Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon (Film)
After the debacle that was Revenge of the Fallen, director Michael Bay faced a battle to regain the confidence of Transformers fans.
The third instalment was backed by a nearly US$200 million budget and green-lit by executive producer Steven Spielberg. Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon is an experience worthy of the franchise.
The space race between the US and the Soviet Union serves as a backdrop for the film, with authentic footage featuring JFK's speeches and the historic moon landing. Technology by the Autobots (the good transformers) helps create a space bridge, which the Decepticons (the baddies) hope to use to bring Cybertron, the Transformers' planet, to Earth, where they plan to enslave humans.
Led by Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen), the Autobots, along with Sam (Shia LaBeouf) and girlfriend Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), set out to save humanity. Optimus Prime's voice is awesome. All they need now is the classic transformation sound from the cartoon, and we'd all be in Transformers heaven.
Realistically, the trailer could have been used as a substitute for the first 15 minutes of the film, and the final battle scene is far too long. But even then, the film is an absolute joy.
Thanks to the special effects and 3D, Dark of the Moon is the ultimate thrill ride.