The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, movie 4k and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets. Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que) and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United States and Russia to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and learn its secrets, and once again Sam Witwicky has to go to the aid of his robot friends. The new villain Shockwave is on the scene while the Autobots and Decepticons continue to battle it out on Earth.
Transformers 3: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Man, so much stuff happens in this damn movie. One can only scratch the surface of what the movie 4k download has to offer when reviewing it. The best I can do is list the best and worst of it.
The best thing about these movies 2160p is how they look, how well the transformers integrate into the real-life footage to make a compelling action sequence. Here it’s cranked to eleven, and the CG is very impressive. On the larger shots, even tiny transformers far in the background look convincing.
There a several action set pieces (specifically towards the end) which are easily some of the best of the trilogy. The whole scene with the collapsing building and the tracking shot of Optimus slicing and smashing his way through a bunch of decepticons are colossal showstoppers.
This is also one of the best 4k movies to date. One major critique of 3D is that 3D glasses make the film darker, but here they do a very smart thing, the film itself is brighter than your average movie and this problem evens itself out. Another thing that worried me before I saw it is that if there was so much high-speed action maybe that and the combination of 3D would give me motion sickness, end of the movie: no problems.
The villains suck. Megatron does absolutely nothing throughout the whole film until right at the end, and even that was a let down. Shockwave appears briefly at the start and vanishes for two hours, he himself doesn’t actually do much, it’s all down to this big nameless tentacle-clad decepticon he works with. Starscream does nothing, but then he never did anything anyway. I’m not even going to mention Patrick Dempsey. But the biggest let down is with the movies main villain “Sentinel Prime”. Basically he is Optimus’ predecessor but he changed sides to the decepticons and made a deal with Megatron to bring life back to their home planet Cybertron. This is the driving element of the movie, but there are many plot holes from this. Early in the film Optimus basically says he wants to make Sentinel Prime leader of the autobots again, and offers him the matrix (an item that brings dead transformers back to life) but Sentinel Prime declines. Then he changes sides. Why did he decline taking the matrix? it would in definitely be a help in his ploy. Sentinel Prime gets numerous chances to kill Optimus once and for all, but like all lousy villains he delays his hand and Optimus lives.
The product-placement is out of control. I am not joking when I say there is a scene where Shia LaBeouf stops the movie to recite a Mercerdes Commercial
The annoying characters from the last movie are gone, save one. The little autobot who humped Megan Fox’s leg makes a return. Just be thankful there’s no Skids and Mudflap
The Down-Right Ugly
The acting here is a range from Tolerable to Impossibly-Bad. There are actors here that have been in some high quality material that just blatantly signed onto this because A) they wanted a paycheck B) they have nothing else on their schedules I mean John Malkovich and Frances McDormand are Oscar nominees who are so unbelievably bad in this movie they make Shia Lebeouf look like Laurence Olivier and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is the stiffest most wooden actress i’ve seen in ages. John Turturro is awkward but after three movies I don’t care anymore.
Stereotypes a-hoy, not as prominent as before but it’s here. We have: Tyrese Gibson and some other black guy fist-bump and ridicule one another. We have LeBeouf call a Japanese man “Moto-Mushi-Ichi” and decepticons with dreadlocks. Plus that gay guy from the hangover makes an appearance as some loony scientist, but luckily Michael Bay had the sense to drop him out of a window.
Some visceral “American” moments, like using the moon landing to spark the movies plot. Also blowing up the statue of Lincoln to let Megatron sit on the chair instead. Since i’m British I didn’t care for these scenes that are obviously meant to say to American audiences: “These decepticons are blowing up America! Damn Them!”
In Conclusion, I may have some major complaints with this movie but it is a ton of fun. The movie delivers on everything it promises and everything you expect and not a single dull moment. If you loved the first movie, and loved the second movie (god help you) I can guarantee you will love this movie even more. I’d say the definitive summer film this year has been made clear.
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Good considering what it is
I have to say I enjoyed watching Transformers 3. If you take it for what it is, a Michael Bay movie with awesome, epic visuals, an over-the- top weak plot, not very deep characters, and classic ‘Bay’ humor, then it’s great. Not as good as the first, but easily better than the 2nd one.
First off, the visual effects are amazing. One of the best, if not the best, that I’ve seen, both in details on the transformers, in action/fighting sequences, and in more general landscape shots – the views of Chicago when it was being attacked by decepticons were great. I watched it in 3D in the theater, and it was arguably the best 3D effects I’ve seen, and best use of 3D cameras, and that is including Avatar which i also saw in 3D. This is what Michael Bay is really good at, and this movie shows he is arguably the expert in visual effects and composition.
visual effects and presentation – 10/10
The plot isn’t great. When it starts out, it seems like it might develop nicely into a moderately complex story rooted in some historical events that happened very differently than how we thought (kind of like the hoover dam part in the first transformers), but in the end not much is made of that and the plot is relatively direct and over-the-top. However, it does have a few good moments that offer a bit more complexity or emotion, and anyways I didn’t watch the movie hoping for a subtle, complex, and nuanced plot.
Plot – 6/10
The characters and acting aren’t Oscar-worthy either, to say the least. Rosie Huntington-Whitely is not a great actress, in fact she isn’t really an actress, and it shows, but, to be honest, I have seen worse performances. Shia Labeouf is decent in his role as usual. and again there are some new characters, including some for Michael Bay- esque comic relief (which in my opinion is actually funnier than much of the humor in revenge of the fallen, which felt a little too forced to me).
Characters/acting – 6/10
Fun – 8/10
If you’re expecting a layered, nuanced movie with deep characterization and a complex and well-written plot, well, then, don’t watch this. If, though, you want a fun blockbuster with truly amazing visual effects, a decent (but forgettable) storyline and characterization, and an easy to follow dynamic, well you’ll probably like Transformers 3.