Transformers: Dark Of The Moon – DVD Review

Don’t expect the Moon

Release Date: 28 November 2011
2011 • 12 • 150 minutes • £11.99 (DVD)/£14.99 (triple-play Blu-ray)/£24.99 (Blu-ray 3D)
Distributor: Paramount
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Frances McDormand

Michael Bay rightly took a beating for the previous Transformers film, the messy, slapstick, arrogant Rise Of The Fallen. Has he learnt his lesson? Well, apparently yes, because Dark Of The Moon is essentially another crack at the same story but more coherently told – and with no stupid Transformer testicles.

The opening 10 minutes are thrilling. Interspersed with genuine ’60s footage and featuring cameos from the likes of Buzz Aldrin himself, the story takes us from the whizz-bang battle for Cybertron to an Autobot crash on the moon, the recovery of which was (allegedly) the real reason for the Space Race. But as soon as Sam Witwicky and his unconvincing new girlfriend Carly (the leggy but wooden Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) are introduced the saga is back on familiar ground, with giant robots squabbling over lost technology for two long hours while Shia LaBeouf sweats and shouts.

The fight scenes aren’t as headache-inducing as in previous instalments and Bay at least uses actors for the comedy scenes this time around – including a manic, sweary performance by John Malkovich – rather than dwelling on unfunny Auto-banter. There are chucklesome Star Trek in-jokes (Sentinel Prime is voiced by Leonard Nimoy, y’see) and outstanding setpieces such as a battle inside a toppling skyscraper. This is Michael Bay back on form… although, alas, that’s a phrase destined to make more sensitive cinephiles gag.

Extras: Absolutely nowt, shockingly.

Dave Bradley