Friday, July 1, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon review

If you have read any movie reviews recently, you probably know that Transformers: Dark of the Moon is getting bad reviews. They are wrong. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is awesome. The special effects are excellent, the action is amazing and the 3D is stunning. Director Michael Bay has possibly created the biggest action movie ever. Basically, it is everything you would expect from a summer movie.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was destroyed by critics for having a story that was too crazy and hard to follow. So, Dark of the Moon has a tighter story that focuses on one plot, not three. Transformers: Dark of the Moon finds Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) with a new girlfriend, Carly (Rosie Huntington- Whiteley) and he is living in Washington DC with her, away from the Autobots. And he can't find a job. Meanwhile, a technology created by Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy), Optimus Prime's predecessor is found on the moon along with Sentinel. We learn that the Apollo 11 mission and the whole Space Race was a decoy to get to the spacecraft carrying Sentinel. But the Autobots have to get it before the Decepticons do because if in the wrong hands it would destroy the Earth.

There are so many characters in the film I can't even name them all. I'll just say that the most important are Dylan Gould (Patrick Dempsey), who is Carly's boss, and Mearing (Frances McDormand), the National Security Director. Simmons (John Turturro) also returns along with another new character, his secretary, Dutch (Alan Tudyk). Ken Jeong makes a hilarious appearance as Jerry, Sam's co-worker who used to work for NASA.

The plot is engaging and feels more like a mystery or a puzzle.The whole plot leads up to a massive battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons in Chicago, along with the army, led by Lennox (Josh Duhamel) and Epps (Tyrese Gibson). The last hour of the movie is spent destroying Chicago while humans and robots fight to the death. The movie also had some twists I did not see coming. The posters show Shockwave, a cyclops-like robot as the main villian. He makes two appearances. He basically is a giant snake that eats buildings.

The 3D was incredible and Michael Bay certainly did a good job doing the conversion from 2D to 3D. He did not get the running time right. The film clocks in at 2 1/2 hours and some of the movie could have been cut out. The last 30 minutes are an exhilarating thrill ride that does not stop at all. Some of the battle with just humans on Decepticons is somewhat tedious but still cool. Be prepared for a lot of death. Lots of people are killed. The final battle between Optimus, Megatron and another robot is amazing. Overall, if you love action,  Transformers: Dark of the Moon is your movie. I really liked it, not just the action but the story as well. It was not quite as good as the first though. I would recommend seeing it in 3D. It is worth the extra $4 dollars. Beware of a scene where there is a large group of soldiers jumping out of a plane in base jumping suits, for this scene may make you feel like throwing up. Also this is the most violent Transformers. I would not recommend showing anybody under the age of 11 in theaters.

THE FINAL GRADE:  A-                                           (8.5/10)

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