Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Year of Release: 2011
Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Patrick Dempsey, Frances McDormand, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, John Malkovich, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Ken Jeong, Glenn Morshower
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 3

Michael Bay is back to the franchise he originated in 2007, with "Transformers", which was a huge hit throughout the world. The new film is more of the same, with more action and special effects dominating a screenplay that is cliche ridden. The film follows young Sam Witwicky, who is currently trying to find a job in Washington D.C. His friends, the Autobots are involved in secret operations and Sam resents being forgotten by everyone. Thanks to a clever strategy from the Decepticons, an important artifact is recovered from the Moon, which endangers the entire safety of the Planet. It's up to Sam and his allies to save everyone.
The "Transformers" franchise has been one of the more successful (financially) of the last few years. As usual with Michael Bay directing, the screenplay is the least important thing of the entire production - each of his films is always about mass destructions and an overload of special effects that saturates each frame presented on screen. The screenplay from Ehren Kruger, who became famous after adapting "The Ring" films, is filled with cliches, from the stoic main characters, to the supporting comic reliefs and of course, the love interest. Michael Bay films everything as if though it's part of an extra-long videoclip, where the editing is quick, the characters are thin and the soundtrack is loud. Frances McDormand and John Malkovich, both fantastically gifted actors, create forgettable characters, but in a film populated with them, it's not entirely unsurprising. A film easily forgettable.