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Transformers

Transformers

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Transformers is an American action and science fiction feature film from 2007, which is based on the toy series of the same name by manufacturer Hasbro and the background story from the Transformers Generation 1 series. July 2007 in American cinemas, while in Germany and Austria it was only released on August 1, 2007.

In addition, the film received an Oscar and won several Cream Awards. In 2009 the second part called Transformers was released, 2011 Transformers 3 and 2014 Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.

plot

On the planet Cybertron once lived a race of intelligent, self-sufficient robots with the ability to transform their bodies into other shapes (they call it "to transform"). Once Optimus Prime and Megatron ruled the planet together, but the power-hungry Megatron secretly rallied an army of loyal followers, the Decepticonsto rule the entire universe with the aim of gaining power over the planet and then realizing its utopia.

It led to a civil war between the two new races, so Cybertron itself was destroyed. The Allspark (a cube-shaped, high-energy artifact) was supposed to bring new hope, but the Autobots believed the Decepticon was just trying to abuse it, so the Autobots shot the cube into space, where it hit the earth.

For thousands of years, a team of researchers led by Captain Archibald Witwicky came across the frozen body of Megatron. His navigation system was set intact by touching the captain, so that the coordinates of the Allspark were imprinted on Archibald's glasses.

The film begins with an attack by the Decepticon Blackout on a US station in Qatar in order to obtain secret military information. Only a small group, in which Captain William Lennox and Robert Epps are, survived the attack, which was carried out by Scorponok, the "Domestic animal" and companions of Blackout. However, the mechanical scorpion fails to kill the group. Instead he has to flee because of the heavy artillery. It loses its sting, which allows the team to recognize where the armor's weaknesses lie.

Meanwhile, seventeen-year-old Sam Witwicky, a descendant of Captain Archibald Witwicky, has to get home good grades to win the bet with his father. He succeeds and Ron Witwicky buys him a car for it, but only wants to spend 4,000 US dollars. Ron buys one for his son in a shabby car shop Chevrolet Camaro (Built in 1977), who cannot yet suspect that this could be the male transformer Bumblebee, who was sent to Earth several years ago to look for the Allspark.

But he uses the newly bought car to impress Mikaela with it. He succeeds less, but he is happy that he has caught Mikaela's attention and goes to bed in the evening. During the night he is woken up by the noise of the engine and he sees the car moving away from his property. Bumblebee drives to a garbage dump, transforms and sends a light signal to others Autobots. Sam is watching him.

By now it was the little Decepticon Frenzy in the Air Force One succeeded in hacking into the computer network, placing a virus and all data via a certain organization Sector 7 to get. Among other things, he also finds Sam's glasses, which the boy himself wears ebay had specified as the object of sale.

The next day, Sam is confronted by another Decepticon (Barricade) who pretended to be a police car. Bumblebee rushes to the rescue and overcomes him, while Sam and Mikaela, who had joined Sam in the escape from Barricade, defeat Frenzy. Bee takes the two of them to the other Autobots, who explain the situation to him and why they need the glasses.

However, the situation becomes more difficult than Sector 7 Agents rush into Sam's house and arrest him and Mikaela. On the way, they are rescued by the Autobots, while Bumblebee is captured by Sector 7 agents. Together with Captain Lennox, Epps, the US Secretary of Defense John Keller, the computer specialist Maggie Madsen and the hacker Glen, they are taken to the Hoover Dam.

Sam explains to the head of Sector 7 the current situation as those represent him frozen Decepticon leader Megatron and the Allspark. Frenzy, who has sneaked into the base, calls the other Decepticons over. The division for the further events is divided. While Maggie, Glen, Keller and Agent Reginald Simmons attempt to argue and mobilize the US forces, Bumblebee, Mikaela, Sam, Lennox and Epps are said to be in the Mission City (a fictional place) where they meet the other Autobots.

Frenzy is beaten at his own gun and in Mission City the Autobot Jazz is torn to pieces by Megatron. The Decepticons Blackout, Brawl and Bonecrusher are either killed by the US Army or by the Autobots.

