ROBORT WARS

CAN TRANS­FORM­ERS MAKE A KILLING AT THE BOX OF­FICE?

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - FRONT PAGE - By Da­mon Smith

ME­GAN Fox may have de­parted the Trans­form­ers fran­chise but di­rec­tor Michael Bay and the re­main­ing cast re­turn for an ex­plo­sive third chap­ter, which is the first of the se­ries to be screened in 3D. Like its pre­de­ces­sors, Trans­form­ers: Dark Of The Moon is a ridicu­lously en­ter­tain­ing thrill-ride that jet­ti­sons script, di­a­logue and char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion to de­liver 154 min­utes of testos­terone­fu­elled car­nage. The flimsy plot opens in the early 1960s when a Cy­bertro­n­ian space­craft crash-lands on the Moon, spark­ing a race be­tween the Amer­i­cans and the Rus­sians to reach the satel­lite. Dur­ing a TV black­out, the crew of Apollo 11 re­trieves an im­por­tant Au­to­bot arte­fact and re­turns it to Earth, un­aware that more than 40 years later, the de­vice will spark a ti­tanic war with the De­cep­ti­cons. As usual, Sam Witwicky

Ju­lia Roberts and Tom Hanks get to­gether.

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