Film Analysis: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen


Film Title:
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Year: 2009
Michael Bay
Genre: Action/Sci-fi

Film information can be found at

As you view films, consider how the cuts, camera angles, shots, and movement work to create particular meanings. Think about how they establish space, privilege certain characters, suggest relationships, and emphasize themes. In addition to shot distances, angles, editing, and camera movement, note details of the narrative, setting, characters, lighting, props, costume, tone, and sound.

Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Who is the protagonist? Sam Witwicky/Optimus Prime
2. Who is the antagonist? The Fallen
3. What is the conflict? The Fallen returns to Earth from planet cybertron as he look for a weapon that has been abandoned for thousands of years, but in order to use the weapon he needs the matrix of leadership and he needs to find before Sam and Optimus Prime do.
4. What is the theme or central, unifying concept? (summarize in one or two words) Some themes are “going away from home” and “sometimes the good guys get their asses kicked”.
5. How is the story told (linear, with flashbacks, flash-forwards, at regular intervals) The story is told in a regular with some flash backs sprinkled in.
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)? Sam goes to college as the fallen returns. Before he left for college he made contact the the remains of the cube and started seeing symbols in his head which turned out to be a incomplete map to the matrix of leadership. So Sam and his human friends find one of the oldest transformers on earth and transports them close to the matrix. People also die then come back to life. Typical Michael Bay stuff.
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)?Why does the film encourage such
The sound and editing to pretty much what you would expect from and action movie. Clips in action scenes are short and the sounds a little extra. Also lots of screaming a shaky cameras. Character development lacks a little, I would give it a 6 out 10 if I were to rate it.
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized?What atmosphere does the setting suggest?

Do particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions?

I would say it’s a little of both. The setting of film is realistic with exption of  the alien planet. The action scenes are a little bit stylized. You see cars being flung around and other things of that nature.
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up?What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age?

How do
costume and makeup convey character?

So this movie was filmed in the late 2010’s and the costumes are what you would think a college student would where in that time period.
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood? So the lighting shape the character the same way most action movie do.
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces?What do you see cinematically? So the camera angles and movement really give you an idea of what the character is thinking and also their personality.
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film?How does it direct our attention within the
image?How does it shape our interpretation of the image?What stands out about the music?
The music is used to draws the audience into the film and it really sucks them into the story.  The score is like a rock/orchestra type sound.  I’d say the thing that stands out the most about the music is that it’s different from other movies and it’s very recognizable.



13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film?Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture? As for the social aspect, I think that the new transformers reboot does carry some nostalgia. It may not be that much but it has some with the transformers fans.
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this filmUse credible sources and cite sources

Example: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All
Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015.

Given Mr. Bay’s predilection for action over introspection, it’s no surprise that he plucks Sam out of school right after he cracks his first textbook.

“Invasion of the Robot Toys, Redux (2009) | Manohla Dargis” All
Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 June 2009.

15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements.Write a one-sentence description of the scene and record the time of the scene. Example, from 1:05:00 to 1:10:00.

Explain why you chose this scene.


I choose this scene because it give you an idea of what is come when watching the film.

16. In the selected scene: write a sentence for each of the elements below to justify why this scene best represents the film:
a. Screenwriting: It as lot’s of pauses in the action for “funny one-liners”.
b. Sound Design: Lot’s of robotic noises that are used throughout the film.
c. Camera Movements/Angles: Very aggressive camera movement.
d. Light Setup: The filmmaker emphisizeive the lighting in the flames throughout the movie.
e. Soundtrack/Score: Super action like and includes pauses.
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film? An attempt to relive a blast from the past.

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