Transformers: Dark of the Moon

There have been a fair few awful reviews of this last instalment of the Transformers trilogy – but shock, horror – I quite liked it. It is by far better than the second film, but of course nothing can beat the first.

The film traces the Autobots as they race against the Decepticons to find a Cybertonian spaceship on the moon. But as always, Megatron – leader of the Decepticons – has a plan all in action to sabotage the lovely Autobots.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon has a lot of action, an awful lot, and the end-of-the-world as we know it scenario has been done again and again that it has little to no impact here. The Decepticons end up looking suspiciously like some of the bigger robots from The Matrix, the background music and sideways set movements also look suspiciously like Inception. Does Michael Bay have any trademarks of his own?

Why of course: a hot half naked lady, preferably a model, that has minimal dialogue and screams a lot. Yes, Bay loves the damsels in distress. Rose Huntington-Whitely plays the protagonist’s new love interest and she does try but the lack of dialogue, lack of emotion, and lack of general facial expression fail to convince the audience that she actually cares about protagonist Sam Witwicky. Oh, but Bay doesn’t mind– Huntington-Whiteley looks good and that’s all he cares about.

The rest of the cast are very good and there are some humorous moments but Bay simply focuses on the action – which is pretty good stuff. Yet, as the last instalment of the franchise I wanted more. I wanted more emotion, more storyline, more feeling – and there was none of it. A touching moment between everyone’s favourite Bumblebee and Sam was short and sweet, not exactly a tear-jerker.

I give credit to Shia LaBeouf, it’s a shame Michael Bay didn’t use the actor to his full potential. Nevertheless, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is better than the second instalment, but just doesn’t have the substance from the first.

Watch this if you’ve seen the others, love action, and love models. Steer clear if you’re after a wow factor, this film just does not provide any apart from style and appearance.

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