Thursday, June 30, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Director Michael Bay needs to stop filming sequels to the blockbuster mega hit ‘Transformers.’ The latest film, to complete the trilogy, ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ was a major disappointment. The film begins with a tale about how the U.S. government lied to the American people about why they needed to land on the moon. Supposedly, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were on a mission to the moon to find out what was up there before the Russians could. Only 35 people knew about this mission that changes history and now in the year 2011, the only reason why America has not been back to the moon since 1972 is because of the alien robots that Aldrin and Armstrong discovered on their epic space mission. So, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is back with a new model girlfriend (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), the Autobots, and his military buddies, Lennox (josh Duhamel) and Epps (Tyrese Gibson).  The Autobots and Sam have to discover all the top secret information on the dark side of the moon before the Decepticons take over, destroy all of Earth and turn the humans into slaves. Can Sam and the Autobots save the day for the 3rd time, or will the Decepticons finally win this treacherous battle?

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ was awful. It was way too much information, too much action; too much confusion as to what exactly was going on and who was who. The story line was too complex for an action film. It seemed as though the beginning was a completely different film then the ending. There was so much going on in the film, that it will not hold the viewer’s attention long enough, especially since the film is almost three hours long. Michael Bay took this film a little too far. He installed too many ideas and stories and subplots that aren’t even that interesting or intriguing to make any moviegoer want to sit and watch for three hours. The stories were too confusing that the average moviegoer will eventually get bored and walk out. It starts out with some American history about our space mission to the moon and how surprise, surprise the government keeping secrets from the American people. Then it’s present day and Sam is living with his hardworking, rich girlfriend who is of course a supermodel. How does Sam keep getting these runway models for girlfriends? Anyway, all of a sudden the audience learn that the Decepticons are planning to take over the Earth and destroy the Autobots and Sam is the only one who can save the day. It seems that simple, but that’s really all that is understood. There are a lot of deceptions and twists that create confusion which then turns this film into a massive headache.

The acting was good. Shia LaBeouf was great as usual, but unfortunately this film he wasn’t as funny as he was in the other films. He usually has his great, clever one-liners that add comic relief to the film, the reason why most people enjoy the film other than the non-stop action. But, this film he didn’t have much to work with. His new girlfriend Carly, (Huntington-Whiteley) is of course just prancing around in her underwear or little dresses and adds absolutely nothing to the film. She is boring and not a good actress. Josh Duhamel is back and great as well, but he doesn’t have much screen time at all. Sam’s parents Ron and Judy (Kevin Dunn and Julie White) make a small appearance, which was funny but again their roles were small. The robots hog up the entire screen and not in a good way. Half of the film is just them fighting the Decepticons and majority of the dialogue is Optimus Prime making up these random ‘heartfelt’ speeches and Carly screaming. The film feels like it will end about 16 times, then the realization occurs that there is another entire hour left.

The action was awesome, but again way too much. There is no happy medium whatsoever, there’s too much robots and action and not enough humans and dialogue. Hopefully, this will be the last film for Michael Bay and crew.

 This film is not recommended, please don’t waste time or money; wait for the DVD if it’s that essential in life to see. This is the first film since Shaq's film 'Kazaam' came out in 1996 that I actually comtemplated walking out of the theater. If you have seen 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' please share your thoughts or comments.

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