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Transformers DOTM Reviewed (Update: No Twins)

Transformers News: Transformers DOTM Reviewed (Update: No Twins)

Saturday, May 14th, 2011 12:30PM CDT

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Capone of Ain't it Cool News had the opportunity to view Transformers DOTM in it's entirety and has posted the film's first review. While the version that was screened was in 2-D the reviewer states the movie's 3-D potential is "very clear". He also states the movie looks surprisingly complete considering it doesn't come out until July 1st. He has tried to keep his review free of major spoilers, but naturally there are some spoiler-ish details so read on at your own risk. We'll hit some of the high points below, to read his full review click here!

Update: After the Ain't it Cool News review started making waves in the Transformers community regarding the twins director Michael Bay posted the following in his Shoot for the Edit forum:

After the internet posting of a nice review by someone who saw Transformers Dark of the Moon, the writer had not been clear on one thing. He misstated that the Twins are in the film. They are not.

So I am offering a $25,000 REWARD to anyone who can find them performing in Transformers 3, on July 1, when the movie opens.

Michael


Capone has subsequently updated his review with the following regarding the twins:

[Hey, everyone. Just to be 100 percent clear, I'm not referring about the "The Twins" here; they are most definitely not in this film. I'm talking about Wheelie (Tom Kenny, who also voiced Skids in REVENGE OF THE FALLEN) and other similar smaller robots, who act like streetwise teenagers.]



The Chicago battle:
  • over an hour long
  • intense
  • lots of civilian deaths

The Twins:
  • they are in the film
  • they've been toned down from ROTF

Megatron:
  • very creepy
  • still has is disfigurements from ROTF
  • little spider-like robots crawl in and out of his head wound that he casually picks away
  • in surprisingly good spirits

Sentinel Prime:
  • left Cybertron in the Ark filled with technology he thought would eventually save their planet
  • voiced to "perfection" by Nimoy
  • retrieved and revived by Optimus Prime

Sam Witwicky:
  • has graduated college and is now living with new girlfriend Carly
  • not happy that he is not employed by the government
  • his boss is played by Malkovich
  • Ken Jeong is co-worker
  • his parents are in the film, but minimally

Carly:
  • Sam's new girlfriend (obviously)
  • often in the tightest of cloths
  • often filmed as though she is in a Victoria's Secret show
  • better than Megan Fox in the reviewer,s opinion

Dylan (Patrick Dempsey):
  • Carly's boss and possible competition for her attentions
  • has a penchant for world domination

Agent Simmons;
  • has written a book about the Transformers on Earth
  • now a rich eccentric
  • trying to not get pulled back in to the game

Moon landings/alien technology:
  • the first and every Moon landing since has been in response to the Ark crash landing
  • Autobots are not amused that technology meant to save their race has been sitting on the Moon all this time without their knowledge
  • Chernobyl accident was caused by experimentation on retrieved alien technology

Bottom line: Best of the three!
Credit(s): Ain't it Cool News, rich prime, Connor A

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Re: Transformers DOTM Reviewed (Update: No Twins) (1221948)
Posted by sentinelprime1234 on May 14th, 2011 @ 12:54pm CDT
good to hear that the first review for this is a positive review and that Rosie is actually good, Megatron sounds cool in this, spiders that crawl around his head, I find that hilarious but cool :x
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Posted by Darth Vader on May 14th, 2011 @ 1:29pm CDT
odd that there is no review of shockwave?? i hope for the same awe moments from the first and the action from the second. i pray megatron regains his glory!!
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Posted by BATTOUSAIXD on May 14th, 2011 @ 1:31pm CDT
I'm glad DOTM got a positive review. I'm getting really anxious to see it! Megatron sounds kinda like Imhotep from the Mummy when he had scarabs crawling out of his face. Pretty cool stuff!
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Posted by D-340 on May 14th, 2011 @ 1:36pm CDT
Capt.Failure wrote:So Carly's actress got a good reivew apparently. That's one worry off everyone's shoulders, other than the hawtness debate. :roll:



The reviewer says she's better than Megan Fox, not that she's any good. I mean let's face it, it ain't all that had to act better than Megan Fox(who's got the acting ability of a cardboard cut out).

