Maxing out on Bay- hem
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