This third installment in the Transformers series takes us back to the 1969 moon landing to see what wasn’t shown then, the wreckage of a Transformer spacecraft. Now, the Decepticons are ready to pillage the Earth and exact their revenge on the Transformers to help them resurrect their long dead planet.
Shia LaBeouf (Sam), Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Carly), Tyrese Gibson (Epps), Leonard Nimoy (Sentinel Prime), Patrick Dempsey (Dylan), Frances McDormand (Mearing), John Turturro (Simmons), Kevin Dunn (Ron), John Malkovich (Bruce), Julie White (Judy), James Remar (Sideswipe).
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a bit confusing at first but lays the foundation for the film quickly. As the plot gets moving the action picks up dramatically with plenty of explosions, transforming machines, and fast action. As incredible as the plot is, it actually feels more realistic than the previous films and aimed toward a more mature audience. The story flows well, finishing with the prerequisite monumental battle between the Transformers and Decepticons.
Acting was pretty good with LaBeouf delivering his usual. Whiteley was a bit disappointing and felt almost plastic. Bringing Fox back would be nice. Gibson did nicely and Nimoy was a great addition to the film. Dempsey, Turturro, and Malkovich also did well.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all good and blended fairly well with the CGI. Effects were extreme, particularly CGI as would be expected. Still, the film had a more realistic feel than previous entries with nicely done graphics work. Dialogue was a bit corny at times but fitting for the film and the franchise. Sound and soundtrack were pretty good.
Overall Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a decent entry in the series though fans will likely be split on this one, as they usually are with blockbuster films. Fortunately this film will stand by itself so those new to the series won’t feel completely lost.
With plenty of action violence, severe destruction, some foul language and sexual innuendo this should be fine for teens and above.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
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Star rating: 4 out of 5
copyright ©2012 Dave Riedel
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