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Trailer watch: Transformers: Age of Extinction

The first full length trailer for Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has premiered on Yahoo! Movies. This is the second piece of footage from the movie after the 30-second Super Bowl teaser we got back in February and shows the scope and new characters from Bay’s fourth outing with the franchise.

Age of Extinction takes places several years after the events of Dark of The Moon and features an all new human cast led by Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci. The younger cast features the likes of Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor replacing the now-gone Shia LeBeouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. While the cast is new, we can see Michael Bay’s direction and style hasn’t altered much from the first three films.

Dinobots, an evil Kelsey Grammer and continued Bayhem packed into two and a half minutes of Transformers-charged footage makes for a great sneak peak into what June 27th (June 26th in Australia) will bring.

Have the humans finally turned on all the Transformers after the events of Dark of the Moon? Will the Dinobots be the final ally (or enemy?) of the Autobots? And will the fresh cast and direction of the film pump new life into an already successful global franchise struggling to win over critics and old-school fanboys?

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Trailer Watch: Transformers: Age of Extinction

The Super Bowl played host to many exciting new TV spots for a host of upcoming blockbusters. And while there were new teasers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (plus an all new full trailer), the Super Bowl was the first time audiences got a taste of the fourth instalment of the Transformers movie series.

The new film, titled Transformers: Age of Extinction, is set for release June 26th and will see Michael Bay return to direct once more. Gone are Shia LaBeouf and the majority of the previous cast, replaced by the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz and Jack Raynor. However, what most fans of the series is expecting, is the debut of the cartoon series most noted characters, the Dinobots. Just how dinosaurs fit into the puzzle that is robots from a distant planet? Well, if Michael Bay’s history is anything to go by, we’ll most likely get a little bit canonical accuracy mixed in with a dose of originality and Bayhem. Much speculation and teaser dissection has already taken place over at the official Michael Bay forums, with keen eyes and observers noting down the potential characters and possibilities the teaser holds.

What we do know of course is that the most important of all Dinobots, Grimlock, will finally make his big screen debut.

Michael Bay doesn’t disappoint with the first teaser, giving us a glimpse of the prehistoric machines alongside a still that features Optimus Prime riding Grimlock.

Giant transforming robots doing battle atop giant transforming dinosaurs? What’s not to like?

We impatiently await the first full length trailer to flesh out the 30 or so seconds we’re given here. Hopefully much sooner than later.

Grab the hi-res image below:

TRANFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

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Film Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Few directors know how to throw a farewell party the way Michael Bay does. With this, the supposed final installment of the globe conquering Transformers series, he proves once again that there are few that truly understand the movie-going public as well as he does. Dark of the Moon is leaps and bounds above Revenge of the Fallen, narrowing the scope of the film while taking advantage of 3D and amplifying its excess and sonic poundage. Rarely will a film ever be this loud and unforgiving on the human senses, an audio/visual hammer with the subtlety of a brick to the skull. But that is what makes this film so ridiculously brilliant; it is what we, as a global movie-going audience, wants. If you don’t believe a word of the previous sentence, feel free to check the box office in a few days time.

Dark of the Moon reaches far deeper into the Transformers mythology bringing the world of Cybertron closer to Earth than ever before. It back tracks to the human space race of the 1960s to set the tone of the film, giving Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s (who makes a cameo appearance) moon landing a more sinister undertone. Humanity is once again at peril as it stands between the Autobots and Decepticons’ never ending galactic battle for supremacy. Yet in Dark of the Moon, we find that there may be more than meets the eye when it comes to the role of humans in the historical context of this great fight. It almost circumvents the plot of Revenge of the Fallen, but this progression of the Transformers history seems much better (or maybe Revenge just sucked so much that they hoped to simply sweep it under the rug) as soon as you throw out any sense of plausibility (but what’s plausible about Transformers anyway?)

Shia LaBeouf continues to do a lot of running and yelling and kicking as Sam, struggling for a job after the events of the first two movies, stumbles into employment thanks to his new squeeze, the rather well shot (God bless Michael Bay and the way he shoots lingerie models) Rosie Huntington-Whitely. And for all the hullabaloo, she is genuinely better than Megan Fox, a far less irritating caricature and a better actress. We are given some genuinely funny moments as his struggles for employment crosses paths with the likes of a slightly underused John Malkovich, an as-expected Ken Jeong and Alan Tudyk. The cast in general (which includes Frances McDormand and Patrick Dempsey) is far more rounded, having jettisoned the annoying Ramon Rodriguez and keeping the role of Sam’s parents to a minimum, which gives the film a solid human presence amongst the sentient destruction. Most of them do the best they can with the lines they’re fed, that while isn’t quite Aaron Sorkin, is better than “I’ll drive, you shoot”.

Writer Ehren Kruger does the film its biggest service by limiting the film’s landscape to but a few destinations. While we traveled to the far reaches of the Earth in Revenge of the Fallen, we are most restricted to only a few (setting the film’s final set piece within the city confines of Chicago), avoiding the travel fatigue we got in the second.

