Transformers: Dark of the MoonJune 29, 2011
The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.
Release Year: 2011
Rating: 6.4/10 (126,546 voted)
Critic's Score: 42/100
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson
Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United States and Russia, to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and learn its secrets, and once again Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. The new villain, Shockwave, who rules Cybertron, is on the scene while the Autobots and Decepticons continue to battle it out on Earth.
Earth goes dark
Release Date: 29 June 2011
Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $97,400,000
(3 July 2011)
(31 December 2011)
Did You Know?
Corey Burton, who voiced Shockwave in
The Transformers and
Transformers: Animated, was approached to reprise Shockwave for the film, but turned it down as he'd done that role too many times. He had earlier been approached to voice Jazz and Brawl for
When the wreckers appear in Chicago you can clearly see them ripping a decepticon pilot apart. But once Optimus begins to explain to Sam and Epps how they survived you can see the wreckers are no longer behind them. Then after the other autobots appear all 3 wreckers are clearly visible again
We were once a peaceful race of intelligent mechanical beings. But then came the war between the Autobots, who fought for freedom and the Decepticons, who dreamt of tyranny. Overmatched and outnumbered, our defeat was all but certain. But in the wars final days, one Autobot ship escaped the battle. It was carrying a secret cargo, which would have changed our planet's fate. A desperate mission, our final hope…
[the Ark flies from Cybertron into space… and is gunned down]
A hope that vanished.
// Minor spoilers and bad guy ultimate plot revealed in last paragraph,
but it's so stupid you want to know it. Long and rant filled review.
Let's start with 10 stars.
Rosie and Shia wouldn't know how to fake chemistry if someone wrapped a
lead pipe in the periodic table and beat them upside their botoxed
faces for an hour. The romance part is so awful, so cheesy in this
movie, it takes down a star right off the bat. I will also mention the
"romance" between Optimus Prime and America – the "one and only real
and holy country in the world". *puke*
9 / 10.
Rosie has to be mentioned again as a standalone entry. I can imagine
how the casting went.. Bay walks into modeling agency, closes his eyes
and says "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, you're the clone that comes along!",
thereby picking out the 403rd pair of tits in the lineup. A horrible
actress, pretentious character and a so obnoxiously unnecessary role
the movie would have been two stars better if she were not there at
all. Also, lips are not supposed to look like that. If I was Shia, I'd
worry "Are you sure your lips don't hurt? Can we kiss? Won't a stitch
break or something?"
7 / 10.
At one point, a guy "hacks" a bridge. He logs into the "bridge control"
, and lowers it. Hollywood, bridges do not have an open internet
connection with a designated port for "Bridge Control API", otherwise
every hacker would be lowering and raising bridges everywhere.
6 / 10.
Since the black guy stereotypes in Transformers2 got some bad rep, Bay
went the other way this time – Irish and Scottish. Yes, there is a
green robot with an Irish accent, and a red robot with a huge belly and
a beard, with a Scottish accent. How did that happen? Did they scan an
Ire/Scot when they landed instead of a car? If so, weren't they
supposed to turn into the robot-terminator-chick type from Transformers
5 / 10.
Physics. Oh god, the physics. Dear Michael Bay, please realize the
following: a) Moon sand is a highly corrosive and metal-unfriendly
substance. Any kind of moving metalpart coming in that much contact
with it would self destruct by the time it made 3 steps. b) One plane
was enough to collapse a Twin Tower into dust. A seventy million
billion ton robot shooting and crashing into a building will not make
it "tilt slightly" and when that building falls, it will not get stuck
between two others like a bridge, ever, regardless what it's made of,
especially if that same robot is still crawling through it and
destroying chunks. c) When stuff explodes near people, people tend to
be stunned, burned and / or get shrapnel shot into their spines. They
do not sit idly by and contemplate the situation. So if a grenade
explodes in an office cubicle next to the one where the protagonist is
standing, he will most probably DIE. d) You cannot grab a SHARP, MAD,
DANGEROUS robot by the neck and keep it in control. You will LOSE YOUR
FINGERS. e) Do you have any idea how much extra it costs to send an
extra kilogram into space in a shuttle? Now imagine how much fuel and
money you would need to send 10 million-ton robots into space with a
regular human space shuttle launcher. f) When people fly through glass,
they ALWAYS get cut. When they fly through 10 panes of glass, they DIE.
When they fly through 20, they DON'T, because they got impaled on the
12th or 13th.
Stealing characters from other franchises just for the kick of it is
not cool. You have a predator robot, a robot that is "Q from James
Bond", etc. What…?
3 / 10.
Plot: If I was an evil genius and built a war-turning technology, I
definitely would not build it so that it has exactly one weak point
that, if struck, undoes absolutely everything it ever did, and I would
definitely not leave it exposed. The bad guys' ultimate plan was to
teleport their PLANET to Earth's atmosphere in order to rebuild it.
This raises several issues: 1) You would have approximately 10 minutes
to live, before Earth and Cybertron collided due to gravity. Those 10
minutes would be filled with an apocalypse due to uncontrollable floods
caused by tides. 2) If you want 6 billion people for the sole purpose
of slave labor, you should think about point 1). Also, it is stupid to
believe 6 billion people could rebuild a robotic planet sooner or
better than 1000 decepticons – you not only have to accommodate and
feed the people, but also modify the planet's surface for them to be
able to move on it. 3) There is a part where Megatron is chillaxing in
an alley after a big fight, and the flat-lipped wonder of a model-clone
that is Carly comes up to him spewing some bullshit about the other bad
guy getting ready to betray him. Now, even if she made a point, I would
still CRUSH that human insect. A meaningless pretentious bitch telling
me what to think? I'm a god damn eleventy billion ton robot, you skank!
*crush* The other critically stupid thing is the fact that Megatron
then prevents the other bad guy from killing Optimus. If you have two
enemies who are fighting, it is generally not a good idea to prevent
them from killing each other! And while we're here, the decepticons
could have won if the bad guy had just used one of the 994208 chances
to kill Optimus he's had up until this point.
This brings the movie down to 1/10, but I'll give it a star for
excellent special effects. 2/10.