Monday, July 18, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Movie Review

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the latest installment of the Transformer series, based on the popular Hasbro toys. In 1961, the Ark, a spacecraft carrying something that was capable of ending the war between the Autobots and Decepticons crashes onto the dark side of the moon. President John F. Kennedy and NASA sends the first man to the moon as a cover for investigating the crash. The Autobots discover the humans have been hiding all knowledge of this secret mission when the US military is investigating Chernobyl for alien technology and Optimus Prime finds a fuel cell from the Ark. The Autobots travel to the moon to find the Ark, and discover Sentinel Prime, the former leader of the Autobots, along with The Pillars, technology that has the ability to create a space bridge and teleport matter from anywhere. When Sam (Shia LaBeouf) discovers the Decepticons have already been to the Ark and had gathered all the other pieces of The Pillars, and were planning to bring everyone back on Cybertron to Earth and use it to rebuild their planet, Sam must call on old friends to help save the world (again).

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is packed with action sequences, explosions, special effects and CGI, but not much else. The story is a stretch and you can't help but feel skeptical that this stuff could happen. There is a lot of killing going on, but it's "okay" because they are machines. If it were humans, you can be sure there would be a lot of people raising a lot of stink about it. Megan Fox's replacement, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is hardly more than eye candy (she does a lot of standing around), and it's really hard to believe that a guy like LaBeouf would end up with a model girlfriend (no offense to LaBeouf). The movie is extremely long at 154 minutes and you'll be squirming in your seat by the end, wishing it had ended long ago. Sorry, Michael Bay, it's another flop.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is out in theatres now.

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