“Lets roll” That’s the empowering commanding order of the wise and almighty leader of the Autobots Optimus Prime. After months of waiting since the plot was revealed in October 2010, fans can finally follow his command and watch Michael Bays’ final sequel in the Transformers trilogy with his sci-fi action adventure blockbuster of Transformers Dark of the Moon. New girlfriend of hero Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) must once again save the Earth with the help of its new allies, the ‘Autobots’ to stop the evil ‘Decepticons’ bringing back their home planet of ‘Cybertron’.
Being the final chapter of the trilogy, Transformers Dark of the Moon had to really raise its game in order to keep up with the success of its previous films. Has it done that? No. The plot quite frankly was too predictable.
Witwicky, unemployed, with a new girlfriend but without his all in one, car, companion, and friend Bumblebee, is now considered a messenger rather than a hero whilst looking for a job opportunity. Witwicky comes across a job as a ‘temp’ working for technology firm under the peculiar Bruce Brazos (John Malkovich). Obviously it doesn’t last for long as trouble once again follows him as he discovers vital information on the truth about one of the world’s greatest moments in history. The 1969 moon Apollo 11 landing! Years ago a spacecraft, ‘The Ark’ carrying the Autobots original leader ‘Sentinel Prime’ who was protecting ‘the pillars’ which have the ability to transport anything from across the galaxy, crash landed on the moon after evacuating its home planet of ‘Cybertron’ .
Meanwhile whilst working under the governments ‘NEST’ section, the Autobots discover its existence on the moon after intercepting some vital information that Decepticon ‘Shockwave’ was holding whilst on a mission in Chernobyl, Russia. Optimus and fellow Autobot ‘Ratchet’ head to the moon recovering their leader and the pillars. Needless to say it was blatantly a clear trap set up by the Decepticons. Once that is known, twists that should have been huge, such as multiple betrayals in the film, ruined the ‘eye gripping’ experience. Many more obvious shocks, so to call, are shown throughout the rest of the film. A film needs twists to keep the audience entertained, especially when a high fan base of Transformers fans are expected to watch it. But with a predictable plot and twists it failed to make that impact.
Furthermore, there were some poor changes to its previous films. The decision to replace the beautiful and action packed Megan Fox certainly did have its consequences. ‘Newbie’ Rosie Huntington-Whiteley role as a ‘goodie two shoes’ could in no way replace ‘bad girl’ Megan Fox. Throughout the film she tries to hard to live up to the expectations of her previous counterpart, by trying to be too sexy in her footwear, heels. Constantly wearing heels, even whilst running and jumping off buildings during action scenes really makes her character seem more of a pathetic joke. Like Its previous films, comedy was needed to keep the audience entertained. However in this final instalment there like Rosie, there was too pressure to make the film better than the previous. Jokes were overdone and too witty throughout and would make you force yourself to laugh just like laughing at a poor joke from the one that finds themselves funny but really aren’t in the family.
On the other hand, just like the first two films, Transformers Dark of the Moon wasn’t short of action. The last action scene is jam packed and perhaps saved the film. But the only problem was that there is too slow a build up to it and we are forced to suffer from the obvious plot we already know delay as we wait for it to unfold. Even when the action does occur, you will be left with a sense of ‘De Je Vu’ as you realise that all the action scenes are all the same as previous films, using the same slow motion, CGI effects and battles between both the Cybertron sides and the humans on the Decepticons. For example, when the Navy SEALS and US air force take on the Decepticons and the classic scene where LaBeouf takes Fox’s hand to guide her away from danger.
This shocking film does not live up to the amazing ’jaw dropping’ expectations of its previous films. To be blunt, the only reason you would want to watch this would be to find out how the trilogy ends. I give the film a mediocre score of 5/10.