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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon Ups The Stakes

If you hated the first two Transformers films and are pre-disposed to already dislike this one then you will definitely want to skip this. If, however you are up for a big summer action flick then you won’t find any bigger than Transformers: Dark of the Moon. I’m certainly no Michael Bay apologist as there are a few of films I don’t really care for, but I don’t really understand the intense hatred anyone has for the Transformers films, especially site unseen. Dark of the Moon is not a deeply intellectual or emotional film by any means, but if you go in expecting that in a movie that starts with the name Transformers then I say the fault is with you. Despite what you may have heard elsewhere, there is plenty of story here and it is lacking the rumored Optimus Prime sized plot holes. The action is more intense, the stakes are higher and seldom has it been more fun.

The story begins by expanding on the long ago war on Cybertron between the Autobots and Decepticons. The Autobot leader, Sentinal Prime, attempts to escape but his ship is damaged. Many years later, Sentinel Prime’s ship crashes on the far side of Earth’s moon, an event which spurs John F. Kennedy to push the US space program to get men to the moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin run a secondary mission on the moon the investigate the ship and find all the Autobots deactivated. In the present day we see that NEST, lead by Lt. Colonel William Lennox (Josh Duhamel) is still active, with the Autobots and US special ops soldiers running missions together. However, since the Decepticons have gone underground the missions are against those that oppose the US. On a more covert mission to Chernobyl, the team discovers Shockwave and a very old piece of Cybertronian technology. This leads to the Secretary of Defense (Frances McDormand) to declassify the documents regarding Sentinel Prime’s crashed ship and the Autobots to plan a mission to the moon.

Meanwhile, we catch up with Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBeouf). Sam is living with his new girlfriend, Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley). He’s graduated from college, is looking for work and trying to find his place in the world. He’s saved the planet twice, but can never talk about it and simply wants to make a difference again. After several unsuccessful job interviews he finally lands a mailroom job working for Bruce Brazos (John Malkovich). Sam also meets Carly’s boss ,the debonaire Dylan Gould (Patrick Dempsey). Dylan seems to both have his eye on Carly and also helping Sam as he implies he was the one that got Sam his job. Of course, all is not as it seems and as the Autobots simultaneously revive Sentinel Prime and discover something aboard his ship, Sam is given information that leads him to discover that the Decepticons may not be as underground as thought. All is definitely not as it seems as the destinies of the Autobots and Sam Witwicky once again collide. It’s more or less at this point that the explosions start and the action goes through the roof.

The story is simple enough and easy to follow and provides an excellent backbone to what we really want to see in a Transformers movie, that being giant robots beating the snot out of each other. That being said, if you pay attention the plot does have a few intricate layers that greatly expands the Transformers movie mythology. I like how it shows that humans and robots were intertwined long before the events of the first film and in more subtle ways than what the second film showed. And yes, if you don’t actually listen to the dialogue or watch what is happening on the screen there will be things that don’t make sense. Isn’t that true of any film?

There are two things that make me really like this film. First, much like the first two films, I really appreciate the way in which Bay depicts the soldier characters. They never rely solely on the Autobots to defeat the Decepticons, instead the humans are always in the thick of the battle, even when it seems overwhelmingly against them. Government officials are sometimes shown as as shady or incompetent, but the soldiers doing the fighting are always heroic and self-sacrificing. The second best part of this film is the cameo by the real Buzz Aldrin. Aldrin has been a hero of mine since my childhood and seeing hi make an appearance with the towering Optimus Prime essentially being in awe of him was an especially nice touch. It’s possibly these two touches that veer the story into “America, F*ck Yeah!” territory, but, really, I don’t care. There’s nothing wrong with flawlessly heroic heroes, real or fictional.

