This review was originally posted on Groupee on July 22, 2007.

Let me preface this review by saying that while I did watch Transformers as a child, I was not an avid follower of the series (my attention was drawn by other cartoons and toys).

Transformers is the story of a robotic alien race from the planet Cybertron. The inhabitants of Cybertron lived in peace until a bad seed, Megatron, started a revolt. The transformers who chose to follow Megatron became known as the Decepticons; those that chose to defend their world became the Autobots.

The war leads to Earth, as both the Autobots and the Decepticons are in search of a cube from their home world that has the power to end the war. Depending on which side gets to the cube first, the war can either end well or humanity can be exterminated.

The movie spans a bit over two and a half hours, but it manages to keep you engaged throughout. My one worry going into this film was that the special effects might overshadow the storyline — luckily, that was not the case. Transformers is a brilliant blend of science fiction, intense action, humor, and a fun plot. The film offers enough to please moviegoers who’ve never heard of a Transformer, while still catering to those who grew up with the 1980s cartoons.

Peter Cullen reprises his role from the original cartoon series as the voice of Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots. Unfortunately, Frank Welker couldn’t reprise his role as Megatron, but Hugo Weaving lends a fantastic voice to the towering villain.

In my opinion, Transformers is a must-see movie and a must-own DVD. Oh, and stick around after the credits for some additional footage.

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