So the dust is beginning to settle on the summer movie season and for better or worse, the world has voted with its dollars, and made "Transformers: The Dark The Of The Moon" a $1.1 billion success. [Slow clap]. Way to go everybody. But apparently, there is even more money to milked out of the movie so get ready, the Autobots and Decepticons are coming back and getting ready to rumble.
Starting this weekend and running until September 8th, "Transformers: The Dark The Of The Moon" will be getting an IMAX re-release on 246 screens. For those of you who actually care, the film has been "digitally remastered with proprietary IMAX technology" which means the explosions will be even more explosiony than even before. As for the 3D, it was thoroughly forgettable the first time around and no amount of digital tinkering is going to change that.
As we noted in our review back in June, the film isn't entirely terrible and when it comes to delivering the action goods, Michael Bay shines, particularly in the last 40 minutes of the movie when he's freed from the constraints of the narrative and allowed to just lay waste to metropolitan Chicago. There are some great setpieces including the skydiving sequence and the extended scene set inside a collapsing office tower. It's great, breathless stuff -- it's just too bad it takes a truly tedious 90 minutes or so of pointless story to get there.
So our advice? If you must go, save yourself a bunch of time and just plan to show up when there is about an hour left in the movie and you'll be more than pleased. Believe us, there is not much plot you'll be missing and if anything, you'll be spared Alan Tudyk's and Ken Jeong's truly embarrassing mugging for the camera. [THR]