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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

by on June 29th, 2011

The Players: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Patrick Dempsey, and Frances McDormand.

The Game Plan: Following the defeat of Megatron at the end of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Autobot technology coupled with human military intelligence has allowed for better protection against human threats, and the Decepticon threat as well.  Sam (Shia LaBeouf) has reached a turning point in his life, he has a new girl, Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), and is looking for his dream job.  Although things appear to have returned to normal we soon learn the world is about to be turned upside again when the Autobots and their military counterparts discover classified evidence of a Cybertronian ship hidden on the dark side of the moon.  The deadly secret hidden with the ship will threaten the very foundation of the Autobot alliance with humanity is brought to light.

Dante’s Thoughts: I’m sure the question on everybody’s mind after seeing Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was, will the third film in this trilogy be as bad as the second…  Or will Dark of the Moon rise to become the best film in the series thus far?  After seeing TF3 I think audiences of all ages and genders will agree Transformers: Dark of the Moon is Michael Bay’s best attempt at re-visioning the classic Hasbro/ Toei Animation property yet.  As the action unfolds you get the sense Director Michael Bay actually listened to moviegoers cries of agony over the second Transformers movie.  Thankfully, in this chapter of the Autobot vs. Decepticon saga negative elements like the Ebonics fluent smart car Autobot twins, Mudflaps and Skids, were completely done away with, the poorly worded cheesy banter is toned down, and the whole debacle that was Megan Fox, is no more.

Although newcomer Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is new to feature length films, her stunning looks and on-screen charm make up for her lack of experience, and most fans of the classic Transformers cartoon will remember the character Carly Spencer/Witwicky from the Transformers G1 universe.  To be honest, you probably won’t miss Megan Fox’s character Mikaela Banes, even though she played a major part in both the first and second Transformers films.  The actors and dialog aside, Dark of the Moon is a balls to the wall action extravaganza… and even though I saw TF3 Real 3D, I think I may just have to go and see it a second time to catch the amazing cinematography, special affects, and 3D animation in IMAX.

Touchdowns: Transformers: Dark of the Moon reveals several interesting secrets about the Autobot and Decepticon war, and how the planet Earth factored into the Cybertronian peace plan.  The game winning score goes to the stunning action sequence towards the end of the movie, where Commander Lennox’s (Josh Duhamel) NEST team has to jump out of what looks like a modified V-22 Osprey and sky dive down to the city using parachute equipped black wing suits.  The audience is given a real treat as the camera follows the elite spec ops crew as they swoop down over the city of Chicago, and navigate through the remains of fallen skyscrapers, while dodging enemy fire.  As I sat there watching these guys free fall past missiles and explosions, I thought to myself, A: I want to dive out of an Osprey wearing one of those suites, and B: that was one of the best aerial action sequences I have seen in a movie to date.

Flag: Since there are no perfect game plans, I’ve got to throw a couple flags on this one.  The first penalty is a holding against the poorly timed and bad dialog.  I’ll admit this time around it wasn’t as bad as the drivel we got in Revenge of the Fallen, but this time there was no writer’s strike to blame, and there was too much fan feedback not to get it right.  Unfortunately, for as good as the final act of this movie is action wise, there are moments when you might catch yourself saying “I wish they hadn’t said that,” as you roll your eyes.  The second holding penalty goes against Michael Bay’s unnecessary use of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as a T&A prop throughout the film.  I know in her day job she’s a Victoria’s Secret model, but come on, she didn’t have to be posed as one throughout the entire movie… We get it… she’s hot.

End of Game Summary: Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the must see action film of the summer blockbuster season so far, and a huge rebound from the dismal Revenge of the Fallen.  With that said, this is the darkest movie in the Transformers franchise to date, and although the heroic Optimus Prime will once again attempt to save the day, in the end it comes at a cost.  So parents should be mindful if you are taking your young ones to see this, but for those of you that do get the pleasure of viewing this film, enjoy.

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