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    Hey guys, I recently started posting reviews for films on Rotten Tomatoes, and so from now on I will post every review on here as well, starting with Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.

    [SIZE="5"]Transformers: Dark Of The Moon Review

    [SIZE="3"]Finally, after 4 years, this franchise is ending. The Transformers movies have always grossed hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office, but not once have the movies managed to be worth that much. They have always been pure popcorn entertainment, never trying to have some kind of ulterior motive or a moral message. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon doesn't change that, but it definiately manages to be the best of the trilogy, even though similar problems as the last 2 entries hold it back from being truely great entertainment.

    The story of the film is surprisingly the movie's strongest asset. It follows the Decepticons and the Autobots as they race against time to get to "The Pillars" first, an ancient, powerful piece of technology which could have save what is left of Cybertron. The reason that it managed to be much stronger than the previous 2 films is that the film focuses on the plot 100% of the time. Not one scene is unecessary or does not link to the story in one way or another. They also go into surprising depth about "The Pillars" and their origins, rather than just saying it's a powerful device. It helps make you feel as if you have a more direct stake in what is happening than the original 2. Along the way there are also some very nice, unexpected plot twists from the half-way point onwards, leaving you on your toes as to what will happen next.

    The performances further help push the story along. They are all in general good. Shia LaBeouf manages to be more likable than he has been in previous entries and less whiney, while Rosie Huntington-Whiteley manages to replace Meghan perfectly, with better looks AND better acting skills. Only two performances were really bad, and in both cases they did not have much to work with, and that was with John Malkovitch and Ken Jeong. They both try WAY too hard with the unfunny material, which makes their characters go from bad to terrible.

    The script is just...There. It pushes the story along nicely, but there are no real moments of flare that make it stick out. No clever dialogue, no unique plot devices, nothing. There isn't even much room for character development, with very little downtime throughout the film. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but at least every person could have had more added depth rather than added comedy moments (many of which didn't work well).

    Michael Bay's direction is as it always is. Explosions and boobs first, drama later. The action scenes are great as usual, with some good use of 3D: It adds depth rather than be some cheap way to have stuff jump out the screen, and it's clearer which one is the Autobot and which one is the Decepticon as a result. And, as usual, the attempts at drama are sub-par as the audiance never really gets to feel any emotion other than humor. The soundtrack is more generic than it ever has been, and it's never really notable as it either rehashes old songs or it doesn't attempt anything different.

    Overall, Transformers: Dark Side Of The Moon doesn't try to revolutionise cinema, but it manages to be a MUCH more enjoyable ride and a much less stupid one than previous entries, even though the stupidity is still there at times. [/SIZE]

    [SIZE="5"]Final Score: 7/10[/SIZE]
    In a horror story, the victim keeps asking "Why?", but there cannot be any explanation.The unanswered mystery is the one that stays with us the longest, and it's what we'll remember in the end.

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    Re: GunGrave TZA's Movie Review Thread

    Quick update: This thread is now obsolete. From now on, all my movie reviews will be posted on my blog, found here. Refer to there from this point onwards for my film reviews.
    In a horror story, the victim keeps asking "Why?", but there cannot be any explanation.The unanswered mystery is the one that stays with us the longest, and it's what we'll remember in the end.