Early Buzz: ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ is the “best entry in the Michael Bay-directed franchise”, Says AICN
Even though it’s set to release July 1, which is three months away, Capone of Ain’t It Cool News has posted the first review for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. After attending a special viewing of the unfinished 2D cut, Capone’s review states that this movie demonstrates Michael Bay’s astounding directing ability, and also gives spoilers and plot information that must be read to be believed. Spoiler Alert: The following excerpts from this review contain exclusive information on the script, and certain scenes from the movie.
On the script:
“The clever script manages to find new ways to place Transformers into world events, including one particularly nasty “accident” at the nuclear power plant at Chernobyl, which was actually the result of some of the moon technology being experimented on. And I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying that Optimus finds a way to retrieve Sentinal Prime’s body from the moon wreckage and revive him (voiced to perfection by Leonard Nimoy)”
On the Chicago Destruction Scene:
“These sequences are cool for a few reasons, but let me talk about them purely from a purely action standpoint. Because the Decepticons (who have taken over the city for reasons that involve restoring their planet) can detect machines coming into their airspace, the military can’t send planes to bomb them. As a result, small teams of Nest soldiers much base jump into the city using suits that effectively make them able to fly. As much as some of you might think this was accomplished with visual effects, guess again. I saw these guys jump off the Willis Tower and the Trump tower. Those guys fucking flew, then pulled their chutes, then landed. In watching most of the action sequences, it appeared to me that Bay opted to go practical a lot more than he has with this franchise in the past. Pretty much the only totally artificial element in DARK OF THE MOON are the robots, and what a colossal difference it makes.”
On the film over all:
“I have to admit, I’m genuinely surprised what a strong effort this film is, not just in terms of its scope, but also in its pacing, performances, and ideas. This one dares to go dark from time to time, and that helped me find the often-lacking component of many Bay films: emotion. You probably won’t shed any tears watching DARK OF THE MOON, but you will care when certain lives are lost or in peril. This one might actually rock you a little to your foundation; get excited about that.”
The review, which comes from a man who wasn’t an avid fan of the Transformer franchise as a youth, seems to be a good indicator that followers new and old may love the upcoming Transformers: Dark of the Moon. If you’re interested you can read Capone’s full review on Ain’t It Cool News.