While all of the Transformers movies have been violent, this one seemed especially so. True, pretty much all of the violence was centered upon the machines and it’s difficult to call machine warfare bloody and explicit when there’s no blood and their body parts are made up of tires and wires. However, director Michael Bay somehow partly managed it and at one point viewers can even recognize a spinal column being ripped out of one of the machines along with their head. Pretty shocking really.
Aside from this movie being surprisingly gruesome, the special effects and action scenes rocked. But they had to be beyond belief in order to hide the mediocre storyline. Shia LeBeouf reprises his role of Sam Witwicky and does an excellent job (despite him saying in an interview that he thought the movie sucked). He even shows his blossoming action prowess in the end battle by doing stunts like leaping animal-like over cars and sliding under other cars with surprising agility, stamina, and grace.
The actors playing Sam’s parents must have been under contract for all three movies because there’s not much reason for their appearance blip. They pop in quickly to annoy Sam and give him some advice on how to keep his super hot girlfriend and then disappear, never to be seen from or cared about again.
That brings up the new love interest for Mr. Nerdy Witwicky. Carly, played by the Victoria’s Secret Angel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, is little more than a model with lines here. Her hair always looks perfectly styled as if she’s about to raise her eyes and pose with a sultry stare for the photographer and her clothes are always, needless to say, calculated to show off her body in the best way possible no matter how inappropriate that might be for most offices. Her integral part for most male viewers must have been in the beginning when she showed off her nonexistent tush by walking around on her toes wearing only a button down shirt and panties. Her integral part in the story was a few lines to the allies toward the end concerning the enemies plans. Or, wait, no. Her only importance in the movie really was her prancing around looking like a lingerie model. All through the movie they dropped in jokes of her model alter-ego; they only served to remind audiences that she’s not an actress, and that the movie needed a super beauty who wasn’t a super witch to help boost its box office numbers.
Summed up, LeBeouf plus awesome action and awesome special effects cannot quite hide the occasional ridiculousness of their Angel (although she was a very sweet Angel) and the occasional oddities in the story. Still, on the whole it was entertaining and had this examiner more often than not staring unblinkingly at the screen (usually when the Angel was not there).
Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon gets a 3.5 out of 5 stars.