Transformers Dark of the Moon

I just Saw Transformers: Dark of the Moon. I know that I previously stated I would not go see this film in theaters but my plans for this evening changed at the last minute. If you must know I Typically take my teenage son and his friends roller-skating on Saturday evenings. That plan fell through leaving us in search of some other form of entertainment. You can’t really do better than giant robots and mass destruction.

Despite the absence of Megan Fox, Dark of the Moon (DOTM from here on in) was a much better movie than Revenge of the Fallen. If your holding out because ROTF was so poor I can tell you that this is much more entertaining.

I saw the RealD 3D version of the film. I generally try to avoid 3D movies because too many films are crappy post conversions. I believe the 3D effects for DOTM were done post-production and although not particularly amazing at least the 3D effects didn’t negatively impact the movie experience.

At the end of the great Cybertron war a small group of Autobots attempt to escape their dying planet with some technology that could win the war. Unfortunately their vessel is damaged and they crash land on Earth’s moon. The entire space race of the 1960′s was a cover-up for America’s efforts to investigate the crash site and recover alien technology.

In the time since the last movie it seems that Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and Mikaela Banes(Shia LaBeouf) have broken up. That’s how Megan Fox’s departure from the series is explained. Apparently she dumped him. Now Sam is dating Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) No last name. Just Carly. That’s some deep character development right there.From the beginning of the film Carly is just there.

Anyway. The autobots have been assisting efforts to prevent the inevitable self destruction of the human race. On one mission to the Chernobyl nuclear accident site, the autobots encounter Shockwave who has a piece of autobot technology though to be long lost: An engine core the the Autobot Arc spacecraft which crashed on earth’s moon.

Megatron is back with a plot to enslave humanity. They plan to use the lost Autobot tech to open a portal and bring Cybertron to Earth so that human slave labor can repair their giant-ass mechanized planet. Leonard Nimoy voices the arcane Autobot leader “Sentinel Prime” who coincidentally quotes Spock from Star trek 2: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”. Sentinel escaped Cybertronin the Arc with “pillars” used to open the space bridge to Cybertron.

The Good:
Much faster pace that ROTF
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s body
Optimus Prime kicks ass

The Bad:
Post Production 3D is less than amazing
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s acting
Leonard Nimoy is evil?

Overall: recommended.