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July 4, 2011
Review - " Transformers: The Dark Side Of The Moon "
(in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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Transformers: The Dark Side Of The Moon
Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson,
Rosie Huntington, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, John
Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Lester Speight, Alan Tudyk, Ken
Jeong, Glenn Morshower, Peter Cullen, Leonard Nimoy, Hugo Weaving

In 2007 Transformer’s franchise introduced certain film director by the
name of Michael Bay, best known for making movies that test the
parameters of explosives, along with the durability of human eardrums.
And he actually made me flirt with the first live action film of
Transformers. The animation and special effects almost benchmarked
themselves above every film made to that point. The story of simple
structure, and even though at times gagged with annoying humour,
was an adventurous ride that trembled your seat, and even made your
toes feel on the edge of a building’s rooftop. But that’s not what made
Transformers special then. It was the digital protagonists, the giant
robots with personalities so cleverly crafted like their transforming
sequences. Optimus Prime’s unyielding vigour demanded we’d cheer
for him, and we did. Bumble Bee became the friend everyone wanted.
And when Megatron roared his destruction, we all sunk in our seats.
Overall it was a good film for the whole family. Finally my DVD shelf
had a Transformer title. Albeit for me it was mainly for the robots and
special effects.

A couple years later Revenge of the Fallen gave us another FX laden
robot slugfest - with a cuisinart sandworm. Now we get Dark Side of the
Moon, the third movie realization of the popular 80's toy.  Going into
this film I was hoping it would better then Revenge of the Fallen and it
went way beyond that this film was a home run. The Transformers : Dark side of the Moon centers around the Autobots  
learning about a Cybertronian spaceship that crashed  landed on the moon during the  war on Cybetron between the
Autobots and  Decepticons, this space ship holds a secret that could have help the Autobots defeat the Decepticons. The
secret is held inside an ancient Aubot leader Sentinel Prime who crashed on the moon and  prompted the space race of
196o's between the USA and Russia . Sam’s life picks up after transformers 2 living in Washington DC trying to find a job
after graduating from college living with his new girlfriend Carly (Rosie Huntington–Whitely). Megan Foxx and Victoria's
Secrets model Sam is one luck guy. This secret brings Sam Witwicky back into the fold of the war among the Autobots and
Decepticons. While working at new job he meets a co worker  Jerry Wang (Ken Jeong) who has inside info to the spaceship
that crashed on the moon and knew Sam had connections to the Autobots. He gives this information to Sam in an awkward
but funny bathroom scene wrestling around in a bathroom stall. When on the way to give this info the CIA, which is headed
up by Charlotte Mearing (Frances McDormand) Sam is attacked by the Decepticons at every turn.  Sam realizes after some
digging what the plan actually is and all hell breaks loose. It’s all starts with his girlfriend, Carly, being kidnapped by her
slimy boss Dylan (Patrick Dempsey) who happens to be an allie of the Decepticons and helping them get the secret from the
crashed spaceship on the moon. You know regardless of what people think of all the special effects being used nowadays
this is one film where it is necessary to explain the story and bring the characters to life. Michael bay did an outstanding job
of bringing this final chapter to life from the battles between the Autobots & Decepticons, to the attack on the CIA facility,
and the attack on Chicago and everything in between. If you’re expecting any Oscar worthy performances here you went to
the film and wasted your money. This is a typical sci-fi action adventure with lots of explosions, gun fire, buildings collapsing,
and aliens. He did a good job adding some new faces to
the franchise, it didn’t interfere with telling the story at all.
Ken Jeong (The Hangover) John Malkovich (Red) added
just the right amount of humor as Sam's co worker, and
lunatic boss. Frances McDormand felt like she was there all
along from the beginning and what can you say about Rosie
Huntington–Whiteley she is certainly attractive, but she
does not possess the same raw sexuality that Megan Foxx
seems to virtually secrete.
Let's compare.

If this indeed is the final chapter in this wildly successful
franchise you can say it really went out with bang. It didn’t
disappoint one bit from beginning to end. I give
Transformers: Dark side of the Moon 4 stars for putting a
great product on the big screen.