While there are not a plethora of lessons to be learned from Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, there is one in particular of which to take note. Amid the some of the best CGI ever seen and the slow-motion-hotness of the ever ungrateful Megan Fox (and regular-motion-perhaps-even-greater-hotness of coed Isabel Lucas) looms a battle for Energon, the source of life for the Transformers. Seems like even robots will kill each other for juice. Moral takeaways be damned, the movie rocked!
The charcoal-colored array of bad robots are a who’s who of oil and coal barons, destroying everything in their paths to accomplish their mission. Success seems inevitable for them until the good guys are helped by the T. Boone Pickens of Transformers. I’m not sure if the writers intended for the plot to mimic our own human struggles but nonetheless, the parallel is there. While an intergalactic energy battle hasn’t presented itself on earth (yet), we must not forget that even fiction is born from truth. We are tearing apart this planet searching for and protecting non-renewable energy sources. Instead, we should be investing even more resources in harnessing sustainable ones.
Progress is being made, and while I’m an admittedly impatient man, it is slow. The United States is filled with so many ignorant minions of the murderous Decepticons that the mind boggles. In the film, the evil Transformers destroy suns to harness energy. Funnily enough, our sun is giving us its energy for free and we refuse to take it. Stupid us.