Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon - Transformers - Movie

This is it. The final installment of the Michael Bay era of the Transformers live action franchise. Or that is how it felt at least.

In Transformers Dark of the Moon, the third outing for Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), newly-promoted Colonel Lennox (Josh Duhamel), now-retired Epps (Tyrese Epps), and millionaire Simmons (John Turturro) are joined by Carly Miller (newcomer Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) for possibly one of the strongest, if not the strongest film in the trilogy.

What the second film did wrong from the get-go, this film started by doing it right. The film, while providing us great views of Cybertron, also provides the back story: The Ark, attempting to escape Cybertron with technology that will help the Autobots turn the tide of the war, is disabled and eventually crash-lands on the moon.

This crash is what sets the premise for the space race and helps the storyline evolve, providing us an introduction to Sentinel Prime, and evolves the story as to why we stopped going to the moon.

Why indeed.

Ehren Kruger and Director Michael Bay do a good job of keeping the story together while bringing back old characters, and introducing new characters like Sentinel Prime and Director of National Intelligence Charlotte Mearing (Frances McDormand) while keeping the story moving along and only providing the details that are necessary to the essential plot.

Sentinel is very important to a central part of the film, and Director Mearing plays an integral part in being the center-point for juxtaposition between what needs to be done, and what should be done.

While Ms. Huntington-Whiteley comes into this as her first film, she turns out a good performance for an actress who has limited experience.

The rest of the cast also turns out a good performance. Mr. Turturro's performance in this film is much less-annoying than his turn in Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, and is actually much more enjoyable to watch. Likewise, Mr. LaBeouf does what he does as Sam Witwicky, and does quite well, but it will not sway your thoughts of him. Ms. McDormand, John Malkovich, who plays Sam’s boss Bruce Bazos, and Patrick Dempsey (Dylan Gould) put out good performances as well.

Legendary Leanord Nimoy returns to the Transformers franchise after a long absence and fits Sentinel Prime's character, who is the predecessor before his disappearance, along with The Ark. He has prophetic ideals, but he is also flawed, as you will see with many of the characters in the film, which is how real characters should act.

The other Autobots are good, too, with Optimus Prime taking a more visceral approach to his methods this time around. The rest of the Autobots, except for Bumblebee, play a more background role, except the return of Wheelie and the introduction of Brains. For those that are worried that Brains is as bad as Wheelie in Revenge of the Fallen, no worries. Both Wheelie and Brains are equally enjoyable, funny, and tasteful.

New Decepticons that are introduced, like Shockwave, Laserbeak, and Soundwave, are well done.

However, the film stutters at a certain point, with the pacing of the film slowing down a lot, especially during the introduction of Sentinel Prime and the film's main plot elements.

That is made up almost immediately right after though, when the action and the storyline accelerates. Mr. Kruger and Mr. Bay do a good job of keeping the story continuing along with the over-the-top, extremely enjoyable action sequences, which leaves some jaws left wide-open with the always-beautiful special effects of the robots by ILM and the human action sequences crafted by Mr. Bay's team.

With the climax in Chicago, which sees the complete destruction of the city, the film ends with a feeling of finality to it.

We get the feeling that this is the final ride we will take with Mr. Bay and Mr. LaBeouf's Sam Witwicky and his car that happens to be an alien robot in the middle of a robot war.

And what a satisfying ride it was.

ReviewerPeter Van  
DateJune 30th 2011  
Score 9 stars (9 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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