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Movie Review: ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

Dave Hogan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Director Michael Bay isn't just good at blowing up cities, he's excellent at destroying meaningful stories. On second thought, you have to have a meaningful story to destroy it, so we'll take that back.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon starts out promising, delivering the premise that the public perception of the 1960s space program was really a ruse to cover up an unusual event on the moon. The execution of that sequence is flawless, perhaps the best part of the movie.
As soon as we cut to the present day, things begin to go downhill.  Bay's very first shot -- a tight shot -- is on the underwear-clad bottom of underwear model Rosie Huntington-Whitely, aka Megan Fox's replacement and the girlfriend of Sam Witwicky.  That’s Shia LaBeouf, in case you forgot.  
Oh, and there are actually Transformers in this movie, too. We're introduced to Sentinel Prime, voiced by Leonard Nimoy, who is equally up to the task of delivering consistently cheesy dialogue as every other Transformer in this and the previous two films. While there are some notable actors in Transformers: Dark of the Moon -- John Malkovich, Frances McDormand and the returning John Turturro among them -- Transformer films are all about the action sequences, which in this film are spectacular.  The story, however, is spectacularly stupid, though better than the last film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Two and a half out of five stars.

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