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Transformers: Dark of the Moon
BLU-RAY disk
10.04.2011 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
Michael Bay

Actors:
Shia LaBeouf
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Josh Duhamel

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A mysterious event from Earth's past threatens to ignite a war so big that the TRANSFORMERS alone will not be able to save the planet. Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and the Autobots must fight against the darkness to defend our world from the Decepticons.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I feel like for the sake of full disclosure, I should start off this review by stating fair and square that I’m not a huge fan of the TRANSFORMERS movie franchise. I think it’s the whole presence of Shia LaBeouf in the movies that really throws me off… I just can’t past him as the annoying kid brother in Disney Channel’s Even Stevens. He just looks almost exactly the same now as he did back then… only with sort of facial hair.

Right off the bat TRANSFORMERS starts off a little weird with it switching between footage shot for the movie and historical Presidential footage of John F. Kennedy. There’s also a ton of historical NASA shuttle launch footage mixed in with footage filmed just for the movie again. I personally found it a little distracting, like they should’ve just chosen one or the other, but I can see what they were trying to do with it, so I guess it all worked out.

This movie is filled with everything a TRANSFORMERS fan could possibly want; explosions (which I’ll touch on a bit more later), big freaking robots, hot chicks, appearances by great actors (Alan Tudyk, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey and Leonard Nimoy voices one of the TRANSFORMERS) and more. One of the Decepticons this time around, named Shockwave, has giant robot destructo-worms that sort of remind me of Tremors and made me think that the film was going for a Tremformers vibe instead of TRANSFORMERS. Shockwave’s part in the movie makes for lots of random big explosions, but other than that, I really don’t know what purpose the character served… as is the case with most of the characters from the movie, actually.

Giant transforming alien robots… I can deal with. The character of Sam Witwicky having like twenty experiences during the film that should’ve killed him, I can also deal with. Over 60+ explosions in the first half of the film with things exploding that really shouldn’t explode like street signs, bookshelves, a construction crane and a window… I can deal with that too. My suspension of disbelief is generally pretty strong, but what doesn’t make sense to me? Shia LaBeouf scoring Megan Fox in the first two films and now Rosie Huntington-Whiteley? HA! Yeah freaking RIGHT! Megan Fox, to me, isn’t so great, but Rosie on the other hand, is like miles if not GALAXIES out of LeBeouf’s league. Sam’s parents do touch on the fact that he seems to have had some really awesome luck when it comes to girls, but really now. I just don’t see it. Maybe again, it’s the whole Even Stevens thing that throws me off of his sex appeal or something, I don’t know.
THE EXTRAS
This version of TRANSFORMERS 3 has absolutely no extras or special features. It’s the bare bones film for fans to make due with until the deluxe edition comes out later in the year. One plus about this version is that, while I initially thought it was pretty silly of Paramount to release this instead of just waiting to release the deluxe edition, they do include a $10 coupon to go towards the purchase of the deluxe.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Going into the movie, I really wanted to like it, especially since it seemed to get so much positive feedback from fans. I was especially excited that Megan Fox was no longer in the films. I wasn’t really sure at how good of an actress Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley would be, but she pleasantly surprised me and, for me, stole the movie away from Shia LeBeouf. The other thing that made the film surprisingly good was Alan Tudyk’s role as Dutch, who brought a much-needed breath of fresh air to the third film in the TRANSFORMERS franchise. Special effects were good, the video quality for the Blu-ray was amazing, the sound was top-notch… everything technical about the film was just peachy. Unfortunately, that’s more or less it for the things that I enjoyed in the movie.

I know that the fans of this film are serious fans, but I really have no idea how this movie ended up making almost a billion dollars at the box office. I like a good mindless action flick as much as anybody, but the whole time I was watching TRANSFORMERS, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was missing something. Since again, I’m not the biggest fan of the franchise, I’ll take a moment to quote the words of a friend of mine who said, “I liked the part where they showed the credits”.
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6:49PM on 10/04/2011
Sucks only the Blu-Ray 3d version will have all the features, still bought it though & even the special features on the last one were fairly weak. Learn from Universal studios because the special feature for Fast Five were great.
Sucks only the Blu-Ray 3d version will have all the features, still bought it though & even the special features on the last one were fairly weak. Learn from Universal studios because the special feature for Fast Five were great.
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