Dunno how I feel about the review. Glad it's a positive one, but what was described seems more of the same, all the characterization goes to the human characters, while the Transformers are only there for the action sequences. Hopin' for the best, planning for the worst.
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Posted by morphobots on May 14th, 2011 @ 1:48pm CDT
Interesting that the twins are mentioned considering Yahoo! posted a news article just this morning emphatically stating they were dropped from the movie, going so far as to chide an unnamed fan blog for refuting the announcement by using year-old photos of the cars on the set. Then again, the writer appeared to be basing his statement simply on Bay's word, and we all know by now how trustworthy he is. Bottom line when dealing with him now appears, to me, to be don't believe a word from him until you confirm it with your own eyes. Sad.
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Posted by TimothyR on May 14th, 2011 @ 2:22pm CDT
D-340 wrote:
Capt.Failure wrote:So Carly's actress got a good reivew apparently. That's one worry off everyone's shoulders, other than the hawtness debate. :roll:

The reviewer says she's better than Megan Fox, not that she's any good. I mean let's face it, it ain't all that had to act better than Megan Fox(who's got the acting ability of a cardboard cut out).


actually.. he does say that she's good.

"Huntington-Whiteley is actually pretty good here and certainly miles better than Megan Fox"
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Posted by Optimus1138 on May 14th, 2011 @ 2:40pm CDT
This review has made me a little excited for DOTM. I just hope that it doesn't have all the crude humor that ROTF had, which didn't seem to be addressed in this review (correct me if I'm wrong).
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Posted by BATTOUSAIXD on May 14th, 2011 @ 2:45pm CDT
I just read the entire review and it says Megatron's entire half of his face is gone. That seems strange considering the toys, Hasbro's site, and the prequel game all show some damage, but it is repaired for the most part. I hope that he ends up having a face in the final cut.
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Posted by Swiftknife24 on May 14th, 2011 @ 2:51pm CDT
morphobots wrote:Interesting that the twins are mentioned considering Yahoo! posted a news article just this morning emphatically stating they were dropped from the movie, going so far as to chide an unnamed fan blog for refuting the announcement by using year-old photos of the cars on the set. Then again, the writer appeared to be basing his statement simply on Bay's word, and we all know by now how trustworthy he is. Bottom line when dealing with him now appears, to me, to be don't believe a word from him until you confirm it with your own eyes. Sad.


I've always thought Nelson and Bay were misleading people about the Twins, ever since we've seen the Sparks, really...I think they're playing with what they've been saying so that when they have said (repeatedly) that 'they won't be in it', I've always thought they might mean that 'they won't be in the film as we have known them', or some such...

Anyway, this review is positive and the facts are promising! :KREMZEEK:
Re: Transformers DOTM Reviewed (Update: No Twins) (1222025)
Posted by SlyTF1 on May 14th, 2011 @ 3:14pm CDT
I'm glad to hear that civilians die, and entire cities get destroyed! Mass destruction!!! So cool!!!
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Posted by _I_Am_Megatron_ on May 14th, 2011 @ 7:12pm CDT
I take it the little spider robots in Megatron's head are trying to repair him, but he just gets annoyed by them?
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Posted by PrymeStriker on May 14th, 2011 @ 7:34pm CDT
_I_Am_Megatron_ wrote:I take it the little spider robots in Megatron's head are trying to repair him, but he just gets annoyed by them?


No, most insects eat things after they are dead if they are lying there over time. The bugs could be trying to eat away at his head. He's supposed to be more mild mannered in this film. Dear God. :oops:
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Posted by _I_Am_Megatron_ on May 14th, 2011 @ 7:40pm CDT
But where'd they come from?
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Posted by PrymeStriker on May 14th, 2011 @ 8:29pm CDT
_I_Am_Megatron_ wrote:But where'd they come from?


