“You may lose faith in us but not in yourselves.”– Peter Cullen as the voice of Optimus Prime
What’s good: A good storyline with cool stunts and action sequences.
What’s not good: Too many boring and unfunny moments.
What happened: A lone Autobot ship carrying precious cargo barely escapesthe vicious battle on planet Cybertron. This cargo would have swung the war in the Autobot’s favor. Instead, it was lost forever and the Autobots were overrun by the Decepticons. Meanwhile, the United States government has been busy keeping secrets. The space race in the 1960’s was a cover for their investigation of an unknown object located on the moon. What they find changes the human perspective on the universe. They have no idea that something else is hiding inside of their discovery. The world will soon have to pay the price for keeping this secret.
Sam Witwicky (Shia Labeouf) just can’t seem to catch a break. He has helped save the world two times now but cannot tell anyone due to national security issues. He is out of school but has not been able to find a job yet. At least he has his beautiful girlfriend Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) to keep him company. It’s almost intimidating for him to have a girl like her and be so broke. Carly has a great job working for Dylan (Patrick Dempsey). He comes from a wealthy family but you will be surprised how he earns his money. Whether or not he wants to, Sam will once again have his chance to save the world.
The Autobots prevent humans from starting wars across the globe. Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) stumbles upon something he has not seen in a long time at the devastation in Chernobyl. This new information infuriates Optimus forcing him to confront the US government. Their secret is exposed leading the Autobots to the moon to claim what is rightfully theirs. Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy) was the Einstein of their civilization. He created a powerful device that can be dangerous in the wrong hands. Megatron (Hugo Weaving) is after Sentinel Prime and his technology. It is up to Optimus Prime and the Autobots to figure out and stop the Decepticon’s plan for world domination.
‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ is overall a really good film despite a few rough edges. It is always cool to see a movie incorporate real historical events into its plot. This movie uses the famous space race to the moon of the 1960’s as a backdrop. All of the special effects are wonderfully done to perfection. Shia Labeouf has a few funny moments too; especially when he freaks out about his car not starting. It’s too bad that Ken Jeong didn’t have a bigger part because he was also very funny. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is so gorgeous that you will almost forget about Megan Fox’s absence. The main problem with this movie is that the attempts at comedy are just not funny. There were two little robots that were really annoying. The film came to a grinding halt every time John Turturro and John Malkovich were on screen. You will be happy when their scenes are over. Also, Carly’s interaction with Megatron at the end made no sense. To think that she could manipulate him like that is downright ridiculous.
Bottom Line: Overall, a great summer flick that’s worth the price of admission.
Rating: PG-13 Run time: 2 hours, 37 minutes
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‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’