Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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Its special effects -- and 3D shots -- are undeniably impressive, but they aren't enough to fill up its loud, bloated running time, or mask its thin, indifferent script.

35%

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55%

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Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and his new girlfriend, Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), join the fray when the evil Decepticons renew their longstanding war against the Autobots. Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) believes that resurrecting ancient Transformer Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy), once the leader of the Autobots, may lead to victory. That decision, however, has devastating consequences; the war appears to tip in favor of the Decepticons, leading to a climactic battle in Chicago.

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  • Jun 21, 2016
    This film bounces the franchise back if only slightly from an abysmal sequel. Megan Fox departs and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley takes her place as the one-dimensional female lead that serves only as eye candy and a distressed damsel. The story is at least a little better than the sequel but still not as strong as the first film. The Whitwickey parents' banter also is getting old and monotonous. Leonard Nimoy as the older Prime is very well voiced. And as always, effects done well.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2015
    Blah blah... movie tried to be better than the previous two... blah blah... only better than Revenge of the Fallen. Then it still suffers from getting there.
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    The most no-nonsense entry to the franchise, Dark of the Moon was honestly more than I'd hoped for. Not that I was really hoping for much, but still! I'm not sure if Megan Fox quit or was fired from the Transformer films, but her doing so was sort of a double edged sword. On the one hand, it meant that she was replaced with a thoroughly more annoying and less attractive love-intrest, but it also meant that there was less focus on the Sam Witwicky aspect of the story, which I personally got sick of about half way through Revenge of the Fallen, at best. Personally I feel Dark of the Moon is the most intellectual Transformers film to date (which is really, really, really not saying much) and it sort of took the intense Giant-Space-Robot-Cars-Battle-Each-Other-A-Lot that was the entirety of Revenge of the Fallen and then gave it a followable storyline that actually involved the reason and ways that Giant-Space-Robot-Cars-Battle-Each-Other-A-Lot rather than the completely despicable and nonsensical "plot" of Transformers 2. Though I whinge about LeBouf and Fox (or Huntington-Whiteley, as the case is for Dark of the Moon) as characters, and wish they'd drop the mankind crap in favour of the Cybertronians, what I really felt was best about this entry was the human support cast. Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Tucker & Dale VS Evil) is both incredible and hilarious as Dutch, Simmons' German assistant. Simmons himself, played by John Turturro (Barton Fink, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) is great too, better than in Transformers or Revenge of the Fallen. Josh Duhamel (Turistas, The Picture of Dorian Gray) and Tyrese Gibson (Death Race, Four Brothers) are BAMFs. John Malkovich (Burn After Reading, Being John Malkovich) is (of course) great as Whitwicky's boss. And though Frances McDormand's (Burn After Reading, Darkman) character; Mearing, is all together annoying, her screen presence and acting ability are a remarkable addition to the franchise. I actually didn't mind the big all-out war at the end, at least I could tell what the fuck was happening this time around. I also liked the idea of humans working with the Decepticons, I mean, it does make sense, if big evil robots tell you that a war is coming to your planet, and that they're gonna win it, wouldn't you sign on too? The chopping and changing of the Autobots annoys me immensely, it has done in both sequels, but even more so in this one. I couldn't really figure out why I wanted to watch this after getting so over the first two, but I think I've got it. The Transformer series is such stupid-minded, dim-witted, brainless fun, that it's always a let down on DVD, but watching 2 hours and 34 minutes of "gigant0rz explosions" in a cinema for $6.50 is kinda worth it. 53% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2012
    Personally, I kept thinking since the beginning that nothing new could be provided to this wasted, dirty table. But something was brought alright. This one had scenes so ridiculous and randomly edited that bordered on the surreal. That and the presence of McDormand whose talents were wasted for obvious reasons. Also, was I the only one to notice that a higher attention to the robots' "drool" and "blood" was put? If the same violence had been done to humans, we would have a strong R rating. Saying that it is better than the second one for one point is insignificant, so... 45/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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