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On set with Bay's blockbuster sequel

01 January 2009  |  Written by James Dyer  

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If there's one film out next year that sums up the word 'blockbuster' it's Michael Bay's monster sequel to 2007's Transformers. It's perhaps appropriate then that Transformers 2 kick starts our big 2009 preview feature in the latest issue of Empire (on sale now).

You can read all about our exclusive visit to the Cairo set of the film in the issue and, in the meantime, cast your eyes down to see some exclusive new images from the film.

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RE: Thats it? those are the pics?
My thoughts exactly. Empire you sure know how to make a fuss about nothing :/ More

Posted by Nexus6Replicant at 01:00 on 08 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
eems that, if the egypt settings are anything to go by, we're going to get the old chestnut of aliens built the pyramids? But this time its transformers? More

Posted by Monkeyshaver at 14:33 on 05 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
L: krudler L: Stewie_Griffin L: Tech_Noir Transformers win the best visual effects Oscars still baffles me.ote] Golden Compass won, didn't it. Terrible visual effects.ote] I caught a bit of this over Christmas on sky, AWFUL effects, a handful of decent scenery shots butlar bears looked terrible have been fine if it was an animated movie but Transformers towered over it FX wise hat was and is a disgrace. I actually thought the polar bears were one of the best eff More

Posted by the anomaly at 13:52 on 05 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive Transformers 2 Images
Any word on a teaser trailer or anything coming out? Havn't seen anything since those on set shots like 5 6 months ago. More

Posted by Samfran at 22:58 on 04 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive Transformers 2 Images
Tempus fugit. I'm quite looking forward to the new film, mindless nonsense. Brilliant. More

Posted by JRockwell at 14:42 on 04 January 2009 | Report This Post

Thats it? those are the pics?
More

Posted by bailian at 22:46 on 03 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
L: Stewie_Griffin L: Tech_Noir How rmers win the best visual effects Oscars still baffles me. he Golden Compass won, didn't it. Terrible visual effects. he technical awards seems to go to the films that are more appealing to the Academy voters, rather than being based on the actual technical merits IMO. Unless there's a better explanation for how they were 14 for 18, then didn't win one for 12 years despite remaining the biggest, most in demand FX company during that time. More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 22:48 on 02 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive Transformers 2 Images
Can't believe the sequel's out in 5-6 months, time flies. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 16:20 on 02 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive Transformers 2 Images
Yeah but it'll be a press shot. It's not going to be a shot lifted from the movie. You may as well take photos of the toys if you're just interested in seeing pictures of a Transformer. More

Posted by JRockwell at 15:29 on 02 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive Transformers 2 Images
I saw a picture of Prime somewhere, looks the same just a little dirtier. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 15:22 on 02 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive Transformers 2 Images
L: jrewing1000 was disappointed empire didn't feature photos of the robots themselves. who cares about pyramids?!?! an't tell if you're joking or not. The robots won't be finished. They're the last thing that gets 'done'. I mean, it's not as if we can have shots of Prime sitting in his fold up chair in between takes.. although that would be cool. They should do that. More

Posted by JRockwell at 15:05 on 02 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
L: Stewie_Griffin L: Tech_Noir How rmers win the best visual effects Oscars still baffles me. he Golden Compass won, didn't it. Terrible visual effects. caught a bit of this over Christmas on sky, AWFUL effects, a handful of decent scenery shots but the polar bears looked terrible, would have been fine if it was an animated movie but Transformers towered over it FX wise More

Posted by krudler at 21:43 on 01 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
Ok, so the fight scenes were a tad blurry, and the best part of the chase scene was Bonecrusher ripping through the moving bus and we already got to see this on the trailor!  But, if you consider that Transformers already had a global ammount of world wide fans, and that the minute a live action version of transformers was was confirmed the production team were being bombared with just about a million email's saying mostly what they wanted, Bay pretty much was up against it from there!&nbs More

