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on June 30, 2014
I am old enough to remember the Transformers series of the 80's. Yes it was cheesy, but I loved it.

The rebooted live-action has been hit-and-miss with me, and sadly this is more miss than hit.

The plot is that the Autobots discover a dead leader on the moon, who turns out to be more than meets the eye, and the Decepticons attack in order to bring Cybertron to Earth and enslave humanity.

If you are a fan of the previous two films, you will love this; transforming robots, big guns, bigger explosions, lot of running around, some very hot women, a major crisis... you get the idea.

However, for me, this movie suffers with the same problems at Revenge of The Fallen - what plot there is (and it is limited), makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

If Sentinel was defecting to the Decepticons at the beginning of the movie, why did they shoot him down and lose all that cool technology?

Optimus and the Autobots spend large chunks of this movie, not being where they should be and thus making a bad situation worse... but with no explanation.

When they do turn up, it is evident that the Autobots have been to the General Custer school of military tactics - they allow themselves to be divided, with no attack co-ordination.

Why do the bad guys have to tell their captives the one weak spot in their whole plan? I mean come on!

Ultimately, the action pieces are fantastic and the CGI is near perfect... but the script is full of holes that made me feel like I had wasted my time.
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Transformers-Dark of the Moon(released June/11)stars,among others,Shia LaBeouf,Josh Duhamel,John Turturro,Tyrese Gibson,John Malkovich and Frances McDormand.With the voice talents of Steve Buscemi and every one's favourite Vulcan,Leonard Nimoy.This is a definite return to the good side of things,like night and day compared to film#2 in this franchise.This film however I found takes a rather more somber tone throughout than the first one.The first one had all the boffo elements in a magical combination that propelled it through the roof,while this one is much shorter on humour and heavier and longer on the action.
The story finds us going back to the early 60s and a lunar event detected by NASA.Something crashed on the moon and the crux is who will get there to investigate first,the U.S.or the Russians ? This supposedly is the premise behind Kennedy's admonition to go to the moon in /69.When Apollo 11 lands Armstrong and Aldrin are seen investigating the crash site and bringing back five devices and one round piece of alien technology.
Fast forward to today and Shia Lebouf has a hot new girlfriend but is out of work.Two small bots live with him.The autobots have been working closely with the U.S.military and on a trip to Chernobyl they recover the same round piece of technology that NASA found on the moon those many years before.Optimus Prime is mad because of the deception this has been to them.It is revealed only a handful of people knew about the mission,let alone the piece they found.Prime and others head to the moon and find the crashed ship,the Ark.They recover its pilot,Sentinel Prime,the leader of the entire Cybertron world before it' demise many years before.
Back on earth in a secret area Sentinel is brought back to life by Optimus.Sentinel now assumes Optimus's duties as leader.However it seems a deal was secretly struck between Sentinel and the Decepticons/Megatron years before.While the U.S.military only had five alien devices,the Decepticons already had hundreds of them they recovered ahead of Apollo 11.They were actually space bridges,which when powered around the world,would bring the home world of the Transformers into a close orbit around the earth.Sentinel plays along with Optimus until the time is right,then betrays him.Optimus and the rest of the good Autobots are forced to leave earth,which leaves it defenseless.This gives the Decepticons their chance to get their home world back and rule earth.
The space bridges are placed around the world and the center of it all is in Chicago.From here the Decepticons start their rampage.However they don't count on the return of Optimus,whose moves were designed to lull the Decepticons into a false sense of security.Just when they think they are on their way,Optimus and the boys slowly make their way into Chicago and start to take the Decepticons on full force.The star bridge beam is ultimately interrupted which destroys Cybertron.And in a twist,Megatron confronts Sentinel,as Megatron wants to be the only leader.He in fact kills Sentinel,who is in turn pounced on and killed by Optimus.The film ends as Optimus re swears the Autobots allegiance to the earth.
The ending and wrap up comes all too swiftly,just as we have endured an overly long and patience taxing fight between the earth forces,Autobots and the Decepticons in Chicago.It is as if they realized they were into overtime and had to get it over quickly.As I have mentioned there is a decided lack of humour in this one compared to the first film.Director Bay seems to have wanted to concentrate on battles and the more serious side of things.But along with this comes too many slow spots/overly detailed story segments.However the photography is very well done as is the S/FX.Watch for a surprise appearance by Buzz Aldrin,the second man to set foot on the moon.
Technically speaking,the film is in its w/s a/r of 1:85:1 and is clear and crisp.There are no extras.
All in all,while totally fumbling the ball in film#2,Bay has recovered nicely and come back with a film more worthy of the Transformers name.However it's over attention to plot detail,the overly long Chicago battle,super swift ending,and its over the top run time of just over 150 minutes make it an uneven and seat wiggling entry.It is a giant leap from the last and one hopes he can mix up a newer one with more of the spine tingling elements from his very first concoction.3- 3 1/2 stars.
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on April 14, 2013
I agree with all the negatives about this schlock. I will only add the following:
- It's a shame Michael Bay can make a living doing this.
- Frances McDormand - typical over the top female character with too much undeserved power.
- Buzz Aldrin? Talk about reaching for an audience.
- Leonard Nimoy, you're still one of my heroes. But only just - though I'm sure you don't care. Do you really need money that bad?
- Huntington-Whiteley: not a replacement for Fox by any stretch of the imagination. (Turns out Megan made the right move by sending Bay packing!)
- John Malkovich: when are you going to do something you can be proud of?
Alright, enough of that.
The wacky intro to the movie was fun but the rest is such a mess. It's like a bowl of spaghetti. The first film was exciting with great action, great special effects and CGI and a good story. Compared to the following two it should have won an Academy Award. When you watch this film you ask yourself: how can some of these actors have ever been considered talented? LaBoeuf is as bad in this as he was good in the first.

