Directed by Michael Bay. A Michael Bay film… that Michael Bay directed. Seriously, it’s a Michael Bay movie. If you decide to see Transformers: Dark of the Moon there wont be one moment during the film where you forget you’re watching a Michael Bay feature. There’s just explosions! Followed by explosions! And after that’s all done, there’s even more EXPLOSIONS!!!
If you were an uber fan of the other Transformers movies, brace yourself, because the actions scenes in Transformers: Dark of the Moon are borderline outrageous. The computer-generated imagery (CGI) in this movie is the best of the best. The budget for this movie was an estimated $195 million, and seriously, it seems that $194 million of that was spent on CGI alone.
The shots and angles are excellent. There are shots, even just establishing shots that are just amazing. The way the camera moves, and how everything is colored, is just awesome. The CGI is just insane. There’s so much detail that went into all the CGI with slow motion transforms, buildings collapsing, and robot fights.
While the visual effects are absolutely breathtaking, the storyline is not. It’s filled with plot holes and moments where the audience will ask, why didn’t you just do that to begin with? Optimus Prime seems to not have the motivation to fight until the very last second, or when he has already gotten his fair share of the beat down. There’s also an over abundance of slow motion. It seems as if every other shot during an action sequence is slow motion. Don’t get me wrong, in some cases slow motion is awesome and can add to the drama of it, but there’s a limit Bay, c’mon.
It also seemed like Michael Bay teamed up with M. Night Shyamalan. There were a couple of those “what a twist” moments. All in all, the plot is kind of lame. There is a crashed Cybertron ship on the moon that has an important dude on it that gets rescued. There are also a bunch of pylons that act as teleportation devices. The story also ties in a bunch of US history from Apollo 11 and the early 70’s. Which is sort of entertaining/unusual at the same time.
If you’re in the mood to see a thrilling action movie, with massive explosions, cars being tossed, breathtaking CGI, and don’t care too much about plotlines and over all story, this is the movie for you. If you do care about having an excellent story as well as being entertained by intense action, you might want to go see something else, as Transformers: Dark of the Moon will leave a lot of movie goers entertained, but not knowing why.
G.I.A. Rating: 6/10
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 154 minutes