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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

3.7 9
Director: Michael Bay

Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel


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The interstellar war between the Autobots and Decepticons shifts into overdrive following the discovery of Sentinel Prime (voice of Leonard Nimoy) in this sequel from director Michael Bay. Only a precious handful of officials in the government and military realize that the 1969 moon mission was the result of


The interstellar war between the Autobots and Decepticons shifts into overdrive following the discovery of Sentinel Prime (voice of Leonard Nimoy) in this sequel from director Michael Bay. Only a precious handful of officials in the government and military realize that the 1969 moon mission was the result of an event that threatened profound repercussions for the entire human race. When the Apollo 11 astronauts discover the wrecked remains of Sentinel Prime on the surface of our natural satellite, they bring him back to planet Earth. But Sentinel Prime wasn't the only alien object on the moon, and when a malevolent new enemy makes its presence known, only the Autobots can save humankind from certain destruction.

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For those of you just tuning in to the Transformers franchise -- this thing has been all over the map. The first movie was pleasing to middle-schoolers, '80s cartoon geeks, and existing fans of PG-13 action movies. The second one was similarly passable to super-fans, but fell victim even further to the earlier movie's flaws, like poorly edited action sequences and a butt-load of convoluted plot assumedly added to fill up an unnecessarily protracted runtime. Well, with the third film in the franchise, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, director Michael Bay -- while admittedly hateable for taking movies about giant robots so god-dang seriously -- has redeemed the series, and then some. Before we go any further, let's make something clear: lost cinephiles in argyle sweater vests and berets who wander into Transformers 3 while looking for an Ingmar Bergman festival will not be converted into action fans. This is still a movie made for people who are interested in paying money to see giant robots that turn into cars fight with other giant robots -- that turn into jets. Does this premise appeal to you? Awesome! Please continue reading. The movie begins with a prologue sequence, which sets up the story. A race of mechanical aliens called Transformers, ousted from their own planet, Cybertron, inhabit the Earth, blending in with human society when they so choose by changing from their massive humanoid-robot forms into cars, trucks, planes, etc. The good ones are called the Autobots, and as we learn in a voice-over narrative by leader Optimus Prime (still voiced by the original voice-of-God actor from the cartoon series, Peter Cullen) over a cool Charlie's Angels-style intro montage, now they work with the U.S. military, offering protection to human society from the bad Transformers, the Decepticons, who are always trying to enslave humanity for one reason or another. We also get a crazy alternate-history of the Apollo 11 space mission, in which we learn that the whole program was created to retrieve a powerful old Autobot named Sentinel Prime, voiced by Leonard Nimoy (!), who's been hanging out on the lunar surface in sleep mode since he crash-landed there trying to flee a war with the Decepticons back on Cybertron. This is as good a place as any to talk about how sweet the visual effects are. The CG is impressively real and completely seamless, whether we're exploring Sentinel's Space Jockey-style digs on the moon, or watching fake archival footage of JFK meeting with Robert McNamara through the use of...animation? Look-alikes? You can't really tell, and that's the whole point. The gap is closed on the suspension of disbelief (well, visually at least) as well as the Uncanny Valley. Additionally, the Transformers' character design and the way the bots are filmed is a hundred times clearer than in previous films. Fight sequences in the earlier movies often seemed inscrutable, with the camera jerking too awkwardly between nearly identical animated foes, all rendered in the same gunmetal gray, and impossible to tell apart, let alone track throughout an entire combat scene. But this problem is addressed in Dark of the Moon. The camera takes a careful, measured view of each scene, and animated characters are given ample screen space to brawl -- with their identifying characteristics in full view, so the melee doesn't become a mishmash of titanium-colored movement. Perhaps Bay made his action sequences more comprehensible because it was clear how jumbled they were in the last movie, but it's also likely that he took such care because Dark of the Moon was choreographed and designed from top to bottom as a 3D movie -- and that's a good thing. Though the market has become saturated with titles where the 3D effects were added after the fact, noticeable in only a few shoe-horned moments, Transformers 3 is meticulously crafted to make rollicking use of the technology at every turn, with increasingly inventive modes for keeping it fresh, like escorting some flying-squirrel-style paratroopers on a drop through the Decepticon-besieged city of Chicago, or following the heroes as they scramble from one end to another of a vivisected all-glass office building, fighting gravity and evil robots as the top half of the building slides off of the other like the Leaning Tower. The 3D is also used to great effect in our introductory scene for Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who first appears onscreen as the camera follows her butt up the stairs in stunning three dimensions. Huntington-Whiteley is as adequate an actress as her predecessor, Megan Fox, and despite some weird continuity issues with her shoes (who changes from one pair of heels to another while infiltrating an NSA building?), she does a perfectly fine job as the resident hot girl in the series. Likewise, cast members such as Hugo Weaving, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, and, of course, Shia LaBeouf turn in fine performances alongside a mammoth number of cast mates like John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Patrick Dempsey, Alan Tudyk (Wash from Firefly in a scene-stealing supporting role), Buzz Aldrin, and Ken Jeong (from The Hangover), not to mention top-tier voice actors Tom Kenny, Frank Welker, Charles Adler, and, of course, Cullen. If that sounds like a lot of people, that's because, once again, Michael Bay has two and a half hours to fill, and he can't spend all of it on golden-hour car-commercial shots of dirt roads winding through California hillsides at dusk. But you have to hand it to Bay: even though no movie based on a toy/cartoon franchise needs to be this long, he was determined to prove that he could fill his prescribed runtime with so much cool stuff that you never get bored, and even though he's kind of a jerk for doing that instead of just cutting 40 minutes, he still accomplished his goal. He's made one of the best 3D movies to date, and certainly the best film in this series. We have to give him credit for that -- or we can just give the credit to Optimus Prime.