I also really like Sam’s journey in this film. He’s saved the world twice and can never talk about nor can he use it to change his lot in life. At the end of the day he is still just another college graduate looking for a job. For someone who has fought beside the best of the best, human and robot, and has seen the things he has, he inderstandably feels left out and left behind. As his mother points out, even his car has a job and Sam knows that it is a job making a difference. This definitely informs how he behaves in the second half of the film and ultimately makes Sam as much of a hero as the soldiers. Sam is just a regular guy, yet when faced with deat hand destruction he doesn’t hesitate to step up and do what’s needed. Faced with the scale of the Decepticon’s rampage no one would fault him for sitting this one out. Thankfully, he doesn’t. It isn’t a question of him being the only one who can possibly save us. Quite the contrary as there are highly trained soldiers on the case who could also win the day. It’s the fact that Sam decides he won’t back down and won’t stay beaten down that elevates him to the level of the heroes around him.

Again, if you hated the first two films, then Transformers: Dark of the Moon is not the film for you and, really, if that is the case then I don’t understand why you’d read any reviews of it, much less pay to sit angrily in a theater. If, however, you are not pre-disposed to hate a film before you actually see it and you are looking for a big, bombastic popcorn flick, get yourself to the theater immediately for this. It is a summer action movie and never wants to be more than that. Get a tub of popcorn and enjoy!

Toy Fair 2011: Michael Bay & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Visit Hasbro’s Display

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who plays Carly in the upcoming Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Michael Bay, director of the same film, visited the Hasbro Transformers display at Toy Fair 2011. Here and a few photos of the two playing with Transformers! Check out Transformers: Dark of the Moon in theaters on July 1.

Toy Fair 2011: Hasbro’s Transformers Lineup Is More Than Meets The Eye

Once again Hasbro has enough Transformers announced at Toy Fair 2011 to populate Cybertron. Let’s do the run-down, shall we?

One of the most innovative toy lines in history introduces the next revolution in TRANSFORMERS action figures with the new MECHTECH line. Each TRANSFORMERS MECHTECH figure comes with a unique converting MECHTECH weapon that is interchangeable with all other core TRANSFORMERS MECHTECH figures. MECHTECH weapons can connect to each other or to TRANSFORMERS MECHTECH figures to “power-up” the figure. Leading the way in this new expression is the MECHTECH ULTIMATE OPTIMUS PRIME action figure, one of the largest, most impressive TRANSFORMERS action figures. Following are highlights of the new MECHTECH line.

(Approximate retail price: $79.99: Ages: 5 & up; Available: 8/1/2011)
With the upcoming TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON movie, one of the most iconic characters in the TRANSFORMERS lore will capture the spotlight as his heroic story becomes the focus of the first-ever 3D TRANSFORMERS movie. Now, an action figure befitting such an icon will be available with the new TRANSFORMERS MECHTECH ULTIMATE OPTIMUS PRIME action figure. The figure includes the AUTOBOT leader’s classic trailer that doubles as a weapons arsenal and is an integral part of the figure’s converting play pattern. The TRANSFORMERS MECHTECH ULTIMATE OPTIMUS PRIME figure features three modes of conversion – vehicle, robot, and robot with “mech suit.” –The trailer, which serves as a weapons depot and command center, also converts into a “mech suit” that OPTIMUS PRIME shows off when it’s time to rumble. Featuring lights, launching projectiles, electronic battle sounds and OPTIMUS PRIME phrases, this is the must-have item for kids and fans alike. 3 AA batteries included.

(Approximate retail price: $39.99: Ages: 5 & up; Available: 5/16/2011)
The TRANSFORMERS MECHTECH action figures each come with a unique converting MECHTECH weapon that is interchangeable with all other core TRANSFORMERS MECHTECH figures. The weapons from each figure can connect with weapons from other figures for more powerful play. The TRANSFORMERS MECHTECH TRANSFORMERS LEADER class assortment offers a large scale with tremendous character detail, includes lights and sounds, converts from robot to vehicle and comes with a large MECHTECH weapon. Characters include BUMBLEBEE, IRONHIDE and more. Each figure sold separately. 2 AA batteries included.

