Review

We are probably going to be slightly biased towards Transformers: Dark of the Moon as we are self admitting huge fans of the series, toys and cartoons so watching any Transformers film is like reliving the best parts of our childhood. We deliberately managed to steer clear of the trailers before doing the review for this third installment of the Transformers series so we could be wowed and excited without having seen anything – here we go!

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Optimus Prime – gives us goosebumps every time!

Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky, human friend of the Autobots who is all grown up and living with new girlfriend, Carly (played by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley). Try as he may, Sam cannot get a job for love nor money despite having helped saved the world from the Decepticons two films in a row! When he lands an interview at a massive company, headed by John Malkovic, he realises he just wants to be a part of something bigger – a fair comment considering the danger and action he’s found himself in the thick of since getting his first car!

Cue a flashback to the 1960′s and man landing on the moon – a secret mission sees Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong on a quest to find a crashed object and recover any artifacts. This secret mission is kept from all but a few – including the Autobots. Once Optimus Prime discovers this secret he and other Autobots go back to the Moon to find the crashed object and bring back another robot named Sentinal – the old leader of the Autobot race before Optimus Prime.

All along, Megatron is hatching a devious plan to recover the technology held in secret to unleash a strange power onto Earth. Sam Witwicky and Bumblebee team up once more with the rest of the Autobot faction to stop him!

Without Megan Fox, Rosie Huntington Whiteley was bought in and has been given poor reviews for her wooden acting and pouty stare. In all fairness, she isn’t as bad as we had been led to believe. Yes there’s some pouting and some acting that won’t make the Oscars list but she performs her role well and is no worse or different (in our opinion) to Megan Fox. If that sounds like a condescending comment then we apologise – its not meant to.
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Shia Labeouf has already said this is his last Transformers film regardless of any potential sequels or reboots which is as much of a good thing as it is a shame. We really believe the connection between Sam and Bumblebee and the allied companionship amongst the rest of the Autobots. We didn’t like how cock-sure of himself Sam had become in this film but in the end he is a teenager with a lot on his plate so we’ll forgive him.

As always, the robots look amazing – from the detail in the small cogs turning and wipers on Optimus Prime’s chest right up to the staggering fight scenes with Iron Hide leaping all over the place with guns blazing and Decepticons falling. Add to that the massive Shockwave (who we have only seen as a satellite in past films) and his robotic snake thing which tears buildings apart and Dark of the Moon looks the best of the bunch.

Faithful to the series, Dark of the Moon continues elements that were brought in during Revenge of the Fallen (Transformers 2) such as Prime’s truck that has his battle gear and Jet-Pack. These become important in later battles but due to their introduction in the second film, they don’t seem as ‘convenient’.

A couple of annoying moments include the smaller robots that are in the Autobots arsenal who would appeal perhaps to younger audiences (isn’t Transformers just for big kids though!?) and the fact that nobody seems to get even slightly injured despite being inside a skyscraper that collapses, etc. Although we’re probably being too picky here given that the whole film revolves around giant robots from space and we’re discussing how likely it is someone gets a cut or two!

Overall, we loved this film – not just because we love Transformers but also because it goes back to the roots of the first film and stays faithful to the series with a decent story and tons of thrills and spills.

Love it!

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