The first Transformers movie, released in 2007, was one of my biggest surprises. I hardly expected anything of the movie based on a TV show based on a kid’s toy. Somewhere along the corners of Shia LaBeouf lane and Megan Fox road, I found myself very entertained. With the release of the second one (Revenge of the Fallen), my hopes were dashed with a confusing plot and bad acting. So here comes number 3: Dark of the Moon. Hopes: high, after some great looking trailers and losing Megan Fox. Things were supposed to be really good.
The plot, compared to the previous ones, was pretty straightforward: the Autobots actually landed on the moon before us, and our real reason to be the first on the moon was to find out what was going on. On that ship was a secret technology that would be able to grant the power to transport the entire world of the Decepticon down to earth, using the earth’s inhabitants as their slaves. So, to reiterate, once again we find the Autobots and the Decepticons battling for the future of the planet.
Right off the bat, I want to say the decision to replace Megan fox with Victoria’s Secret model, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a complete wash. Why would they waste an opportunity to change, what was clearly one of the bigger problems in the first two, with a good actress is beyond me. This key issue is what is the worst part of the movie: when things aren’t exploding. Any part of the movie that isn’t an action scene just struggles, even surprise appearances by John Malkovich and Ken Jeong couldn’t make it much better.
On the bright side of things, the action is once again amazing. The realism is extraordinary that you have to remind yourself that you are looking at a bunch of robot aliens fighting. The sounds of these imaginary creatures really had the opportunity to make it sound really cheesy, but once again, the sound was top notch. So, just to remind you of what you are getting into: A bunch of kick-butt action sequences filled in by a bunch of crappy dialogue and acting. Thankfully, the robot violence was good enough for me.