Transformers: Dark of the Moon Movie (2011):
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is an American science fiction action adventure film directed by Michael Bay and written by Ehren Kruger. The film stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, John Malkovich, and Frances McDormand. It is the third installment in the Transformers film series and the sequel to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009). It is based on the Transformers toy line by Hasbro.
Preparation for filming began on April 7, 2010, in Northwest Indiana, specifically around Gary, which portrayed Ukraine in the film. Principal photography for the film began on May 18, 2010, with shooting locations including Chicago, Florida, and Moscow. Transformers: Dark of the Moon first premiered at the Moscow International Film Festival on June 23, 2011. The film was released in the United States on June 29, 2011.
The film grossed $1.124 billion worldwide, and it was the fifth highest-grossing film of all time and the second highest-grossing film of 2011, and the highest-grossing film in the franchise to date. The film was nominated for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects at the 84th Academy Awards. It was followed by Transformers: Age of Extinction in 2014.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Movie Information:
|Movie Name||Transformers: Dark of the Moon|
|Release Dates||June 23, 2011 (MIFF)|
June 29, 2011 (United States)
|Running Time||2hr 34min|
|Based on||Transformers by Hasbro|
|Directed by||Michael Bay|
|Written by||Ehren Kruger|
|Produced by||Lorenzo di Bonaventura|
|Cinematography by||Amir Mokri|
|Edited by||Roger Barton|
|Music by||Steve Jablonsky|
|Production Companies||Paramount Pictures|
Di Bonaventura Pictures
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box Office Collection||$1.124 billion|
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Movie Trailer:
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Movie Storyline:
Set two years after Revenge of the Fallen, it shows the final days of the war between Autobots and Decepticons as they battle to possess powerful technology abandoned on the Moon, in order to restore Cybertron on Earth.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Movie Review:
The film was considered a slight improvement over its predecessor among critics and was praised for the score, visual effects, cast and voice performances, and use of 3D, it was also criticized for its screenplay and runtime.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Movie Cast and Characters:
- Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky: A recent college graduate who is once again tied to the fate of Earth’s survival.
- Josh Duhamel as Colonel William Lennox: A U.S. Army Rangers officer who commands the classified strike team NEST, an international joint task-force battling Decepticons with the Autobots.
- John Turturro as Seymour Simmons: Former agent in charge of the terminated Sector 7 unit and now a successful professional writer.
- Tyrese Gibson as Retired U.S. Air Force Combat Controller Chief Master Sergeant Robert Epps: The former NCO-in-Charge of the NEST strike team who now works at Kennedy Space Center.
- Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as Carly Spencer: Sam’s new girlfriend.
- Patrick Dempsey as Dylan Gould: A wealthy car collector and Carly’s employer who is secretly working with the Decepticons.
- Kevin Dunn as Ron Witwicky: Sam’s father.
- Julie White as Judy Witwicky: Sam’s mother.
- John Malkovich as Bruce Brazos: Sam’s employer and boss at Accuretta Systems.
- Frances McDormand as Charlotte Mearing: The Director of National Intelligence.
- Keiko Agena as the aide and assistant of Charlotte Mearing.
- Lester Speight as “Hardcore” Eddie: A former member of NEST.
- Josh Kelly as Stone, a former member of NEST.
- Alan Tudyk as Dutch Gerhardt: Simmons’ personal assistant. Tudyk said he played the role as the same character from the film 28 Days.
- Ken Jeong as Jerry “Deep” Wang: Paranoid software programmer at Sam’s work.
- Glenn Morshower as General Sharp Morshower: The director of NEST, who communicates with the squad from the Pentagon.
- Buzz Aldrin as himself: Meeting Optimus Prime at the NEST headquarters.
- Bill O’Reilly as himself: Interviewing Simmons through his television program The O’Reilly Factor.
- Elya Baskin as Cosmonaut Dimitri: One of the two surviving Russian cosmonauts who gives Sam information on the Moon missions.
- Andy Daly as Donnie: A mailroom worker who loathes Wang.
- Iqbal Theba as UN Secretary General
- Sammy Sheik as Faraj
- Mindy Sterling as Martha: An insurance agent.
