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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Released

Latest Home Video

Jan 31, 2012

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

155

Director

Michael Bay

Cast

Shia LaBeouf

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Tyrese Gibson

Studio

2011 Paramount Pictures

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Still shot from the movie: Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

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Overall C-
ViolenceD+
SexB-
LanguageD+
Drugs/AlcoholB+
Run Time155

Making the Grades

Long, loud and ludicrous may be three appropriate adjectives to describe this third installment in the Transformers franchise.

Clocking in at 155 minutes (five minutes longer than the last movie), the action includes even more computer-animated clashes between the alien Autobots and Decepticons. Adding to their arsenal, the Decepticons prepare to strip the planet of its resources in order to rebuild their own civilization. Their plan is aided by the discovery of one of their wrecked ships on the dark side of the moon.

The skirmishes that follow are anything but quiet. As well, a thundering musical score bellows out of the speakers from beginning until the climatic conflict at the end of the production. (Supposedly the impact of seeing dead bodies, burning cities and severed heads is mitigated by this moving orchestral accompaniment.)

Still long and loud might be excused if it weren’t for the script’s ludicrous plot elements. Recently graduated from an Ivy League school and looking for work, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) throws a whining temper tantrum when hardnosed US Secretary of Defense Charlotte Mearing (Frances McDormand) refuses his help after another alien threat is discovered. Yet despite his juvenile behavior, the jobless, freeloading Sam has managed to bed a blonde bombshell and move in with her. (Megan Fox’s absence as Mikaela Banes is accounted for with the mention of a painful break-up.)

Dressed in provocative clothing that looks more appropriate for the bedroom than the boardroom, Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) works for an antique car collector (Patrick Dempsey) whose actions could easily be interpreted as sexual harassment. But beyond exposing her curves in skin-tight attire and keeping her makeup perfectly applied, Carly’s character does little more than purse her pouty lips and walk seductively toward the camera while massive explosions erupt around her. These sensual depictions are combined with other moments of sexual innuendo including some suggestive comments by Sam’s parents (Julie White, Kevin Dunn) and an awkward encounter with a co-worker (Ken Jeong) in a bathroom stall.

However most of the film’s action centers around government deceptions and the escalating turf war between the mechanical extraterrestrials. In the fray, both human and robotic casualties result as characters are stabbed, beheaded, run over and blown up while the Chicago skyline burns (a refreshing change from the usual destruction of New York or Los Angeles).

As always, the Autobots remain committed to the freedom and preservation of mankind. But if the film is trying to say humans are worth saving, the main characters in this film hardly model the kind of behavior that speaks well of our race.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Sam says he just wants his work to matter. Does he exhibit skills that would be impressive to an employer? Because of his presidential medal does he expect to get a job too easily? What real contributions has he made in the past?

Does this film objectify women? Are there any positive female characters in this movie? What contributions, if any, do women make?

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence, Coarse Language.
AB PG Violence, Coarse Language.
MB PG Not Recommended For Children, Violence, Frightening Scenes.
ON PG Violence, Language May Offend, Not Recommended For Young Children.
QC G Not Recommended for Young Children.
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Transformers: Dark of the Moon...

Home Video Release: Transformers: Dark of the Moon: 3D

Release Date: 31 January 2012

Transformers: Dark of the Moon releases on Blu-ray in 3D with the following bonus extras:

- Above and Beyond: Exploring Dark of the Moon

- Uncharted Territory: NASA’s Future Then and Now

- Deconstructing Chicago: Multi-Angle Sequences

- The Art of CYBERTRON

- The Dark of the Moon Archive

- The Matrix of Marketing

Home Video Notes: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Release Date: 30 September 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon comes to DVD and Blu-ray on September 30, 2011. This is a bare-bones package, because the studio is planning to release the Blu-ray 3D version and bonus features at a future date.

Home Video Release: Transformers Trilogy: 7-Disc Limited Collector’s Edition

Blu-ray Release: 31 January 2012

The complete Transformers Franchise releases to home video as a trilogy in a 7- Disc set. Bonus extras include:

- Blu-ray and DVD copies of: Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

- Plaque of movie images signed by Michael Bay

- More than 10 hours of special features

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genaro48@yahoo.com says: Jul. 01, 2011

Hoping for some specific reviews from parents here soon!  I have a 6 year old who loves the transformers and has seen the previous ones with slight edits on the home DVD player.  Remember, there is no substitute for supervision and no replacement for guidance.

TNT says: Oct. 07, 2011

So this is what passes for a PG-13 now? I guess only allowing 1 “F” bomb to be heard means it’s still ok for kids? The close up of the girlfriends fanny and underwear right from the begining clues you in to the low mental budget of the film. I’m getting a bit tired of the industry taking what kids are interested in and turning it into something nasty.:( Definitely DON’T take you 6 years olds to watch this garbage. I USED to like the transformers and now I’m wondering if I’ll let my kids ever watch the cartoons again. Sheesh!

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