Well, it looks like this movie will officially 'out' me as an 80s nut. The Transformers movie will be a must see for me.
Somethings gotta be said about an original idea, and how the concept could perhaps best be materialized 20 years later thanks to a mix of Spielberg and his digital technologies, compared with Nelson Shin's lame, but geek-must-see 1986 movie about the evil Unicron (roams the galaxy, transforms from a metallic planet into a colossal robot) who offers what turns to be a sour deal to the recently defeated and battered Megatron/Galvatron to destroy the Autobots (the good guys) and his battle with Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime [plot here].
In the 2007 film, we find Sam Witwicky, the descendant of Captain Archibald Witwicky, who learns he is in possession of the map leading to the "Allspark" (the spark or 'souls' of every transformer who has ever lived, or ever will live). This map was burned into a pair of glasses through an encounter with Megatron and Captain Archibald back in the 1800's.
Somehow Bernie Mac is involved and sells a car to Sam - which turns out to be an Autobot (Bumblebee), and Sam comes under the protection of the Autobots as the Decepticons come down to Earth looking for the map.
Great news! Peter Cullen is still the voice of Optimus Prime (and perhaps two more sequels!).
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