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Transformers: Dark of the Moon: an improvement from the second film, but mediocre at best

Sam Shin: Staff Illustrator

Michael Bay returns to direct the third installment to the Transformers franchise.

The story begins with mankind’s first mission to the moon in 1969, a trip intended to investigate an alien spacecraft, named “The Ark”, that crashed on the dark side of the moon. It was the last ship to escape Cybertron, a planet devastated by wars against the evil Decepticons.

The war between the Autobots and Decepticons now shifts into overdrive following the discovery of Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy). The ship also carried “The Pillars,” a technology that could save the Cybertronians once and for all. But with that technology in the hands of the Decepticons, they bring chaos to earth by strip-mining the planet for resources and using humans as slaves to rebuild Cybertron.

It’s now up to the noble Autobots lead by Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen), with the aid of Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), to save planet Earth once more.

The first Transformers film is not as bad as one may think. It has a good sense of what it should be, and it took innovation to create big screen CGI beings from those Hasbro action figures from the 80s. However, the second film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, was a painful big screen migraine packed with mindless and tedious action. Transformers: Dark of the Moon falls somewhere between its two predecessors.

Shia LaBeouf is capable of great work, but, just like in the second film, he is an unattractive character as an intense and apprehensive jerk that constantly screams for help.

Actress Megan Fox, romantic lead in the first two films, has been dumped in favor of actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. It was evident that Whiteley, a model-turned-actress, is new to the business. While her performance was not a standout in the film, she does show promise.

Many actors were unimpressive in their roles. Characters portrayed by Patrick Dempsey and John Malkovich felt unnecessary and could have been easily written out of the plot. John Turturro is over the top, Josh Duhamel has the cheesiest lines in the film, and Frances McDormand looks out of place and uncomfortable.

Despite these disappointments, director Michael Bay knows how to shoot colorful and kinetic action sequences, not to mention how to prefect jaw-dropping visuals and the 3-D shots. There is no doubt the film exceeds in that regard.

Despite dazzling effects, when broken down these perks aren’t enough to make up for the lacking script that contains horrible dialogue, cheesy romance, and over the top humor.

For adrenaline junkies, the action sequence in the last forty minutes of Transformers is worth the admission ticket, but the films runs too long and really doesn’t seem to know when to end.

This film will make big money at the box office and will certainly entertain twelve-year-old boys and the fans of the series.

Audiences won’t be blown away, but avid fans are sure to enjoy the third installment of the Transformers franchise. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a visual spectacle with a disjointed plot, two-dimensional characters, dull humor, dreadful acting, and horrid dialogue.

9 Responses to Transformers: Dark of the Moon: an improvement from the second film, but mediocre at best

  1. Optimus11180

    June 30, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    I think you’re a little too harsh on this film. I mean it is a Michael Bau movie. But I do agree it was better than the second movie. But I loved all of them in general.

  2. Cocopuffs

    June 30, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    This movie was trash. Well said.

  3. yomama33

    July 1, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    michael bay was the worst choice for directing this franchise.

  4. Buffguy

    July 4, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    transformers is just lame. you can only expect loud explosions, and no story. except the first transformers. that was a good film.

  5. Coolaid

    July 9, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    Action pack and loud. Your review sums up everything.

  6. decepticonlover

    July 10, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Ehhh I see your point, but I still love these films.

  7. cardude

    July 14, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    i had fun looking at the slick and cool cars in action. i cuoldn’t care less about everthing else. good review.

  8. MegatronHates

    July 15, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Well said, I hated all three films.

  9. indigo

    November 27, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    this girl had absolutely no charecter megans charecter was a strong beauty with brains i dont need any one to take care of me type and the change of the plot made no sense the just admitted their love for each other then the break up why couldnt the make her die or something that would make sense this girl was just like sam help me this wasnt a good idea why coudnt they get a real actor omg
    she ruined the whole movie

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