I’m just going to the cut to the chase here. I love Transformers. The amazing animated series just made my childhood and the 1986 movie was absolutely kick-ass.
When I heard that they were making Transformers into a live-action film, I was slightly iffy about it, but I was impressed with the 2007 installment, and had high hopes for the second and third. I found the second to be middle of the road, pretty average, and then came the time of Dark of the Moon coming to our screens. I had heard that it was going to be better than the first two, so on the release date, I challenged these reviews.
Did it live up to those expectations? Hell no.
I could not believe how awful this film was. The character building was non-existent, the robots were ridiculous and the film time?! Oh my god, I literally fell asleep for about 10 minutes, it would not end!
Sam’s new love interest, Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) was just, pointless. She’s pretty yes, but in my opinion, if she wasn’t even in the film, nothing would’ve changed. All her character developed into was a screaming supermodel crawling around demolished buildings in her designer stilettos.
Sam was disappointing also. I respect Shia as an actor, and liked him in the previous installments but in this film, I just didn’t care if he lived or died to be honest. The main antagonist was supposed to be a Decepticon called Shockwave, who barely even had 15 minutes of screen time – that pissed me off big time.
I did enjoy a couple of elements though – the cleverness of the opening scenes with the prologue of all the events leading up till the present, and John Malcovich did a good job as Sam’s boss, even though he disappeared completely from the end of the second act onwards.
Overall, the film was a sloppy, disappointing mess, as if Bay had just came up with the idea and picked out of the bottom of his own lavatory.