In 2009, life was discovered on another dying planet. We sent them sent messages of peace and friendship. Unfortunately for us, they're not so friendly after all
Released as a cash-in on the (then new) Michael Bay Transformers
film and further taking cues from the Terminator
and The Matrix
, directed by Leigh Scott, is a 2007 film released by The Asylum
The film focuses around what happened after the above-mentioned invasion
300 years later. A small, underground resistance group has decided to take action against the robots and reclaim the Earth. Which has since become shrouded in a permanent darkness
created by said robots in order for them to live
A prequel, entitled Transmorphers: Fall of Man
was released in 2009. Around the same time as both Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
and Terminator Salvation
and also taking cues from Maximum Overdrive
. It goes into more detail about how the Transmorpher invasion started.
Tropes associated with Transmorphers and its prequel:
- After the End: The first movie focuses on the aftermath of the invasion.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot
- Alien Autopsy: Serves as the source of one of the movie's reveals.
- Aliens Are Bastards: Well they did wipe out ninety percent of the planet.
- Alien Invasion: Of the killer robot variety.
- All There in the Manual: Fall of Man serves as this for the beginning of the invasion.
- Antagonist Title
- Armies Are Evil: The Transmorphers are depicted as such.
- Art Evolution: The robot effects in Fall of Man are slightly better than those of the first film.
- Artistic License – Astronomy
- Artistic License – Gun Safety: Apparently, guns in the future are both lightweight and don't have pullback or recoil.
- Attack Drone: There are Transmorphers that turn into these.
- Attack Of The Killer What Ever: Fall of Man starts off with a cell phone Transmorpher. Later on, there's an SUV, a helicopter and a satellite dish.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Though never really expanded upon, the robots cover the world in darkness so they can stay alive.
- Bland-Name Product: The Transmorpher that turns into an SUV in Fall of Man is clearly supposed to be a Nissan Pathfinder.
- Blu-ray: Fall of Man was The Asylum's first movie released in this format.
- British Accents: Both Warren Mitchell and the opening narrator in the first film have these for no reason.
- Cannon Fodder: Implied with the humans, shown with the Transmorphers.
- Car Chase: One happens in Fall of Man.
- Cat Fight: Happens in the first movie.
- Cold Sniper: The Z-Bot units.
- Copycat Cover
- Crapsack World: What the robots do to the planet after landing.
- Creator Cameo: Leigh Scott as General Sabir in the first film.
- Descriptively-Named Species: The Transmorphers, they morph.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Van Ryberg is a female version of this.
- Enhanced on DVD: The initial rounds of the DVDs for the first movie were released with incomplete sound and visual effects. Later releases fixed these problems. Which does make the the movie slightly more watchable.
- Fighting for a Homeland: Earth, actually.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: From both sides.
- Exposition: The invasion, at least in the first film. Fall of Man expands upon what happened.
- Hell on Earth
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Thor is the leader of the resistance. The Narrator is Paris Burnett.
- In the prequel, TRON is a police officer, and he's trying to protect both Taryn White and Alex Smith from a killer alien robot invasion.
- Humongous Mecha
- Humans Are Morons: Until the reveal, they quickly made the assumption that the robots are actually suits for the aliens.
- Jerkass: All over the place in the first movie.
- Mechanical Lifeforms: The Transmorphers, natch.
- More Dakka
- Mockbuster: Though Leigh Scott has gone on record saying that it was not envisioned as one from the get-go. Asylum took an old script of his and put a Transformers-based title.
- The Night That Never Ends: What the robots cause and what the humans are trying to reverse.
- No Animals Were Harmed: The credits has one about robots. They apologized.
- No Budget: As with all Asylum movies.
- Opening Narration
- Product Placement: Very narrowly averted, see the Bland-Name Product entry.
- Rebel Leader: Warren Mitchell.
- The Reveal: Twice in the first movie - when Warren Mitchell is told that he's an android and when the robots are shown to be the actual invaders.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Warren Mitchell and Suzy
- Robot War: Due in part of being inspired by The Terminator films.
- Rule of Cool: What the filmmakers were trying to achieve. Whether or not they succeeded is up to the viewer.
- Same Language Dub: It's clear that most of the lines were dubbed in post.
- Scenery Gorn
- Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: It takes five years to send a message 20 million light years to a dying alien planet.
- Sentient Vehicle: In Fall of Man, as there's an SUV Transmorpher.
- Standard Sci-Fi Army: Present on both sides in the first film. Though the robots are a bit more guilty.
- Starring Special Effects: Poorly done special effects, but still.
- Stock Footage
- Stuff Blowing Up: The buildings at the beginning of the first film and several robots.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Warren Mitchell is a robot too. For an Asylum film, it's a surprisingly good twist, even with token forshadowing in the form of when arguing why he shouldn't be unfrozen, a character comments that he thinks more like a machine then a man. Though it makes his rambling about dreams make no sense at all.
- The End of the World as We Know It: Fall of Man goes into how it happened.
- Transforming Mecha: In the loosest sense of the term. The titular mecha change from a robot to a slightly different robot with guns. The prequel does this a little more straighter.
- Villain World: The world in the first movie is populated with robots above the surface.
- We Come in Peace — Shoot to Kill: Heavily implied in the first movie.
- What Could Have Been: The role of General Van Ryberg was supposed to be a man.
- X Meets Y: Transformers meets The Terminator meets The Matrix.