Film review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), directed by Michael Bay
In this third, and what we can only hope is the last instalment of the re-booted Transformers franchise (but you know it won’t be), Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) has dumped what’s-her-face and is now with British hottie Carly Spencer (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) instead. He’s nagged by his parents (Kevin Dunn and Julie White again) to get a job, and thanks to Carly’s overly nice boss Dylan (Patrick Dempsey), Sam lands a job at some technology company or other, headed by John Malkovich.
But not for long!! Or, okay, things don’t stay quiet for very long. There are still the Autobots and the Decepticons to worry about, and they’ve found some sort of Ultimate Weapon, or rather, they’ve found the brains behind it – Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy…’s voice).
Then robots fight, Frances McDormand banishes the robots off Earth and the explosions begin, because this is a Michael Bay film.
You’ll also find Alan Tudyk in a small but funny part, John Turturro as Simmons, Tyrese Gibson as Epps, James Remar as Sideswipe and of course, Optimus Prime is voiced by Peter Cullen, who probably isn’t a vampire.
Surprisingly, I think this film held my attention better than the previous one. Which doesn’t say a whole lot, technically, because I still went and grabbed the laundry and hung that up once the explosions started, and didn’t exactly miss anything.
It’s got action, explosions, hot girl, robots, fast cars and all that stuff that you’re expecting of this franchise, including a nonplussed Shia LaBoeuf. That they booted off Megan Fox isn’t a loss, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (now there’s a posh name for ya) is easy on the eye too, which is the whole point. After all, the Hot Chick in Transformers isn’t there to be anything other than a Hot Chick, Love Interest, and occasionally, Bargaining Tool. That’s it.
Good special effects, impressive robots, lots of robot transforming action, and I still keep wondering when one of them will start dancing. But yeah, plotwise, it feels a bit meh, and anyone who couldn’t help themselves exclaiming “Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!” at the screen should get a prize. So should anyone who could sit through all of it and not glance at the clock once. The whole robot alien thing, you know, it’s not all that intellectually stimulating.
All in all, because I liked it slightly more than the last one.
2.3 out of 5 space shuttles.