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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers continues to be one of the big budget films that ultimately draws everyone in. I would like to say that because of this something is lost in the latest installment of the franchise and that adding ‘Dark of the Moon’ to the title was simply a way for the studio to re-package the first. It is not. The protagonist remains the same, with LaBeouf once more taking on the role of Sam Witwicky while the identity of his love interest has changed from one ‘world class hottie’ to another with Rosie Huntington-Whitely taking the role of Carly Spencer and reason for LaBeouf to rush in and save the day.

The audience is then provided with a rollercoaster ride of awesomeness that begins and ends with the decepticons blowing stuff up, can any audience really argue with this? I don’t think so. For the first time we are also given fleeting glimpses into the world of Cybertron, the home of the Autobots and the Decepticons which appears suitibly ravished by war and like its inabitants close to extinction. Through it all however we are forced to watch the government make mistake after mistake regarding the treatment of their friends and allies and all the audience is allowed to think is ‘idiot’. I for one prayed that someone, preferably Obama (as a likeness of him hands LaBeouf a medal) could avert the potential crisis of dismissing the decpticon problem. Seriously, its like a rash, it doesn’t just go away. So the audience is left thinking ‘idiot’ once more.

However it is not the political motivation of the film that drives the audience in flocks to watch a movie such as ‘Dark of the Moon’ but rather the incredible visual effects. Michael Bay (director) delivers them by the bucket full. Indeed I realised as I watched the film that much of it had to have been set in front of a blue screen, that being said it is more spectacular for it. In the first Transformers film we see, comparitivly, only fleeting glimpses of the Autobots and Decepticons out of their so called ‘STEALTH’ forms, but for the third installment we see that Michael appears to have gone all out lavishing upon the audience great heaps of visual awesomeness that sets it uniqely apart from its counterpart films.

All talk of visual effects aside for a moment and we can concentrate on the acting and voice acting of the cast. Leonard Nimoy makes a welcome adition to the voice cast as Sentinal Prime the mentor of Optimus, allowing his unique tones to reflect the gravity of his position as Prime and the God-like status of his character in general. LaBeouf’s performance is typically excellent with only a few moments of levity to distract from an otherwise serious and down-to-earth role. By comparison Huntington-Whitely’s performance of Carly is not oscar winning material. Throughout she seems as though her direction was to display nothing and perhaps replicate the stoic features common in Keanu Reeves. That said it can be assumed that Bay wasn’t looking to her for her acting ability (this being her first film) but rather for her more obvious attributes commonly on display as a model.

Throughout it all however I was stunned at the level of visual effects, even the cheesy gags failed to throw such an incredible movie going experiance. It is for films like Transformers that people still go to their local cinema, to experiance the visions of directors such as Michael Bay, Tarantino and Speilberg and perhaps that is one of the reasons that the film was so incredible to see. It no longer simply represents the vision we all had of what a Transformer film should possess, it now embodies it wholly and completely and i couldn’t be happier with the end result. 

1 thought on “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

  1. I have to say i was very pleased with what they did with this chapter. You have to expected certain amount of cgi to bring things to life.I enjoyed this alot more than transformers 2. You can’t listen to most critics nowadays go with you gut if you like the franchise go and enjoy.If this there final chapter with Micheal bay at the helm they went out with a bang.

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