(Approximate retail price: Voyager $11.99; Deluxe $19.99: Ages: 5 & up; Available: 5/16/2011)
The TRANSFORMERS MECHTECH line of action figures each come with a unique converting MECHTECH weapon that is interchangeable with all other core TRANSFORMERS MECHTECH figures. Each figure’s weapon can connect with weapons from other figures for more powerful play. The figures in the TRANSFORMERS MECHTECH TRANSFORMERS VOYAGER CLASS scale convert from robot to vehicle and offer a unique MECHTECH weapon. VOYAGER CLASS characters include OPTIMUS PRIME, IRONHIDE and MEGATRON. The TRANSFORMERS MECHTECH DELUXE figures are the smallest scale of the series and offer a wide breadth of AUTOBOT and DECEPTICON characters, including BUMBLEBEE, RATCHET and STARSCREAM. Each figure sold separately.

Collectability has been an inherent part of TRANSFORMERS action figures since their inception over twenty five years ago. The new TRANSFORMERS CYBERVERSE line of action figures is created in a collectable, small scale and features easier robot-to-vehicle conversion than its larger counterparts in the MECHTECH line. The easier conversion and smaller scale allows kids to change the toys from robot to vehicle and play out the TRANSFORMERS fantasy! The new CYBERVERSE line features action figures as well as playsets, including the CYBERVERSE ARK PLAYSET, a TRANSFORMERS spaceship that converts to a battle station. Following are highlights of the new CYBERVERSE line.

(Approximate retail price: $29.99: Ages: 5 & up; Available: 8/1/2011)
No AUTOBOT intergalactic expedition would be complete without the TRANSFORMERS CYBERVERSE AUTOBOT ARK space craft! “Rocketing through space” to take out the menacing DECEPTICONS, the AUTOBOT ship has the ability to change into Battle Station Mode revealing multiple play areas for CYBERVERSE action figures. This playset features electronic lights and sounds, as well as the ability to launch projectiles. There’s also a holding cell for captured DECEPTICONS! Includes one CYBERVERSE LEGION CLASS figure. Additional figures sold separately. 2 AA batteries required.

(Approximate retail price: COMMANDER CLASS $7.99; LEGION CLASS $4.99: Ages: 5 & up; Available: 5/16/2011)
The TRANSFORMERS CYBERVERSE line of action figures are created in fun, small collectible scales, feature popular characters from the TRANSFORMERS universe and are easy to convert from robot to vehicle! To play out the battle of the AUTOBOTS vs. the DECEPTICONS, the TRANSFORMERS CYBERVERSE COMMANDER CLASS figures come with converting accessories and gear to take the battle to the next level. The TRANSFORMERS CYBERVERSE LEGION CLASS figures sport c-clamp hands that can hold weapons and interact with CYBERVERSE playsets. More than 20 figures exist within the line to collect. Each figure sold separately. Subject to availability.

In the heat of the ongoing epic battle between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS, both the heroes and villains often need to remain “Hidden in Plain Sight” while in vehicle mode. With the new STEALTH FORCE feature, TRANSFORMERS characters battle in vehicle mode with hidden weapon reveals! The line of SPEED STARS STEALTH FORCE vehicles highlights this element of the TRANSFORMERS fantasy with automatic or simple conversions from traditional vehicle mode to a vehicle battle mode featuring “pop-out” weapons for high-speed battles. Following are highlights from the TRANSFORMERS SPEED STARS STEALTH FORCE LINE.

(Approximate retail price: $24.99; Ages 4 & up; Available 5/16/2011)Featuring electronic lights and sounds, motorized conversions and firing projectiles, kids can “bring to life” an epic TRANSFORMERS battle with this new vehicle from the SPEED STARS STEALTH FORCE TRANSFORMERS line. For covert combat, watch as select parts of this BUMBLEBEE Chevrolet Camaro vehicle convert with the touch of a button to reveal stealth mode weaponry hidden inside to battle the evil DECEPTICONS like no other vehicle available. Product does not convert to robot. 3 AAA batteries included.

Here’s the rest of the line as showcased by Hasbro:

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon Teased

It appears there was a conspiracy regarding the first moon landing in 1969, but it wasn’t that we didn’t go there, rather it seems that the astronauts had a secret mission during a routine communications blackout. At least that is what the new Transformers film hypothesizes. Check out the details in the teaser trailer below. We only get a look at one Transformer and no sign of Shia LaBeouf or the other main characters as the teaser is set entirely in 1969. Enjoy and we will have much more for you in the months to come about this new film!