Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Director: Michael Bay
Actors: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand
Now the Autobots saved the planet twice and the Decepticons seem to be defeated, it's hard for Sam Witwicky to pick up his normal life. Fortunately (for us), its time for some giant robot action again, when they discover the remains of an Autobot spacecraft holding a Sentinel on the surface of the moon. Optimus Prime brings the Sentinel back to life, but doesn't realize it also holds a secret that could destroy mankind.
Though Revenge of the Fallen was a huge financial success, the film wasn't a great sequel. Michael Bay and Shia LaBeouf were determined to do better this time around with Dark of the Moon. Well, they did try, Dark of the Moon is different, with a pretty serious tone and story. The stakes are high, which leaves less room for over-the-top characters. Shia LaBeouf delivers as Witwicky, but seems to be too tensed and frustrated throughout the film. Megan Fox is replaced by newcomer Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who plays Sam's new girlfriend, Carly. The supporting roles are more interesting though. You'll be shocked to see John Malkovich and Coen Brothers' Frances McDormand in a Michael Bay flick, but you'll also start to grin when they deliver some fun moments.
Dark of the Moon starts off slow, especially for a Bay flick, it even takes a bit too long to really get into the story. But as soon as Michael Bay cut the brakes, the master of mayhem unleashes a big sizzling finale with giant robotgasms, deafening explosions in a city called Chicago that is being torn to pieces.
I'm probably one of the few film critics who enjoy Michael Bay's films. I'm a sucker for pretty visuals and spectacle, that's why it's hard for me to admit that Transformers: Dark of the Moon doesn't meet my expectations on a few levels, except for the action though, 'cause that's when Michael Bay is at his best; loud, obnoxious, with stunning shots of total chaos.
Written by Reggy
June 29, 2011
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