I you are merely interested in an action flick then this will fill the bill. However, please bear in mind that it is not for children. Even though the movie is based upon Hasbro's Transformers and heavily marketed to kids, director Michael Bay steers clear of making a family friendly movie. The formula is the same. Loads of action, cursing, eye candy, and sexual innuendo. Unlike the previous movies in the franchise where Shia's character has a helpful leading lady, his new girlfriend merely serves up some eye candy and is rather irrelevant to the story line. Each movie appears to bend the envelope. This movie serves more objectionable material than the previous two combined.
Again, if action is what you want, this movie delivers. It offers a variety of battle sequences, new auto-bots and decepticons, and the military once again plays a central role.
In general I felt that the second half of the movie was better than the first. The majority of cursing etc. occurs in the first half. In addition, the director almost appeared to have lacked a sense of direction at times during the first hour or so. He and the movie pick up their stride in hour number two and provide some of the best action and CGI in film history.
So, buy it for the action. Buy it for the amazing special affects. However, keep it from the children for a few years. Perhaps by then both your kids and the director will have matured.
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