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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Car-robot-killers take over Chicago! But not as much fun as it sounds.

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When we were kids, we'd smash various toys together for fun. Then, we grew up. There seems to be little such hope for director Michael Bay and his never-ending Transformers saga (on loan from Hasbro Toys).  The third iteration, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, is a two-and-a-half-hour mind-enema in which good, bad and good-bad robots from outer space clang into one another with alarming ferocity here on Earth. Coherency and plot are wholly secondary to the constant barrage of exploding giant-car parts and shrieking humans. Rendered in 3-D, should you choose to go full-on fury. Of note in this stew of cacophonous car-bot-fu:

  • The arthouse slummers: John Turturro, Frances McDormand and John Malkovich.
  • Every square inch of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The leering camera didn't miss a fragment of this Victoria's Secret model.
  • The "dark side of the moon." Apparently this really exists, and isn't just some classic-rock fantasia.
  • Ken Jeong. Once again, brings the Asian-crazy and takes off his pants.
  • A cameo from astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lending this claptrap the undeserved imprimatur of a real hero.
  • The U.S. military fights back … with men dressed as flying squirrels. These graceful aerial warriors were never explained, but provided a welcome respite from the metal-and-ammo blast-o-rama.

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