We can't be entirely sure yet. They could be flying spider creatures. We'll have to wait and see.
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Posted by shankz on May 14th, 2011 @ 8:33pm CDT
That review says that the twins are NOT in the movie. It must have been updated for clarification later on.
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Posted by T-Macksimus on May 14th, 2011 @ 9:17pm CDT
Well, now I can breathe a little bit of a sigh of relief. I've read several of Capone's reviews in the past. He's not your typical mainstream ass-kissing, self-important movie reviewer. If it sucks, he'll not only say so but tell you exactly to what degree it sucks and why. Same goes for if the movie is great.
I'm at least 3 degrees more excited for this film now than I was before and I'm totally stoked to see that Alan Tudyk is in it. They probably gave him one of the smallest bit parts imaginable but I don't care. I'm a huge Firefly fan and I'm happy to see him back on the big screen in any capacity. I've already told my work I need July 1st off and I don't give a damn if they find out the real reason why. It's going to be nothing but Transformers ALL DAY LONG for me! :grin:
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Posted by Jazz-1982 on May 14th, 2011 @ 10:06pm CDT
I'm much more excited than i was after seeing the full trailer and reading this review. It sounds like Michael Bay has done a great job on DOTM! :BOT: :CON:
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Posted by Blackstreak on May 15th, 2011 @ 8:18am CDT
When someone refers to The Twins in regards to Transformer movies it's always in reference to Skids and Mudflap. Any other Transformers reference would be Sunstreaker and Sideswipe. Are there any other twins? Arcee, Elita-1, and Chromia are triplets in my opinion, even if they have been referred to as twins whether in movie or comic.
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Posted by PrymeStriker on May 15th, 2011 @ 11:09am CDT
Blackstreak wrote:When someone refers to The Twins in regards to Transformer movies it's always in reference to Skids and Mudflap. Any other Transformers reference would be Sunstreaker and Sideswipe. Are there any other twins? Arcee, Elita-1, and Chromia are triplets in my opinion, even if they have been referred to as twins whether in movie or comic.


I dont know of any other actual related twins other than listed but I do know a few other repaints and remolds.
Ironhide and Ratchet.
Grapple and Inferno.
Sideswipe and Red Alert?
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Posted by Rodimus Prime on May 15th, 2011 @ 12:08pm CDT
So, might it be possible that Megatron will be *gasp* comic relief, instead of hell bent on destruction?
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Posted by PrymeStriker on May 15th, 2011 @ 12:28pm CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:So, might it be possible that Megatron will be *gasp* comic relief, instead of hell bent on destruction?


No, probably just sees the light in things :lol:
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Posted by GodMagnus on May 16th, 2011 @ 8:19pm CDT
I only like two of the writers at AICN. Massawyrm is one and Capone is the other. So if Capone likes it then I'm a bit more optimistic about the movie. BUT, with that said, AICN is still the site that said that Revenge of the Sith was going to be awesome.
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Posted by SlyTF1 on May 16th, 2011 @ 8:26pm CDT
GodMagnus wrote:I only like two of the writers at AICN. Massawyrm is one and Capone is the other. So if Capone likes it then I'm a bit more optimistic about the movie. BUT, with that said, AICN is still the site that said that Revenge of the Sith was going to be awesome.


That movie was awesome.
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Posted by Tgd124 on May 28th, 2011 @ 12:58pm CDT
aww no twins. i loved those guys.....


what about the wreckers? no reviews of them... anyone know how they are?
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Posted by atffan on July 1st, 2011 @ 7:08pm CDT
Caution:contain Spoilers: I am a Tranformers Fan and After watching TF 3, I feel totally unhappy and frustrated. :sad: for starters, Shockwave looks cool, a very scary one eyed decepticon. The Last time I check, he's a decepticon military strategist who always have something logical to say. in this latest installment, well,He doesn't talk much, (Say something Logical, Darn IT!) making him look like just taking orders and not thinking. Secondly, Megatron. In the First Movie He's a very powerful decpticon robot then became kinda weak in the second one. But here, totally pathethic! :BANG_HEAD: I'm not a Megatron fan, at least he should fight like a ruthless decipticon warrior. I don't know, maybe I like G1 cartoons more, Having said that, all I could think of is just sit on my chair and read my G1 comic book. Oh, by the way. With Utmost respect! Micahael Bay should really stop making another TF movie.
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Posted by Autobot032 on July 1st, 2011 @ 7:38pm CDT
atffan wrote:Caution:contain Spoilers: I am a Tranformers Fan and After watching TF 3, I feel totally unhappy and frustrated. :sad: for starters, Shockwave looks cool, a very scary one eyed decepticon. The Last time I check, he's a decepticon military strategist who always have something logical to say. in this latest installment, well,He doesn't talk much, (Say something Logical, Darn IT!) making him look like just taking orders and not thinking. Secondly, Megatron. In the First Movie He's a very powerful decpticon robot then became kinda weak in the second one. But here, totally pathethic! :BANG_HEAD: I'm not a Megatron fan, at least he should fight like a ruthless decipticon warrior. I don't know, maybe I like G1 cartoons more, Having said that, all I could think of is just sit on my chair and read my G1 comic book. Oh, by the way. With Utmost respect! Micahael Bay should really stop making another TF movie.


