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Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 29 June 2011 (USA)
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The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.


Michael Bay


Ehren Kruger
1,550 ( 185)
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Shia LaBeouf ... Sam Witwicky
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ... Carly
Josh Duhamel ... Lennox
John Turturro ... Simmons
Tyrese Gibson ... Epps
Patrick Dempsey ... Dylan
Frances McDormand ... Mearing
John Malkovich ... Bruce Brazos
Kevin Dunn ... Ron Witwicky
Julie White ... Judy Witwicky
Alan Tudyk ... Dutch
Ken Jeong ... Jerry Wang
Glenn Morshower ... General Morshower
Lester Speight ... Eddie
Buzz Aldrin ... Buzz Aldrin


Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que) and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United States and Russia to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and learn its secrets, and once again Sam Witwicky has to go to the aid of his robot friends. The new villain Shockwave is on the scene while the Autobots and Decepticons continue to battle it out on Earth. Written by ahmetkozan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The fight for our freedom begins See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


According to visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar, Sentinel Prime was physically modeled on Sir Sean Connery, and the role of Sentinel was offered to Connery but he turned it down. Sentinel quotes the "there can be only one" line from Connery's film Highlander (1986). See more »


(at around 4 mins) Apollo 11 is seen traveling to the moon as just the CSM (Command/Service Module) without the LM attached. Later, the paired craft are seen in lunar orbit. See more »


[first lines]
Optimus Prime: We were once a peaceful race of intelligent mechanical beings. But then came the war between the Autobots, who fought for freedom and the Decepticons, who dreamt of tyranny. Overmatched and outnumbered, our defeat was all but certain. But in the wars final days, one Autobot ship escaped the battle. It was carrying a secret cargo, which would have changed our planet's fate. A desperate mission, our final hope...
[the Ark flies from Cybertron into space... and is gunned down]
Optimus Prime: A hope ...
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the names of director Michael Bay producers Ian Bryce and Steven Spielberg, editor William Goldenberg and actors Shia LaBeouf and Frances McDormand shine with lens flares. See more »


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Many of Horror
Written by Simon Neil (as Simon Alexander Neil)
Performed by Biffy Clyro
Courtesy of Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Still Entertaining, But This Time Lacking In Punch
8 March 2017 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

I have to give director Michael Bay a great deal of credit in this Transformers series. He manages to make three movies that are basically all just carbon copies of each other and make them all at the very least entertaining. That is no small feat. Thus, although the luster of the franchise begins to wear off (especially towards the film's conclusion) in this installment, "Dark of the Moon" still is an entertaining romp that won't leave you bored.

For a basic plot summary, "Dark of the Moon" formulates the notion that the Apollo 11 moon landing was merely a "smokescreen" for the retrieval of alien (i.e. Transformer) technology. Many years later, this technology predictably falls into the wrong hands and leaves the fate of the world to Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and his military buddies (Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, & John Turturro).

The positives of this movie are the usual: the special effects are a spectacle to behold, the action/adventure is pulse-pounding, and it is just a visual treat to watch. More importantly, though, is that the franchise still goes as LaBeouf goes. Though his exuberance for the Sam Witwicky role seems to have diminished just a bit (and perhaps that can be attributed to the character's aging as well), but his scenes are still the best of the experience.

Sadly, this movie also has a few notable "misses" that render it only slightly above average. First of is the utter exclusion of Megan Fox's character. I realize that Fox had a falling-out with Bay and wanted nothing to do with this movie, but the fact remains is that her stand-in (supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) has nowhere near that great romantic chemistry with LaBeouf. Rose is just as "bombshell" as Fox, but acting-wise it isn't even close.

Also, in this third go-'round, the general plot begins to get the slightest bit old. It is never boring, per se, but it doesn't have that "edge" like the first two did when the characters were still fresh.

Overall, "Dark of the Moon" is a decent effort that doesn't end up boring in any way. The exclusion (and no explanation) of Fox is the biggest missing piece here, but other than that it is pretty much "same old story" (with just slightly less enthusiasm all around).

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Release Date:

29 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Transformers 3 See more »


Box Office


$195,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$97,852,865, 3 July 2011

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2.39 : 1
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