So lets start with the obvious; Megan Fox isn’t in it. So how does her replacement Rosie Huntington-Whiteley do? Well in the first half of the movie she does well; however, once the action really kicks in she seems very lost. Perhaps she would do well in romantic comedies, but Ms. Huntington-Whiteley should refrain from action films. Overall though, very attractive and the accent is also nice, but when it all hits the fan she really doesn’t have much of an effect at all.
Now, onto the important focal point of the movie; the bots! There were some very heated battles in this final installment of Transformers. You also get to see some bots that weren’t in the previous film. Bots such as Soundwave, Laserbeak, Igor, and others. Of course the classic characters come back like, Optimus, Bumblebee, Starscream, and Megatron. The most anticipated addition was Sentinel Prime.
Sentinel was one of the original Primes and he is also voiced by Leonard Nimoy. Yep, that’s right, Spock came out of retirement to voice a Transformer. Very cool in a super geeky way right? What’s even more super geeky and cool (possible spoiler alert) is that Nimoy utters one of his famous lines from Star Trek; “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Awesome in a totally nerd way right?
Transformers: Dark of the Moon also has a few celebrity appearances like John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey, Frances McDormand, and Buzz Aldrin (yes THE Buzz Aldrin). Again, characters from the previous movies come back. A personal favorite is John Tuturro as Simmons. The crazy walking conspiracy encyclopedia is back and he has an assistant named Dutch played by Alan Tudyk.
The story line for Dark of the Moon is a cross between War of the Worlds and The Matrix. Aliens invade, the good guys are helpless, and the bad guys convince everyone that getting rid of the Autobots who can save us is in our best interest cause then they’ll take what they want and go away. Then, like idiots, we all believe them and have effectively been duped by the bad guys. It’s now man vs machine and the machines are winning. The ending leaves no doubt that yes, this is it. There is no room for anymore sequels, although Hollywood has proven us wrong before.
Overall it’s a very fun flick and worth the watch. The Decepticons are much more devious and ruthless than they have ever been. A lot of gaps in the history between the humans and Transformers get filled in with some interesting surprises. For those conspiracy minded people who believe the moon landing was faked, well it was, but only to cover up the true reason for the race to the moon. It wasn’t just to beat the Russians there, it was also to investigate an event NASA computers registered before the Russians could.
Battles were fought, people and bots were lost, but in the end good prevailed over evil and humanity was saved yet again.