Now I may be a 3D hater (as regular readers of the site already knows), but even I will admit that James Cameron’s “Avatar” is what 3D should look like if you’re going to spend all your time on the gimmick and trying to get me to pay extra to put on a pair of uncomfortable plastic things passing for “glasses”. But is it possible that Michael Bay’s version of 3D in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” will trump even “Avatar’s”? The film’s star Shia LaBeouf certainly believes so.
LaBeouf proclaims to Hero Complex:
We took the 3-D cameras out of the ‘Avatar‘ stages and put them on the head of a dude jumping out of a plane in Chicago while a building is exploding. For real. Four or five dudes actually. It’s the greatest 3-D film ever made. It’s an amalgamation of ideas from Jim Cameron, Steven [Spielberg] and Michael [Bay]. The only artificial element is the robots. You’re really blowing Chicago up. It’s really an invasion.
Wow, big promises, Shia. But that’s it, right? Nope.
The last hour of this movie is the greatest action sequence of Mike’s career, which would put it on the same level as the greatest action ever made. You don’t breathe for the last hour. There’s just no letup, but it’s also not completely overwhelming and disconnected, as the second movie was. You didn’t know what was fighting what or where you were geography-wise. There was no way to be able to tell a story, whereas this is very ‘Black Hawk Down‘ action. The geography is very clear. There’s only four or five dudes you need to be following. The enemy is very clear. The second movie was so … complicated. The best movies are simple.
Now I know Cameron had a hand in helping Bay shoot “DOTM” in 3D, but Cameron also has an ego the size of Michael Bay’s explosions, and I wonder if he’s going to take offense to this, or if he’ll chalk it off to an eager actor just trying to sell his wares.
Either way, the robots officially invade Chicago in 3D June 29th, but you can see it three hours earlier on the 28th on 3D and IMAX screens.