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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

3.8 1,236 Ratings

Directed by : Michael Bay

Release Date : | Length : 154 Minutes

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plot

Ratchet, Ironhide, Sideswipe and Bumblebee, all autobots led by Optimus Prime take on the evil deceptions who want to avenge their defeat in 2009s Transformers revenge. The deceptions and autobots are involved in space race of Russia and U.S and again human Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. New chara...more

Verdict

“A long-drawn-out film with average performances and an awful 2nd half! Watch this only if you are diehard fan of the Transformers franchise.”

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Credit & Casting

Shia Labeouf

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Audience Review

Raking in the millions.....

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Transformers gave todays children (and teenagers) a new wave of entertaining cinema. Inspired by toys from Hasbro, suddenly every child (and the child in me) wanted to have an action figure of the Autobots. Having long animated conversations with my then 5 year old son about the battle of the BOTs seemed to be a fun thing to do. Then Michael Bay went and spoilt it in 2009 with Revenge of the Fallen. Too much hype, too much CGI and no plot whatsoever, lead to the franchise losing its sheen. Then one heard that Bay was not giving up without a fight. In order to cash in on the successful brand of the franchise, he promised the third part to be more humane. Again that lead to hype and expectations. Also, he topped it up with the latest spice in town, 3D!

Just as part 2 had proven, there is not much story in this series, just like the Pirates franchisee. So the battle between the Autobots and the evil Decepticons is still being fought and this time there is again a evil plan by the Decepticons to defeat the resilient Autobots and take over planet Earth. The human race as always, represented by the US of America, decides to dump the Autobots in a moment of crisis, with a handful of believers still asking the question what were you doing then?. In the end, All is well.

The Autobots are still being led by the resilient Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) who hopes to lead the Autobots to salvation. He is aided by Ironhide, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Sideswipe, Wheelie (a former decepticon), Brains, Skids, Mudflap, Silverbolt and the Wreckers.

The Decepticons are again being led by Megatron, (he just doesnt give up! Hugo Weaving), Shockwave, one of the main antagonists this time, Starscream, Soundwave, Laserbeak & Barricade.

Leonard Nimoy (Spock of Star Trek) as the voice of Sentinel Prime is brilliant.

Well the humans have their share too. Megan Fox is no more Sams girlfriend. Sorry folks. So if you were going to see some Megan display, bad luck. But Sams new hottie girlfriend now is Carly Spencer (Rosie Huntington Whiteley, a Victorias Secret model). This is her film debut and she is introduced exactly keeping her past experience in mind, showing her derriere. Honestly, Foxs bad luck! Cos Carly provides enough eye candy to the audiences.

Shia LaBeouf as the now graduate, job hunting Sam is more in control than the earlier 2 parts. Instead of just reacting to situations, he wants to be and does seem in control of things this time around. His interaction with the Autobots is decreasing with each and every installment. Pity.

Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas) & Tyrese Gibson (Transformers, Fast Five) reprise their roles as the American NEST officers. John Turturro (Cars 2, Secret Window, Quiz Show) as the terminated Agent Simmons, John Malkovich (Red, Con Air) as Sams boss, Patrick Dempsey (Made of Honor, Enchanted, Greys Anatomy) as Carlys boss, Frances McDormand (Burn After Reading, Ms. Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Fargo) as Charlotte Mearing, Secretary of Defense, Kevin Rudd (Unstoppable, Vicky Christina Barcelona) and Julia White (Michael Clayton) as Sams parents provide the human cast for this CGI infested flick.

Starting off with a montage of footage from the 60s, weaving the plot with Americas landing on the moon was very innovative. Just like Michael Vaughan had interspersed the Cuban Crisis in the latest X-Men installment. The first half of the film is completely different in its treatment from the earlier 2 installments. There is more of story and drama here than before. The films dark theme gives it various layers for it to unfold itself to the audiences. But only to the half way point. Post interval, I guess the money bags took over everything, scripting, directing, CGI and worse of all, the editing. It seems they asked the editing trio of Roger Barton, William Goldenberg and Joel Negron to take a holiday. It reminded me of the late Stanley Kubricks unfinished masterpiece A.I. which was then completed by Spielberg himself.

Till the interval one could see or rather feel the drama in the film but post interval, clichd scenarios and formula cinema took over, clearly showing the different treatments of the 2 Directors. Likewise, in T3, in the pre interval portions, one does feel that Bay has tried to make an effort to add drama and very intense drama to the script. But post interval, he seems to have lost the plot. There is no coherence in the narrative at all.

These kinda films are never performance based, hence there is no particular performance that can be earmarked. Malkovich, though brilliant is wasted. Duhamel & Gibson only have to look tensed throughout and order good sounding commands at their teams. But the treat in the film is to watch McDormand, Turturro & Dempsey. The best scene however is stolen by Julia White when she advises Sam on his love life.

3D again is a waste in the film. barring a few scenes here and there, totally not worth the pain on the nose. The only good thing being, it is not as dark in 3D as Pirates 4.
No catchy dialogues here barring a few words here and there like Sam barking Thats my car or the Autobots mouthing Class Dismissed or Weve got a Mexican Standoff here.

The CGI usage is brilliant. But where Michael Bay scores is in the man on man fight sequences between the robots. They are ear splitting, gut wrenching, hard core raw. Brilliant. But he could and should have cut the climax by 30 minutes at least. Now for a movie with a run time of 2 hours 35 minutes, it is a lot! But imagine that is what one has to endure in the climax. In order to highlight the effects and showcase various set pieces, it actually disconnects the viewer. Making what could have been a brilliant film into a mediocre formula movie.

Tonites paid preview, was proof of the fact that people still love the franchise. Michael Bay & Steven Spielberg, take a bow! For you will again manage to rake in millions, as my now 9 year old son will be seeing the film on Saturday morning.

Does it have The Y Factor:NO
Rating:4/10

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