Sector 7, of the US Govt locates Megatron and the All Spark and moves both of them to the site of the Hoover Dam and builds the dam on top of them to mask the energy emissions.
In the present day, a group of Decepticons land on earth and assume disguises of various earch vehicles and attack a US base in Qatar to hack into the US Military network to locate the All Spark. This forms the first action sequence of the movie in which viewers are shown the actual capabilities of the Transfomers. An awesome desert action sequence involving a lot of great military vehicles, CGI generated robots and battle sequences pepper this great sequence. This battle also leads to the discovery of probably the only chink in the armor of the Decepticons, the high-heat sabot weapons.
One of the Decepticons finds the original eyeglasses up for auction at e-bay, put up there by Sam Witwicky, the great grandson of Archibald. This puts Sam in the middle of the battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons, with the bad robots pursuing him and the good ones trying to protect him. Sam’s first car, Bumblebee turns out to be an Autobot disguised as a Chevrolet Camaro. What follows in the rest of the movie is how Optimus Prime and the Autobots thwart every attempt by the Decepticons to get the co-ordinates of the All Spark.
Almost near the end of the movie, the Decepticons manage to revive Megatron, and the action sequence that follows is nothing short of amazing. The fight between Megatron and Optimus Prime, without doubt the two best Transformers in this movie, is quite breath-taking and must be seen to be believed. Whether the Autobots manage to protect Sam and the All Spark forms the climax of the movie.
For anybody who likes action movies and likes nicely crafted sci-fi stories, this movie came as a breath of fresh air. Anybody who has liked the ‘Giant Robot’ TV series which played in Doordarshan in the 80s will absolutly love this movie. And the fact that somebody like Steven Spielberg has produced this movie speaks volumes for the Production Quality of this movie. All in all, an awesome movie, which is good fun for action lovers of any age and race.