Director Michael Bay indulges (his ego) once more to give us the third Transformers movie.
Dark of the Moon gets underway with a story setting, real world – fiction montage, spliced together with space race archive footage that cleverly intrigues and unveils the alternative world motive for man’s biggest achievement, the Apollo moon landing. The Americans and the Russians raced to be the first to get their hands on a derelict Autobot ship.
From then on in, fascination gives way to more of the same; a repeat of the first two movies with Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBeouf) now skint and struggling to make his way in the real world but still managing to pull yet another hot girlfriend!?
The Autobots learn of the lost ship and so race and battle the Decepticons to be the first to retrieve its precious cargo – ‘Sentinel Prime’ (Leonard Nimoy).
To now expect anything different to what’s come before would be naïve; Dark of the Moon does exactly what it says on the tin and takes the best and sometimes worst of the previous movies.
As anticipated, scripting and dialogue is terrible, no more so in clumsy battle intermissions between high-fiving marines and the loved up Witwicky, with the often appallingly bad ‘new squeeze’ Carly given the worst chat to deliver (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley).
Again, woeful stereotypes are pressed onto us as crass attempts at humour, but nowhere near as annoying or offensive as ‘Mudflap’ and ‘Skids’ from ‘Revenge of the Fallen’; and what Malkovich is doing in this movie as some kind of unhinged Alan Sugar remains a mystery.
Repeating the same mistakes of ROTF, Bay not only wastes time in introducing too many unimaginative characters but does it so slapdash that they become parodies, unimportant, diluting any peril and ultimately no care for the story. The underpinning draw of the 2007 original was not just the impact of seeing the Iconic robots on screen, but the charm of the lead, genuine humour and jeopardy; Transformers has lost its way and its heart.
When the action comes in early spurts and the breathtaking climax, it is brilliant and completely chaotic, the trademark of the series and where Bay excels better than anyone. The final hour’s Chicago city battle offers the best metal mashing action seen yet and just rescues the movie; repeated uncannily in The Avengers on the streets of New York.
Machine design and Autobot vs Decepticon battles are immense and superbly detailed; dazzling metal and glass clashing on an even bigger scale than before to represent another highpoint in seamless CG that the series has excelled at since the brilliant impact of the far superior original.
Transformers lends itself best to the crisper Blu ray format and when seen in HD it really is a delight to behold, superbly detailed and with real depth, it’s an awesome spectacle.
‘Dark of the Moon’ improves on the awful ‘Revenge of the Fallen’ by slightly dumbing down the crass humour and delivering a colossal final hour that gets the franchise JUST back on track for an inevitable fourth instalment that will be in dire need of re-finding its lost soul.
watched on Sky Movies Premiere HD.