Posted by hyperdangerous at 21:28 on 01 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
Come on Transformers is definatly NOT dismall and unforgetable.  Bay did an excellect job with this film,  it was lively and well shot!  The Facts speak for themself, if the second one does half as well as the first it will definatly be the blockbuster of 2009! More

Posted by hyperdangerous at 21:07 on 01 January 2009 | Report This Post

More History.
I recently purchased Transformers on blue-ray and was more than happy to discover a option on the bd live menu that allows you to watch the film with a hud. When you watch the film with this hud on at certain point of the film pop up's give you little run downs of some of the history of both autobots and decepticons, like how bumble bee lost his voice, and that the vision of a transformer on mars from the beagle is bumble bee etc. Also the general info that gives more insight into the history More

Posted by hyperdangerous at 17:59 on 01 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
L: bigmurds Re watched Transformers last night and must admit it does work. I really cant wait for the second one. Only thing that let me down about watching it again last night was the female i was with said that Megan Fox looked like Stacey from Eastenders. :( here actually a weird similarity about them, even though one is obviously much better looking than the other. More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 15:24 on 01 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Michael Bay's Transformers is AWESOME.
L: Carrzy Anybody who doesn't think that giant robots beating ten shades of shit out of each other is clearly an overthinking arsehole. ren't you lovely? I just fail to see how this film can be anything other than a retread of the first one. More

Posted by Wilbert at 15:17 on 01 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive Transformers 2 Images
was disappointed empire didn't feature photos of the robots themselves. who cares about pyramids?!?! More

Posted by jrewing1000 at 12:39 on 01 January 2009 | Report This Post

Transformers is AWESOME.
Transformers are awesome - cartoon or yes, the film. Yes, they went the popcorn movie route but guess what - there's nothing wrong with that. The flick is a fun time at the cinema. Enjoy it for what it is. Those who want a deconstruction of the Cybertonian mindset in relation to homo sapiens can wait decades for a remake. The rest of us will embrace the fact that transformers has made it to the cinema. More

Posted by vineethchacko at 08:45 on 31 December 2008 | Report This Post

Michael Bay's Transformers is AWESOME.
Anybody who doesn't think that giant robots beating ten shades of shit out of each other is clearly an overthinking arsehole. More

Posted by Carrzy at 21:03 on 30 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
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Posted by kumar at 18:16 on 30 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
L: Stewie_Griffin L: Tech_Noir How rmers win the best visual effects Oscars still baffles me. he Golden Compass won, didn't it. Terrible visual effects. sp; I didn't see that but I did see the effects in the trailers/promos and those animals looked like that monkey thing from Space More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 18:15 on 30 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
L: Tech_Noir How rmers win the best visual effects Oscars still baffles me. he Golden Compass won, didn't it. Terrible visual effects. More

Posted by Stewie_Griffin at 18:12 on 30 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
How rmers win the best visual effects Oscars still baffles me. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 18:00 on 30 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
Re watched Transformers last night and must admit it does work. I really cant wait for the second one. Only thing that let me down about watching it again last night was the female i was with said that Megan Fox looked like Stacey from Eastenders. :( More

Posted by bigmurds at 15:10 on 30 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
L: richCie the mian problem IMO was considering it was an action film, it was a total letdown. most of the fight scenes were just a blurry mismatch of metal, and all the cool stuff like the highway chase had been shown on the trailers. so for me it was very very boring. it'd probbaly help if i'd been a transformers fan as a kid but i never was. sp; I think to fully appreciate the film as an adult it has to be in the context of someone who had an interest in the cartoon as kid& More

Posted by bronco3114 at 12:20 on 30 December 2008 | Report This Post

looking forward to it!
yea the first film was excellent hope the second will be too! if all else fails....er.... Megan Fox is in it. much love.. More

Posted by richie fingers at 11:36 on 30 December 2008 | Report This Post

Good action in the first one, but too fast...
Please, please, oh, please someone tell the director to use the slow motion features to the fullest this time around. I really want to marvel at Prime jabbing a fifty-foot sword into another Constructicon's gullet... More