With these parts in place, Michael Bay gives the film its much-needed finality. It is unlikely that another film in our lifetime will showcase the kind of visual magnificence displayed in Dark of the Moon (unless Bay signs on for Transformers 4). A highway chase scene featuring Decepticons gunning after the Autobots is particularly mesmerizing; turning the frenzied blur we’ve seen in the previous two films into a refined, almost beautiful piece of futuristic roller derby. And there are nuances and subtleties that lacked before- the perfectly timed musical accompaniment to a scene for instance (when Sam is driving into Chicago)- that adds a rare moment of tranquility. For fans of the history, Leonard Nimoy returns to voice Sentinel Prime (the first time Nimoy returns to this universe since he voiced Galvatron in the original animated film), while the likes of Shockwave, with his newly added aura of destruction, will surely please diehards.

Critics enjoy savaging Michael Bay because he doesn’t bring the same kind of sensibilities to the art of filmmaking a Godard, a Fellini or an Orson Welles does. Yet they all had their trademarks that earned them their distinction; Godard with his Nouvelle Vague jump cuts, Fellini with his elegant imagery and Welles with his all-around innovation. And Bay, like them, has his cannon for generation now: explosive, A.D.D. ridden, sex-infused, glossy storytelling of excess proportions. You cannot compare Dark of the Moon to À bout de soufflé, but you can compare their connection to the cultural and global landscape of their time. As much as critics will pound and holler about the merits of Terrence Malick’s latest film and how we should go see that instead of Rosie Huntington-Whitely in her underwear, their gracious calls for cinematic justice will fall on deaf ears. Why? Because Michael Bay and Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the way we are now (and really, what the hell do you want from a movie about giant robots? Optimus Prime wandering the streets of Paris smoking cigarettes?) The collective applause by the audience through the film (and at its conclusion) will attest to that.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon isn’t perfect, and its conclusion rather abrupt, but as a send-off for this franchise (for now?), you couldn’t possibly ask for a bigger, more ridiculously explosive final chapter.

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TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
Directed by: Michael Bay
Written by: Ehren Kruger
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Josh Duhammel, Tyrese Gibson, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Patrick Dempsey
Website: transformersmovie.com

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Trailer watch: Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

Michael Bay and company turn up the alien invasion angle for the third and final Transformers film in this brand new trailer for the film. It looks like the humans along with the Autobots will have their hands full.

You can never trust the US government can you?

Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens everywhere July 1st.

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Trailer watch: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

The first trailer for Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon has made its anticipated debut online. It looks like the future lies in the past as we are once again taken back into man’s quest to break the boundaries of space. This time we revisit Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s famed moon-landing.

We discover that the moon-landing was an attempt at understanding the origins of an alien craft that had crashed on the moon. Internet chatter points to the Transformer as being Alpha Trion. If we are to believe the canonical plot, where does this fit into what we see in the first film? Was he, like Megatron, seeking the All Spark that had left Cybertron during the war? What about the events of the second film? (Perhaps, we just pretend the second film never really happened).

Similar to the original teaser of the first film, we can see a return to the global intrigue and collective importance of what may or may not unfold through the film. If Michael Bay, like Shia LeBeouf has said, aims to rekindle that initial interest, this trailer is certainly a step in the right direction.

Check out the trailer above, and let the countdown to July 1st begin.

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Transformers 3 plot exposed; Shockwave involved

The synopsis for the final Transformers film has been revealed.

Slashfilm reports that the third chapter of the saga, titled The Dark of the Moon, will revolve around the space race between the United States and Russia (1960s? 1980s?) while an old Decepticon foe, Cybertron commander Shockwave, will join the fold. Here is the supposed plotline for the film;

The Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons, who are determined to avenge their defeat in 2009’s Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. In this new movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. There’s new characters too, including a new villain in the form of Shockwave, a longtime Transformers character who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth.”

The Michael Bay directed film has been blighted by some shooting problems these past few months, including on-set injuries and an accident involving Bumblebee and a speeding police car.

Regardless of all the drama and off screen issues, we hope Michael Bay sends off this franchise with a collective, crater-sized, explosive bang and that Shia LeBeouf is right.

Transformers: The Dark of the Moon is scheduled for release July 1st, 2011.

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Transformers 3 titled The Dark of the Moon

Pink Floyd comments and jokes aside, the upcoming final chapter of the Transformers film series has been given a title. Perhaps in reference to certain planet-consuming beings or as leaked by Cinema Blend, connections to American history, the new Transformers flick has been titled The Dark of the Moon.

Other planets in our solar system were first referenced in the original trailer for the first film, signalling the first contact humanity had with the Transformers. The second film divulged that the robot race had been on Earth long, long before this contact.

The Michael Bay directed film is slated for release July 1st, 2011. Shia LeBeouf has promised that the upcoming chapter will not suck.

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