Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3D

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The Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons in the third Transformers... in 3D.

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.

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Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Science Fiction, 3D

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Rating: M contains violence and offensive language

USA

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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.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

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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.

Dominion Post (Graeme Tuckett)

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

Empire (UK)

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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.

New York Times

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

Otago Daily Times (Christine Powley)

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Walk on the dark side...

Sunday Star Times

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Fresh Transformer thrills

Total Film (UK)

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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.

TVNZ (Darren Bevan)

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

Variety (USA)

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

Hollywood Reporter

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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.

Transfor this mess!

Wow! I've seen every Michael Bay movie. From the fun of THE ROCK and ARMAGEDDON to the overreaching of PEARL HARBOUR and BAD BOYS 2... Hell, I even sat through the excretia that was TRANSFORMERS 2 - but this?? Just a huge headache - what a sorry mess. One star for the worst actress EVER on screen! She made Megan Fox look like Meryl Streep. Excellent 3D which amazes for all of 5 minutes before becoming tedious. My 5 year old LOVED it. Me? I was just dumbfounded that a movie could actually be worse than TRANSFORMERS 2!!!

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Colin

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mmm

not too impressed, fell asleep. lots of fighting, action and explosions....hard to tell who's winning tho..robots look similar when clashed together! Rosie is nearly as bad as Megan


Who cares if Shia's character lucked out twice

The best way of describing this movie is like an X BOX game. Where you control the character and annying decide to waste time, where you should be going to the "drop off", or the next point in the game but instead you decide to waste several hours of your time "exploring" around town, where less exciting things are happening.

Be prepared to not see much of the transformers, and question whether you entered the right movie theatre in points.

Included in this movie is the struggle of Shia's character to find work, and EVERY character reacting to the fact that he lucked out with his new and improved girlfriend. cool for five minutes, NOT for 1 & 1/2 hours.

Don't get me wrong she was hot as hell right? But I would've preferred to have seen her character with more of a storyline. Get her in the action, get her running for her life without the need for Shia, get her forming relationships with the transformers, give her more than just eye candy as a reason for being in the movie!!!

Also, in the main battle scene when Optimus finally appears (SPOILER ALERT) he conveniently gets his wings caught in a wire and again we don't see him for another 45 minutes.

Bumble bee is nowhere to be seen for most of the movie, leaving Shia transformerless for the most of the plot.

The way Megatron dies, indicates to me that they forgot about him, and in a rush to wrap the movie up in the last 15 minutes they kill him off in a way that insults the rank and the very essence of his character.

Shia gets a job and everybody's happy.

If I was Megan Fox, I would be feeling so good right now, it seemed the movie was made with more focus on petty references to her character than it was about actual transformers.

Don't get me wrong, the action scenes were intense and well thought out. They were just few and far between.

I expect Megan to now be a lead in a new action movie within the next year - if she plays her cards right.

Though with the upcome-ance of intellectual hotties like Olivia Wilde, Megan better move fast before naive/borderline stupid hotties are redrafted completely.

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A movie that was ok

This was a great movie to watch in 3d. But the only part I like was the first half hour of the movie and the end of it. I think it was a good ending to a series that the t3 and t2 were not that good. But my fav in t1

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Sarah

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Marginal

The 3D was amazing but that was all it really had going for it. The story was disjointed and had so many plot holes that it was just silly. It was about 40 minutes too long and seriously, the Victoria secret model was just ridiculous!


asome ending

it was mostly talking it should of been more action since its the last one but awsome action ending

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Graeme

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A bit disappointed

I don't usually listen to film critics, preferring to read what other people thought of the film before deciding going. In this case I would have to agree with the critics.

Half way into the movie if found myself trying to stay awake, surely the people who spent the millions it takes to make this movie could have added some form of a story instead of just using visual effects to entertain the audience. To sum it up I found the film boring, even the action and visual effects (which were stunning) of the last hour couldn't save this movie for me. I hope that if they do make another Transformers movie, they try something fresh (maybe something like a good story line to go for a change). If they don't or can't I think they should leave it alone. I am sure some people will enjoy the film and good for them.


A Good Close For Bay's Vision Of Transformers

The Transformers films (excluding the original animated feature), a franchise that many thought could never come to the silver screen, has graced it twice now thanks to action (see: EXPLOSIVES) extraordinaire director Michael Bay.

These 2 films have been commercially successful, and while the first was a great introduction to audiences, especially Transformers fans as it showed that these "Robots In Disguise" could be transferred to the big screen, the second film left a sour taste as it introduced cliche's, some questionable robots and a somewhat convoluted storyline that took all the magic and simplicity of part 1 away.

With part 3, "Dark Of The Moon", generating the same amount of hype as the first 2 installments, many hope (as confirmed by the studio and director) that Bay's swan song returns some of this to the current trilogy.

"Dark Of The Moon" does do so, with Bay closing his saga in his typical style that would have us return for the next.

Story wise, the formula is still very much the same, along with the pacing. Yet, with some minor changes to certain pieces of it, the experience is somewhat different and makes for a better outing than that of the first sequel.

Sure, in many ways it's still the same with the addition of 10 more minutes on already long films (The first 2 both came in around the 2 hour 20 minute mark), the improvement in visual effects (With the robots looking better than ever) along with changes to the cast and the addition of 3D make it manageable.

Let's talk about the cast then. Though it hasn't changed too drastically with an addition or 2 here and a subtraction there, this of course pointing out the farewell of Megan Fox from the franchise.

Her replacement Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, is a fair replacement and one that I personally found more likable than Fox's "Mikaela Banes". With Patrick Dempsey bringing a certain greasiness to the film along with Frances McDormand playing the new "person who is in charge" and the return of all the core cast (LeBeouf, Turtorro, Duhamel, Gibson along with voice actors Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime and Hugo Weaving as Megatron), it does well enough. And of course the crowd favourite Witwicky parents return once more with their hilarious parental offerings (Played again by Kevin Dunn and Julie White.)

Along with all these core characters and the addition of some new humans, there's a large number of new bots on display with some fan favourites finally jumping into the fray (Though they may have different names and different forms).

The only flaws that I could see with this large cast are the additions of John Malkovich, Ken Jeong and Alan Tudyk all playing minor support characters. Though I enjoyed Tudyk in his role, getting one of the best scenes in the film, Ken Jeong felt out of place and Malkovich seems beyond this film.

This film, through and through is typically Bay, with large explosions happening frequently, slow motion thrown in constantly (Though this is appreciated at times so we can see the detail of the robot battles) and more army men than you could shake a stick at, it's with hope that whoever picks this franchise up next can inject it with a bit more substance and a cleaner continuity that borrows more from the mythos already set by the animated series.

Though this is not a film that is better than the first, it is most definitely better than the second and will easily insure that this franchise continues.