Finally, Sam pushes the smaller transformed Allspark into Megatron's chest. The released energy kills Megatron and what remains is a splinter that Optimus Prime takes. The lifeless bodies are sunk in the Mariannengraben, the Autobots station themselves on earth and Bumblebee is allowed to stay with Sam.

In the credits you can see how Starscream leaves the earth's atmosphere and flees into space.

Characters

Autobots

Optimus Prime is the leader of the Autobots and is characterized by his wisdom, which probably comes through with age, as well as his readiness for heroism and his streak of humor, which occurs when he feels verbally attacked.

In contrast to the other transformers, its size is largely known and comes to a good 20 to 30 meters. Bay had several discussions with Hasbro regarding Optimus Automode as they wanted to keep the red breast through Transformers Generation 1. In the film he can paint himself in a red and blue Peterbilt 379 transform.

Bumblebee is Sam Witwiky's car and can communicate with people or with the other transformers through its destroyed voice chip through individual radio scraps and lyrics.

In his first appearance as a car at a seedy car dealer, he is called 1977 Chevrolet Camaro but takes a different form (Chevrolet Camaro the fifth generation) when Michaela called him "Junk box" designated. In his way, he is still a fairly young Transformer and shows significantly more emotions than any other Transformer.

Ironhide can turn into a Chevrolet Kodiak pickup transform and is the weapon specialist of the Autobots and together with Optimus Prime, who has gained the most experience. He often appears grumpy and very strict and seems to have a slight aversion to jazz, which is still too young for him and too cocky.

Ratchet is the medi in the team and can get into an ambulance (a Hummer H2) transform. He also takes care of Bumblebee's repair of the voice chip and the health of the other Autobots.

Jazz is the lieutenant on the team and is the Autobot transformer who is most interested in the culture of young people and who lives himself. He can turn into a Pontiac Solstice transform and is the smallest in the team and loosens the mood with his easy macho and checker sayings.

Later in the battle in Mission City he was killed by Megatron when the latter tore him to pieces. Despite his death, he appeared in Revenge of the Fallen and in Dark of the Moon in the video game.

Decepticons

Megatron crash-landed on earth when he wanted to search for the Allspark and was frozen in the ice for several years until Archibald Witwicky found him on his Arctic expedition and Megatron burned the coordinates of the Allspark in Witwicky's glasses. Later in the film, he is revived by Starscream and appears in Mission City as the main opponent.

He appears very powerful in his physical stature and authoritarian in his appearance. Michael Bay chose Hugo Weaving for the voice of Megatron because it would be more suitable for a domineering and malicious dictator than that of Peter Cullen or Frank Welker. In the end, he is called by Optimus Prime "Brothers" referred to, but this is more likely to be perceived as a brother in arms, as they fought together for justice and against corruption in earlier years.

Starscream is second in command and Megatron's aircommander. How he came to Earth is unknown, as he only appeared briefly in a few scenes in Transformers to help all of the Decepticons Hoover Dam and lead to Sam Witwicky and completely free Megatron from the ice.

He can be in one Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Jet (Successor to F-15 Eagle) transform and is one of the only Decepticons to win the fight in the final scene. In the epilogue, it flies away from Earth and back into orbit.

Barricade is a Saleen S281who had the task of using the internet to find Sam Witwicky to get his hands on the glasses until he met Bumblebee.

Be "Domestic animal" is Frenzy, who helps him with the search. In his way he is very harsh, does not like to talk around the bush, but he prefers not to be present in big fights, and even literally flees from them.

Blackout is a Decepticon turned into a MH-53J Pave Low III helicopter can transform and also a "Domestic animal" Scorponok carries with him. In the film, he is ultimately killed by Lennox while Scorponok continues to exist. First of all, it should be built into the second film and Soundwave should be included in the first film Ravage.

Scorponok is a mechanical scorpion and Blackout's pet that he always had attached to his back. Scorpnok is equipped with weapons like any other robot and can use its scissors to turn them into rotors so that it can move around in the sand. Even when his tail was severed from him, he could still control it.

