Release Date: 01/07/11
Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. When a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.
As a child I loved the Transforming Robots from Hasbro. After that I got into the cartoon. Then imagine my joy when in more recent years I had the chance to relive my youth with a set of films that bring these giant miracles to the modern viewer, allowing people of my age the chance to enjoy them again as well as bringing them forward to a new generation.
Whilst the first two have already been immensely successful, with the third missing one of the key cast members, it left a number of viewers wondering if the studio had broken up not only a winning on screen formula but the whole magical spell that has been woven from the previous releases.
What unfurls is a story of complexity, of chaos, devastation and of course the introduction of a whole new set of characters to help drive the overall story forward (although I still note that there is no sign of Grimlock dammit.) It’s fast paced, the script writing engrossing and with the addition of Leonard Nimoy to the Autobots makes this a story that really does drive itself which when added to a whole host of twists and turns really made this a great adventure out and worth the price of admission. The only real downside was sadly Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who whilst replacing Megan Fox, demonstrated that sometimes adding new cast members into an established series can leave huge problems within as her acting was not only unconvincing but left me wondering if she was in it just to act as a piece of eye candy for the male viewer.
Other than this the only other thing that you need to be warned about is that this film is a hell of a lot darker than the other two. There’s huge scale devastation, massacres of earths inhabitants and to be honest is a film that I’d advise viewing before allowing your young film fan to watch. This is definitely a 12 A for a reason so please be aware.