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[Wide Screen, 3D]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Above and Beyond: Exploring Dark of the Moon; Uncharted territory: NASAs future then and now; Deconstructing Chicago: Multi-angle sequences; The art of cybertron

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shia LaBeouf Sam Witwicky
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Carly Miller
Josh Duhamel Lt. Colonel William Lennox
John Turturro Simmons
Tyrese Gibson Sergeant Epps
Patrick Dempsey Dylan
Frances McDormand Charlotte
John Malkovich Bruce
Kevin Dunn Ron Witwicky
Julie White Judy Witwicky
Alan Tudyk Dutch
Ken Jeong Jerry Wang
Glenn Morshower General Morshower
Lester '"Rasta" Speight Eddie
Buzz Aldrin Buzz Aldrin
Bill O'Reilly Bill O'Reilly
Ravil Isyanov Voshkod
Dustin Dennard Lennox Lieutenant
Markiss McFadden Lennox Team "Baby Face"
Chris Robinson Lennox Team "Bruno"
Nick Bickle Lennox Team "Chapman"
Ajay James Lennox Team "Atroui"
Brett Lynch Lennox Team "Phelps"
Scott C. Roe Lennox Team "Nelson"
James Weston Lennox Team "Tuens"
Brian Call Lennox Team "Taggart"
Aaron Garrido Epps Team "Mongo"
Mikal A. Vega Epps Team "Hooch"
Kenny Sheard Epps Team "Marc L"
Josh Kelly Epps Team "Stone"
Keiko Agena Mearing's Aide
Yasen Peyankov Voshkod Associate
Brett Stimely President Kennedy
John H. Tobin President Nixon
Drew Pillsbury Defense Secretary McNamara
Patrick Pankhurst Director of NASA
Larry Clarke NASA Scientiest (1969)
Tom Virtue Black Ops NASA Technician (1969)
Thomas Crawford Black Ops NASA Technician (1969)
Alan Pietruszewski NASA Mission Controller (1969)
Michael Daniel Cassady NASA Launch Technician (1969)
Peter Murnik Tracking Station Supervisor (1969)
Don Jeanes Neil Armstrong (1969)
Cory Tucker Buzz Aldrin (1969)
Lindsey Ginter Old NASA Scientist
David St. James Old NASA Scientist
Mitch Bromwell NASA Technician
Elya Baskin Cosmonaut Dimitri
Eugene Alper Cosmonaut Yuri
Inna Korobkina Russian Lady
Zoran Radanovich Russian Bouncer
Kathleen Gati Russian Female Bartender
Annie O'Donnell Human Resources Lady
Chris Sheffield Pimply Corporate Kid
Ken Takemoto Japanese Executive
Michael Loeffelholz Executive Interviewer
Mindy Sterling Female Insurance Agent
Scott Krinsky Accuretta Executive
Katherine Sigismund Accuretta Worker
Maile Flanagan Accuretta Worker
Darren O'Hare Berated Scientist
Jack Axelrod Simmons Tileman
Rich Hutchman Engineer
Meredith Monroe Engineer's Wife
Charlotte Labadie Engineer's Daughter
Christian Baha Dylan's Executive
Jennifer Williams Dylan's Assistant
Danielle Fornarelli Dylan's Assistant
Danny McCarthy NEST Guard
John Turk NEST Guard
Peter A. Kelly NEST Guard
Iqbal Theba UN Secretary General
Anthony Azizi Lt. Sulimani
Sammy Sheik Lt. Faraj
John S. McAfee GPS Tracking Coordinator
Jay Gates DC Mall Reporter
Rebecca Cooper DC Capitol Reporter
Bone Crusher Bones the Mastiff
Peter Cullen Optimus Prime
Hugo Weaving Megatron
Leonard Nimoy Sentinel Prime
Charlie Adler Starscream
Jess Harnell Ironhide
Robert Foxworth Ratchet
James Remar Sideswipe
Francesco Quinn Dino
George Coe Wheeljack,Que
Tom Kenny Wheelie
Frank Welker Soundwave,Shockwave
Reno Wilson Brains
Ron Bottitta Roadbuster,Amp
Greg Berg Igor
Keith Szarabajka Laserbeak
John DiMaggio Target,Leadfoot

