Shia LaBeouf: ‘I wasn’t impressed with ‘Transformers 2”

Actor says film was 'just robots fighting each other'

Shia LaBeouf has criticised the blockbuster Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen that he appeared in, saying he “wasn’t impressed” with the film and that it was just “just a bunch of robots fighting each other”.

LaBeouf was speaking at Cannes where he is promoting his new film, the Wall Street sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen was a critical flop but still took $836m at the worldwide box office – over $100m more than the first Transformers movie.

He promised, however, that the third in the series – due for release next summer – will be an improvement. The Transformers franchise stars LaBeouf and Megan Fox and features shape-shifting alien robots fighting their battles on earth.

“When I saw the second movie, I wasn’t impressed with what we did,” he said. “There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone… we got lost. We tried to get bigger. Mike [director Michael Bay] went so big that it became too big, and I think you lost the anchor of the movie.”

He added: “You lost a bit of the relationships. Unless you have those relationships, then the movie doesn’t matter. Then it’s just a bunch of robots fighting each other.”

Of Transformers 3, he added: “There’s going to be a lot of death, human death” as “this time they’re targeting humans”.

Yet for those worried about a possible lack of robot-crunching action, LaBeouf added it would also be “the craziest action movie ever made”.