Summer movie trailer season is well and truly upon us and the latest piece of bombast to be fired directly into our brain comes courtesy of Michael Bay and Transformers 3.
Rather obnoxiously titled Transformers: Dark of the Moon (did you know market research showed that audiences didn’t like the idea of sequels merely sporting a different number? As though it suggested there was nothing new coming out. Somehow, this seems more unique) - the cast is back for even more robots smashing even more things in even more delirious ways.
Well, most of the cast is back. It should be common knowledge by now that female lead Megan Fox has split with the production – either because she likened director Bay to Hitler or was too expensive or was generally untalented, we’ll never know. She’s been replaced by British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley but you won’t know it from today’s trailer which doesn’t so much as give her a line, let alone lingering on her face long enough to make punters aware it’s not Fox. Check it out.
So it seems, for the third time since the 2007 original, all hope rests on the weedy shoulders of Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and his gang of overgrown space toys with the gravelly voices. Things reach a new kind of epic this year, with a plot that ties into the 1960’s space race and a massive superweapon hidden on the moon that could end the war between the Autobots and Decepticons forever.
Truth be told, I’m a big fan of Bay’s over the top style of filmmaking – and I’ll stand my ground and argue that he has never made a truly unwatchable film. Until 2009’s Revenge of the Fallen. After a decent opening action sequence, it devolved into the most unwatchable crap ever to spew from the orifices of a major studio, meandering on until a laughable cod mystical finale. And massive robotic testicles.
Bay squandered the good will of the masses on his last film and has been outspoken in his belief that TF 3 will be a superior piece of entertainment – he’s even promised that some major characters will die. For better or worse, Dark of the Moon is also appearing in 3D, something which Bay’s films have been screaming out for – he’s got a peculiar love for particles and flinging things at the camera. Personally, I’m really looking forward to it.
Joining LaBeouf and generic double-barrelled lingerie model are returning cast members Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson andJohn Turturro and they’re joined by the likes of John Malkovich, Frances McDormand and Click fave Alan Tudyk.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is in 3D and regular theatres from the 1st of July 2011.