Movie review – More monstrous robot wars

2011-07-01 12:21

Transformers: The Dark Side of the Moon (UIP) goes gigantic on every front in its bid to lure folks to cinemas.

First up, as it’s the third in the series it seems director Michael Bay felt compelled to make it ­three-hours long. But it’s the stuff of headaches for adults as it’s all in 3D too.

Then there’s the plot – pretty good in bits, but not good at all for Chicago, which gets trashed in state-of-the-art CGI??.?.?.??and then some.

The premise for this film is that the 1969 moon landing was a human pretext to check out an alien spacecraft that crash-landed on the dark side of the moon.

On board was a mysterious alien technology, which everyone wants to get their hands on.

Present day, the Autobots (an advanced alien machine race) and their arch-enemies the Decepticons (ditto above, but nasty) are still slugging it out on Earth under the watchful eye of the Americans, represented by Frances McDormand, a highlight of the film.

Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBeouf), is trying to find a job, and although he saved the world twice it doesn’t count as work experience.

He’s also had to get a new girlfriend, Carly, played by fish-lipped model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley after Megan Fox didn’t sign for another sequel. The new girl should keep her day job.

The seemingly random sub-plots – including one with Tyrese Gibson – come together in an explosive, bigger, better, I’ve-got-more-special-effects-geeks-than-your-studio-has climatic showdown that will really give you a headache.

Rating: 6/10 

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