His earlier film was the ‘Revenge of Fallen’ which I could easily say was a movie where there was more of balls and less of brains, but yet it fetched hell lot money at the box office. Yes, we are talking about the ‘Transformers’ directorMichaelBay, who’s back with his new venture ‘Transformers; Dark of the Moon’.MichaelBayis one of thoseHollywooddirectors people love to hate for his big dumb action movies. But love him or hate him, this director knows how to make movies which fetch its producers with money, truck loads of money, movies which appeal to a mass audience who just want to watch stuff blow up.
Transformers: Dark of the moon could easily be termed as one of the funniest film of the year. Though, most of the humour is unintentional, but this one could easily outdo the current box office flicks in the comic genre. As far as the plot of the movie is concerned, it is ridiculously predictable (even more than the first two films) the dialogues are just plain dumb and are loaded with clichéd military phrases as any other war movies, in fact few of them were so clichéd that it was often reminding me of Black Hawk Down.
The story kicks off in the year 1960s where some something has crashed into the moon and both American and Russian governments become involved in a race to find out that ‘unknown’ thing (without letting the citizens of the planet know the truth behind this space race). And just like other American story, it has to be the Americans who win this race. The story immediately gets into fast-forward mode and brings you back to the present day (2011) where the Decepticons are no longer a threat to the human race. Now, the Autobots are the protectors of the human race, working 24/7 to keep us away from starting ‘World War-III’. But hold a minute, there is a surprise element coming up in the movie…something strange is going on atChernobyland wouldn’t you know it, it involves a Decepticon. Wow!! Didn’t see that coming.
So the Decepticons are now regrouping, the Autobots now discover the American government’s secret Moon mission and Optimus Prime makes a quick trip into space to revive the old leader of the Autobots, Sentinel Prime. Meanwhile, Sam Witwicky played by Shia LaBeouf has a new toy to play with and no job. Not to worry though as the toy, Carly played by Huntington-Whiteley, has a fantastic apartment and money to burn, thanks to a glamorous job with Patrick Dempsey. Dempsey’s character has a name, but it doesn’t matter because he’s the female version of Huntington-Whiteley appearance-wise (although he’s actually a fine actor, too) so thank you for that Michael.
As far as acting is concerned, Bay introduces Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as the new girlfriend of Sam. Frankly speaking, there was no need of a female lead in the movie, it was as if Bay accommodated Rosie in the film in order to provide some eye candy moments during the breaks between the action scenes. But I have to say one thing, unlike Megan Fox, Rosie is able to interact with her human co-stars and convey genuine emotions apart from posing provocatively. The film also features the likes of John Malkovich, Frances MacDormand and John Turturro who confers you with some scenery-chewing performances. It also features Alan Tudyk who was previously featured in the Russell Crowe starrer film 3:10 to Yuma. To me his performance distinguishes him from the rest of the supporting actors for its gleeful insanity. It’s of a much higher caliber than the typical Transformers supporting performance, with Tudyk appearing to be more in on the joke than everyone else. Being featured in earlier two films, lead actor Shia LaBeouf looked very comfortable in his role apart from these; the film also witnesses the return of Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson.
One of the funniest and most weird incidents that caught my eyes was the fact that Carly manages to come out of a ferocious battle completely unscathed, even her dress was looking so clean that it will compel you to think that she wasn’t in the middle of a bloody battle rather she was directly coming out from a laundry. In short never, in the film Bay tries to make his female character look like a real person. Moreover, I could find any reason for inserting the character of Carly in the huge action scenes.
Despite of a unbelievably dumb script, the only reason why one should hit theatres is because it’s a ‘robot action’ film that just happens to have a sprinkling of humans in to give us something to look at in the downtime between huge action set pieces. Another reason why people should go to the theatres and watch it because of its fantastic Visual effects. The way Bay has handled the special effects in the movie is nothing short of spectacular. I can easily say that as a director, he serves up the best action sequences of his career. Whether you are a Bay fan or not, it’s nearly impossible to deny the fact that as a director he knows, what he’s doing when it comes to thrilling an audience with over-the-top action. Surely, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is one of those films of the last 2-3 years that benefits from the 3D technology and it isn’t made too dark and dingy. Bay actually uses the 3D to add depth to the shots and absorb audience into the action, and he does it incredibly effectively. Though, this one is not as good as the original film, but it’s a far better film than the ‘Revenge of the Fallen’. It’s more fun, doesn’t take itself seriously and allows the supporting actors to play with their roles. It’s a little too long and at times you ask yourself “why Bay needed to add so many scenes of Huntington-Whiteley?”
In short, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is an ultra-violent, special effects-laden extravaganza that delivers some of the biggest laughs of the summer.