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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers: Dark of the Moon: Disappointing End to Trilogy

  • Josh DuhamelRosie Huntington-Whiteley...
  • Action & AdventureScience Fiction
  • Michael Bay
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Omar Atef
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon: Disappointing End to Trilogy

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.

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It is reported that Megan Fox's character was cut and the actress dropped on the request of producer Steven Spielberg, who was angered by Fox's comparison of director Michael Bay to Hitler, as well as numerous complaints from crew members' about Fox's attitude on set.

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