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Transformers Dark of the Moon - Transformers - Movie

As a Transformers fan and as someone who really wanted this to be a good movie, what I am about to say next is very hard for me. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the worst movie I have seen all summer and possibly all year. It is nothing but a collection of incoherent battle scenes tied together with way too many moments where the actors try to be funny. Yes, the many battle scenes (especially in the last half of the movie) are visually appealing and there are a handful of moments where I laughed, but all of that comes at the sacrifice of any kind of well-planned storyline or character development which really makes this movie hard to sit through for over two and a half hours (yes, the movie is that long).

The basic plot for the movie, which seems to have been taken straight from a 3-part episode of the old 80’s Transformers cartoon called “The Ultimate Doom”, sees the Decepticons trying to bring their home planet of Cybertron to our Galaxy via a “Space Bridge” in hopes of rebuilding it with Earth resources. Meanwhile Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is now all grown up, out of college, living in Washington, DC, and trying to make a life for himself without any Transformers or long-time girlfriend Mikaela Banes (Megan Fox) who apparently dumped him sometime between the second movie and this one. Not to worry because Sam has gotten himself an even hotter girlfriend in Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) who loves Sam for who he is and not because he knows big giant space alien robots (which apparently is only reason why Mikaela dated him in the last two movies, at least that is what is inferred in this movie).

I have seen some reviews bash Huntington-Whiteley for bad acting, and I don’t think that is really fair. The problem isn’t with the actress’ acting; it’s not any worse than anyone else in the movie. The problem is that the writers made her character very one-dimensional with no real purpose other than to be a Megan Fox stand-in. Outside of the obligatory love interest, Carly’s character has no point – the whole Sam saves the girl from the evil robots was done in both the previous two Transformer movies and frankly has become redundant. Of course, redundancy is kind of the problem for the whole movie. It’s basically the same story we’ve seen twice already with very little of any kind of new development. Sure we have a few new characters like Dylan (Patrick Dempsey) who is probably the most interesting character of the bunch (which really isn’t saying much) and Sentinel Prime, voiced by Leonard Nimoy, an ancient Autobot who spits out Vulcan proverbs (no seriously, he does).

What the movie lacks in any kind of well-thought out story or character development, it tries to compensate for with all-out action and special effects. For the most part, this is where the movie shines the most, especially in the last half of the movie. Some impressive big battle scenes that take place in the city of Chicago are definitely fun to watch. The movie also seems to be a bit more violent than the previous two. It seems the Transformers now bleed or at least spew some type of red fluid when they are being killed.

A person I was sitting next to in the theater summed this movie up the best when they said, you don’t come to these movies for good stories or acting, you come to see huge battles and big robots battle it out with one another. I personally do like a little bit of story mixed in with my battles and special effects – which I thought the first Transformers movie accomplished but which has since been lacking in the sequels. But if all you want are huge battles and over-the-top comedic moments, then this movie is definitely for you.

ReviewerJay C  
DateJune 28th 2011  
Score 5 stars (5 out of 10)  

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formerly nortagem
6:02 am

On the bright side, I am looking forward to seeing what other bots we might have coming down the pipe in a deluxe/voyager treatment, like the rest of the Dreads (Hatchet & Crowbar), perhaps Scrapper (guess he survived ROTF for Optimus to take him out in DOTM)...hell, that large fore-limb walker ... read more 
formerly nortagem
5:36 am

4:16 am

i for one love the movies because it created its own universe while throwing in G1 homages for fun. The fact that they have wheeljack ( yes i love the einstein design), the MOTHERFRACKING WRECKERS and made the Xantium a reality on the big screen is for one a true success in my book. And I am a proud... read more 
2:39 am

Pax, Spooner2005. I apologize if I came off as though I was prepared or preparing to flame anyone. That is not my intent, and if I gave off that impression, again: apologies. And as for the Roger Ebert thing, here's where I'm coming from: I fully expect that I came off that same way when I ... read more 
2:24 am

Stating your opinion is one thing, its when you make accusations and declaring worst all because there was something in it you did not like is what killed it. Like when you said a director that actually gives a damn and then saying that Bay didn't and claiming that it was going downhill, then b... read more 
1:35 am

I would like to point out that I am not a member of the GEEWUN only club...because this isn't about that, and I never expected the movies to come close to following it. However, you are right, and given the fact that these movies have made so much money, I never should have chimed in with an op... read more 
12:36 am

Knowing some around here it would end up in a flame war and locked. Honestly once you put the G1 stuff to the side and enjoy the movies they are great. And it is the fact that many can not drop the G1 that causes the problems. However considering that if the movies were not good, then people would ... read more 
11:39 pm

I resent being lumped into (or, below) the same category as Roger Ebert or any other pompous movie critic, but I do understand the sentiment. I sincerely believe that the twins were in bad taste, and I will stand by that. But I did say, "besides everything else", so no, they are not the s... read more 
10:51 pm

A-Fucking-men. Thanks for putting in words what's been in the back of me head for a the past few weeks. 
8:42 pm

Agreed. I would postulate that anyone seriously attempting to use The Twins--or any other character in the Bayverse--as a stand alone argument proving the supposed ineptitude of the Bayverse movie franchise on a pro-G1 platform had better be prepared to take a because Optimus Prime was an ape. Th... read more 
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