If you’re one of the many who felt that Transformers 2 (technically, it was called
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) failed to live up to expectations, you might be mildly surprised by the quality of Transformers 3 (you also might be kind of an idiot for having high expectations for a sequel about giant space robots). According to the reviews, it is a significant upgrade over the quality of the last film in the series.
Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, here. Don’t expect the next Citizen Kane or anything close. Make no mistake: Transformers 3 is still jam-packed with effects and pretty light on plot. What little plot there is actually makes some sense this time around, though. It all starts with the revelation that the Apollo 11 moon mission was not just a mission to walk on the moon, but also to uncover an alien spaceship (conspiracy theorists will eat that one up).
We’ve got to hand it to director Michael Bay–the moon sequence is original and borderline clever.
From there, though, things turn back into what you’d expect from a Transformers movie. There are plenty of explosions, a hot female lead (it’s Rosie Huntington-Whiteley this time, not Megan Fox) and painfully lame attempts at humor.
The reports are that the visual effects–in 3D this time–are truly fantastic.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens tonight at midnight.