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The piece-de-la-resistance was the Transformers cartoon at the end of the programme that introduced a generation of kids to some overpriced but rather ingenious toys.
Keen to cash in…*ahem*...educate a new generation, the franchise was “rebooted” in 2007 with a big-budget movie tie-in helmed by director Michael Bay.
The “story”, if we can call it that, involves the Autobots fighting the Decepticons for possession of the Allspark, a sort of all-powerful Rubik's cube that could be used to conquer the universe. Such are the wild leaps of logic, pedestrian dialogue and retina burning action the story is purely incidental as your I.Q. would have left the building within the first 30 minutes.
Shia LaBeouf plays an innocent dweeb who inadvertently gets caught up in robo-mess. He struggles valiantly to wangle a few laughs from the lumpen script whilst wooing the delectable Megan Fox , but despite his game efforts he's quickly engulfed by an all-consuming tide of dreck. Quite why two acting veterans of the calibre of Jon Voight and John Turturro are anywhere near this mess, is unclear. Perhaps they have large alimony payments to make.
Despite being a stinking turd of a movie Exploding Helicopter was left clinging to the hope that a few helicopter explosions would justify the film's bloated two and half hour runtime. Sadly, we were mistaken. Despite over half a dozen helicopter sightings, including a sexy looking Decepticon attack helicopter named “Blackout”, only one gets engulfed in flames.
Leader of the Decepticons, Megatron climbs an LA building in order to retrieve the Allspark from Labeouf. An army chopper hovers at roof level and just as he is about to hand the cube over to the authorities, Megatron launches a couple of heat seeking missiles that slam into the copter and send it spinning out of control. It plummets out of shot engulfed in flames.
To give Bay credit, Transformers will surely appeal to its target demographic: pubescent boys. In fact Bay has done a remarkable job at visualising the mind of your average 12yr old; a hyperactive, incoherent mess of toys, cars and confusing sexual urges.
Bay had plenty of opportunities to give us a proper chopper fireball yet he drops the ball. There is absolutely no excuse for a downed helicopter not to be shown in its fully exploded glory. Perhaps Bay was combing his fabulous hair. Very, very poor.
Exploding helicopter innovation
Robot shoots down helicopter with missile. Sure it has been done before. Bay hasn’t even got the imagination to do that right.
Number of exploding helicopters
Do passengers survive?
Doubtful, but as we don’t get the pleasure of seeing the copter slam into the floor we will never know for sure.
The exploding helicopter occurs during the final part of the movie alerting you to the fact that the film is nearly over and you can go and do something more worthwhile with your life such as alphabetising your spice rack.
To quote our friend Robert Davi in Die Hard, Michael Bay usually likes “helicopters up the ass”. Such is his penchant for moody shots of choppers riding into and out of the sunset you would bet your house on a top notch explosion.
What we get is an inexcusable abomination. Also how does a helicopter survive a multiple missile impact without blowing up immediately?
Jazz: "What's crackin' little bitches? This looks like a cool place to kick it!"
Sam Witwicky: "How did he learn to talk like that?"
Optimus Prime: "We've learned Earth's languages through the world-wide web."
In the cartoon Megatron used to transform into a Walther P38 pistol that his henchman would be able to pick up and shoot but in the film he inexplicably turns into a plane. More liberties taken but at least they get to sell a bit more merchandise right?
Review by: Neon Messiah