Sunday, 3 July 2011

Film Review - Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Rating: 5.5/ 10- Average
The third film in the Transformers series has proven to match up with the two previous films. It is not much better and not worse, pretty much the same things happen with a slight change in storyline.

Director: Michael Bay. Screenplay: Ehren Kruger. Producers: Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. Executive Producers: Michael Bay, Brian Goldner, Steven Spielberg and Mark Vahradian. Cinematographer: Amir Mokri. Editors: Roger Barton, William Goldenberg and Joel Negron. Music: Steve Jablonsky. Prodcution Designer: Nigel Phelps. Costume Designer: Deborah Lynn Scott. Distributor: Paramount Pictures. Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, John Malkovich and Frances McDormand. Age Restriction: 13MLV. Running Time: 157 Minutes.

Sam (Shia LaBeouf) is frustrated with his life and can’t find himself a job after his graduation. He has a super hot girlfriend, Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whitely), who is madly in love with him and amazed by all his stories of his past adventures of saving the world. Sam manages to get himself a job, and is then approached by a co-worker who is a conspiracy theorist and tells Sam about the Dark of the Moon.
This same co-worker is then killed and Sam learns that the Decepticons are back. Carly is not impressed about Sam’s revived interest in saving the world from the Decepticons, but he nonetheless goes out to warn the CIA.

The Autobots, the ones on the side of humankind, help to fight the Decepticons. The Decepticons are trying to locate pillars that will enable a bridge that will bring Cybertron into Earths atmosphere and hence they will take over the planet.

The entire film is, as said earlier, very similar to the previous two. It has bits of comedy here and there, that is quite funny. Once again Sam’s parents play a not very traditional parental role and provide for some funny moments. Sam again has an extremely good looking girlfriend, who mainly just gets in the way all the time.
There is again a whole lot of robotic fighting and robots trying to take over something. Basically there are good guys and bad guys, good robot aliens and bad robot aliens.

The action scenes are done very well and are very convincing. The 3D does have some cool effects, but I’m sure the film is just as effective without the 3D. The acting is good, besides for Carly who is played by Rosie Huntington-Whitely, and she is not the greatest actress. She replaces Megan Fox from the previous Transformers, as the eye candy of the film. That is basically all she has to offer.

Verdict: Overall a good film with some funny and some very cool parts. However, more could have been done to make it more original. Transformers fans will surely enjoy it.

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon is out in cinemas now and is available in 3D at select venues.

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