Master of bombast Michael Bay delivers a sequel to his 2007 hit, inspired by the 1980s Hasbro toys, about robotic aliens that morph into other machines. Shia LaBeouf returns as the teenage hero, now off at college, who's drawn back into the intergalactic war between the altruistic Autobots and the evil Decepticons. The special effects are better and the dialogue slightly more humorous than in the first movie, but the anti-Arab subtext is repugnant: the ensuing armageddon destroys both an Egyptian pyramid and part of the antique Jordanian city of Petra.
Director: Michael Bay
Writer: Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman
Producer: Ian Bryce, Tom DeSanto and Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Cast: Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Rainn Wilson, Hugo Weaving, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Frank Welker, Isabel Lucas and Reno Wilson