Posted: 29 Jun 2011 07:33 AM PDT
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The 3D movie format is the perfect medium to showcase all action blockbusting movies and Transformers 3, The Dark Of The Moon is the consummate vehicle to deliver this awe inspiring spectacle with its 'in your face' metal crunching ensuring you hold on tight throughout the movie.
The prologue for the third installment of Michael Bays Transformers franchise reveals more about the war for Cybertron (Transformers home planet) and the subsequent crash landing of an Autobot craft on our moon in 1962.
With a new twist for the conspiracy theorists, we learn that the motivation behind the 1960's space race was indeed a race to be first to discover this alien craft. In what is becoming a theme for sci-fi movies this year we see historical footage of Presidents Kennedy and Nixon giving speeches intertwined with Buzz Aldrin playing a small cameo giving credibility to a decades old NASA cover up.
Transformers 3 even attempts to carry a plot through the high octane metal munching action scenes which is more than can be said about the movies 2 predecessors.
The storyline on Dark Of The Moon is not the best as it seems to ricochet from its starting point in the 1960's through some epic battles of galactically ear piercing proportions to a final showdown in Chicago; Maybe Hollywood thinks we have tired of seeing New York and L.A being turned to rubble?
Shia LaBeouf is back playing the lead role of Sam Witwicky but we soon learn he has been dumped by his wanton previous love interest (Megan Fox). But in true Hollywood style our hero soon has a new hottie on his arm in the curvaceous form of ex-lingerie model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley playing what can only be described as one of the most wooden performances likely to grace the silver screen this year.
We are introduced to a new Transformer who is supposed to be one of the good guys called Sentinel Prime who is fittingly voiced by Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek fame. Sentinel Prime has an interesting past and he alone holds the key to a devastating new weapon that the despicable Decepticons are eager to get their metal maulers on.
Megatron (Hugo Weaving) also makes a return as the ultra arch villain leading the evil Decepticons with a diabolical plan, but he must face his nemesis as Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) and his gallant Autobots stand defiantly in the face of adversity to protect their new home, Earth.
We get to learn more about the character and motivations behind the Autobot Transformers as a 'more human' outlook is displayed on several occasions. We even witness a sense of robot humour and some of the Autobots display some personality disorders more associated with the frailty of the human mind than the silicon chip.
There are some good performances by Frances McDormand who plays Mearing the head of National Security and the ever captivating John Malkovich who plays a short but endearing role as Sams' boss.
Patrick Dempsey looks at home playing the part of Dylan, a rich and powerful magnate with a dark secret and a penchant for fast cars and faster girls.
The screenplay of Transformers 3, The Dark Of The Moon is never going to be nominated for a best Oscar award, but I doubt that was ever the motivation behind this movie.
Die hard fans will be overjoyed at the all transforming action scenes that consumes the majority of Transformers, Dark Of The Moon.
Transformers 3, Dark Of The Moon uses 3D technology to such fantastic effect that I cared little of the feeble story line rumbling beneath the metal munching mayhem that culminated in Downtown Chicago.
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