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Pure entertainment

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By Kirsten Laskey

My nephew loves Transformers. He has the toys, the stickers, the pajamas, and adores Autobot heroes Bumblebee and Optimus Prime.

He also went to see the new Transformers movie and loved it. I’m sure he loved it for all the cool robots and the great transformations that they performed.

Watching the movie myself, the plot seemed a little too similar to the first movie and there wasn’t much of a story. More evil robots concoct more devious plans to destroy earth. Why? Because they don’t like us. The movie doesn’t really explain the reasons for this hatred.

I could go on with my criticisms, but it is not necessary. This holiday weekend, if you are looking for a movie to watch, go see “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” and view it as my nephew did –  as a 100 percent pure fun and entertaining movie.  

What the movie lacks in plot, it more than makes up for in energy, thrills and action. Even at 28 years old, I was sitting on the edge of my seat just as I am sure my nephew did, frantic to find out what happens next.

The movie traveled from a posh ivy-covered college to New York City to the deserts of Egypt.

It takes you on a roller coaster ride, a main character gets killed off early in the movie and in response other members of the cast show their strength and courage.

I really liked Shia LaBeouf’s performance. Without a massive ego or rippling muscles, LaBeouf’s Sam Witwicky isn’t your typical action hero. He doesn’t execute any fancy martial arts moves or defy gravity with complicated jumps. It’s kind of refreshing and fun to see a normal schmo get placed in an extraordinary situation.

Of course the real stars of the show are the robots. Some were gigantic, others were tiny and they came in all shapes such as a panther, bulldozer and a college freshman tart.

Even though they were just digital images, I still admired the way each robot had a different look and personality. The fight scenes between evil Decepticons robots and heroic Autobots also amazed me.

It was incredible how the movie effectively made these enormous metallic warriors moved so quick and effortlessly.

The whole mood of the movie is an adrenaline rush. I could feel my eyes pop out of their sockets during some of the fight scenes shown in slow motion.

My favorite scene is when the Witwicky and his girlfriend hid from the evil robots in a shed. Even though I couldn’t see them, I could hear the robot monsters’ ominous stomping as they got closer to their victims.

It is not deep and not a whole lot of the movie makes any sense in reality, but these technicalities do not dampen the fun or thrills the Transformers sequel delivers.