Cert: 12 A Runtime: 157 mins Director: Michael Bay Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whitley, Josh Duhamel, Patrick Dempsey and John Malkovich
Years from now, they are gonna ask us: where were you when they took over the planet?
Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise has been a box office ever since 2007, he now returns with his third a potentially last film Transformers: Dark of the Moon minus Megan Fox. During the final days of the war that devastated the planet Cybertron, a spacecraft known as The Ark attempted to escape. Piloted by Autobot leader named Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy), the ship was said to contain special items that could help the Autobots win the war over the Decepticons. However, the ship was hit by enemy missiles, and the ship and its crew were lost into the far reaches of space.In 1969, Apollo 11 lands on the moon, and astronauts Neil Armstrong (Don Jeanes) and Buzz Aldrin (Cory Tucker) secretly explore the craft. They return with samples and pictures. In the present day, The Autobots are still working with the NEST Team to track down Decepticons loose on the planet, as well as anything unusual.Major Lennox (Josh Duhamel) is informed by a Ukranian about something strange going on around the Chernobyl disaster site. Lennox leads a team along with Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) into the radioactive site. Inside the plant, Prime discovers a fuel cell from the Ark, and Decepticon Shockwave (Frank Welker) and a giant drilling robot at his command.Optimus Prime demands answers from Secretary of Defense Charlotte Mearing (Frances McDormand). Prime shows the recovered fuel cell, and Mearing admits the true intentions of the American rush to reach the moon in the 1960’s.Meanwhile, Sam Witwicky has graduated from college, he is still unable to find a job living in Washington D.C. with his new girlfriend Carly Spencer (Rosie Huntington-Whitley). No sooner does Sam start his job, then he is accosted by an excited co-worker named Jerry Wang (Ken Jeong). Jerry corners Sam and gives him a number of papers and news clippings, talking about the ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and that the Autobots and Planet Earth are in danger.
When I saw Transformers 2, which is a HUGE mess of a film. I vowed never to see a Transformers film ever again. But when the trailer of Transformers 3 came out, I actually got a little interested. The best thing about these movies is how they look, how well the transformers integrate into the real-life footage to make a compelling action sequence. Here it’s cranked to eleven, and the CG is very impressive. On the larger shots, even tiny transformers far in the background look convincing.There are several action set pieces (specifically towards the end) which are easily some of the best of the trilogy. The whole scene with the collapsing building and the tracking shot of Optimus slicing and smashing his way through a bunch of Decepticons are colossal showstoppers, the wing-suit flying sequences are breath-taking also. The acting here is a range from Tolerable to Impossibly-Bad. There are actors here that have been in some high quality material that just blatantly signed onto this because A) they wanted a paycheck B) they have nothing else on their schedules I mean John Malkovich and Frances McDormand are Oscar nominees who are so unbelievably bad in this movie they make Shia Lebeouf is just his usual self and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is better than Megan Fox in my opinion. Unlike the first two movies, there are no more gags about the shock of humans interacting with the mechanical ‘bots. Bay, however, insists on some comic sequences and he has hired Ken Jeong to do his in-your-face shtick as Jerry Wang. Megatron was a waste of a character also, he does nothing through the whole film.Dark of the Moon falls victim to lame dialogue and weak story points at times, but it will more than likely go unnoticed by the average moviegoer as the last hour tries to compensate any weaknesses the movie may have with extravagant and extremely impressive special effects littered amongst destructive and catastrophic chaos. Dark of the Moon hasn’t set out to make new fans, but it will excite and satisfy the people who already are.