During the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in the 1960s, Neil Armstrong and his fellow astronauts come across the wreckage of the last escaping Cybertronian spacecraft, the Ark, which crash-landed on the dark side of the moon. Onboard was Sentinel Prime, Optimus Prime's mentor and former Autobot leader, who was guarding the five pillars; technology that would allow the evil Decepticon armies to travel across and invade planets.

Flash forward fifty years; the Autobots discover one of the missing pillars that the Soviet Union tried to use as a power source, which leads Optimus to question the humans' honesty and intentions. Meanwhile, newly graduated Sam (LaBeouf) is trying to find work with the encouragement of his new girlfriend Carly (Huntington-Whiteley), and finds himself in the middle of an assassination plot by the Decepticons, who are targeting everyone involved in the American-Russian space mission. As they uncover the Decepticons' plans to invade earth for the pillars, both the Autobots and humans will wage in an ultimate battle against the Decepticons.

First of all, we advise that you get yourself popcorn and a drink before heading in; the film's running time is very long. The third and final Transformers film simply builds up to the final battle of good versus evil; the result of which will determine the fate of Planet Earth. This might be too simplistic an estimation given the summary above, but it's best not to focus on the details.

No one expects brilliant dialogue or Oscar-worthy acting from the Transformers franchise, but still, you’d expect a lot more than is given here. Although LaBeouf is hilarious at times, he seems to spend most of the film yelling unnecessarily and with excessive bouts of anger that don’t quite fit. Megan Fox's replacement, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is surprisingly engaging compared to Fox’s painfully stale acting, especially given that this is the model’s first acting role. The rest of the original cast have little on-screen time: Duhamel and Gibson don't really share many action scenes or dialogues, which is a shame. Also keep your eyes out for a very brief appearance by a major Hollywood actor, whose presence is completely out of place.

As for the action, it's the same formula as the previous Transformers; nothing more, nothing less. The use of 3D is average at best, and definitely not worth the hype that both the director and the leading star created in claiming Transformers: Dark Moon to be the best 3D film ever made. Nothing about this film’s action scenes or CGI effects will impress you; the robots are barely distinguishable and the choreographed fights between them are far too visually complex to register as realistic or even stimulating; unless you’re a fan of the last two films of course.

Transformers 3 lacks the originality and entertainment value that was expected with all the hype leading to the film’s release. This is a disappointing ending to what has been, in retrospect, a pretty lacklustre trilogy.