Mini Movie Review: Transformers Dark Of The Moon (2011)

Wednesday 2 November 2011 @ 10:39 am

After the rather lacklustre previous movie, this third offering gets off to a cracking start by mixing the real life events of the Apollo 11 moon landing with the fictional Transformers world. When a lunar crash is detected by NASA, President Kennedy authorises a secret mission to investigate with a cover story of putting a man on the moon thus starting the space race. Whilst on the moon, the astronauts find the Ark spacecraft from Cybertron along with the remains of a Transformer.

Fast forward to the current time and the Autobots are still busy helping the US military meddle in other countries affairs. Whilst visiting the nuclear site in Chernobyl, Optimus Prime finds an energy cell from the spacecraft and travels to the moon with the rest of the Autobots to explore the Ark and recover the Transformer that turns out to be Sentinel Prime, former leader of the Autobots.

Back on Earth, Sam is trying to land a job and is employed by his new girlfriend’s boss. After a former Apollo 11 scientist working at the same place is murdered by the Decepticons, Sam seeks out former special agent Seymour Simmons. The two uncover a plot by the Decepticons that will ultimately lead to the whole of humanity being enslaved to rebuild Cybertron.

Ok, first thing’s first. The eye candy in this movie is Victoria’s Secret Angel and gorgeous pouting lingerie model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and she is insanely sexy, far more so than Megan Fox! Director Michael Bay knows this and wastes no opportunity to put her stunning legs and hot bod on display via an ensemble of short tight dresses, mini skirts and barely there skimpy tops. The camera not so much as lingers over her flawless curves than it does leer at her from every angle, even when the shot is completely unnecessary.

The second thing is that Sam Witwicky is wholly irritating and noisy in this third outing of the franchise. All he seems to do is shout the whole time and where the fidgety and nervous verbal deliveries were mildly amusing in the first two movies, they’re just plain annoying here.

Thirdly, the same problem exists here with the Transformers as it did with the other two movies; the robots themselves are largely featureless meaning you can’t tell who’s who in a fight and all the transforming goodness is cruelly taken away by quick fire shots that refuse to allow the audience to gawp and marvel at the mechanics. Of the new robots in this movie, the most ludicrous is Shockwave who appears as some kind of giant earthworm.

At the least the plot makes sense though after the rubbish that was Revenge Of The Fallen and the visuals are very exciting with good use of 3D. The whole film is long at over 2.5 hours and the last hour comprises little more than a battle zone with the Autobots and humans ranged against the Decepticons. However, unlike the previous outing, the action scenes here are done very well and don’t feel like they’ve just been shoved in as filler to make up the time.

But is the movie any good? Well I actually enjoyed it lots, and that’s not just the slow camera pans of Huntingdon-Whiteley’s legs, overall it’s a good popcorn flick and I dare say, would have been a damn sight better without Shia LaBeouf bellowing his way through the entire film. Worth watching then and much better than the previous offering.

Score: 3/5