Posted by chewynewyork at 05:05 on 30 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Transformers 2
Some more pics.   or=#ff0000]Clickink] More

Posted by Mr Grady at 23:57 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Stop the hate
L: UTB L: Tech_Noir rmersfun epic summer spectacle, a thousand times better than the likes of singntastic Four It's a great good versus evil adventure and the second one looks just as good. ouldn't agree more. As pointed out in the "Kermode's Reviews" thread, expecting anything other than crash bang wallop from a film about fuck-off robots fighting each otherly walked into the wrong film. Glad to see that most of the decent cast members have returned too. More

Posted by Sway at 17:09 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

WTF
WTF !!!! How can sum of u people and u r a minority for sure not like the first film, it was amazin ! The second is guna be even better aswell. Amazin sfx garunteed, come on people, how many of u cannot wait to see sum more brilliance that is transformers. More

Posted by ZooYorkNick at 16:56 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Stop the hate
L: Tech_Noir rmersfun epic summer spectacle, a thousand times better than the likes of singntastic Four It's a great good versus evil adventure and the second one looks just as good. ouldn't agree more. As pointed out in the "Kermode's Reviews" thread, anyone expecting anything other than crash bang wallop from a film about fuck-off robots fighting each other probably walked into the wrong film. Glad to see that most of the decent cast members have returned too. More

Posted by UTB at 15:09 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

Stop the hate
rmersfun epic summer spectacle, a thousand times better than the likes of singntastic Four   It's a great good versus evil adventure and the second one looks just as good.     More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 14:45 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

Look out!
That's where the original drakula (updated to 'Drake', because it sounds so damn cool. Erhem...) came from! Oh no, that was aparently in Iraq, in the good awful Blade 3 film. But to Transformers 2 - If its the same but with more robots and more Bayhem, that'll do. What else do you expect? They're films centred around car-robot toy cartoons. Just enjoy the spectacle and stop wingeing that there's no substance... More

Posted by captainamazing at 14:37 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

Transformers 1 had excellent VFX and was lucky to have Shia LeBeouf (cock, how do I spell the bugger) show off his light comedy skills. But that and "subbar haaawd" Megan Faaawks wasn't enough and isn't enough to lure me back. I don't want to waste any more of my brains capacity for this franchise. Just did? Oopsh. More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 14:36 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: ARE YOU KIDDING?
Really looking forward to this, but im a bit dissapointed the first transformer we see is the exact same Optimus one we saw last year, only a bit dirtier!!  More

Posted by kumar at 14:34 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

ARE YOU KIDDING?
I'm obviously in the minority here - but Transformers was a complete pile of cack. And even more depressing is that Empire have stuck a great big picture of one of them on the latest issue. Sure Michael Bay's film was entertaining enough - if you were a lobotimised monkey with a bad case of ADS. The rest of us prefer action films that make a bit of sense - films that don't look like they've been butchered and edited by a demented Edward Scissorhands on crack - thank you very much ...... More

Posted by ROTGUT at 14:30 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
L: richCie wats with the pic with the car? and are Empire seriously suggesting anyone is actually looking forward to tranfsormers 2 after the dismal first film? i'd forgotten that it was even being made... looks like a crap issue, which is a shame cos the last one was pretty good. sp; From your post it's quite clear that you have no interest in a new Transformers flick, but I'm not sure you should be assuming that no other film fan wants to see the new one. r one can't wait. As l More

Posted by captainrentboy at 14:25 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

is it just me, or is megan fox cupping her breast? More

Posted by Letattz at 13:52 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
I enjoyed Transfomers, however I thought John Turturro almost single handedly ruined it... his character was godawful; in fact the whole sector 7 thing really spoiled it.  Awesome fun apart from that though. More

Posted by Drone at 13:01 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
the mian problem IMO was considering it was an action film, it was a total letdown. most of the fight scenes were just a blurry mismatch of metal, and all the cool stuff like the highway chase had been shown on the trailers. so for me it was very very boring. it'd probbaly help if i'd been a transformers fan as a kid but i never was. More

