Transformers : An Action Packed Thrill Ride
“Quite literally the greatest action movie I’ve ever seen.”
Those were the words that escaped my lips as I rose to leave Cinema 3 at Carib 5 this afternoon. I had just seen the Michael Bay directed and Steven Spielberg produced “Transformers Dark of The Moon”, and my heart rate had barely began to stabilise. This is a movie that starts at awesome, takes a turn at amazing and drops you off at pure visual and cinematic brilliance. From the 3D graphics to the plot, from the humour to the heroism; Michael Bay delivers, in my opinion, the greatest action movie of his career.
Here are my ratings of the aspects of the movie I think are most important.
(1) The Graphics & 3D.
When we hear 3D lately, we think there isn’t much to look forward to. Usually we get one or two scenes in 3D but the movie is largely two dimensional. We usually leave the cinema annoyed that we wasted money on the hiked 3D tickets.
Trust me, Transformers re-defines 3D.
From start to finish, your eyes will be given a stunning visual treat. There was even a point in the movie where I blinked to prevent the dust from getting into my eyes. Yes, the 3D effects are that good. You will appreciate the brilliant red and orange of the flames, marvel at the crisp blue of the seas; and stare in wonderment at the beauty of the heavens and far away galaxies. You will witness Sam fly through the air with stunning clarity. Not to mention the opening scene where we see some very supple lady parts…in 3D.
The Graphics & 3D gets 4/5 stars.
(2) The Plot.
The Decepticons are again trying to reek havoc on planet earth. This time by seeking to enslave humanity and permanently inhabit our planet. Optimus Prime and his group of autobots, assisted by the humans, are in the battle of their mechanical life to not only preserve our world, but ensure that freedom reigns. The movie suggests that the US had placed a man on the moon to investigate a lunar crash that could have had dire consequences for the fate of the universe. That’s all I’ll say. The plot is expertly crafted and takes a sudden and unexpected turn which ultimately leaves you worried and concerned that perhaps the Autobots have lost the battle for planet earth. Woven into this is the steaming romance between Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and Carly Spencer (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), Bumblebee’s antics and Optimus Prime’s heroic speeches.
The plot gets 3/5 stars.
(3) The Acting.
I’m sorry to report that beyond Patrick Dempsey’s portrayal of Dylan Gould, the actors generally gave a substandard performance. LaBeouf, who I’ve never really respected as an actor, only shines when he is called upon to be funny. He does this very well. A career as a comedian might work out, if the acting gig fails. His character spends most of the movie shouting and hiding behind buildings and being rescued by Bumblebee. We see an attempt at substance in the beginning as Sam desperately searches for a job. Beyond that, LaBeouf gives a very weak performance as lead male. Several persons were concerned about the impact of replacing Megan Fox as LaBeouf’s on screen love interest. I can say it made very little difference. Huntington-Whiteley plays the role of damsel in distress very well. She shines most when she stands up to Megatron, calling him a “Sentinel’s bitch”. Generally the script focuses on humour and shouting.
For their efforts, the actors get a 2.5/5 stars.
(4) The Climax.
Once Optimus Prime and the Autobots survive an attempt to “deport” them, the audience begins to expect a show down like no other. I personally wasn’t very impressed by Optimus Prime’s fight scenes, specifically the closing scene. I thought more emphasis could have been placed on making the Autobots seem more heroic. Instead, I felt the humans got the real glory; which I suppose is fair; considering our world was the one at risk.
The climax and final fight scene gets 2/5 stars.
(5) Humour : 4/5 Stars.
This movie will keep you laughing just as often it gets you shouting or sitting on the edge of your seat. Sam’s “hot head”reactions make for good humour. And the robots are witty and quick on their feet with comebacks.
Ultimately “Transformers : Dark of The Moon” delivers everything an action movie is expected to. If you’re trying to enjoy a fast paced summer thrill ride, this is the movie for you. You will be delighted and dazzled from start to finish. Definitely worth the watch. I personally might see it again.
Well done Michael Bay.