Movie Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, science fiction, action
Running Time: 2 Hours 32 Minutes
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, with John Malkovich and Frances McDormand

“Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. When a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.” – United International Pictures

Least favourite scene 1: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) Sentinel wakes up and was able to comprehend and speak English immediately. He had never been on Earth, mind you. Which also makes me wonder, why the heck doesn’t any of them speak Cybertronian to each other? (SPOILER ENDS HERE)

Least favourite scene 2: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) Optimus and the other Autobots appear out of nowhere just in time to save Sam Witwicky from death once again. Do they have a GPS tracking device on him all the time or something? (SPOILER ENDS HERE)

Least favourite scene 3: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) The slow motion, heroic walk of the soldiers at the end. Yes yes the Americans have saved the world once again without the help of any other country. (SPOILER ENDS HERE)

Verdict: Basically, there are just too many dumb scenes and the writer, Ehren Kruger, is fully responsible for it. The flow of the storyline is rather weird, beating around the bush with a common plot. In the first half of it, it was like a draggy comedy and then it becomes predictable accompanied by cheesy dialogues, failing to engage viewers’ emotion. Fortunately, just like the previous installment, it IS, despite the poor script, very visually entertaining. It has sufficient action to keep the movie very watchable.

Major plotholes: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) “Doesn’t Megatron say in the film “I would meet Sentinel prime after he went through the teleportation device” but in the first movie they said “Carbon dating proves NBE1 had been there for thousands of years” but Sentinel Prime landed on the moon in the 1961. Sentinel Prime left first but somehow ended up getting to Earth thousands/millions of years later then Megatron.

Here’s another plot hole from the first film. So Megatron’s plan was to use the Allspark on human technology to create a new army of Decepticons on Earth. How the **** did he come up with this plan thousands of years before humans invented anything that could be turned into a Decepticon? Furthermore, all our current technology is developed from studying Megatron, the microchip, lasers, everything in the modern era. So Megatron’s plan was to purposely crash land on Earth, get captured by humans so they can study him and make technology, then use that technology to make a new Decepticon army? Bull ****.

Why would he need a new Decepticon army in the first place when The Fallen AND Sentinal Prime both had armies that outnumbered the Autobots 50-1?” – hrstar24, IMDb (SPOILER ENDS HERE)

Worth watching in 3-D? I was so glad that the subtitles weren’t as visually annoying as in the other films in 3D. BUT, I don’t think there’s too much of a difference with the normal screening.

Soundwave as a Mercedes: I can recall that I used to love this character because it could transform into the radio or audio cassette player. Sadly, it doesn’t turn into any of that in the movie. What a waste of a cool character!

Without Megan Fox: I thought that she’s hotter than Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and she had a better on-screen chemistry with Shia LaBeouf. Bad move dropping her from the franchise. Whiteley can’t act for nuts. But she could act for mine.

John Malkovich is in the movie! Pleasant surprise seeing him in the film. He’s still as funny as ever.

Stereotypical racist humour: I wonder if Ken Jeong (who plays Wang in the movie and Chow in “The Hangover”) is proud for being such a disgrace to Asians.

Transformers 4: The Return of Megatron Again? Hasbro, please do a reboot and give me a genuine Transformers film. I grew up watching the cartoon series but I was never a fan of this film franchise.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

Second opinion: “Damn boring. I was focused on Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley)’s shoes most of the time and was wondering how she could run around wearing them.”Iris Loong

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  1. They call me LeeSze.

    it was a major turned off having "carly" in the movie. worse of all, the cover up of megan fox not in the movie. sam's parents went missing after he left for chicago. but overall i kinda enjoyed it la. (: second one was much better.

  2. BenjaminVai

    i am much more annoyed that ppl keep saying because no megan the movie sucks.

    the movie sucks because the story sucks, an eye candy wont make much of a difference,thats why with all the action and cg and shit the movie would still suck.

    soundwave is a merc? lame….

    did they switch megan with carly or did sam find a new gf.

  3. HenRy LeE ®

    well… im just watching it purely for the action… i like the way the snake robot crush the building though, anyway, i don't remember any significant battle in this T3 compared to the one where Optimus Prime died in the battle which took place in the jungle in T2. That was really awesome.

  4. domokun

    hmn i havent watch this but most of my friends said that its awesome accept that no megan fox makes the movie incomplete.they said that the new gurl's lips are way too big.haha

  5. Qi Wen

    I would say the least fav scene is the one they focus on carly and all the sparkle and explosion behind her while she just stand there, wonder what's the point >.<

  6. They call me LeeSze.

    benjamin, carly is not a replacement of megan fox's role. if you remember, i forgot carly or sam said, megan fox dumped him den proceed to the scene of how sam and carly met.

    Tyng, its just the same shoe with no heels. (:

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