Technical Credits
Michael Bay Director,Executive Producer
Julian Ashby Art Director
Roger Barton Editor
Ken Bates Co-producer
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura Producer
Ian Bryce Producer
Denise Chamian Casting
Allegra Clegg Co-producer
Matthew Cohan Associate Producer
Tom Desanto Producer
Peter Devlin Sound Mixer
Benjamin Edelberg Art Director
John Frazier Special Effects Supervisor
Gregory C. Funk Makeup
William C. Goldenberg Editor
Brian Goldner Executive Producer
Industrial Light & Magic Animator
Kevin Ishioka Art Director
Steve Jablonsky Score Composer
Kathleen Jeung Makeup
Michael Kase Associate Producer
Ehren Kruger Screenwriter
Amir Mokri Cinematographer
Don Murphy Producer
Joel Negron Editor
Nigel Phelps Production Designer
Ben Proctor Art Director
Deborah L. Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
James F. Truesdale Art Director
Mark Vahradian Executive Producer
Simon Warnock Asst. Director
Jennifer Williams Set Decoration/Design
Michelle Winze Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Transformers: Dark of the Moon
1. Chapter 1 [8:51]
2. Chapter 2 [4:03]
3. Chapter 3 [1:30]
4. Chapter 4 [3:48]
5. Chapter 5 [2:05]
6. Chapter 6 [8:26]
7. Chapter 7 [2:26]
8. Chapter 8 [5:03]
9. Chapter 9 [8:59]
10. Chapter 10 [6:34]
11. Chapter 11 [4:40]
12. Chapter 12 [5:13]
13. Chapter 13 [2:25]
14. Chapter 14 [2:05]
15. Chapter 15 [6:37]
16. Chapter 16 [5:53]
17. Chapter 17 [:18]
18. Chapter 18 [4:32]
19. Chapter 19 [5:03]
20. Chapter 20 [6:27]
21. Chapter 21 [7:30]
22. Chapter 22 [6:27]


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Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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this movie is okay its not the best but to me the film felt a little rushed and forced orginially michael bay wanted to release the thrid movie in 2012 but the company already began production for this movie in the begining of 2010 the reason why this movie is getting 2 stars because it was rushed and forced michael bay is a good director and all but this movie is the worst in the trilogy of movies the first 2 movies are better than this one
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
Had meant to see this one in the theatre, because these types of titles are the ones that I actually go to the theatre to see, but I never made it. However, I did put it on my Netflix right away when it was available and got it right at the time I got my surround sound and whatnot hooked up in my wife and I's new residence. It wasn't theatre quality, but it was pretty close to the next best thing, and I thought that it was a pretty awesome ending for the movie franchise. Leave it to Michael Bay to make kick@$$ films like this one. I think he was a good choice to helm these movies!
kean More than 1 year ago
jaw-dropping movie..
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GARBAGE Loved the original Liked the Sequel Hated this.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
If you are you may or may not like the Transformers movie. Not my kind of movie.