Sunday, July 10, 2011
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
"Dark of the Moon” is one of the few recent 3-D movies that justify the upcharge. Mr. Bay(movie director) clearly enjoys playing with the format, which is also to say that he takes it seriously. A lot of glass and metal comes flying at your head, and you feel surrounded, plunged into a universe governed by new and strange laws of physics. Nothing you see makes any sense at all, but the sensations are undeniable, and kind of fun in their vertiginous, supercaffeinated way.
Featuring Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) taking his first tenuous steps into adulthood while remaining a reluctant human ally of Optimus Prime. The film centers around the space race between the U.S.S.R. and the USA, suggesting there was a hidden Transformers role in it all that remains one of the planet's most dangerous secrets. The villain in this third film is the Shockwave.
The Autobots like freedom, the Decepticons do not, and mankind — or at least American mankind, which also likes freedom, as well as the cars and guns that symbolize it — is on the side of the Autobots. But there are traitors, both human and metallic, which makes things complicated in the sense that more exposition is required, and plot twists need to be handled with screaming instances of narrative torque.
The other new casts in the movie includes Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as Carly. She replaced the role of Megan Fox as the leading lady of Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich as Bruce Brazos, Ken Weon as Jerry Wang and Patrick Dempsey as Dylan.