Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Out Now On-Demand

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.


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Action, Adventure, Science Fiction


Rating: M contains violence and offensive language


Official Site

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)


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)


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

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.

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.

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.

Otago Daily Times (Christine Powley)


Walk on the dark side...

Sunday Star Times


Fresh Transformer thrills

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.

TVNZ (Darren Bevan)


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

Variety (USA)


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

Fun for 5 year olds. Agony for adults.

Whether you are subjected to this dreadful garbage in two or three dimensions, one thing's certain - it will still stink. And yeah, 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!!!

hot actresses do not make up for a pile of sh*t movie

terrible acting. one-dimensional actors. terrible story line. too long too boring. I felt myself checking my phone for the time too see when it would finish. cringe-worthy is an understatement. the special effects did not hide any of the awfulness. to think they wasted 195MILLION on this piece of crap.

YAWN!!! is it finished yet?


Very very good

I personally was never into the Transformers movies but my partner took me and my son to see thisand well blow me down its action non stop from bumper to bumper the visuals are amazing just wish that i had watched the other two fisrt instead of asking my son and partner all these questions. I do hope there is another

Please Stop

I think I disliked this movie so much because I though the first was so good. It really set a benchmark that the second fell short of. Now in this I feel the franchise is trying to redeem itself but falls short. There is really nothing new besides the actors and a few plot changes.

Awesome wish My car could do that

I was lucky enough to see this movie with my son thanks so very much to the best of the three the second was alright but this was the cherry on top. Non stop action shame they didnt have Megan Fox.Who cares if shes a cow, shes hot and a way better actor than new girl with to much collagen in her lips .Anyway me and my young lad really enjoyed it its a good movie for the lads to see .This is how i want to remember Transformers. Awesomness in disguise:)

Better than the 2nd, but what wasn't.

Far too dragged out. it started off with a good premise and could have been a vast improvement on the 2nd film with the moon conspiracy story at the start, but it just fell flat.

The special effects were impressive, but after seeing the first two films it gets very repetitive and eventually after two hours in i found myself looking around the movie theatre wishing that it would hurry up and finish.

The best out of all

It turned out to be a great movie especially when it come to 3D. Michael Bay gave us what we wanted; lot actions, stunts and more robots.

Action only

I loved the first Transformers movie; it was action-packed, funny and seemed to poke fun at it's own cheesy dialogue. The second movie was terribly disappointed and I vowed not to see a third movie. Somehow I got sucked in and saw it on the world's third largest screen in Melbourne. I found it as bad as the second movie. The characters are annoying, the plot is rubbish and the dialogue is abysmal.

I'd only recommend you see this movie if you're after a long brain-disconnect where you can stare blankly at big VFX robots fighting - and nothing else.

Well done Bay

From the second movie , bay has created more exciting robots , and characters .I think this transformers has totally made other action movies feel challenged .

Pros - Very Good action , loved the driller

-More robots

-More Destruction

- Biggest transformers movie

-Still guessing more to come

Cons - Story could have been better

- movie rolled out very fasr

-Some robots were complicated (decipitons)

Overall - It is very hard to say this movie makes up other transformers movies but yes the action , the visuals , and the amazing sound effects were totally designed to be too good . Lastly i would say it is definitely worth the 2d and 3d and Imax#d prices but some fans may still want fox back , like i do