Posted by richCie at 11:18 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
L: richCie wats with the pic with the car? and are Empire seriously suggesting anyone is actually looking forward to tranfsormers 2 after the dismal first film? i'd forgotten that it was even being made... looks like a crap issue, which is a shame cos the last one was pretty good. f this learns from the mistakes the last film made then this could be amazing. For all it's flaws I enjoyed the last movie. It's a huge fun summer film...with giant fighting robots that knows when to pok More

Posted by the anomaly at 11:10 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

But what new Transformer's are we getting!!?
This film's never about the characters or scenery show us some freaking new Transformers!!! I've still got my fingers crossed Hot Rod, Soundwave, Blaster and Galvatron show up. More

Posted by bronco3114 at 10:35 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
L: richCie wats with the pic with the car? and are Empire seriously suggesting anyone is actually looking forward to tranfsormers 2 after the dismal first film? i'd forgotten that it was even being made... looks like a crap issue, which is a shame cos the last one was pretty good. sp; What was so dismal about the first film? Sure it could have been a bit better but like some have pointed out if you where expecting a Blade Runner or Terminator 2 then me thinks your expectations wh More

Posted by bronco3114 at 10:31 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

Ahh Yeah!
Yep - T2 ... I mean T2-RotF' ... looks like its going to be FUN!!! Great popcorn entertainment! That's the point - there are bad popcorn films and great popcorn films, and T1 was a great one. Bringing this film to the screen isn't easy because the central characters only mean something to the fans. Look at what happened at the Oscars and the Bafta's - the FX award went to an inferior FX film - why, cuz the 'luvvies' who voted couldn't take this seriously. Anyone who read the original comics in t More

Posted by Funk_Knight at 09:40 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Transformers
I agree completely with geodude1990. We got the movie we expected and that was great, Anybody expecting more obviously forgot Michael Bay was directing. And he took his direction a huge step further with Transformers. Lets just be thankful we're getting to see Transformers in live action. More

Posted by vineethchacko at 06:22 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

Transformers
Coming in to Transformers, I never expected to see a movie that delivered anything more than some awesome CG and incredible action sequences. That is exactly what the first Transformers movie delivered, in my opinion. If anybody was expecting anything more, then your expectations were a bit too high. More

Posted by geodude1990 at 02:32 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

OH MY GOD LOOK OUT! NEXT TO THAT PYRAMID! IT'S A DECEPTI... ...Oh it's just a camera crane. More

Posted by Glass3005 at 00:37 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Egypt? Pyramids?
wats with the pic with the car? and are Empire seriously suggesting anyone is actually looking forward to tranfsormers 2 after the dismal first film? i'd forgotten that it was even being made... looks like a crap issue, which is a shame cos the last one was pretty good. More

Posted by richCie at 00:35 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

Egypt? Pyramids?
Is this gonna do a rise of the silver surfer on us and visit each and every major tourist location in the world for no reason other than they can? More

Posted by shanewire at 00:04 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

EMPIRE ON LOST
I do believe that all of the greatest things in the world are finally coming together. Hopefully Transformers will learn from its mistakes from the first one. More

Posted by Boydcape at 23:08 on 28 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Excellent
Looking forward to this, though does this mean a autobot/decepticon is inside the pyramids? Or hell, are the pyramids from cybertron etc? More

Posted by dead_reckoning at 22:59 on 28 December 2008 | Report This Post

Excellent
Can't wait for this film, looks great. 1997 definitely a typo considering it came out in 2007 More

Posted by liamdaly at 22:51 on 28 December 2008 | Report This Post

Egypt?!
Looks pretty good so far but Egypt? Possibly a new all spark or something. More

Posted by Rico rodrigeuz at 22:50 on 28 December 2008 | Report This Post

1997 eh? Man, how time flies! More

Posted by glenuff at 22:16 on 28 December 2008 | Report This Post

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