Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the third outing in the Transformers series, and supposedly the final one (that didn't last long). The film concludes the story of Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) as he is living in Chicago with his new girlfriend, Carly (Rosie Hunting-Whiteley). Soon the decepticons bring on a new force which will allow them to transform Earth into their dying planet, Cybertron. Once again Sam must leave behind everything so he can help stop these unstoppable forces.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon tries to make up for the second installment, but ultimately fails. Most people will agree that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was atrocious, or die hard fans of the first may agree that it was a let down. Transformers: Dark of the Moon makes an attempt at putting this long dead franchise back on its feet, they try to do this again with the fourth installment, but they can just never do it right. Michael Bay needs to give up on this franchise already and start moving on to making other projects. Although I wasn't a fan of Pain & Gain, a lot of people were. I never thought I'd say this, but he needs to make more movies that are along the lines of Pain & Gain, just not Pain & Gain.
The humour is less offensive, but is unfortunately still present. Comedy is never the strongest aspect of the Transformers movies and for the most part it comes across as very racist and homophobic. This time around they try their hardest to make the film more drama oriented, but they just can't help themselves from throwing in unnecessary humour. This humour still isn't funny, but I'm more than thankful that they've dimmed down the racism, the homophobic business is a different story.
The special effects are outrageously brilliant. Since this is my third review for these Transformers movies, there's very little I have left to say about the special effects. The film's effects haven't quite outdone itself, but instead is on par with the previous two films. The action, although still flawed, looks sleek and elegant VFX-wise. There never has been anything to complain about with the special effects as they've always been at the top of their game.
The third act of this film is far from perfect, but close to decent. The third act of the film is when all hell brakes loose and the film goes into full on action. This action is very fun when it wants to be, but this doesn't mean it comes without flaws. One of the main reasons that it's superior to the rest of the film is that the first two acts just aren't good. The film clocks in at two and a half hours so the pay off isn't worth the wait. It delivers thrills, but the thrills can't make up for the first two tedious acts.
To sum up, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is slightly superior to the second installment, but it can't help the fact that the humour doesn't work, the action is flawed and the first two acts take too long to set up the occasionally thrilling third act.
1 1/2 Stars