Transformers has to be one of the noisiest blockbuster franchises ever. Based on ingenious plastic toys that were all the rage in the 1980s, this Michael Bay-directed, live-action first movie gave the brand a new lease of commercial life in 2007, grossing over $700 million. In this novelty-value set-up, LaBeouf’s suburban teen finds himself caught up in a battle royale between goodies the Autobots and baddies the Decepticons, both races of alien robots who can transform into cars, trucks and planes. There’s a political conspiracy going back a century, and LaBeouf fancies Megan Fox, but never mind that; if the thought of watching giant, CGI-animated metal machines going at each other for over two action-packed hours leaves you cold, you should stay away. If you’re in the mood, it might just hit – and obliterate – the spot.
Mr Selfridge himself, Jeremy Piven, stars as a Hollywood agent who is determined that his son’s bar mitzvah is going to be bigger, better and bolder than that of his neighbour. But his son (SPYkids’ Daryl Sabara) is a shy, retiring type who can think of nothing worse than a spectacular being held on his behalf.
Jason Statham does what Jason Statham does best in this old-fashioned, gritty tale of a wronged man who seeks redemption by protecting a young girl (and manages to bust more than a few heads while doing it).
One-man police state Clint Eastwood dispenses rough justice with the aid of a .44 Magnum in the first outing for San Francisco’s own avenging angel. Clint (reportedly suggested for the role by Paul Newman) is in his lean, mean prime.