Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon Review


With his usual disregard for story logic, Bay plunges us into another deafening metal-against-metal smackdown. Fortunately, this film is a lot more entertaining than Part 2, because it has a more linear plot. And it looks absolutely amazing.

With everything back to normal, Sam (LaBeouf) needs a job to impress his impossibly hot new girlfriend Carly (Huntington-Whiteley). Then strange things start happening around him. Again. And soon he realises that the Decepticons are back to wage war against the Autobot-human alliance. But he has to convince an arrogant government official (McDormand) to let him get involved with his old team (Duhamel, Gibson, Turturro and their Autobot buddies). All of this has something to do with a secret weapon that crashed onto the dark side of the moon in 1961, sparking the space race.

McDormand is easily the best thing about this film, even if her character has a dramatic personality shift halfway through the film. Malkovich is also terrific (as Sam's offbeat new boss), and Dempsey has his moments as well (as Carly's boss and cause of Sam's inferiority complex). Fortunately, the narrative is straightforward enough to give all of the actors the chance to make their mark, distinguishing themselves above the chaos.

Sadly, the same can't be said about the battling robots. While the first-rate animation has a staggering attention to detail, the deafening battles are still impossible to follow. They amount to an eye-catching display of whizzy effects as clanking robots bash each other senseless and destroy everything around them (Chicago gets the full destructive force for a change). Although at least they fit vaguely into the plot this time.

Meanwhile, lapses in even the most twisted logic are plentiful, including the fact that Sam seems to have metallic Transformer bones to resist injury as he's flung into walls and dropped from high places (not to mention Carly's magical white suit and heels). In other words, it's deeply preposterous and almost painfully boyish, but it's nowhere near as muddled as the last chapter. And besides keeping our eyes entertained, there are some great moments throughout the mayhem.



Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Facts and Figures

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 154 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 29th June 2011

Box Office USA: $352.4M

Box Office Worldwide: $1.1B

Budget: $195M

Distributed by: Paramount Studios

Production compaines: Paramount Pictures, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Hasbro, Indochina Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 36%
Fresh: 87 Rotten: 158

IMDB: 6.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Sam Witwicky, as Bruce Brazos, as Jerry Wang, as National Intelligence Director, as Lt. Colonel William Lennox, as Robert Epps, as Megatron (voice), as Sentinel Prime (voice), as Simmons, as Carly, as Dylan, as Dutch, as Optimus Prime (voice), as General Morshower, Charlie Adler as Starscream (voice) (as Charlie Adler), Robert Foxworth as Ratchet (voice), as Sideswipe (voice), as Shockwave/Soundwave/Barricade (voice), as Ironhide (voice), as Wheelie (voice), as Brains (voice), Ron Bottitta as Roadbuster/Amp (voice), as Accuretta Executive, as Leadfoot/Target (voice), as Judy Witwicki, as Ron Witwicki, Keith Szarabajka as Laserbeak (voice), as Que / Wheeljack (voice), Derek Miller as Mailroom Worker

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