Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Movie Review

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2011 | PG-13 | Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
154 minutes /

User Score: 55/100

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon Review


The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) is an American science fiction action-adventure film that is based on the Transformers toy line and is the third installment of the Transformers film series. Dark of the Moon takes place three years after its pre-sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and is the first in the franchise only to be produced by Paramount Pictures without DreamWorks being involved. Dark of the Moon had an estimated budget of $195 million and grossed over $1.124 billion at the box office making it the second-highest-grossing film of 2011, the twelfth highest-grossing film of all time in 2011 and it was the highest-grossing film in the Transformers series. It was also the tenth film to gross over $1 billion. Director Michael Bay (Transformers (2007), Armageddon (1998), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)) failed upon executing this film, but he does what he does best regardless if his audience like it or not and that is long humongous explosions. Some of the returning Transformers are Bumblebee, Ironhide, Optimus Prime, Ratchet, Sideswipe, Soundwave, Barricade, Wheelie, Megatron, and Starscream.

Transformer: Dark of the Moon takes place three years after Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) during the Autobots association with the Nonbiological Extraterrestrial Species Treaty (NEST) military force. They discovered that the humans have the alien technology that was found 42 years ago by Apollo 11. The humans have the alien technology that they can use to restore Cybertron, which is the Transformers home planet. The movie started with answers to why the USA landed on the Moon before other countries. Autobot Sentinel Prime escaped during the war on Cybertron with a weapon that could have ended the war on Cybertron resulting in the Autobots winning. Sentinel Prime was shot down and crash-landed on the Moon leading the wreckage to be slowly encrusted in the Moon’s dust over the years until it was discovered.

It was awesome to see Decepticon, Shockwave as he made his grand entrance with his coiled like slithering metallic body wrapping himself around buildings amongst other things. That awesome feeling quickly faded as I felt it was overdone, and he had too much screen time doing the same thing over and over again. There is just so many robots fighting each other a person can take unless you are in for a mindless watch and does not care what is going on as long as there is fighting with no reason to it. It was bothersome to see almost all of the human characters running frantically everywhere from falling buildings, debris, killer robots, exploding cars, missiles, bullets and other things. One thought kept going through my mind while watching this long movie and that is, wow, these actors have an amazingly easy job, they just have to run around like scared little people, and they get paid pretty heavy for that.

My favorite thing about this film is the top notch undeniably impressive visual effects and the 3-D action sequences. Everything else in the movie was a big fail. It appears that the script had the potential for the first 45 minutes, but then it just gave up and focus on the Transformers fighting each other for the remainder of the film which seems like over 70 minutes for no reason. It came to the point that I just wanted the movie to be over with because I was exhausted watching one fight after another with metals clashing everywhere leaving you with the feeling of not caring what happens. With all said, I gave the move a four because the running time of the film was way too long, the acting was terrible, the script was mediocre, plot filled with plot holes, not interesting characters, dull/boring dialogue and little suspense.

About Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011

Title: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Original Title: D.O.T.M., Transformers 3, Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Dark of the Moon - An IMAX 3D Experience, Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3D
Year: 2011
Runtime: 154 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.7/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Frank Welker, Hugo Weaving, James Remar, Glenn Morshower, Jonathan Buckhouse, Jonathan Ray Buckhouse, John DiMaggio, Reno Wilson, Peter Cullen, Shia LaBeouf, Kevin Dunn, Tom Kenny, Jess Harnell, David Hill, Joel Thingvall, Julie White, Robert Foxworth, Mark Ryan, Kevin Kent, Tyrese Gibson, Richard Nixon, John Turturro, Kef Lee, Patrick Dempsey, Anthony J. James, David St. James, Ravil Isyanov, Markus James, John Malkovich, Liam Ferguson
Writers: Ehren Kruger
Director: Michael Bay