Are you ready to see a robot cry?
At the recent ShoWest event, an annual event for theater owners to get pumped about films, Michael Bay was in attendance to receive their Vanguard Award. Apparently over use of slow motion photography and shaky camera work now counts as being a “vanguard”, but whatever. In addition to showing a montage clip of his work, he also brought along some new footage from Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. As opposed to the teaser trailer from a while back, we get to see the majority of a new scene between Sam (Shia LaBeouf) and Bumblebee, as well as some other interesting new footage.
Sorry folks, it seems Michael Bay only intended for this to be up for s short time. Nice of him to tell everyone after a bunch of blog posts were built around it, and Paramount is pulling copies off of YouTube.
The Showest footage was pulled down because it was just a 12-hour thing.
I just wanted the fans to get a taste of what we have been making for a year and a half because we have been so quiet. The piece was cut about a month ago for this Showest thing I accepted this past month – so as you can see many of the shots were far from being finished renders. This dinky little site received over 1,500,000 hits and 550,000 downloads in this short time. Anyway the trailer is being printed today and coming out on Wolverine and Star Trek. 64 days left!
I have no clue why Mikaela (Megan Fox) is changing into the dress, but did anyone else notice the fireman in the yard working on Sam’s house? So, the yard is full of fireman, and Mikaela decides that seems a good place to change out of skin tight leather into a white dress… well, okay then.
Beyond that bit of oddness, you do get to see Jetfire for the first time (the hunched over robot in the airplane boneyard), the first look at the Constructicons joined into Devestator (massive robot in the desert, crawling on all fours), Arcee chasing Sideways (robot chasing a car that changes and crashes through a building), Mudflap & Skids transformed into robot mode (red and green robots next to some type of painting) and a host of other footage. From the looks of it, you still aren’t going to be able to tell what is going on in fight scenes, but I have to say the robots do look even better than they did in the first movie. Despite Bumblebee crying (-groan-), he looks amazing in that scene in the Witwicky’s garage.
While I fully expect Michael Bay to again screw this movie up, I have to say I’m a bit more into this one then I was for the first. The story is established, we won’t have to wade through all of that setup this time around, and we shoudl be able to spend a great deal more time on the Transformers themselves. Obviously we’ll still have to deal with Sam (seriously, how does Shia LaBeouf keep getting work? He plays the same person in every movie, and it’s never appealing) and Mikaela, but I am hoping against hope they are toned down in this one.
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen hits theaters in the USA on June 24th, 2009.
Be sure to check out the gallery I recently posted of Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Robot Pictures.