By Kary Feick

Fighting for human peace, the Transformers return in the third installment of the series, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which embraces the 3D experience. Contrary to other summer sequels, Transformers 3 can hold its own ground. Visually appealing, the film is crystal clear and full of clever shots.

Starring Shia LaBeouf, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is an action packed, 157-minute adventure, featuring attractive cars that transform into heavy metal robots.

In the film, the Transformers are back again fighting to keep the peace for the humans. In the 1960s, it was known that something crashed on the moon. It took about 10 years to get a rocket to the moon. Once on the moon, NASA cuts to video. However, the video shows scenes of the crash site where a ship that belongs to the Transformers is spotted. Inspecting the ship, NASA determined that there were no life forms inside.

The film shows that the ship was carrying Sentinel Prime, Optimus Prime's teacher, and original holder of the All-Spark. Moving ahead, Optimus goes to the moon to wake Sentinel Prime, and learns about some things that are able to transport Cybertron to the Earth. Later in the film, it is revealed that Sentinel Prime is working with Megatron to "preserve" their race.

Transformers 3 is truly an adventure with LaBeouf, who plays Sam Witwicky. Easy to get lost in the storyline, Sam is attached to the Transformers. In return, the Transformers are trusting and loyal to Sam. Throughout the film, the Transformers and Sam as well as his girlfriend get into many troublesome situations.

In addition to the robot battles, Sam also “gets the girl” back from the enemy, which is highly predictable.

The biggest complaint about the film is the length. The plot needs to be accelerated in the second half and the ending seemed to drag on forever and lasted somewhere between 45 minutes to an hour. The film also was kind of jumpy, which unfortunately did not work well due to the 3D. The unpleasant jumpy feeling could potentially cause viewers to feel nauseous.

The fancy, convertible cars were fun to watch on the screen and provided a definite “cool” factor to the film. Another positive is LaBeouf’s friendship with the Transformers and the loyalty between them. This created a sense of heart in a few scenes throughout the film.

For a clever use of shots, visually striking experience, and a sequel that is actually quite entertaining, Transformers: Dark of the Moon earns 4 stars.  



3rd time produces entertaining, striking experience