Sunday, 8 April 2012

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Theatrical release poster
Three years after the event of the second film, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) grows from being a spoilt teenager to a mature young adult and the Autobots collaborates with a military force called NEST (Networked Elements: Supporters and Transformers) that discovers a secret alien technology, founded by Apollo 11, that could bring a war to Earth. The Decepticons plan to use the secret technology to enslave all of humanity and bring back their home planet known as Cybertron.

The plot may not be basic, since fans of the Transformers toy line and animated series will fully understand the movie, but it is no different than its two predecessors. This is a film about good vs. evil, the Autobots vs. the Decepticons. A plot as thin as this one can only be written by a child who has seen Die Hard.

As usual, Michael Bay is one of the best directors when it comes to 3D action sequences as well as visual and special effects but that alone doesn’t make the movie any more pleasant to watch throughout two and a half hours. Shia LaBeouf was very good in Disturbia but in this movie, he couldn’t make his character come to life nor could Megan Fox’s replacement Rosie Huntington-Whiteley who is even worse than her; she's just eye-candy not an actor. This is a woman that came out from lingerie fashion modeling for Burberry and Victoria’s Secret, not from Lost in Translation where the performances are a spot-on showcase for the two leads. Whether or not she is hot is completely up to the audience but it has no relevance to the film whatsoever, she makes Megan Fox look like Meryl Streep.

It is a little bit better than the second installment though, removing all the bad jokes and the racist stereotype seen in the previous movie as well as casting some good actors for supporting roles such as John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich) with a hilarious moment from Ken Jeong (The Hangover). Michael Bay also promises less action sequences, making the movie less noisy and head banging. But, of course, a Michael Bay formula consist of one long action sequence at the end which could be just as long and as loud as the second installment’s final action sequence, but do you really want to find out by watching both scenes again?

In conclusion, if you’re a die-hard action fan then Transformers: Dark of the Moon may be the movie for you but the film is just as silly as its title. Whether or not there will be another pointless sequel, let’s just hope that this movie isn’t the kind of movie Hollywood will be making in the future.


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