Director Michael Bay is just a big boy with some very expensive toys. Having steered the Transformers series to the top of the cinematic totem pole, he knows how to create the maximum amount of mayhem - which is easy given the mega-budget he has to play with. It’s hardly high art and those looking for strong characterisation are better off elsewhere. Transformers’ third outing is just as silly and over the top as the others with Bay ensuring viewer’s eyes receive a visual feast amongst an onslaught of robotic fisticuffs.
After their defeat at the hands of the Autobots, the evil Decepticons plot their next move. Always ready with a cunning plan their leader, Sentinel Prime, attempts to put together a series of pillars which will bring more Decepticons to earth. With the help of earthling Sam (Shia LeBeouf), the Autobots must stop them and protect their adopted planet from a potential apocalypse.
Perhaps stung by the criticism which greeted Transformers 2, the film-makers have attempted to return to the firsts’ successful formula. It mostly succeeds in doing so by enabling a fairly balanced human/robot ratio. You’re certainly not watching Shakespeare and the acting won’t win any awards but for a comic book style popcorn flick it works. If you want to see destruction, awesome heroics and all sorts of mechanical creatures they’re all here in fine form.
Its’ biggest asset are the action sequences with the cinematography dragging the viewer into the heat of battle. It’s a pity so much corny humour creeps in as it negates some much needed menace. With characters and machines producing rapid fire quips you’d be forgiven if you thought you’re seeing a comedy. A movie can be fun without such silly moments although within its predictable story are some truly amazing special effects which continually dazzle. Credit has to be given for being so creative in this department even if all other areas are pretty woeful.
Artistically Transformers 3 is a bit of a mess. Commercially it should be a huge hit as it provides ‘no-brain’ entertainment to its ultimate zenith. Michael Bay would undoubtedly be proud of his efforts and have an eye for another movie in which to produce his typical style of high octane hokum.
Movie Review Rating 6 / 10
Movie Review by Patrick Moore
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