- Chris Sheffield as Pimply Corporate Kid
- Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime: The leader of the Autobots and ruler of the Matrix of Leadership who transforms into a red, yellow, orange, and blue 1994 Peterbilt 379 semi-trailer truck
- Hugo Weaving as Megatron: The leader of the Decepticons who is still badly wounded from the battle in Egypt and transforms into a rusty 10-wheeler 2011 Mack Granite M915 LHRT tank-truck
- Leonard Nimoy as Sentinel Prime: Optimus’s predecessor as the leader of the Autobots and later a Decepticon double agent who transforms into a red and black Rosenbauer Panther Fire Truck.
- Mark Ryan as Bumblebee: The Autobot scout and Sam Witwicky’s guardian who transforms into a yellow and black 2011 Chevrolet Camaro.
- Jess Harnell as Ironhide: The Autobot weapons specialist and Optimus Prime’s second-in-command who transforms into a black 2009 GMC Topkick C4500.
- Charlie Adler as Starscream: Megatron’s second-in-command who transforms into a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor.
- Robert Foxworth as Ratchet: The Autobot medical officer who transforms into a white and green 2009 search and rescue Hummer H2 ambulance.
- James Remar as Sideswipe: The Autobot combat instructor from Revenge of the Fallen who transforms into a silver 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible, who was previously voiced by André Sogliuzzo.
- Francesco Quinn as Dino / Mirage: The Autobot spy who transforms into a red 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia. This was Quinn’s final role before his death shortly after the film’s release.
- George Coe as Que / Wheeljack: the Autobot engineer who invents gadgets, equipment, and weapons and transforms into a blue 2009 Mercedes-Benz E550.
- Tom Kenny as Wheelie: A former Decepticon drone-turned-Autobot from Revenge of the Fallen who transforms into a blue radio-controlled toy monster truck.
- Reno Wilson as Brains: Wheelie’s partner and a fellow former Decepticon drone who transforms into a Lenovo ThinkPad Edge laptop computer.
- Frank Welker as:
- Shockwave: The Decepticon scientist and assassin.
- Soundwave: The Decepticon communications officer who transforms into a silver 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
- Barricade: A Decepticon scout who mysteriously disappeared after the final battle in the first film.
- Bumblebee: The Autobot scout and Sam Witwicky’s guardian who transforms into a yellow and black 2011 Chevrolet Camaro.
- Crowbar: The Leader of the Dreads who transforms into a black Police 2011 Chevrolet Suburban.
- Crankcase: A Decepticon Dread who transforms into a black Police 2011 Chevrolet Suburban.
- Hatchet: A quadruped Decepticon Dread who transforms into a black Police 2011 Chevrolet Suburban.
- Driller: A giant worm-like tentacled Decepticon and Shockwave’s pet.
- Devcon: A quadruped Decepticon who participates in the Battle of Chicago and transforms into a MAZ-543P 8×8 Soviet missile launcher.
- Topspin: An Autobot Wrecker who transforms into Jimmie Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Lowe’s/Kobalt 2011 Chevrolet Impala.
Interesting Facts About Transformers: Dark of the Moon Movie:
- Exclusive early premieres in both RealD 3D and IMAX 3D theaters took place on June 28, 2011, one night before worldwide release in 2-D and 3D (including IMAX 3D) formats each featuring Dolby Surround 7.1 surround sound.
- The idea of Apollo 11 being connected to the discovery of the Transformers had been previously put forth in the Transformers (2007) tie-in prequel novel “Ghosts of Yesterday.”
- According to Michael Bay, 532 vehicles were destroyed in the film. They were given away by an insurance company, at no charge, as all of them were flood-damaged.
- Sentinel Prime was originally meant to be colored yellow-gold, but as fire trucks are a standard red, he had to be re-colored at the expense of several thousands of dollars.
- During filming in Washington, D.C., the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro that plays Bumblebee was struck by a metro police K-9 SUV responding to a bomb alert. The police officer involved, sustained minor injuries, and Bumblebee sustained considerable damage. Filming was able to continue, as there were copies of each automobile for shooting purposes.
- When Megan Fox was fired shortly before filming began, Blake Lively was offered the role of Carly, but turned it down, due to commitments to Gossip Girl (2007). Gemma Arterton, Ashley Greene, Brooklyn Decker, Miranda Kerr, Bar Refaeli, Amber Heard, Camilla Belle, Katie Cassidy, Heidi Montag, Lucy Hale, Julianne Hough and Anna Kendrick were all rumored to replace her before Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was cast.
- This was the last film Francesco Quinn completed before his death.
- This was the highest-grossing film in South Korea, grossing about $69.06 million, This was also the highest-grossing film in Malaysia, grossing about $10.88 million.