Please excuse my pretentiousness of starting my own thread regarding my opinions on the movie. I know there have been thousands of reviews by many before me but I do have one difference in that I have not read any other reviews or opinions on this movie. I have been out of the US since April and missed out on much of the buildup to the movie and the critiques afterwards. I was fortunate enough to get back to the US for 2 weekends and saw TF at that time. I have been a HUGE fan of TFs since they came out (even during the dark ages of the early 90s). I was a HUGE fan of the Beast Wars series (mostly for an excellent plot and good ideas). And am a huge Alternators collector. Ok, enough with the Intro. On the whole, I would say TFs was a bad movie. Mostly because of the lack of a cohesive, enjoyable story. The main problem I had with the movie was its disjointed story-telling. The scenes were random and many were un-necessary. There was little character-building with the bots or the humans. And finally, the shooting with the close-up, shaky scenes often left me wondering what I was looking at. Ok, one by one. The main problem I had was the plot. The random flashback to an old grandpa somehow tripping over Megatron in the ice, and then somehow Megatron's most important information imprinting on its glasses was ridiculous. I mean, c'mon... Why not have a more believable plot? Frankly, the 80s cartoon had a better way of uniting the TFs and Spike with the oil-rig scene, rather than a cheesy scene involving Sam's parents and the TFs peering through windows. They could have done the movie much better had they done away with those horrible glasses altogether. What WAS The point of the glasses anyways? Was it used to locate Megatron or the CUBE? Either way, when Megatron imprinted the glasses, wouldn't the glasses have wrong coordinates to locate either Megatron or the CUBE since the US govt moved both from their original locations at the time of the glasses imprinting? I consider myself somewhat intelligent and still fail to grasp the idea of the glasses. Next, what was up with the random extras? What happened to the army guys? Were they really necessary to the movie? Or the techies? Or the random, fat nerdy dude? With the Decepticons weapons, all the army guys should have been mince-meat. They didn't at all develop Josh Duhamel's character or the other army guy at all. The same goes for the Techie group. They could have had a normal techie discover all of those things and used the valuable time to develop other characters or the story. No need for the scene in the fat, nerdy dude's house, the interrogation room, or the room with them fighting Frenzy. They already had the "hot girl" in Meagan Fox, why the need for another random girl? Why not more, Decepticon-Decepticon, Autobot-Autobot, or Decepticon-Autobot dialogue? The TFs amounted to nothing more than brain-less bodyguards and evil mutant monsters. The last thing I had the problem with was Bay's shaky camera shooting and his close-ups. I had no idea what I was looking at and it often made me WANT to stop looking because it was so nauseating and confusing. When you have mammoth robots with thousands of characters, the LAST type of shooting you need is close-up shaky scenes. Maybe a panoramic would have been better to be able to appreciate the depth of the carnage and the strategies involved. There were many more qualms I had with the movie, but those were the ones that stuck out the most in my head. I intentionally stopped reading comments early on so as not to bias myself against the movie and gave myself a month after the movie to let it truly sink in. Any comments or critiques are welcome.