Brawl is a Transformer who turns into a M1 Abrams tank can transform and was initially confused with Devastator (through the subtitle). He was later brought in by Bumblebee Mission City killed.

Frenzy is the helper of Barricade (should actually be one of Soundwave's henchmen) and, in contrast to the other Transformers, speaks more often in the Cybertronian language, is cheeky and very cunning, which also fits his physical structure. In doing so, it can be transformed into a CD and cassette recorder.

  • Bonecrusher (Is a Buffalo Mine Protected Vehicle that was killed by Optimus Prime on the highway to Mission City.)

People

Samuel James "Sam" Witwicky is the main character in the movie Transformers and was originally intended to be Spike hot to the name of Transformers Generation 1 to take over. He was born in 1991, is 17 years old and goes to college as a social outsider. He currently has a bet with his father about getting good grades home and his father giving him a car in return.

Sam's character is very ambivalent: On the one hand, he is a very spoiled, hastily living person who can see danger in anything. The fact that his car can turn into a transformer is more than spectacular for him, but he holds back and admits secret organizations like Sector 7 as being completely normal and looks at the confronting fight with more serenity.

When it comes to women, he is still the clumsy with little experience and tries to land well in front of them through pick-up lines or exercises in front of the mirror.

Mikaela Banes is an 18 year old woman who lives with a soccer player named Trent is together and is the woman par excellence, as most guys rave about her. The tough Mikaela works with her father, who has already been arrested several times, in the motorcycle workshop.

With her knowledge of engines, she gets her bonus points from the men, but she knows all too well that it annoys most boys that she knows more about vehicles than them. For her, Sam is just a weirdo who doesn't really fit into her prey scheme, but she becomes friends very quickly after she gets involved in the Transformer affair. Last but not least, at the end of the film it is shown that she and Sam are flirting together and kissing on Bumblebee's bonnet.

William Lennox is, together with Robert Epps, one of the main characters who initially act independently of Sam Witwicky against the Transformers. After he and his team narrowly escaped Blackout's attack, he tried to research the technology of the robots through Scorponok's tail tip.

Lennox is the kind of soldier who is tactically smart in difficult situations and exudes the necessary calm. He is also married and has a newborn daughter whom he loves dearly.

Robert Epps is a sergeant in the United States Air Force and a good friend of Lennox, who literally covers his back in combat if things get tight.

He has little patience, often jokes and makes sarcastic comments even in tricky situations and downplays those situations in order to survive them safely.

  • Tom Banachek (Michael O'Neill) (Is the head of Advanced Research Sector 7 Department.)
  • Bobby Bolivia (Bernie Mac) (Sold Bumblebee to Sam without knowing the car was a Transformer)
  • John Keller (Jon Voight) (A senior member of the Department of Defense and the first to believe Maggie Madsen's theories)
  • Maggie Madsen (Rachael Taylor) (Must decipher Frenzy's cybertronic frequency with a team of hackers)
  • Seymour Simmons (John Turturro)

Seymour Simmons is an arrogant, self-indulgent Sector 7 Agent who always has the attitude to see everyone as a felon and he has to show off his badge.

He always has stupid sayings in store and makes a sarcastic comment on every little thing.

Judith "Judy" Witwicky is the wife of Ron and Sam Witwicky's mother. She steps very extravangantly through her very girlish behavior and quickly becomes energetic, stubborn, so that she often comes into conflict with her husband or son.

Despite everything, she is a lovely mother who cares for her son and sometimes forgets that he is already a grown-up person.

Ronald "Ron" Witwicky is the husband of Judy Witwicky and the father of Sam Witwickys and a calm, exuberant American who loves his garden and looks after it. He usually has a very distant relationship with his son and jokes with him (driving past the Porsche house with Sam's belief that he would buy him a Porsche and drive by).

He still remembers his time and hopes that his son will become a real man, as he expects from Sam.

Archibald Witwicky was a Dutch-English captain who led his research group to the Arctic in 1897 to get to the Pole.

