It must be said that this review is quite delayed as Transformers: Dark of the Moon has been released now for quite a while, however with recent events I just could not find the time to attend a viewing of the movie. Excuses aside I am going to give a review regardless. Let it be said first and foremost that this film is arguably the best film of the trilogy. The amount of action and fantastically produced fight scenes in this film put it above the previous two without a doubt in my mind. More on that point it must also be known that in my opinion, the second film was bad, with the first film being placed above it simply because I recognize that as an introductory film it is limited in certain respects that the sequel and third film are not. Now that I have established my ranking of the three films let us go into the review of the third.
When the film begins we catch up with Sam Witwicki who is now a fresh graduate looking to begin his adult life. I really don’t understand why this portion of the film was dragged out as long as it was, it very much becomes completely irrelevant later in the film and I felt that it could have been much more brief to allow more scenes involving the military organization and their intelligence gathering missions. It just seemed like a good thirty minutes of the film was full of pointless time filling scenes, more so in the beginning, that did not contribute to the overall plot of the film. My friend and I sat in our seats attentively anticipating the next scene only to be bored for longer and longer periods whispering back and forth to one another, “Where is Optimus?” I understand that the writers wanted to highlight more of the human heroes in the film, but I very much think they wasted a lot of time doing so on Sam that could have been used
on other characters. In essence, connections between the opening scenes and the later scenes involving the “life of Sam” can be made but I am sure many would agree it could be trimmed down significantly. When the CGI driven Autobot/Decepticon scenes arrive, for the they are excellent. I can honestly say I was not disappointed with any fight sequence in the film. The camera angles utilized in this film, familiar and new, very much create the feeling that you are alongside the action. My hat is off to the cinematography of the action scenes as it was great to experience on the big screen.
Going back to this film in the overall story of the three films combined. I do not know why the writing was delivered in this way, but I would say that it does not take an exceptional Transformers enthusiast to realize that the continuity between the films has been somewhat tampered with. First contact is not clearly established, originally from the great-grandfather of Sam during his artic expeditions, but in this film they seem to claim first contact was in 1969 during the lunar landing mission. The mortality of the Autobot/Decepticon is a question that will forever remain unanswered for me. In the first two films we see the death and resurrection of both Megatron and Optimus, yet in this film we see that the resurrection of a transformer redefined yet again. Assuming one would take the time to notice the differences between the films you will see what I mean. One point my friend made was how he did not understand how Autobots and Decepticons felt pain considering they were robots. I suppose it brings more humanity to their characters if they are given weaknesses and vulnerabilities however in some scenes we see the transformers being shot repeatedly with no negative impact while in others a vulnerable area is struck and the character becomes completely exposed to their attacker.
I could go into more detailed examples of the inconsistencies between the films, however I don’t wish to spoil the movie for you and in the long run it did not have a significant effect on my final opinion of the film. As said by my friend, the last hour of the film completely validates the arguably terrible initial half of the movie. Hands down, it is pumped full of action and not the cheesy explosion driven fight scenes you would expect from Bay. The explosions are tasteful and the final city battle is a great piece of work. Hopefully rumors of the fourth film being considered are valid and we can expect to see another equally epic final showdown. So to conclude, I will say that the first hour of the film could have been better and the film is dragged down by many scenes that overall were pointless to the plot. Excluding that however, the special effects and cinematography are by far the best of the three films and worth the price of a movie ticket. I hope this review will help you in deciding whether to pay the $10-$14 or wait out on the Blu-Ray. This has been my second Cosmic Movie Review, thanks for reading!
Cosmic Rating: 6/10
- Some useless time filling scenes (roughly 30-45min)
- Great CGI and Cinematography
- The last hour has the best action sequence of the trilogy
- Arguably the best film of the trilogy, look forward to a fourth!
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