Directed by Michael Bay
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Patrick Dempsey and Frances McDormand
The Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons, who are determined to avenge their defeat in 2009’s Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. In this new movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. There’s new characters too, including a new villain in the form of Shockwave, a longtime Transformers character who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth.
When someone goes into a Transformers film(or any Michael Bay film for that matter) they shouldn’t be expecting any witty dialogue, cohesive plot, or even realistic or relatable characters. The problem is that those things are usually needed to make a good movie. I don’t think Bay understands that fact. He believes that action and action alone can make a movie.
Bay promised fans that the his last movie in the Transformers series would have a lot less immature humor and would be much more focused and serious. He lied(although this movie is still better than Revenge of the Fallen). The movie still has all the same unfunny and immature attempts at humor that bogged down the last two movies in the franchise. What really sucks is how so many people in the theater were laughing (I guess it just shows their level of intelligence). Ken Jeong has a small role that is only for comedic effect and he’s proven he can be hilarious, but his scenes were just plain awful. The movie just doesn’t know how to be funny. The only things that Bay took out to keep this movie from getting too immature was the twins, Mudflap and Skids, and even as racist and trite as those characters were, them being out is just a small plus.
Although the humor in the movie was godawful, the action scenes and special effects are astounding. Every action scene is pretty darn awesome to watch and the movie has a lot of them. The last hour is chock full of great action and its hard not to cheer every time you see Optimus Prime on-screen. Bay really did ramp up the action a great extent from the previous two and that is saying something. One problem with the action is that you don’t really care about the people involved. There has been absolutely zero character development and you don’t really feel a threat when someone is a bout to die, or even sad at all when someone does die. With action there needs to be substance to fuel it. For example movies like The Dark Knight, Die Hard, Terminator, Aliens, Avatar, Lord of the Rings, Braveheart, Spider-Man, Gladiator, the Matrix(and many more) all have amazing action but the reason they are so thrilling and intense is because we care about the characters involved. But I must say, the action alone, and not the fuel behind it, was the only reason I went to see this movie. In all honesty, It definitely delivered on that aspect,but an hour of action does not compensate for another hour and a half of excruciating humor, lack of intensity(considering the whole world is about to be destroyed), bad acting, and some really terrible dialog.
The acting wasn’t too terrible this time around but there is one person who really needs help, Rosie Huntington-Whitely. Her skills range from mediocre to awful and she really shows that she is just some model and is definitely not an actor. The only reason she is really there is to look hot but I would have been much happier if she had half as many lines.
Plot-wise, the movie has a pretty killer set-up: The Decepticons have been planning a huge assault on earth for a very long time and were involved in many historical events such as the Apollo 11 moon landing and the Chernobyl incident. The problem is it doesn’t really go that far into that side of the story and instead focuses on Sam trying to get a job which no one really cares about at all. I will say that some people will actually be surprised at some of the events in the film as there are some betrayals and deaths that they might not expect.
Overall the action was the main draw of the movie and it really did deliver on that aspect with some of the best I have seen in a while. So if you want to see a movie that is dumb beyond belief but still features amazing action, then this is just for you. Just make sure you turn of your brain and bring some Aspirin because it might give you a headache like it did to me.
The Rating :
Just basing this movie on how good the action was it would be an A- , but bringing all the other aspects in makes it a D.