Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Tyreese Gibson, John Tuturro, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Frances McDormand, Peter Cullen, Hugo Weaving, Leonard Nimoy, Ken Jeong, John Malkovich
Directed by Michael Bay
Based on the Hasbro Action Figures
Run Time: 154 min
Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
Release Date: June 29, 2011
My Score: 7.5 out of 10
Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) is now looking for a job and no one knows of his part in saving the world, not only once but twice. He is living with his girlfriend Carly (Huntington-Whiteley) and living of her paycheck and having to deal with her boss, the wealthy and handsome Dylan Gould (Dempsey) who has his eye on Carly. But when the Autobots discover evidence of the lost ship The Arc on the Moon, a tool that could have won the war for the Autobots and their lost leader Sentinel Prime, the Decipticons make a move to take the tool for themselves to enslave the human race, which throws Sam once again back in the middle of the battle.
This movie unfortunately falls short of the first two Transformers films. Although the special effects and final fight sequence is great entertainment, the movie lacks the fun that made the first two great films. The setup for the film is great, Michael Bay has got a good plot to go with that sets up the movie for a epic conclusion to the Transformers trilogy, but the plot doesn’t take it much further as the action sequences turn the plot into the stop the bad guys, save the girl and the world in a very typical Hollywood way.
The stars are back though, Shia LaBeouf and Josh Duhamel return for the final film and once again give good performances, but the movie is missing one of the most important factors of the original Transformers films: Megan Fox. Gone she is and replaced by a very hot British actress, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley but she can’t act and isn’t as attractive as Megan Fox to look at. Unfortunately, she drags the movie down as her romance with LaBeouf’s character isn’t that great, and you are left with a disappointing feeling. One upset was the lack of Sam’s parents who always brought some of the best laughs in the original two films, only get like two scenes in the new movie and you are left wanting more from them.
What worked, well Michael Bay always delivers what are easily some of the best action sequences today in Hollywood, so to say that they were good is a bit of an understatement. The special effects in the sequences are unbelievable and makes the movie a true visual treat to watch. Also, tying in humans more closely to the story makes the plot more interesting, until it seemed to fizzle out with the giant fight scenes.
Great fun, but not up to the standard of the first two films, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a visual treat as well as a good thrill ride and a good end to the Transformers trilogy.