He had an accident, slipped into a crack in the ice and discovered the frozen Megatron. The robot, which burned the coordinates of the Allspark into his glasses, made Archibald himself crazy, drew cybertronic characters and had to go to the psychiatric institution.

Voice actor

role actor Speaker (German)
Sam Witwicky Shia LaBeouf David Turba
Mikaela Banes Megan Fox Luise Helm
Optimus Prime Peter Cullen Pure beauty
Megatron Hugo Weaving Hans-Jürgen Wolf
Bumblebee Mark Ryan Helmut Gauss
Captain William Lennox Josh Duhamel Dennis Schmidt-Foss
Agent Seymour Simmons John Turturro Stefan Fredrich
jazz Darius McCrary Torsten Michaelis
Ratchet Robert Foxworth Jan Spitzer
Ironhide Jess Harnell Oliver Siebeck
Maggie Madsen Rachael Taylor Anja Stadlober
Bonecrusher Jim Wood
Barricade Jess Harnell Oliver Siebeck
Frenzy Reno Wilson
Starscream Charlie Adler Axel Lutter
Tom Banachek Michael O'Neill Klaus Dieter Klebsch
Ron Witwicky Kevin Dunn Frank-Otto Schenk
Bobby Bolivia Bernie Mac Jan Odle

Soundtrack to the film

Transformers: The Score was released on October 9, 2007 with 20 songs, while at the same time the album was released with 12 songs. In the film, however, tracks 7, 9, 10 and 12 have been left out.

Transformers: The Album

  1. What I've Done (Linkin Park)
  2. Doomsday Clock (Smashing Pumpkins)
  3. This Moment (Disturbed)
  4. Before It's Too Late (Goo Goo Dolls)
  5. Pretty Handsome Awkward (The Used)
  6. Passion's Killing Floor (HIM)
  7. What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost? (Taking Back Sunday)
  8. Second to None (Styles of Beyond ft. Mike Shinoda)
  9. End of the World (Armor for Sleep)
  10. Retina and the Sky (Idiot Pilot)
  11. Technical Difficulties (Julien-K)
  12. Transformers Theme (Mutemath)

Songs that did not appear in the album but still appeared in the film:

  • Drive (The Cars)
  • Sexual Healing (Marvin Gaye)
  • I Got You (I Feel Good) (James Brown)
  • Baby Come Back (Player)
  • Battle Without Honor or Humanity (Tomoyasu Hotei)

Transformers: The Score

  1. Autobots
  2. Decepticons
  3. The All Spark
  4. Deciphering the signal
  5. Frenzy
  6. Optimus
  7. Bumblebee
  8. SOCCENT attack
  9. Sam at the lake
  10. Scorponok
  11. Cybertron
  12. Arrival to Earth
  13. Witwicky
  14. Downtown Battle
  15. Sector 7
  16. Bumblebee Captured
  17. You're a Soldier Now
  18. Sam on the Roof
  19. Optimus vs. Megatron
  20. No sacrifice, no victory

production

In 2000, director Joseph Kahn wanted to start production for the film Transformers, but lost interest in it. In June 2003 the film was first announced by Tom DeSanto.

In the following year, a real battle sparked between DreamWorks and New Line Cinema for the rights in the film. Steven Spielberg was named producer while John Rogers stepped in as screenwriter (he was later replaced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci). Michael Bay showed no interest at first, dorch was convinced by Spielberg to represent the film more realistically and to the audience in such a way that it should be made for adult viewers.

Shia LaBeouf was announced on the Internet as the leading actor, while the voice acting roles of Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) and Megatron (Hugo Weaving) were also chosen.

The transformers' robot shapes were largely computer-animated, three-quarters of the time ILM and to a quarter of Digital Domain.

Transformers was filmed in, among others Boston, los Angeles, New York City, on the site of the Universal Studios Hollywood, the Holloman Air Force Base, the White Sands Missile Range and on Hoover Dam. For the camouflage forms of most Transformers, with the exception of Megatrons, real vehicles or aircraft were used, which were made available by the sponsors.

