The Score: Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 1:20PM
|THE SCORE||7/10||Watch Trailer|
|Three Movie Buffs||2.5/5|
|The Boston Phoenix||2.5/4|
Just in time for Independence Day weekend, audiences are treated to the third installment of the Transformers series, titled Dark of the Moon.
Dark of The Moon reunites man and machine for another interplanetary battle, as Shia LeBouf and Tyrese Gibson once again stand alongside Optimus Prime and company in this second sequel.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third installment of director Michael "Boom Boom" Bay's clash of the mechanized morphing Cybertron titans, is surprisingly minimalist in an ear-splitting, bone-rattling maximus way. Don't get me wrong, the franchise remains as much an endurance test as a movie, but at least a better Bay has delivered a leaner, meaner, cleaner 3-D rage against the machines. By showing a measure of restraint and using 3-D to excellent effect, Bay finally enables the Transformers to emerge as players in their own right, with hopes and dreams, declaiming their philosophies of fate, humankind and the universe in grand Shakespearean style.(LA Times)
Tyrese said that Shockwave, the film's primary villain, was definitely a force to be reckoned with in the film.
"Shockwave in this movie, he's aggressive. He's not here to play games, he makes my job very uncomfortable. I know that our mission is to talk about, and talk to robots while there not there on the set, but you feel their presence because of the stuff we had to do. The stuff that we were dealing with when we were doing these scenes really gave us a sense of Shockwave and his guys coming to the planet and ready to kick some ass and take some names. It was uncomfortable."(Flicks and Bits)
Unlike other films that tout the 3-D tag, Transformers 3 was praised for its onscreen, visual punch.
I'm not sure that Bay can save the fading 3-D phenomenon all by himself, but "Dark of the Moon" uses the format brilliantly, blending CGI elements, models and miniatures, and live action brilliantly into dynamic action scenes with tremendous depth of field and the feeling of vertiginous space. Once we stipulate that Bay's action sequences have no respect for plot coherence or the physical laws of the universe or the fragility of the human body, we can say that they feel realistic.(Salon)
According to actor Shia LeBouf, this film has not only features better action sequences, but contains a clearer focus than its predecessor.
"It's the best action, in terms of the geography. In the second one, you get confused as to who's fighting who and where you are, because it's such a big landscape," he said. "This one is 'Black Hawk Down'-ish. It's one location, and the geography is simple to understand. (MTV)
While some critics feel that the film is solely meant to be enjoyed for the action, others view the flick as a big noisy mess, with very little thought dedicated to the script or story logistics.
The Apocalypse arrives today in the form of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, a movie guaranteed to strike worldwide audiences deaf and dumb with a cunning combination of a brain-dead script, lousy 3-D, ADD-addled edits, a pneumatic underwear model and a lot of things blowing up very, very loudly. Director Michael Bay, Hollywood's answer to the Antichrist, isn't primarily interested in your soul, though his movie does a pretty effective job of sucking that away (and sucking, in general). (New York Post)
The screenplay is ragged, the cheap humour is miscalculated, it's far too long and Megan Fox substitute Rosie Huntington-Whiteley sucks the life from every scene - but on the awesome-spectacle front, director Michael Bay raises the action bar to a completely new jaw-dropping level with this second sequel. (Radio Times)
Preview the movie's trailer below: