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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
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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 battles are over. The war 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?


A lengthy battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons was going to be filmed in Washington, D.C., but the city authorities vetoed filming large-scale fights on their grounds. Instead, the Autobots are overwhelmed, and beat a hasty retreat. See more »


(at around 2h 15 mins) In the aerial shot of Optimus Prime flying into the battle in Chicago, we see Ratchet, Bumblebee and Sideswipe advance firing. From behind Prime we can see Brawl is quite a distance from the fire truck which Sideswipe is taking cover behind. However, as Prime lands, Brawl is the first Decepticon slaughtered by him as he knocks him over. 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

The camera zooms into Sentinel Prime's head as he lies comatose inside the Ark, and the moving gears and components forms the opening title. See more »


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North Star
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Lyrics by Bono
Music by U2
Produced by RedOne
Courtesy of Universal Music International B.V./Interscope Records
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The best awesome action science fiction flick in the series!
8 November 2015 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) was big improvement over Revenge of the Fallen and it is really better than the fourth one. I love this movie to death. It is my second best favorite Transformers movie in the series. I enjoy this movie so much and I just wasn't bored. I have enjoyed about anything that has to do with big robots and even bigger explosions! I know people will disagree with me and put my review down, but this movie was OK and it was far from disappointment! It was Miles better than Revenge of the Fallen and Age of Extinction those two movies were just awful horrible. This one was just big improvement over the second one and the next fourth one sequel. I could really got in the story. It was about Autobots who found Sentinel Prime Optimus the last predecessor and the leader of the Autobots, who later betrayed Optimus Prime and Autobots by making ages ago a deal with Megatron, he formed alliance with the Megatron and Decepticons who wanted to re build Cybertron with pillars that could open a bridge through space and time on our planet and enslave all humans on our world. Together with Megatron they would rule the planet and all Autobots would be exiled from the planet Earth. Sam and Autobots must fight once again. I love the music that they put it in this movie, action and I like the scene with Patrick Dempsey and Sam fighting each other, that was GREAT! Other than that though, as far as entertainment and emotion goes, this was a perfect movie. CGI of robots were good, they weren't bad. I know everything about this movie what is about. It is the last good Transformers movie and the last time we see the crew from the previous movies together. The action was really great, I love the action scenes, the explosions and the story, the plot about this movie isn't terrible or confusing at all, it is good.

Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky did outstanding job as always it is the last time in the movie we see him. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as Carly Spencer did a wonderful performance as Sam's new girlfriend. She wasn't annoying, or such a bimbo diva like stupid shallow Megan Fox, she was beautiful and her performance was outstanding. She wasn't hot, she was convincing actress and I didn't thought anything bad about her. Thank god for Michael Bay replacing Megan Fox with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, I am so glad Megan was gone. Rosie was miles way better than Megan Fox was. John Turturro as Seymour Simmons did a fantastic job portraying once again his character, he gave us an outstanding performance. Patrick Dempsey as Dylan Gould as the main antagonist did an outstanding acting performance as the second villain and Megatron's second in command henchman. This is the second time Patrick Dempsey reunite and work together with Ehren Kruger. He already worked with Ehren Kruger on the third slasher horror film Scream 3 (2000.

Critics are way too hard on Michael Bay! He has said himself that he just wants to make crowd-pleasing movies, and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" has done exactly that! This film has made 1.1 BILLION dollars at the box-office; and for a good reason. So what if it doesn't have Oscar-worthy performances, and had a few bad jokes here and there. I LOVE those two movies. And the fun part about the latest entry in the series is that I actually did find something deep with it. This film had several emotional moments, and I found myself welling up with tears. And the fantastic score by Steve Jablonsky fit in very well with it.

The movie had a lot of mistakes and holes that I didn't understand. I thought the mythology of the Autobots was already explained in Transformers (2007). Megatron and Shockwave did not had enough screen time in here. The blond women Frances McDormand as Charlotte Mearing Director of NSA was annoying, she annoyed me too much. She blamed Optimus Prime for Sentinel Prime destroying NEST's base and making off with the five pillars. She had no respect to Autobots at all. They saved Earth twice and that was a big thank you for it. I did not like that. When the shuttle Xantium rocket was shot down and destroyed by Starscream, in which one of the booster rockets where the Autobots hidden? Because I only saw one rocket taking off in the air and not two. And in what Ocean the rocket fall? And how did the Autobots come back from water if they can't swim and than they mystery appeared in Chicago so soon, this confuses me so much.

A mysterious event from Earth's past threatens to ignite a war so big that the TRANSFORMERS alone will not be able to save the planet. Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and the AUTOBOTS™ must fight against the darkness to defend our world from the DECEPTICONS™ all-consuming evil in the smash hit from director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg. That is the main plot of the third entry of the action sequel science fiction film! The rating of this film I gave is 8/10 this film deserves it!

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a 2011 American science fiction action film based on the Transformers toy line. First released on June 23, 2011, it is the third installment of the live-action Transformers film series.

8/10 Score: B+ Studio: Paramount Pictures, di Bonaventura Pictures Hasbro Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Frances McDormand Director: Michael Bay Producer: Don Murphy Tom DeSanto Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Ian Bryce, Steven Spielberg Screenplay: Ehren Kruger Based on Transformers by Hasbro Rated: PG-13 Running Time: 2 Hrs. 34 Mins. Budget: $195.000.000 Box Office: $1,123,746,996

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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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