Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) English- Science Fiction Robotic Action Rated “PG-13” Runtime- 154 min. dir. Michael Bay
I know that some of you already know my feelings about Michael Bay and the Transformers series of films. Needless to say, I’ve discovered some more things to gripe about after watching the most recent (but sadly not the last) movie in the series.
How much is there, really? OMG! Robots from space take over Chicago (and only Chicago) and threaten to move into the solar system on a permanent and oppressive basis.
Despite managing to continually surprise me by amassing more and more star power for each film, the acting always falls a little flat. The most bad-ass things are still said by Optimus Prime, and the jokes are just as immature as ever.
The digitally created sets almost make it real this time, but the amount of bloom and flash is just too overwhelming, not to mention the fighting robots.
KAPOW!! Fwooosh! BOOOM!!!
So here are two things that I mused about when I was watching this film:
“Why are these robots allowed to enacted violence on each other that would be considered abhorrent if they were human?” Dismemberment and evisceration are prevalent in every fight scene, yet the robots are supposed to be considered next to or higher than humans in their culture and intelligence.
“Is America the world?” It seems like there’s no action that takes place much outside of the U.S., the exception being an errand to Egypt. Also, I like how Chicago was exclusively taken over, it’s citizens murdered, and then it was used to almost destroy the world (which is America). Very subtle writing.
You’ve already seen it if you care. If you’re curious, just make sure to turn off the higher functions of your brain first.