Movie Review: Transformers – Dark of the Moon

Movie Review: Transformers – Dark of the Moon

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Rated PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem, destruction,
language and some sexuality and innuendo.
Genre: Action, adventure, science fiction, fantasy and sequel.
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Director Michael Bay is back for more robotic mayhem for the third movie in the Transformers franchise. This time around Sam Witwicky finds himself working with the Autobots after a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present day threatening to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save mankind.

Making the situation worse is the fact that the Autobots also discover the humans have been keeping secrets from them concerning a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the dark side of the moon.

Make The Madness Stop!

Living up to the past movies in this franchise, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is nothing more than two and half hours of special effects. Michael Bay once again works to prove he is the master of special effects, but shallow when it comes to story and plot line. One of the few good things that can be said about this third Transformers movie is the fact that those involved finally decided to get rid of the eye-candy Megan Fox this time around. But, while newcomer to the big screen Rosie Huntington-Whiteley can act a bit, once again those involved in casting this special effects extravaganza are more concerned about eye-candy than talent when it comes to LeBeouf’s love interest in this flick. She really is nothing more than a Victoria Secret’s model strutting around in her underwear on the big screen.

As for the other star – Shia LaBeouf – even he seems to be faltering and falling back into his old bad habits of being nothing more than actor who “runs, screams, talks fast, and over-acts”. It’s sad to say, but he could very well be the next Tom Cruise in the making. Apparently LeBeouf forgot what he learned from Harrison Ford during his time shooting Indiana Jones and spent more time watching Cruise squeeze out a tear in Mission Impossible.

Oh wait, yes, he does nail that part well in this movie.

There is actually a scene taken directly from the Tom Cruise Mission Impossible playbook here with a close up of LeBeouf working very hard to squeeze out a tear. Give me a break! This kid that I thought had promise years ago, appears to be regressing into the depths of Hollywood boredom. Take away the special effects and LeBeouf would be lost.

However, even in the midst of sub-par acting caught in the confusion of over-blown special effects – for me – the most disturbing part of Dark of the Moon revolves around the Transformer named Sentinel Prime. This character holds the key to the entire movie but it’s very unsettling that Leonard Nimoy decided it would be a good idea for him to play this role!

Apparently Nimoy is heading back to his roots in trying to distance himself from Spock. In what could only be categorized as a regression to the theme of his autobiography from 1977 entitled I Am Not Spock, Nimoy makes a mockery out his famed Star Trek character. He even goes as far as allowing the writers to place one of the most famous lines from the Wrath of Khan movie in his mouth – “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” – Honestly now – either Nimoy was hard up for money or those involved in this movie knew the only hope of salvaging some-kind of plot line involved a stolen one from Star Trek. Whatever the case may be, such an obvious Star Trek steal, right down to using Nimoy to voice the character, reveals the lack of creativity on behalf of those involved in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

There’s Nothing New Here

The bottom line is this – there is simply nothing new here. The special effects are the same, the sub-par acting is the same and the lack of plot line is the same. As a matter of fact, not only is there nothing new here, there’s absolutely nothing new when it comes to originality. I’ve already mentioned the steal from Star Trek but reality is Transformers: Dark of the Moon is really nothing more than a new twist on the old War of the Worlds story re-imagined in the terrible Tom Cruise remake of that movie. You have LeBeouf trying to squeeze out a tear while running, screaming and driving fast cars – just like Tom Cruise. Then toss in the robotic aliens coming up from the ground and it’s pretty much a perfect match for Cruise’s block-buster-flop War of the Worlds.

The bottom line is this – if you’re looking for a movie filled with special effects – then Transformers: Dark of the Moon is for you. Michael Bay knows how to make the effects big and impressive. But, if you’re looking for substance and something that remotely resembles originality and creativity, it’s probably best that you avoid this show.

When it comes to rating, with a PG-13 rating, there is no way Transformers: Dark of the Moon is family-friendly. From the opening underwear scene of Hunting-Whiteley, to the closing battle scene of death and destruction, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is not suited for family viewing at all.

Hold onto your popcorn,
Dr. Rus

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