Transformers celebrated its world premiere on June 28, 2007 in Australia. The film opened on July 3 in the USA and on the first day of the game grossed 28 million US dollars, making it the largest Tuesday result ever. In China (and South Korea) it fetched 3 million US dollars, making it the most successful foreign film.

The film launch in Germany was temporarily postponed from July 4th to August 1st 2007 by UIP. In Germany, a total of 1,507,542 visitors saw the film during the ten-week period, making it 16th among the most successful films of 2007 in Germany. The box office income in Germany totaled 10.3 million euros.

On October 16, 2007, Transformers was released in the US on DVD and HD DVD and set the sales record for the year with 4.5 million (then rose to 8.3 million). The Blu-ray disc appeared a year later 13.7 million times.

In Germany, the film was released on December 10, 2007, on both DVD and HD DVD. The Bluray version was also offered in 2008.

Production Manager

Visual effects

  • Visual effects: Industrial Light & Magic and Digital Domain
  • Production Designer: Jeff Mann
  • Robot design: Ben Procter
  • Graphic artist: James Clyne, Tim Flattery
  • Visual Effects (Supervisor and Director): Scott Farrar
  • Art Director: Alex Jaeger
  • Animation directors: Scott Benza, Dan Taylor
  • Animations: Charles Alleneck, C. Michael Easton, Keiji Yamaguchi

Filming Locations Department

  • Location Director: Ilt Jones
  • Collaborators: Michael J. Burmeister, Fermín Dávalos, and Emre Sonmez
  • Assistant Manager: Michael Wesley Aycock, Leann Emmert, Perri Fichtner, Ronald M. * Haynes, Jonathan Hook, Kathy McCurdy, Manny Padilla, Lisa Patton, Rob Swenson, Marta Tomkiw, Scott Trimble, Brooks Bonstin, Alexandre Chen, Michael Chickey, Martin J. Cummins, Ces Hardy, and Amanda Harrington
  • Location seekers: Stuart Raven Barter, Richard Klotz, James Lin and Keith Nakata

Sponsors

  • Hasbro
  • General Motors
  • Saleen
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
  • Force Protection Industries
  • Lockheed Martin Public Company
  • US military (due to the many missions of soldiers, helicopters, jets and vehicles)
  • Others: Apple, Yahoo, Burger King, Nokia, Panasonic and eBay

Age restriction

  • PG-13 (USA)
  • 10 (Brazil)
  • 12 (Germany)
  • PG (Canada; British Columbia)
  • IIA (China; Hong Kong)
  • 10M (South Africa)
  • 12 (South Korea)

criticism

The film was viewed more positively than negatively, a survey on the Rotten Tomatoes website confirmed. The film got its bonus points from the many explosions and the robots instead of the actual plot or the choice of actors. Roger Ebert, one of the most important film critics in the United States, described the film as "It's goofy fun with a lot of stuff that blows up real good, and it has the grace not only to realize how preposterous it is, but to make that into an asset.". It was a huge descent to Michael Bay's films like Peal Habour or Amageddon.

Transformers was nominated for three Academy Awards in Aspects for "Achievement in Sound Editing" (best note), "Achievement in Sound Mixing" (best sound editing) and "Achievement in Visual Effects" (best visual effects), as well as the golden compass in the best visual effects. At the Scream Awards it was the best science fiction film of the year with the best special effects.

However, the younger generation viewed the film more positively. Both MTV Movie Awards was awarded Transformers for two consecutive years. On June 3, 2007 in the category "Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet"And on June 1, 2008 in the" Best Film "category and by the main actor Shia LaBeouf at Teen Choise Award on August 26, 2007 he was named "Best Male Newcomer".

In Germany, the film was viewed with a certain degree of skepticism, and here too there was a wide range of opinions. Some referred to the film as a "Triumph of Mindlessness" (Katja Nicodemus) or as one "misshapen and terribly stupid film" (Tagesspiegel).

