#136 / 365 – ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ – 154 mins
Cinema Challenge #55 / 115
The interstellar war between the Autobots and Decepticons shifts into overdrive following the discovery of Sentinel Prime (voice of Leonard Nimoy). Only a precious handful of officials in the government and military realize that the 1969 moon mission was the result of an event that threatened profound repercussions for the entire human race. When the Apollo 11 astronauts discover the wrecked remains of Sentinel Prime on the surface of our natural satellite, they bring him back to planet Earth. But Sentinel Prime wasn’t the only alien object on the moon, and when a malevolent new enemy makes its presence known, only the Autobots can save humankind from certain destruction.
Ok lets cut to the chase and the way everyone should approach every Michael Bay movie. Checklist in hand, he doesn’t do plot development, he will never draw credible performances from his cast, the dialogue will always be a joke. However there are some positives (I promise) in this third and final? outing of the robotic trilogy, which will give you a pleasurable experience in the end.
Transformers : Dark of the Moon opens up with a promising start, with an alternative history/conspiracy plot about the Space Race and the 1969 NASA moon landing which is genuinely engaging and the presentation of this footage as a nice feel too it. After this something else happens and in all honestly you could fast-forward the next 90 minutes of the film, because quite frankly and for lack of a better word, its shit and is as bad as any film can get.
So queue the last 45 minutes, those positives, and where Michael Bay will always deliver and come out a winner every single time – in its large-scale action set pieces and what my star rating is soley based on. Bay presents this relentless and unprecedented robot on robot carnage like only he can and the segments albeit short that they are involving shockwave are jaw dropping. Also I can’t believe I’m saying this….the 3D actually works, not only this but it is one of the finest examples of live-action 3-D cinema and the best since Avatar started setting the benchmark with the technique.
A quick note on Megan Fox’s replacement and Sam Witwicky new love, Rosie Huntington-Whitley, her acting is some of most wooden ever to grace the screen – but she does give some good eye candy.
With Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Bay has effectively made two films in one, but at least he had the the deceny to put the best part last. I rarely say this beacuse it goes against everything I look for in a film, but just for this one-time instance lets put two fingers up to plot, scripts, acting and character development even though Bay did promise us this after ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ – and revel in this spectacle cinema at its very finest, where you’re not meant to sit up and pay attention, you’re meant to leave your brain at the door and let the sheer wave upon wave of ridiculousness mayhem wash over you – Mission accomplished.