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Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, and Patrick Dempsey. John Turturro, John Malkovich

Direction: Michael Bay

Genre: Sci-Fi

There’s loads of action, high drama, pompous special effects and yet Transformers 3 isn’t as engrossing as the first two parts. And that’s only because the films lacks heart the high emotional quotient which gave the first two parts its soul and matter behind all the FX.

This time, it is the equipment that tower above man. Both the Auto bots and the Deceptions are in flamboyant form, determined to shock and awe with their conflicting motives. While the deception are, as usual, hell bent on create chaos on Planet Earth under the guidance of their leader Megatron, the Auto bots are firm in their allegiance to the human race. The violent Optimus Prime and the adorable Bumble Bee faithfully remain Sam Witwicky’s faithful foot armed forces, determined to save the world with the young hero who has already done it twice.

But the most alluring mecha-man is Sentinel Prime, the Autobot who returns from the dead and turns renegade. He is almost regal in spite of his evil plans to turn the entire human race into slaves and re-instate the machines as masters of the universe. As he stands on the rock face of a high-rise building and conducts his overwhelming orchestra, he steals the show and showcases himself as the true master of the game.

Amongst the human characters, Megan Fox is sorely missed. She added so much visual and visceral appeal as Sam’s girl friend that anyone who steps into her shoes would be fated to be a poor substitute. Can’t blame Rosie Huntington-Whitely, can we? Shia LaBeouf is his usual nerdy self: the unlikely hero with the arduous mission to save the world. While Patrick Dempsey adds a new measurement to his acting graph by playing bad: a complete volte-face from the dreamy doctor in Grey’s Anatomy. But the most colorful display is put up by John Malkovich as the super rich, somewhat insane machine enthusiast: a complete scene stealer.

The film is way too long and could do with some much-needed editing. Specially since most of the fights get recurring and the drama seems without cause prolonged. That apart, Transformers 3 has enough to make you rejoice the believe-it-or-not spectacle of larger-than-life Hollywood.

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