Shia La Beouf was charismatic and had a good sense of comedic timing; John Turturro was a fun addition as the mental Sector 7 agent Simmons.
Jon Voight seemed almost out of place in the film, though added a bit of class.
The same year he provided the voice of Asbel in the Disney-produced English dub of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
La Beouf made his directorial debut with the short film Let's Love Hate with Lorenzo Eduardo.
His next film was Eagle Eye, released on September 26.
His performance received mixed reviews, with Josh Bell of Las Vegas Weekly saying he "makes a credible bid for action-hero status, although his occasional stabs at emotional depth don't really go anywhere." In February, La Beouf made his music video directorial debut, directing the video for "I Never Knew You", a single by American rapper Cage, from his third album Depart from Me (2009).
La Beouf later appeared in its sequels Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), both also box office successes.
In 2008, he played Henry "Mutt Williams" Jones III in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
I felt there were enough action scenes without going overboard and drowning out story.
I know there have been a lot of complaints about human characters in the movie, but it's a necessary element and I'm not complaining.
The supporting cast did a great job; my favorites had to be Kevin Dunn and Julie White as Sam's eccentric parents.
It was shot in Los Angeles and features several cameo appearances from Cage's Definitive Jux label-mates.
When speaking on the making of the video, La Beouf said: "I'm 22 and I'm directing my favorite rapper's music video.