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Sunday, July 3, 2011




The interstellar war between the Autobots and Decepticons shifts into overdrive following the discovery of Sentinel Prime (voice of Leonard Nimoy) in this sequel from director Michael Bay. Only a precious handful of officials in the government and military realize that the 1969 moon mission was the result of an event that threatened profound repercussions for the entire human race. When the Apollo 11 astronauts discover the wrecked remains of Sentinel Prime on the surface of our natural satellite, they bring him back to planet Earth. But Sentinel Prime wasn't the only alien object on the moon, and when a malevolent new enemy makes its presence known, only the Autobots can save humankind from certain destruction. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Director: Michael Bay

Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, John Malkovich, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Release Date: Jun 29, 2011

Rated PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo

Runtime: 2 hr. 37 min.

Genres: Action/Adventure


A literal orgy of action, Transformers Dark of the Moon shows that Michael Bay can adjust his style, to a certain extent at least. Dark of the Moon doesn’t correct a lot of the issues that over took Revenge of the Fallen as much as he just limits them a bit. He’s still Bay and there’s never much subtlety in anything he does. Michael Bay has always been an action maestro but the human element has always been lacking. The first third of Dark of the Moon is mostly a dreary trek through Sam’s struggle finding a job which is incredibly boring especially since you are just waiting all hell to break loose. Shia LaBeouf delivers a performance that look like it was sponsored by cocaine; he’s manic and unhinged throughout. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a Victoria Secret model and Bay treats her as such, her acting is comprised of pervy shots of her thighs and her lower portions. She also blessed with more costume changes than a Lady Gaga concert, apocalypse be damned! John Malkovich has an interesting cameo part but is gone as soon as he shows up. John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and Alan Tudyk all show up for small roles each reminding you they are in fact alive. Of course this is all pointless; Dark of the Moon is about robot on robot action. In stunning 3D the carnage that is the last act of the film is truly impressive. A couple of the set pieces, the building collapse in particular, are insanity to the nth degree. Bay doesn’t even bother moving the story forward anymore; he just stops it to film all this madness. It’s a feast for the eyes and Bay is smart enough to move back the camera enough so that you’re always aware of what’s happening, a major change up from Revenge of the Fallen. Unfortunately it just end, the narrative just kind of stops. Credit roll but it doesn’t feel like there’s a sufficient wrap up for the level of stakes posed throughout the movie. It’s a bit of shame but not enough to detract from it all.



  1. Aside from the boring first hour or so Transformers 3 was okay - it was exactly as expected.

    The problem is Michael Bay isn't able to surprise the audience any more and cannot bring anything new to the series. It is time for him to get into his own slow-motion helicopter and move on.

    The first film is on tv now and I forgot how much I love it!!

    There will be another and I will be there on opening weekend so I can't bitch too much.

    Great review as always

    K :-D

  2. The acting was the real let down with this one for me. LeBeouf was just terrible and the job interviews really grated as no one can seriously act like that in an interview can they??!
    Whitely is un-neccessarliy used in 'pervy' shots which may be all she is worth because when she speaks we soon learn she can't act!
    I didn't dis-like this amazingly enough and got what I expected visually, but it was more of the same but with some really poor acting all round. We should expect better considering the budget?! I think most agree that it is with relief to know Bay won't be back to make anymore.

  3. @ K, I know what you mean, it's cinematic fast food, enjoyable but empty, I'm alright with it in this case.

    @Brent, I didn't expect much from the acting but it was particually bad here. Whitley was there for a singluar reason, she's not an actor and it shows. Budget was spent on the visuals which I'll say were pretty impressive.

  4. Unfortunately, I didn't like it, although I was very looking forward to it. I love the first two movies, but this one was a disaster, hands down.

    In my view, of course.

  5. Read your review Lesya & the funny part is that I agree with your points, once I realized that Bay was just stopping the plot cold in that last act, I just kind of accepted and enjoyed what was put on screen.

  6. It always makes me feel better to read that male reviewers also find his blatantly obvious and exploitative lingering on the female form to be somewhat overbearing sometimes! Great review!

  7. Gratuitous is gratuitous no matter how you cut it Audrey, appreciate you reading!


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