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Transformers-Dark Of The Moon' 'Two Jews On Film' Are On Different Planets With This One (Video)

  • Jun 29, 2011

By Joan Alperin Schwartz

'Transformers - Dark Of The Moon' presented in 3D is directed by Michael Bay.

First, I'll start with the good stuff.  And yes, there is 'good stuff'.  In fact, I think this is the best 'Transformers' of the series...which may or may not be saying much...depending on how you felt about the other two.

Here it goes...In no particular order...What I liked about this film...

1)  The backstory...We find out from archival news footage that President Kennedy didn't send our astronauts to the Moon just to take a few steps for Mankind, but to investigate an alien space ship that had crashed landed there in the 1960's.  

FYI...When the Autobots were losing their war with the Deceptiicons,  Sentinal Prime (the Autobots leader) attempted to launch a space craft (The Arc) filled with technology that would have saved his people.  Instead, the ship crashed on the Moon and the Autobots were forced to flee to Earth.  Got all that?

2) The screenplay, written by Ehren Kruger, shows us how the Autobots were responsible for many world events...Guess who really tracked down and killed Osama Ben Laden?  And who was really responsible for the Chernobyl meltdown?  Could it have anything to do with experimenting on alien technology???

3) Love the Autobots...Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Sideswipe and Optimus Prime are all back. The evil Deceptiicons...including the beaten down Megatron and the newest villian, Shockwave...very cool. The storyline of these two enemies, in my opinion, is the most exciting and entertaining part of this movie.  
4) Frances McDormand as Charlotte Mearing, the no nonsense Defense Department Commander, and John Turturro (Former CIA Agent, Simmons) definitely belong in this column.  Their bantering back and forth with each other is fun and definitely not annoying.

Now for the 'bad stuff'...

1)Shia LaBeof (Sam Witwicky)spends the whole film wearing one facial expression which conveys one emotion...Anger...How do we know he's angry?...He whines...Constantly...Sam whines about not finding a job...Sam whines when he gets a job.  He whines about not being able to play with his Transformer buddies and be a part of the 'action'.  Sam whines that he saved the world...twice...He whines that he got a medal from President Obama and still...no one realizes how important he is.

2)Sam's pouty-lip girlfriend, Carly(supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whitley) who makes Megan Fox seem like Meryl Streep...Seriously...A guy like Sam could never get a girl as hot and as plastic as Carly.  Not because of his looks...but because he constantly WHINES!!!

3)I don't think Michael Bay has ever heard the saying 'More  Is Less'.  The last 60 minutes of the film is the destruction of Chicago...The stunts, the action, the battles are great to watch...at first.  But they go on and on and on.  Soon it all becomes one big mechanical blur.  Maybe Mr. Bay thinks we, the audience, aren't smart enough to get it the first time...or the second...or the third...or the...

The 'Two Jews On Film' have carried on their tradition of disagreeing.  Check out our video review and see our bagel rating.

'Transformers Dark Of The Moon' opens in theaters, Wednesday, June 29, 2011.
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June 29, 2011
I'll back to watch the vid once I get home...thanks for the fun review!
June 30, 2011
Our pleasure. Are you seeing the film?
June 30, 2011
probably this weekend. I really don't want to see this in IMAX 3D, and so far the theaters near my place is ONLY playing it on 3D...
July 03, 2011
Ok, I saw it and while I didn't hate it as much as the 2nd film, it was still lacking with storytelling. I kinda agree with John, but I like popcorn fun the issue is too many annoying characters and took too long to get to where it is. Shia is so weak as an actor.
July 18, 2011
couldn't agree more about Shia LOL.
July 18, 2011
Shia has like one facial expression...mouth open and guggly eyes and yells "Optimus"!! LOL
July 18, 2011
exactly...He's way up there on my list...The top ten bad actors on planet Earth.
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the third and final film in the Transformers film series, directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is the sequel to Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and is scheduled for release on July 1, 2011, in Real D 3D, regular 2D theaters and IMAX.[1]

Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro are set to reprise their starring roles, with Peter Cullen returning as the voice of Optimus Prime. Ehren Kruger, who collaborated in the writing of the second film, was said to be again involved in the writing. Despite having initially been confirmed for the film,[2] and with the film already into principal photography, it was announced that Megan Fox would not be reprising her role from the previous two films. With Fox's character Mikaela being dropped, Sam was assigned a new love interest, who will be played by English model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Also, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, having written the first two films, will not return for the third installment in the series,[3] which Orci had earlier somewhat anticipated, fearing the duo would "risk getting stale".[4] Bay has stated this would be his last installment in the series.[5]

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Director: Michael Bay
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Release Date: 1 July 2011 (USA)
Screen Writer: Ehren Kruger
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