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Transformers: Dark of the Moon
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Review

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

In the 1960s an alien spacecraft called The Ark crash lands on the dark side of the moon.

Piloted by Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy) it carries technology that could save his race.
On Earth the crash is detected by NASA and John F Kennedy authorises the Apollo 11 moon landing in order to collect samples from the spacecraft.

In the present day the Autobots race against their enemy the Decepticons to reach The Ark and unlock its secrets.

Meanwhile Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) having graduated from college is having problems finding a job although he now has a hot new girlfriend (Rosie Huntington-Whitely). Despite receiving a medal for bravery for helping the Autobots save the planet from the Decepticons in the last film the government is keeping him at arms length from the alien robots.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

The good news is that Michael Bay seems to have paid some attention to the critics because the plot of this film makes just a little more sense than Transformers 2 and you can just about tell the robots apart now.

The bad news is that it is in 3D and Megan Fox has been replaced with the lingerie model Rosie Huntington-Whitely. She is so bad she makes Fox look like an award winning actress. She looks great in next-to-nothing and the camera lingers lustily as it moves slowly up her impressive legs and killer figure. But frankly she should only be seen and not heard as she manages to ruin every scene she is in. It is hard to believe that Shia LaBeouf would risk everything for her. Surely Bay could have found a stunning half-decent actress who could have given a convincing performance.

LaBeouf, who is reportedly leaving the franchise, returns as Sam and is joined by a star studded cast which includes John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Patrick Dempsey and John Turturro while Leonard Nimoy provides the voice for Sentinel Prime.

There is a lot more humour in this Transformers film and a hilarious if somewhat disturbing cameo appearance by The Hangover’s Ken Jeong who seems to pop up in most Hollywood movies these days.

The moon landings and the alien cover-up by the Kennedy Administration is interesting but detracts from the main story.

This is a Michael Bay film so the special effects and explosive action scenes are impressive but never ending. It is a continual bombardment of the senses with the final epic showdown lasting almost an hour.

The problem is that I didn’t care about any of the characters, human or robot, and I was bored by the overly long action scenes. The film itself is excruciatingly long and less would have been more. Also action alone doesn’t make a great film. Bay should watch Terminator 1 and 2 and take note.

However, when the pitifully poor Transformers 2 earnt
$836 million worldwide and this latest instalment will probably follow suit, I can’t see Bay transforming the franchise into something worth watching any time soon.

Opens nationwide 29th June 2011

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