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Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Runtime: 154 minutes
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Frances McDormand, Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich
Director: Michael Bay
Sex: Innuendos; girl straddles boyfriend; passionate kissing; a "lover boy-toy" comment; implied sex between an unmarried couple; a "Deep Throat" comment.
Language: J-3; G.OMG-11; S-12; A-12; Sucks-5; H-7; WTF (abbreviated)-1; F-off-1; F (partial use)-4; D-2; B-3; Crap-2; Blows-1; Freakin-1; Frickin-1; Bi*chin-1; Slang for male genitalia-1; Slang for testicles-1
Violence: A lot of fantasy violence including shooting and explosions; fights; a few people are disintegrated into flames by aliens; men knocked aside; a bird is killed by an alien; a machine throws a man out the window of a tall building to make it look as if he committed suicide; guard tackles a character; some of the bots look like they bleed when they are hit as red liquid pours from them; a famous memorial is beheaded; an "I'll kill you" comment; scene which shows decapitations of robot characters; a quick look at the dead.
Drugs: Drinking in several scenes; liquor bottles seen.
Nudity: Strong cleavage; a woman's thigh is seen; woman's rear cheeks seen.
Other: Flatulence; a character spits; disrespect by some characters.
The interstellar war between the Autobots and Decepticons shifts into overdrive following the discovery of Sentinel Prime (voice of Leonard Nimoy) in this sequel from director Michael Bay. Only a precious handful of officials in the government and military realize that the 1969 moon mission was the result of an event that threatened profound repercussions for the entire human race. When the Apollo 11 astronauts discover the wrecked remains of Sentinel Prime on the surface of our natural satellite, they bring him back to planet Earth. But Sentinel Prime wasn't the only alien object on the moon, and when a malevolent new enemy makes its presence known, only the Autobots can save humankind from certain destruction.
I was pleased to see that "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" has more story this time around than its predecessor, the last installment which was part two in the series. It still is a "busy" film. At times so much is happening on the screen with fights and battles and storyline and character nuances that...well, as I said, it gets busy. There are some very human moments such as Sam struggling to find work, jealousy over his girlfriend Carly's boss and the attention he gives her; and also the struggles to save the world from impending doom due to a possible takeover by alien powers.
Shia LaBeouf can be counted on for some laughs. When one of the machines grabs him up his cries of hysteria are very funny. And he is so intense at times that he needs to take a chill pill. Regrettably, despite some awesome special effects and 3D that makes you feel as if you are there with the characters, the violent content is strong, even for a fantasy movie. The battle between Autobots and Decepticons and humans rages for a good part of the film. A few characters are disintegrated into flames. The language is also strong and for these reasons, despite the almost non-stop action, we cannot award our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal to this movie.
Not Dove Family Approved
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