Contributed By Jonathan Teo
This latest installment of the Transformers franchise is a blockbuster all right: many blocks of downtown Chicago buildings are busted in a protracted face off between the evil Decepticons and the heroic Autobots, and that’s pretty much what the whole movie is about. That and the curvy physique of Megan Fox’s replacement, Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington Whiteley.
In a nutshell (not that the plot is anything elaborate), the Decepticons are on a mission to regain power, the key to which is hidden in a Cybertronian spacecraft that crash-landed on the moon several decades ago.
Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), meanwhile, has finally landed a job. Through a new colleague, Jerry Wang, he discovers the actual reason for the Apollo 11’s trip to the moon in 1969: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (who plays himself in a cameo) were sent to check out the alien crash-site. With the help of retired agent Agent Simmons (John Turturro), the duo inform the Autobots, who promptly search out and rescue their lost comrade.
In typical Sam Witwicky fashion, our hero is also having problems with his new girlfriend Carly—no, not that he’s worried her mile-long legs will make him look like her baby brother (director Michael Bay’s creative camera angles take care of that) but that she is getting chummy with her boss Dylan (Patrick “McDreamy” Dempsey). No mere playboy, his sinister agenda comes to light in the second half of the movie, which is when all the big, explosive action takes place.
Story-wise, Dark Of The Moon is threadbare, rehashing the same drill of good against bad. If you’re the target audience, a.k.a fanboys both pubescent and grown-up, the overload of non-stop CGI action will trigger enough drooling to rust over the Empire State Building. If you aren’t from the above category, don’t say you haven’t been warned.