Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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Transformers: Dark of the MoonAlso available on Blu-Ray

The Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons in the third Transformers...

The two enemies become involved in a perilous space race between the US and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) has a part to play. The last 45 minutes is director Michael Bay's piece de resistance: a massive action set-piece in which the Decepticons attempt to destroy Chicago.

New characters include the villainous Shockwave, a longtime Transformers character who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth.

Starring
Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich, Josh Duhamel, Hugo Weaving, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, John Turturro, Frances McDormand, Alan Tudyk

Directed by
Michael Bay ('Transformers', 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen', 'Pearl Harbor', 'Armageddon', 'The Rock')

Produced by
Steven Spielberg

Written by
Ehren Kruger

(M) contains violence and offensive language | Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Science Fiction | USA | Official Website


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Very good, but missing a few bits
3 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars

This movie is better than the second Transformers movie. It is rather long (154 minutes) and takes a while to get going.

There are a few scenes that seem to be missing, either never filmed or deleted when they should have been left in. At one point some Autobots are captured by the Decepticons have to be rescued. However, we never see the Autobots getting captured, just the rescue. In another scene Optimus Prime losses his flight gear and says he must to recover it. Later we see Optimus flying, so he obviously did get the gear back, we just don't see how he did it.

So there are a few missing scenes in the movie that really needed to be there in order to tell the story better. I'm surprised nobody pointed this out when they were making the movie. The DVD and Blu-Ray do not contain any deleted scenes or special features, so no possible deleted scenes there.

Overall it was very good, but had a few basic movie making mistakes that are surprising in such a big budget movie.

Reviewed by bukster
3 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars

Slow start but good once the fighting starts, new girl sucks at acting and her lips are ridiculous.

Reviewed by ange
Breathtaking
4 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars

Michael Bay wanted to make up for what he had done with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and he clearly has. Dark of the Moon is the sequel we wanted!

The robots have much more screentime and are given moments for character and drama to play out between them. The film doesn't has as much action as the second film, however the action is much more exciting and has a meaning to it because of the film's great plot that adds a twist to the '60 spacerace between America and Russia.

Those that have Blu-Ray must watch it on that format. But this first edition is more of a rental. There will be an edition coming out around Christmas that will be packed with bonus content and will fetaure a 3D version of the film for the lucky few that own a 3D Home Theater system.

Reviewed by Angus

PRESS REVIEWS

Average rating 3 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars


Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

A visually ugly film with an incoherent plot, wooden characters and inane dialog. It provided me with one of the more unpleasant experiences I've had at the movies.

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Dominion Post (Graeme Tuckett)

I think it's accepted wisdom now that the first of the Transformers films was a surprise

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Empire (UK)

An improvement on Transformers 2, but then what isn't? To paraphrase the Bard, it's a tale, full of sound and fury and extremely stupid dialogue and nonsensical plotting and preposterous stunts and robots punching each other's heads off, signifying nothing.

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Hollywood Reporter

The millions of man hours put into producing this techno shock and awe must be staggering. Everyone got his job done, but somewhere along the way, the movie got lost.

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New York Times

Nothing you see makes any sense at all, but the sensations are undeniable, and kind of fun in their vertiginous, supercaffeinated way.

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Otago Daily Times (Christine Powley)

Walk on the dark side...

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Sunday Star Times

Fresh Transformer thrills

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Total Film (UK)

A largely linear plot and some ingenious appropriation of 20th century history helps T3 correct most of T2’s deficiencies without really matching T1’s superior entertainment value and element of surprise.

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TVNZ (Darren Bevan)

Back for a third time, the Autobots and the Decepticons continue their life long robotic battle

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Variety (USA)

The result may still be a big, bloated spectacle, but it's a big, bloated spectacle you can just about follow.

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Flicks.co.nz "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Movie Review

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Andrew Hedley, Flicks.co.nz

You’ll hear many people say they don’t watch action films for the story. That’s never been truer than in the case of the third and final (not likely, let’s face it) instalment of the Transformers series. Convinced that audiences want more than two and a half hours of robots-changing-into-vehicles-and-fighting-each-other, the filmmakers attempt to shoehorn in some vague semblance of a storyline with the intention of creating a well-rounded experience.

Well, Michael Bay and his team needn’t have bothered. Nobody cares anymore about what Shia LaBeouf and his excessively plastic girlfriend are up to, and sitting through shabbily edited montages of job interviews, for example, feels like we’re wasting time. Despite small appearances from good actors (John Turturro, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Ken Jeong), the human-heavy exposition part of the movie (the whole first half, essentially) might put you to sleep.

So set your alarm and wake up with about an hour to go. This is the part you really want to see. The lengthy last section feels like it just keeps going and going; the action becoming more elaborate and eye-popping, always outdoing itself. The spectacle is insane and the work done by the visual effects team is staggering. IMAX 3D is worth every penny if you’re in Auckland; anywhere else and you’ll still want to see this on the biggest screen you can.

The movie is a huge improvement on Part II, which I reviewed as lazy. I felt satisfied after watching this trilogy-capper. Despite being bored stiff in the early stages, the sheer visual audacity of the climactic destruction really lifts the bar for 3D action.


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