6.28-7.4.2011: What To Watch – ‘Transforming’ The Theater Edition for July 4th

Michael Bay and company, though a bit different than what we’re used to, is at it again with Optimus Primer’s Autobots and Megatron’s Decepticons.  The fate of the planet lies in the hands of alien robots, much like in Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but on a much larger scale.  Will Bay’s third half human, half robot movie blow us away or will it be a dark ending for the trilogy?

Transformers: Dark of the Moon  Starring Shia LeBeouf (Disturbia), Josh Duhamel (Turistas), Tyrese Gibson (Legion), John Turturro (Cars 2), Patrick Dempsey (TV’s Grey’s Anatomy) and Rosie Huntington-Whitely.  Written by Ehren Kruger (The Ring, The Skeleton Key).  Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Constantine, Salt) and Steven Spielberg (Super 8, TV’s Falling Skies).  Directed by Michael Bay (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor).

Known as Transformers 3, the third (and possibly last) installment in the Michael Bay series transformed key elements of the first two films, specifically in the acting and writing departments.  The writing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (both of this summer’s Cowboys & Aliens) did not return as anticipated for the “risk of getting stale and comfortable” (courtesy of /Film).  The biggest surprise though was the firing of actress Megan Fox/Mikaela, the girlfriend to LeBeouf’s Sam Witwicky, but ‘Hitler’ comments by the actress about Bay lead to Spielberg’s decision to axe her from the second sequel.  With an opening for a leading lady, model and Victoria’s Secret “Angel” Huntington-Whiteley was cast as Carly, Witwicky’s new love interest.  This is her first ever acting gig.

According to Bay, the director wanted to work on and release Dark of the Moon in July of 2012 so that he would have a year off from all things Transformers.  Unfortunately for him (but not for audiences), the communication between him and Paramount Pictures were like two ships passing in the night; Paramount thought Bay agreed to July 1, 2011 and Bay thought he agreed to July 1, 2012.  The date for Transformers 3 was announced and Bay had no choice but to fulfill his mistaken promise.  There was even a slight change from the July date as Transformers: Dark of the Moon premiered on 3D and IMAX on June 28 with the nationwide release a day later on June 29.

Synopsis:  When a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present day, it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.

PG-13 / 157 min / In 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D

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