PS: I can't believe huge robot dogs can outrun a Ferrari 458!!!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon September 16, 2012
Given how bad the second Transformers movie was in this trilogy, I was expecting the worse. Luckily, this one has more than enough to hold your attention. The storyline offers a pretty cool twist on what "really happened" during the 1st Moon landing. Plus you get gratuitous Buzz Aldrin as he is today in a cameo.

OK, so no Megan Fox but Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's lips are able to at least act and look good at the same time so no great loss fox-wise. There's certainly not enough of the Witwicky parents who are pretty funny with the limited screentime they get.

Anyway, gratuitous Malkovich, gratuitous naked dude from the Hangover franchise, gratuitous McDreamy, gratuitous Lane from "Gilmour Girls" as well as Frances McDormand (say what?) has upped the acting ante but, honestly, any Transformers movie comes down to stuff that gets destroyed real good.

In this case Chicago is a great setting to wreck havoc to plus they apparently mechanized and weaponized a worm from Tremors (hey, everything is Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon---even decepticons) to slice through buildings. All in all it's a decent thrill ride.

Note: On the DVD I got the extras went nowhere. Just some weird loop of about a minute through scenes over and over. I'm sure it's some glitch so...can't really comment on what was on the extras.
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on September 15, 2011
This was a good movie for what it was. This is not a review of the film, but a warning that this release is the bare bones version. Wait until November when the special edition with all the features comes out.
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on January 13, 2013
I gave this two stars as the acting stinks but better than the second.
Actually the 2 stars come from the poor quality, it's one of the worst Blu-ray quality movies I have ever purchased.
Considering it was mostly digital and 3d with effects.
The movie is what it is, but sometimes you wonder why the humans are there for.
Just disappointed in the quality,,,It wasn't 1080p as it didn't fill up the screen and was blotchy at times, I had to check if it was the dvd disk.
Seriously glad I got it on sale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2013
This movie does come with digital copy but it has expired. I was looking forward to putting it on my ipad but I can't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2014
Best of the first three, this one doesn't ever take it's foot off the gas. Your subwoofer will get a good workout.
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on February 5, 2013
i knew this movie was going to be a great movie, because i have purchased the other two, and they were really good; i usually like stephen speilsburg; his movie never disappoint me; another great action movie, great thriller, excellently put together once again; i was consider this movie in the buyer list
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2011
Folks like me who buy movies on BluRay for all the special features, documentaries, deleted scenes, etc. should avoid this. It doesn't have a single special feature. Not even a commentary track.

Wait for a full-featured version, or buy this one if you just want to see the movie.
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