The 10-year-old loved it

2011-07-04 00:00

INTERGALACTIC robots fighting side by side with the mighty American military and a young attractive couple to ensure the human race is saved from slavery.

Yes, it’s Transformers 3, the third instalment to a trilogy that began in 2007.

For fans of the series the third film, Dark of the Moon, has been an exciting release, mainly because it is in 3D.

However, locals will have to settle for one dimension less as only a limited number of 3D versions were distributed in South Africa and CineCentre didn’t get one.

Despite the missing dimension, the cinema was packed at the opening night’s screening. And judging by the buzz on Twitter — more than a thousand tweets an hour at one point — the universal release date meant that many movie houses around the world were full.

The plot is summed up in the opening sentence, but there’s some added robot treachery and human deception. The Autobots are shunned by the humans, despite their alliance, but they help the earthlings fight the evil Decepticons, risking their own planet Cybertron.

Viewers are never really in doubt as to how the battle is going to be played out.

But a layered plot and intricate story line are not the reasons to watch Transformers 3. It is also about the action. And you get plenty of that — explosions, guns, high-speed chases and militant robots.

Sam Witwicky, played by Shia LaBeouf, is young, fresh, funny and full of energy.

Rampant screaming and unwanted hero status add humour to his inevitable role in saving earth.

His British girlfriend Carly, played by Rosie Huntington-Whitely, creates the necessary Hollywood romance.

The film is visually pleasing with its use of colour, spanning African landscapes, stretches of Chicago, brief glimpses of landmark places around the world and what space travel presumably resembles.

But despite the action of buildings being bulldozed by high-power weaponry and robots beating the batteries out of each other, it goes on for far too long.

While the victors of the movie are never in doubt, no matter how much action there is, watching for two-and-half-hours as cars transform into robots and screaming humans run for cover gets tiring.

One viewer complained on her way out of the cinema, “Sho, that was long.” But a 10-year-old boy could be heard right to the end, during brief moments of ceasefire, shouting out victory chants.

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