Transformers: Dark of the Moon (also known as Transformers 3) is a 2011 Americanscience fiction/action film, part of the Transformers film series, directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is the sequel to Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and was released on June 29, 2011. The film is presented in regular 2D, Real D 3D and IMAX, featuring Dolby Surround 7.1 sound.
Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro reprise their starring roles, withPeter Cullen returning as the voice of Optimus Prime and Hugo Weaving returning as the voice of Megatron. Ehren Kruger, who collaborated in the writing of the last film, was again involved in the writing. Despite having been initially confirmed for the film, and with the film already into principal photography, it was announced that Megan Fox would not be reprising her role from the previous two films. With Fox’s character Mikaela being dropped, Sam was assigned a new love interest, portrayed by English model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Also, Roberto Orci andAlex Kurtzman, having written the last two films, did not return for this installment in the series, which Orci had earlier somewhat anticipated, fearing the duo would “risk getting stale”. Bay has stated this would be his last installment in the series. In May 2011 it was announced that Paramount Pictures had bumped Transformers: Dark of the Moon’s release date of July 1, 2011 two days earlier, June 29, in order to receive an early response to footage. The film officially made its premiere on June 28 in 3D and IMAX theatres, nationwide.
The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets
Activision is set to develop a video game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS.The trailer for the Dark of the Moon video game was released in February 2011.The game will be developed by High Moon Studios, who previously developedTransformers: War for Cybertron. It has also been announced that the game will also feature “Stealth Force”. Autobots Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ironhide, Ratchet, Sideswipe, Warpath, Stratosphere, Breakaway and Mirage have been confirmed to be in the game, and so have Decepticons Megatron, Soundwave, Laserbeak, Starscream, Mixmaster and Shockwave.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon premiered at the Moscow International Film Festival on June 23, 2011. Linkin Park performed a special outdoor concert at the Red Square in Moscow on the same night in celebration of the event. The film was released on June 28, 2011 in 3D. Originally set to be released in both conventional and IMAX theaters, it was announced in November 2010 that no IMAX 3D shots were made for the film.
Dark of the Moon received generally mixed to negative reviews from film critics, with many praising the film’s visual effects and 3D action sequences, but criticizing the below average acting and script; film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives Dark of the Moon a score of 37% based on 167 reviews and a rating average of 4.9/10, saying “Its special effects — and 3D shots — are undeniably impressive, but they aren’t enough to fill up its loud, bloated running time, or mask its thin, indifferent script”.
Roger Ebert gave the film one out of four stars, calling it “a visually ugly film with an incoherent plot, wooden characters and inane dialog. It provided me with one of the more unpleasant experiences I’ve had at the movies.” Richard Roeper likewise panned the film, giving it a D and saying that “rarely has a movie had less of a soul and less interesting characters.”
In a more positive review, Ain’t It Cool News called it “the best entry in the Michael Bay-directed franchise.”IGN gave the film a 7 out of 10, also stating that it was the best of the franchise. E! Online graded the film a B+ while noting if this is truly the end of a trilogy, its main antagonists should have played more of a part.
Charlie Jane Anders of io9.com believed that some elements of the film were deliberate self-references to Michael Bay’s own sense of under-appreciation after the backlash to Transformers 2. “After a few hours of seeing Shia get dissed, overlooked and mistreated, the message becomes clear: Shia, as always, is a stand-in for Michael Bay. And Bay is showing us just what it felt like to deal with the ocean of Haterade — the snarking, the Razzie Award, the mean reviews — that Revenge of the Fallen unleashed.” She went on to say that the film’s frequent, often jarring shifts in tone were an intentional endorsement of Michael Bay’s own filmmaking style. “Tone is for single-purpose machines. Consistency is for Decepticons. Michael Bay’s ideal movie shifts from action movie to teen comedy to political drama with the same well-lubricated ease that his cars become men. By the time you’ve finished watching Transformers 3, you will speak Michael Bay’s cinematic language.”
Transformers: Dark of the Moon has earned $64.7 million in North America, as of June 30, 2011, and $36.6 million in other territories, as of June 29, 2011, for a worldwide total of $101.3 million.
In the USA and Canada, from its early Tuesday screenings (9 pm showings), Dark of the Moon brought in $5.5 million. It also earned $8 million in midnight showings, which is lower than what its predecessor made ($16 million). In its first two days, Dark of the Moon has grossed $64.7 million, with a $37.3 million Wednesday (including $8 million from Tuesday-midnight showings), making it the best opening-day gross of 2011 and the sixth best Wednesday opening day of all time. But it’s still behind Revenge of the Fallen which grossed $62 million on its opening day.
Overseas, the film grossed $32.5 million on its opening day, pacing 38% ahead of its predecessor and marking the largest opening day for a 2011 film (out-grossing the $18.5 million record set by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides). Including some early Tuesday previews, it earned $36.6 million in one-and-a-half days. In Russia, it made $4.2 million on its opening day which was the second-largest of all time behind On Stranger Tides ($5 million). In South Korea, it earned $5 million, where it was the largest opening day of all time.