Optimus Prime: Your leaders will now understand: Decepticons will never leave your planet alone, and we needed them to believe we had gone. For today, in the name of freedom, we take the battle to them!
What can I say about Transformers: Dark of the Moon? As some would say “well third times a charm!” I wouldn’t apply that logic to this film. Yes this is the third installment of loud exploding cars that turn into robots fighting between good and evil. You have your Autobots versus the Decepticons in an all out battle over “world domination.” Sound overused and cliche enough for you?
First things first, I thoroughly enjoyed the first Transformers movie that released back in 2007. It was original, witty, and displayed what role technology is starting to play in blockbuster action films. Then in 2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen released and I couldn’t have been more confused at how many steps back that film took compared to the first. As revealed by Shia LaBeouf that move was basically shot without a script. The unique (if you want to call it that) process of filming on the fly did not fare so well in the critics arena, but once again fared well where it really counts…. at the box office. Which leads us to 2011, another Transformers this time with a script, but displaying nothing original whatsoever. Now I am not trying to sound gullible when I say it lacked originality because honestly anyone who has seen the first two Transformer films knows what they are getting themselves into. You don’t expect a riveting story but you do expect things to blow up and make your eardrums and eyeballs work overtime for a long and sometimes strenuous two and a half hours.
If theirs one thing Micheal Bay (director) knows how to present extremely well on screen, it’s blowing things up and giving us incredible eye candy action sequences. Bay once again accomplishes his action sequences brilliantly, he gives you a reason to watch this movie on a big screen, but at the same time jumbles up a random sequence of events into a long two plus hour movie. If you’re planning to watch Transformers just for the action it’s well worth the ticket, but if you are looking for anything else in between like lets say a message, or maybe a motive this film accomplishes none of that. Now keep in mind it’s summer, it is time for “popcorn flicks” and not every movie needs an intricate plot.
Though the film has received low ratings across the board the faithful movie-goers have responded positively. According to box office sales Transformers: Dark of the Moon is sitting at a total of $204,421,287 domestically. Bland plot or not the numbers don’t lie. This has became a common trend with the Transformers series and further proves why we keep seeing sequels in many other franchises in the movie world. Big time action movies sell, and Transformers has massive sets, visually pleasing sequences, and explosive destruction that is sure to keep your eyes glued to the screen.
Shia LaBeouf is back as Sam Witwicky the young man who has saved the world twice already. The movie opens with Sam and his new girlfriend (yes guys Megan Fox is out) who is working for a very rich man. Sam is jobless out of college and even though he has had an eventful past to say the least, he is pressured to find a job. The entire story is a bit random but as you all can assume Sam gets thrown back into the fold of “robot wars” and is once again doing everything he can to save his new girlfriend from the enemies. Again the characters role felt forced and somewhat pointless, but because we have grown accustomed to Sam Witwicky and his quirky family we see it rehashed all over again. I am a huge Shia LaBeouf fan, he’s without a doubt the future of film. He’s a cocky guy who knows what he’s capable of doing, and has surrounded himself with highly talented directors and actors such as Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, and Oliver Stone. I feel like I have grown up with Shia all the way back from his hilarious Disney show Even Stevens, to his impressive role in Tru Confessions a TV movie. I don’t particularly like this role for Shia, but it did catapult him into stardom, and it seems like 3 Transformer films is his limit.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley plays Carly Spencer Sams new love interest. After much speculation that Steven Spielberg the executive producer of this film decided to fire Megan Fox, they somehow found this model who has NEVER starred in a motion picture prior to this one. So if you thought Megan Fox’s acting was bad try rating someone who has no prior resume of acting. Again eye candy over substance takes the debate over this conversation. I didn’t find much difference between Fox and Huntington-Whiteley acting wise they both are nothing to cheer about, but Bay does bring the glamor to the screen though this character and limits the role enough to make it ever so significant. For her first movie ever it’s not horrendous, but in no way do you say “man shes got potential as an actress.”
The brilliant John Malkovich plays Bruce Brazos the unusual boss who hires Witwicky to a mail room job. I can watch Malkovich in anything and find his work riveting. He adds much needed comic relief in the film and though this is far from his best role I think individually he was pretty funny on screen. His purpose in the film seems forced but seeing how the cast grew since the last film, many of these roles are a bit of a stretch in a confusing all over the place script.
The cast is rather large and while some great names have joined the original cast, it still doesn’t all add up. Patrick Dempsey is your new human villain, while the talented Frances McDormand plays the important CIA officer in charge of this massive technological movement of Transformers. Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and John Turturro all return to reprise there normal roles. You will also see a special yet extremely odd cameo from Ken Jeong who plays Jerry Wang a disturbing nerd with valuable files for Witwicky.
Overall Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a big budget action film with a very basic story behind it. The cast is somewhat interesting but because so many different personalities grace the screen throughout the movie it’s almost like a puzzle with missing pieces. The Transformers themselves are incredible and the actions scenes once again are stellar, providing yet again exactly what most Transformer fans are looking for. Hats off to Michael Bay for putting together some brilliant stunt scenes in Chicago, while virtually tearing down the city into pieces.
I have to be honest and say the movie was about 45 minutes to long for me, and while I did like seeing fresh new faces on screen I don’t think it saved the overall move for me. The special effects are a A+ but the story a C-.
My 1-10 scale = 6