Oh where to begin...

1.) This is not G1. This universe is a reboot. This is not the same Optimus, Megatron or Shockwave. These are new takes on old characters. This. Is. Not. G1. Sorry, but it's not.

2.) Megatron is very weak due to his injuries.
Those include:
A gaping hole in his HEAD.
He was stabbed and shot repeatedly.

3.) This is Bay's last movie.

You're entitled to enjoy G1 more, but you're not being fair to the movieverse when you compare the two, simply for the fact that this a reboot and not G1. That being said, more for us.
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Posted by atffan on July 1st, 2011 @ 11:32pm CDT
None taken. I know it's not G1, and it's also not really my place to say this, but by making a movie that something we are familiar with since childhood, they should at least try to study it more thoroughly... I mean such characters like megatron, optimus, sidewipe to name among others. It really hurts when you see them got different personality. Megatron's injuries are noted, while Prime had one arm left after battling with Sentinel, I won't mind Megatron losses, but not lasting for 3 minutes!? Megatron should have repair himself first, He can always go to Cybertron.(He flew to cybertron right after he is revived by fellow decepticon in TF 2)I also know that this is Bay's last movie, but you never know what will happens next in hollywood.
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Posted by Autobot032 on July 2nd, 2011 @ 12:25am CDT
atffan wrote:None taken. I know it's not G1, and it's also not really my place to say this, but by making a movie that something we are familiar with since childhood, they should at least try to study it more thoroughly... I mean such characters like megatron, optimus, sidewipe to name among others. It really hurts when you see them got different personality. Megatron's injuries are noted, while Prime had one arm left after battling with Sentinel, I won't mind Megatron losses, but not lasting for 3 minutes!? Megatron should have repair himself first, He can always go to Cybertron.(He flew to cybertron right after he is revived by fellow decepticon in TF 2)I also know that this is Bay's last movie, but you never know what will happens next in hollywood.


Here's the problem, Bay knew nothing of TransFormers. He was only given a certain amount of info, from both the writers and producers. Since he was an outsider and given not much to work with, I can't blame him for not knowing the mythos. In all fairness, it runs deep, and in many directions. Heck, there are 'verses I know nothing about. Nor do I care. So if a fan has that problem, imagine an outsider who's thinking this is all a joke.

The writers all grew up with this stuff, they knew the source material, they admitted this, and look at the changes they created! They should be ashamed of themselves.

Megatron couldn't repair himself, no Energon. The only source on Earth is The Matrix, and Prime ain't coughin' it up for his arch enemy.

Actually, no, he didn't fly to Cybertron in the second movie. That was a crashed Cybertronian carrier, but it wrecked on Saturn's moon. (One of them, I should say, I don't think it was clarified as to which moon. If it was, I can't remember.)

As for Bay, they could bring him back if they cough up enough money. However, if I was him, I'd stand my ground and say no. Hell no.
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Posted by atffan on July 2nd, 2011 @ 2:09am CDT
Maybe I'm asking too much...Well, Yeah! you might be right, this film could be intended not just for TF Fans, but for all patronages, but right now the impact of this movie still hit me hard! I guess I have to live with this for a time being and Wish somebody who is worthy enough came along and direct anonther Transformers Movie. Maybe another Transformers Reboot.

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