Transformers: Dark of the Moon Review

Brian Dulle / Washburn Review

When going in to watch the third installment of the Transformers series Transformers: Dark of the Moon once again directed by Michael Bay my expectations were not too high.  One reason was because the last movie lacked in story line but exploded with nonstop visual effects, which is not necessarily a bad thing but when you add it all in with a weak story line then it becomes a problem.  The second thing is no Meagan Fox.  I read something that she called Bay Hitler during an interview and well I’m sure he wasn’t too happy about that.

What can audiences expect for this third installment?

The movie opens up once again with another past story about the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons narrated by Optimus Prime.  This back-story involves another prime escaping the planet of Cybortron, carrying plans that would end the war.  The ship is shot down and later crashes onto the dark side of the moon.

Sam Witwicky played once again by Shia LaBeouf is once again, somewhat of a loser.  He struggles to find a job even after he has helped save the world twice and received a medal of honor from the president.  He is living in Washington D.C. with his new girlfriend Carly played by Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.  Let me just say that she should continue a career in modeling but stop with acting.  It was obvious that she was mainly used for looks because the whole romantic story line in this movie I could not get in to.  They could have shot her and it would not have fazed me.  The last two movies you really got to know the two young characters and the romance between them.  It would be like Star Wars suddenly replacing Princess Leia with some other actress in   Return of the Jedi.

Patrick Dempsey is introduced in the film as Carly’s boss Dylan who is extremely wealthy and intimidates Sam.  It was interesting to see Dempsey play sort of a bad guy role but his character seemed way too underdeveloped.

The story continues with Sam constantly wanting to help the Autobots but Mearing a government official played by Frances McDormand reminds him that he is just a messenger, nothing more.

On a mission with Lennox played once again by Josh Duhamel, Optimus Prime finds a piece from the spaceship that crash-landed on the moon.  A pissed off Prime confronts Mearing and wants to know why him and the other Autobots were lied to.  Sam and the rest learn how the entire space race of the 1960s was in response to the event of the crash.

The story line gets more complicated after that and I don’t want to spoil the whole movie so I will stop there.

All in all it was interesting to see Chicago get blasted to bits as well as more awesome visual effects.  The film held more humor than the last movie with a less complex storyline.  The romantic storyline in this movie like I said is very weak and hard to get into especially with Whiteley’s character so much underdeveloped.

Should you see it?

If you enjoy watching gigantic robotic aliens beating the crap out of each other, explosions, and Victoria Secret models then go for it.  Just don’t sit in the very front row of the movie theatre because you will get a stiff neck like I did.

I’m giving this movie 2 out of 5 Top Hats.