Thursday, 7 July 2011

Film Review: "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (2011).




"Years from now they're going to ask us: where were you when they took over the planet? We're gonna say: we stood by and watched."
And that is exactly that AGAIN with Transformers: Dark of the Moon. This science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on the Transformers toy line. It is the third installment of the live-action Transformers film series. It is a sequel to 2009's Revenge of the Fallen. This instalment follows the Autobots as they learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and their race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.

After the stink-bomb that was known as Revenge of the Fallen, screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who had worked on the two previous Transformers films, declined to return for the third film. So Revenge of the Fallen '​s co-writer Ehren Kruger became the sole screenwriter for Dark of the Moon. Kruger had frequent meetings with Industrial Light & Magic's visual effects producers, who suggested plot points such as the scenes in Chernobyl. In October 2009, Bay revealed that Dark of the Moon had already gone into pre-production, and its planned release was back to its originally intended date of July 1, 2011. Due to the revived interest in 3-D technology brought in by the success of Avatar (2009), talks between Paramount, ILM, and Bay had considered the possibility of the next Transformers film being filmed in 3-D, and testing was performed to bring the technology into Bay's work. Bay originally was not much interested in the format as he felt it did not fit his "aggressive style" of filmmaking, but he was convinced after talks with Avatar director James Cameron, who even offered the technical crew from that film.

The film stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Peter Cullen, Leonard Nimoy, Hugo Weaving, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Alan Tudyk and Ken Jeong. The performances given by the cast are some of the worst performances they have ever given. As well as being some of the most worthless performance given by them. End... of... story.

LaBeouf said regarding the last film; "We got lost. We tried to get bigger. It's what happens to sequels. It's like, how do you top the first one? You've got to go bigger... and I think you lost the anchor... You lost a bit of the relationships. Unless you have those relationships, then the movie doesn't matter. Then it's just a bunch of robots fighting each other." Boy that is also the case with Transformers: Dark of the Moon. It's another noisy, underplotted, and overlong special effects extravaganza that lacks a human touch. With the third installment in Michael Bay's blockbuster Transformers franchise, nothing is in disguise: Fans of loud, effects-driven action will find satisfaction, and all others need not apply. The longer this franchise goes on, the less interesting it becomes; it just wears you down. This series was never good, but it was once fun, or at least flashy. Now that its gears have gone rusty, it’s time for an Alien vs. Predator-style rethink.

Simon says Transformers: Dark of the Moon receives:


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