When the news first broke about the production of Transformers 3, there was a lot of mixed feelings here at Tuppence, but with the release of the Transformers: Dark Of The Moon trailer (below) we started to get the feeling that is could all work out well in the end. With Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen being such a tragic let down, focusing heavily on forced humour, the worry was that Dark Side of the Moon would be taken in a similar direction. However, with the third entry in the series we got a return to the gravitas that made the first live action Transformers film work so well.
Linking the Transformers storyline to the moon landing looked like it could work well from the visuals in the trailer and the film did a pretty good job of making it stick when it was released on the 1st July 2011. However, reviews have not been kind to the film, with low to average scores across the board, but that did little to stop it from going on to be a massive billion dollar grossing box office success.
The story sees the Autobots going toe-to-toes with Megatron and the rest of the remaining Decepticons again, following their defeat at the end of Revenge Of The Fallen. When it becomes apparent that a spaceship from Cybertron has been found on the dark side of the moon, the two opposing forces become locked in a race against time to figure out the meaning of the discovery, leading up to the climactic final battle.
It’s the last film in the series to feature Shia LaBeouf (The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman) as Sam Witwicky, the Autobots’ best friend on Earth. It also acted as a springboard for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to star in a big budget blockbuster, taking the role of Sam’s new main squeeze, Carly Spencer.
There’s a few other big names in the mix too, including John Turturro, who takes his final bow too as former Sector 7 boss Seymour Simmons, as well as John Malkovich as Bruce Brazos, Sam’s boss, and Patrick Dempsey as Dylan Gould, Carly’s boss and general git. Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek (2009)) also puts in a showing as Optimus Prime’s predecessor, Sentinel Prime, and Hugo Weaving gives the voice of Megatron a good go.
To find out more about the film, visit our Transformers 3 page for additional details on the cast and the 1st teaser trailer.
Transformers Dark Side of the Moon has a UK release date of 1st July 2011.