FILM DETAILS: Certificate 12A Director Michael Bay Starring Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel Running Time 157 mins
SYNOPSIS: Mankind’s continuing war against the Decepticons takes an interesting turn as NASA discover an alien spacecraft wreck on the dark side of the moon, this is what ignited the space race between America and the Soviet Union in the 1960s. The film switches into the present, reintroducing unlikely hero Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) facing the usual everyday dilemma’s. Mikaela Banes played by Megan Fox is long gone. (It was widely reported that Executive Producer, Steven Spielberg fired her after likening director Michael Bay to Hitler.) Fox is replaced by Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), Sam’s new woman. He can’t get a job and is determined to save the world again from the inevitable attack.
MY THOUGHTS: I enjoyed the first film in the trilogy, back in 2007. it was a surprise hit when you consider the director, Michael Bay has been labelled as a terrible film maker. It made Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox overnight stars. Stark contrast to the appalling sequel that Shia LaBeouf has been quoted as saying “I hated it, I just didn’t enjoy it. I thought we missed the mark. I got confused. I couldn’t see what the fuck was going on, you know with certain robots…I couldn’t decipher what was happening. There were storyline paths that I just wouldn’t have gone down.” Furthermore, LaBeouf recently stated that ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ suffered as a result of barely having a script. Shocking stuff for a Hollywood blockbuster.
I wasn’t holding my breath for the third film in the franchise, but was pleasantly surprised to a certain extent. I’ll begin with the negatives. A few films I’ve watched recently, namely 'Green Lantern’ and now this film contain ground breaking CGI, that are impressive in certain aspects of the movie but again attempt to use the technology in certain scenes that just doesn’t work. An example would be the use of CGI to re-create President JFK, it clearly looks nothing like him. The length of the third instalment is hefty to say the least. At 157 minutes, it will take patience and a large bladder if you are to watch it uninterrupted.
The sequences are impressive and more structured than the dire 2009 sequel. Steven Spielberg was signed up as Executive Producer and was undoubtedly utilised to full effect by Michael Bay for his vast array of knowledge.
Shia LaBeouf is without doubt one of the best young actors in Hollywood. He has come along way from his 'Even Stevens’ days, and has carved out and developed into a leading man of stature. He has the unique ability to convey visceral emotion to the audience that enables them to like the character in which he is portraying and care what happens to his character. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is clearly pretty hot, having had a very successful modelling career, she is now pursuing an acting career, it was a bold move to cast her, as this is her first film. Whiteley comes across as likeable, but a bit wooden, not really surprising considering the enormity of the movie and Michael Bay uses some pervy/interesting camera angles that is perhaps an attempt to gloss over this wooden trait on screen. Patrick Dempsey does well as playing the bad guy but you will have an urge to want to flick him in the face!
The positives do outweigh the negatives and with some eye catching visuals, good performances mainly from Shia LaBeouf with an interesting plot, along with funny moments does make for an entertaining film.
NEXT FILMS: Shia LaBeouf will be seen next in 'The Wettest County in the World’ with the formidable duo of Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman. It is a crime-drama centred on a family of depression-era bootleggers in the American south, from the director of 'The Road’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbLgszfXTAY). Rosie Huntington-Whiteley doesn’t have anything in the pipeline at the moment. Josh Duhamel will be seen next in 'New Year’s Eve’ with Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel and Ashton Kutcher. The lives of several couples and singles in New York intertwine over the course of New Year’s Eve.
Well. After watching Transformers 3 or well right from the beginning i decided it was the best out of all of them. It just has better graphics, effects & the robots are just better looking. Now the things i want to criticise on:
The only good thing about Rosie Huntington-Whiteley taking over the lead of Megan Fox is that Rosie she had better thumbs & probably the only person i know who can pull off ‘duck face’ througout a whole movie. Dylan, played by Patrick Dempsey will annoy you probably 99.99 % of the movie. Sam’s parents will just make you laugh. Oh & lookout for a new character 'Dutch’ he is the funniest to watch. Simmons just gets even more ridiculous & hilarious. Megatron should have died in Transformers 1 he will annoy you or its probably just me. Optimus Prime, one autobot that when something goes wrong - is never there!!! *you will understand! I just love Bumblebee, he made me aww throughout the whole movie. Sentinel Prime, is a prime obviously. But i will say this now be ready to hate this guy, R.I.P Ironhide. Ken Jeong, who plays Jerry Wang will make you LOL his character prob brings the funniest parts to the movie. Overall i love this movie, seen it twice normal & in 3D. It is totally worth the money watching it in 3D.