Max­ing out on Bay- hem

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - LEIGH PAATSCH

ONE small step for man, one big pay­day for the fran­chise.

So reads the re­port card for Trans­form­ers: Dark of the Moon, the lat­est mega-bud­get ac­tion se­quel of the US sum­mer.

Filmed spec­tac­u­larly in 3D, this third ad­ven­ture looks des­tined to be re­mem­bered as the nois­i­est, boys-iest re­lease of 2011.

Clock­ing in at 2 ½ hours, this film is a ram­bunc­tiously hol­low echo cham­ber of smash­ing glass, clank­ing steel and ex­as­per­ated grunts and groans.

Much of the lat­ter will surely hail from the au­di­ence, as they won­der if the non-stop au­dio­vi­sual as­sault will ever end.

As was the case with ear­lier in­stal­ments, the shots are called on Trans­form­ers: Dark of the Moon by the no­to­ri­ous Michael Bay. This guy di­rects pic­tures with all the sub­tlety of some­one op­er­at­ing a chain­saw in a li­brary.

Give Bay enough cam­eras to shake, stuff to smash up and women to drool over, and he’ll hap­pily de­liver what ev­ery eas­ily pleased ( and eas­ily aroused) teenaged boy wants to see.

De­spite the ti­tle, much of the Bay-hem cours­ing through the film takes place on Earth.

Af­ter an ad­mit­tedly com­pelling, if goofy, pro­logue de­tail­ing the se­cret role Trans­form­ers played in the 1960s space race, the film switches back to very fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory.

While the good-guy Au­to­bots and the bad-guy De­cep­ti­cons do their best to de­stroy each other, pesky hu­manoid Sam Witwicky ( Shia LaBeouf) must save his new girl­friend Carly ( Rosie Hunt­ing­ton-Whiteley) from un­friendly fire.

The ex­tended se­quences where the ma­chines go into smack­down mode are han­dled much bet­ter this time. The writers have taken a lit­tle more time to ex­plain the who, what and why be­hind all the whack­ing.

While Dark of the Moon isn’t quite a tired movie ex­pe­ri­ence, it is of­ten a tiring one. New re­cruits such as John Malkovich, Frances McDor­mand and Pa­trick Dempsey ( the lead­ing hu­man vil­lain of the piece), do not ex­actly im­prove pro­ceed­ings.

And the stand­out se­quence of the film – an ex­cit­ing apoc­a­lyp­tic battle – does not ar­rive un­til the two-hour mark. trans­form­ersmovie. com. au Now show­ing Vil­lage Cin­e­mas Q& A with McDreamy: P7

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