Revenge of the Fallen – Survivor Trees in the Making

June 27, 2009 at 2:16 pm 1 comment

By ebygomm
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On Wednesday, Ryan and I drove an hour and a half to meet friends for supper and then go see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on IMAX. Dinner was delicious. The company was great. The Transformer-inspired Slurpee we had for dessert was phenomenal.

I wish I could have as such kind comments for the film.

As poor as I found the movie to be, there was one scene I did thoroughly enjoy. It is an extended fight between Optimus Prime and Megatron. It is in full IMAX format and takes place in a forest. The scene captivated me every bit as much as I suspect Megan Fox’s short shorts captivated the male audience members. You see, as Prime and Megatron battled it out, the trees around them took a Ardennes-caliber beating. Trunks were ripped apart, branches were stripped, large trees were uprooted, all with robotic ease.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Still
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Battle in the Forest

As I watched, I realized– when the dust settled from this great bout, some of those trees would rebound. Their trunks would scar over. They’d leaf again. They’d slowly take back the cleared forest. I was watching Survivor Trees in the making!

(That is, of course, assuming the Autobots were successful in staving off the Decepticons. Even Survivor Trees have their limitations.)

The forest trees weren’t the only ones in harm’s way throughout the film. In the excruciatingly long finale in the Egyptian desert, more trees found themselves in the middle of the action.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Still
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Trees in the Crossfire

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Still
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Tree with Bumblebee

You may hear about the unpleasant racial connotations in the film, but on the upside there were some revelations about gender. For example, did you know it’s physically impossible for attractive women to run without holding someone’s hand? Throughout the final battle Mikaela was constantly gripping someone’s hand. When it wasn’t Sam, it was Major Lennox. It may seem like she is handicapping herself, but consider this– At least she was more mobile than the trees.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Still
Mikaela and Sam – Slightly Less Rooted Than The Trees

My friend Christina moved to Germany in 2002. Since she’s relocated she has become increasingly aware of how Germans are depicted in film. “Have you ever noticed how many bad guys are German?” she once asked me, “And I’m not just talking about World War II.”

Perhaps Revenge of the Fallen has revealed what my Germans will be.

Entry filed under: Survivor Tree, Transformers, trees.

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  • 1. Camden Causeway Park « TGAW  |  July 15, 2009 at 5:04 am

    […] when I moved to Elizabeth City was the Causeway Park. My first impression was about as positive as my opinion of the second Transformer’s movie. I got out of the car, saw a sign instructing people not to be litter bugs. And then right next to […]


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