However, Spiegel Online saw the film as positive and described it as: "This visually impressive scrapping scenario is so loud, so colorful and so beautifully plummeting. The overwhelmed viewer succumbs to the charm of gigantomania for long stretches."

On Filmstarts.de the movie was called "Perhaps the best staged material battle of all time." designated by Jürgen Armbruster. The transformations of the Transformers themselves also received a lot of praise, Michael Althen from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, for example, spoke of the "Art of folding heavy metal on the computer"even if the rest "Hardly more intelligent than what a twelve-year-old thinks up in the nursery" and Transformers overall a "completely normal stupid Michael Bay film" be.

Matthias Schmidt's verdict for the star was similarly mixed: The "crude act" and that "Excessive action, stale songs of praise to soldierhood and dialogues as viscous as engine oil" criticized, but they were impressed by the "Material battle without equal", and lead actor Shia LaBeouf also became one "Acceptable figure" attested.

Despite the criticism, Transformers was ranked third as the most pirated movie of all time, according to a 2011 poll.

marketing

Hasbro published the jointly with the Japanese partner company TakaraTomy developed a series of toys. Due to the great financial success in the USA, the toy series continued well into 2008. Many of the figures were also available in Germany and were intended for the younger generation.

The American comic publisher IDW Publishing published several comic mini-series for the motion picture, including a storyline prehistory with the title "The Reign of Starscream".

The comics were also continued in the other films, and an adaptation of the novel was written, which, however, did not prove itself in Germany and was therefore not translated into German.

In the case of books, there were initially volumes on film, while picture book-like volumes were also published for the younger generation.

Video game

Transformers: The Game was developed for the Nintendo Wii, DS,

the PlayStation 2 and 3, the Xbox 360 and the PC developed the game in two factions, the Autobots and Decepticons. What is striking about the games is that you can also unlock characters that have not appeared in the film before.

In the Autobotstory one tries to prevent the resurrection of Megatron, to salvage and save the Allspark and to defeat the remaining Decepticons on earth in order to save humanity.

At the Decepticonstory, the command is directed by Starscream. You have to destroy cities, get information about Megatron's whereabouts, free him and thaw him. The ultimate goal is to get the Allspark in order to rebuild Cybertron and destroy the remaining Autobots.

continuation

Prequel

Trivia

  • The Transformers soundtrack was released on October 9, 2007. Steve Jablonsky has his birthday on the same day.
  • Originally the Allspark "The Matrix", but because of the likelihood of confusion with the film The matrix the name was changed.
  • Michael Bay made an appearance in the film himself when Megatron flicked him away in the fight against Optimus.
  • Blackout appears on the radar screen in the middle of the day, while upon arrival at the base the sun is on the horizon and Blackout now encroaches on the base at night.
    • In the scene with Bumblebee and Barricade, less than five minutes go by and it changes from day to night.
  • When Michaela looks at the engine, the passenger door is open. When Sam drives away, he closes the hood and his door himself. The passenger door is not closed by him, but it is closed.
  • Michaela describes the engine as something special with special injectors and carburetors. The engine shown does not have such a carburetor.
  • The photos the Sector 7 agent shows, taken of Mars and the base, look exactly the same.
  • The number on the doors of the tow trucks is "800-555-0199". When Mikaela tries to tow Bumblebee, however, you see "800 -555- MIKE".
  • The Laurentian Trench is said to be the deepest point in the ocean. The Mariana Trench is the deepest trench in the world.
  • Inspired by Transformers, a new Knight Rider movie developed, as well as the new series that followed.
  • At the same time, thanks to the highly acclaimed effects, Iron Man was shot with almost the same team.
  • Michael Bay named his dog after the Decepticon Bonecrusher. Michael Bay's dog Bonecrusher made a cameo in Transformers: Revenge and Transformers 3.
  • Transformers also known as Transformers (2007) was not the first Transformers film, the first Transformers film was the cartoon Transformers: The Battle for Cybertron from 1986, Transformers (2007) was the first real film in the history of the Transformers franchise.

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