Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Original Soundtrack

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Review

by James Christopher Monger

Like its 2007 predecessor, the soundtrack to 2009's second blockbuster live action rendering of the '80s animated cartoon legend Transformers is peppered with enough MTV-approved post-grunge/emo-metal (Nickelback, the Fray, Taking Back Sunday, Linkin Park, Staind, Hoobastank) to warrant its own stage on the Warped Tour. Director Michael Bay's fetish for expertly crafted clich├ęd explosions, high-school-level social drama, and over the top military machismo obviously extends to his record collection, as the 14 tracks that make up the non-orchestral version of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (especially Cheap Trick's wonderful and cheeky "Surrender"-esque title track) are as fun and forgettable as the actual plots to his films.

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