Remember how we reported that the MPAA stamped Transformers with a Hard "R" rating and Spielberg was forced to negotiate directly to get it pushed down to a PG-13? Something about the film being too "intense"?
Well, it looks like our prayers have been answered. A little over twenty minutes of Transformers was shown at ShoWest and "intense" has been the word of the day.
And that's a great thing!
I want everybody to wish, pray or whatever you do to get what you want, for the Transformers footage to show up online; maybe YouTube? What am I talking about, that site is in enough trouble as it is, I don't think they can afford leaked footage from Paramount.
Anywho, though we won't be able to see the Transformers footage, sites across the net are already reporting what they saw beginning with IGN.
Paramount must be breathing a sigh of relief because the theater owners and exhibitors went crazy for what we can only classify as some of the most brutal, visceral, uncompromising Bayness this side of Bad Boys 2.
As many times as we've analyzed the trailer, nothing prepared us for how cool and utterly wicked the arrival and transformation of Blackout was. It's a normal day, all of the helicopters are coming back from their missions surrounding the tiny base in the middle of the desert in sand-blasted Qatar. We first meet all of our grunts, including Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson, as a pack of sweaty, filthy dudes just tossing out of the kind of banter that Bay always manages to capture so well.
We caught a tiny glimpse of Scorponok when he rolled off the back of Blackout and disappeared in the sand, but now he is back to get what's his. Our grunts are slowly cruising through the desert moving away from their destroyed base when the Captain almost gets stung to death by metallic pinchers that morph out of the sand.. The group manages to get off a few shots to the menace, but they are mostly screwed as Scorponok is fully intent on inflicting carnage.
Sounds amazing, right? Want to hear more do you? Then check out a few snippets from Harry's report at AICN:
Here's the thing though. The robots kick a certain amount of ass - even in these low key scenes. None of this was Robot on Robot action. These will be the small scenes in this film - and they were satisfying. And the effects kicked ass even if they were nowhere near finished finished. All having tweaks left to be done.