The summer blockbuster season is just around the corner, and among the more anticipated films of 2011 is Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, in theaters on July 1st. The trailer for this third installment surfaced last week and while it looks CGI stunning, giving us nerd boners, we have to question the need for such a sequel. Is there enough of a culturally unified mindset to support such a trilogy? Sure, the days of smartly written and universally accepted trilogies such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones are long gone, but perhaps we should re-examine what films should have in order to qualify for the honor of being a trilogy. (And, of course, we’re not getting into the slasher franchises that go beyond five films, because, for the most part, we at support those endeavours).
Back to the trailer. The premise of Dark of the Moon brings a new element to a tired conspiracy theory about the moon (apparently the entire space program of the 1960s was in “response to an event,” meaning something – the Transformers – crashed on the moon). That seems about as creative as a Predator race crashing on Earth and getting frozen in the Arctic with their Alien prey. What’s more, the U.S. government lied to the Autobots about sharing Cybertron’s secrets with the world – man, Optimus is naive.
Of course there’s the issue of Megan Fox not being in the film. This fact probably won’t hurt the box office taking one iota, but she will be missed by many (and happily absent by many others). Her replacement, as we’ve told you before, is Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and she’s pretty hot – except for those mutant-size lips – seriously, they’re bigger than her ass. But, if you need proof of Rosie’s hotness, check out her commercial for Agent Provacature.