Transformers: Dark of the Moon [Review]

Transformers Dark of the MoonSo I finally bit the bullet and decided to go and see Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 3D, my love for 3D films in the past has made me one of those people who compare 3D movies to one another and I usually use the mighty [amazon_link id=”B003UVAAPQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Avatar[/amazon_link] as a benchmark for 3D, so the question arrises for Transformers 3. Does the 3D in this movie hold up? I’ll answer that later on 😉

Ok, lets start with a few things about the movie as most of you know Transformers has become very popular and even more so since the first movie, which I really enjoyed and have seen several times, then the second move, which wasn’t too bad, but not as good as the first. So this third outing really had to be special to pull the movies back from the second movie.

Not Bad! Not Brilliant, but not bad!

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is an all out action movie with so much going on and very little actually happening, story wise that is, without  giving away the plot, the little one it has, it’s all out war with Prime vs Prime and humans getting in the way, yep that’s it really.

What made the film just come to a complete stand still for me was Leonard Nimoy playing Sentinel Prime, yes he has the gravel sounding voice for a Autobot, yes he sounds as old as the character, but for crying out loud, we all know him as Spock, so did he really have to quote his famous line from Star Trek: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few“, just before trying enslave the human race. At that point I was enjoying the carnage, explosions and brilliant special effects. But at that point, my heart sank in to a state of disbelief, even those in the cinema had a grown at this scene.

Now don’t get me wrong the movie is fun and is a bit of a roller coaster ride, but there is just something missing from the movie, I can’t put my finger on it, but there seems to be something that just doesn’t seem right. If you are looking for a movie that is full of special effects, explosions and ear bursting surround sound, then this probably for you. But, if you are hoping to see something like the first movie, then you will be disappointed

Ok, but what about the 3D!

As I mentioned I do have a tendency to use Avatar as a benchmark for 3D movies and so far nothing has topped it’s use of 3D, with Transformers the 3D isn’t really put to its full potential and though it does work quite well, there are so many sections of the movie where it just could have been a lot better.

For example, with the mighty battle going on in, with buildings coming down and the burning embers floating around, they just seem, “flat” where as in Avatar, you felt you could put your hand in to the screen and grab the embers burning from the forest. The same goes for the explosions, they just never seemed to shoot out as much as you would expect them to.

Now I’m not sure if this was a converted 2D to 3D film, but it certainly seems like it in parts, very much like some of the scene in the 3D version of [amazon_link id=”B003D3MZYK” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Clash of the Titans[/amazon_link].

So, should you go and see Transformers: Dark of the Moon?

There’s two answers to this, yes and no!

If you just want to see a film that is all action and not much brains then this is certainly one to catch and though the 3D isn’t that brilliant it does add to the feel of the movie, if you are expecting to get a film as good as the first one, or you’ve never seen any of the other Transformers movies then I would have to no.

So my rating of the movie, I will have to give it 3 out of 5, a night out at best!

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  • Dr. Rus Jeffrey

    Hey Karen;

    Hmmm – yup – it sounds like we both saw the same movie! LOL! Transformers Dark of the Moon is pretty much a special effects battle ride with little to no story-line. I too, along with many others in the movie theater, could NOT believe it when Leonard Nimoy showed up as Sentinal Prime. There was also a “gasp” of unbelief when he actually said the famous Star Trek line too.

    Great review Karen!

    Dr. Rus

  • I’ve really tried to like the latest Transformer movies past the first one. But, I have a hard time sitting through them. I do like the idea of 3D for these alien robot things, but I’m thinking I will wait for the blu-ray. Batman, on the other hand, I’ll be waiting for the theater doors to open.

  • 😆 Now there’s a thought when I retire 😉

  • Anybody would have thought that we all had to be reminded who he actually is, but surely his voice is recognition enough with out sprouting a Star Trek line in the movie 😉

  • I’ll certainly be pre-booking my tickets for the next Batman movie 😉 😉

  • Dr. Rus

    Pssst – I’ll be chatting with Mike Uslan – the guy who owns all that is Batman – on my talk show soon. 🙂

  • Now that will certainly be a show to listen to, do you have the shows as a podcast? 😉 😉

  • Estava Morioka

    I havet seen this movie yet but the complaints that u have sound like the same complaints that people had with the second one, which was horrible. Im so not down to see this now. Thanks for the review Karen!

  • india

    Well, i saw this one but this one is worst then the second one….i don’t know why do people love such a drama….it was like they were overacting and that supermodel..she was useless….i hated this movie…but the 3-d are good…and overall this is bad bad bad that’s three bad movie!!

  • alicia

    I’m huge fan of the Transformers movie series. First Transformers film was probably the best of the series. When I went to watch it yesterday, I still came in with relatively low expectations. But overall Transformers 3 was fun to watch. The movie is technically brilliant and visually spectacle. My rating -> 6.5 out of 10

  • I agree it was fun to watch, it could have been so much better and the 3D wasn’t really used to it’s advantage.

  • marisflores

    Too bad they coin the phrase from star trek they should have made their own famous line, not loosing their originality. Nimoy voice is already an Icon and is distinguishable enough.

  • Emm

    Nice review! I have been trying to decide whether to watch this or not but there is just too much else on at the moment. I’m not a fan of 3D and I think it is because I wear contact lenses. For whatever reason, it makes me slightly seasick and I have to squint to get it to work. I got the idea the visuals on this would be great in 2D or 3D but I’m a little disappointed to hear you say they looked flat in parts.

  • Do let me know how you get on seeing the movie 😉

  • There are a few people that find the 3D experience makes them feel seasick, so you’re not the only one, may be it’s the type of 3D, there is “Real3D” with the lightweight plastic glasses and “Active 3D” which uses the heavy battery powered glasses 😉

  • Emm

    Oooh, I haven’t heard of Active 3D glasses before – very interesting. I’ve only ever used the naff plastic glasses.

  • I used the Active 3D glasses when I went to see Avatar for the *cough* time 😉 And I have to say that the Active system is so much better, but it’s a lot pricer for the theatres, so they opt for the Real3D instead, the Active 3D is also what the majority of 3D TVs use 😉

  • I think that what shocked me so much and I don’t think the rest of the audience was impressed 😉

  • I think if you’ve seen the others then this is one that’s ok to rent out, which is cheaper at the end of the day 😉

  • Emm

    Aaaah, now that’s interesting. Le Husband has been trying to get me to buy a 3D TV for a while.

  • As you mentioned its not a brilliant movie but a good movie. The same story could have being done so much better. There was hardly any emotion involved when Ironhide died and Optimus Prime stuck in cables ???? :S , OMG that’s a big big bad

  • Glad I’m not the only one who wasn’t impressed with the movie then 😉

  • There were parts in the movie which deserved better scenes and Ironhides was certainly one of them 😉