Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a 2011 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay and based on the Transformers toy line. First released on June 23, 2011, it is the third installment of the live-action Transformers film series and the sequel to 2009's Revenge of the Fallen. The film's story is set three years after the events of the 2009 film, and follows the warring Autobots and Decepticons as they battle to possess powerful technology from their homeworld that had crashed on Earth's moon.
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. The script was written by Ehren Kruger, who also collaborated on the narrative of Revenge of the Fallen. Dark of the Moon employed both regular 35mm film cameras and specially-developed 3-D cameras, with filming locations in Chicago, Florida, Indiana, Milwaukee, Moscow, and Washington, D.C.. The film was rendered specifically for 3-D, and the visual effects involved more complex robots which took longer to render.
In May 2011, it was announced that Paramount would move Transformers: Dark of the Moon's release date of July 1 to June 29 in order to monitor an early response to footage. Exclusive early premieres in select 3-D and IMAX theaters took place June 28, 2011, one night before worldwide release in 2-D and 3-D (including IMAX 3D) formats—each featuring Dolby Surround 7.1 sound.
Critical reception of the film was mixed with several critics calling it better than Revenge of the Fallen and praising the film's visuals, Steve Jablonsky's musical score, and 3-D action sequences, while others criticizing its writing, acting, and length. But despite the reviews, Dark of the Moon grossed US$1.12 billion worldwide, and is currently the 13th-highest-grossing film of all time, the second-highest-grossing film of 2011 (behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2), the highest-grossing film in the Transformers series, and the 10th film to gross over $1 billion. Like the 2007 film, it was nominated for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects at the 84th Academy Awards. A sequel, Transformers: Age of Extinction was released on June 27, 2014. A fifth film Transformers: The Last Knight is set to be released in 2017. A sixth film serving as a Bumblebee spin-off is scheduled for a 2018 release. A seventh film, serving as the sixth main entry Transformers 6 is scheduled for a 2019 release.
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|“||Optimus Prime's intro commentary.||”|
— We were once a peaceful race, of intelligent mechanical beings. But then came the war, between the Autobots that fought for freedom, and the Decepticons who dreamt of tyranny... Over matched and out numbered, our defeat was all but certain... But in the war's final days, one Autobot ship escaped the battle. It was carrying a precious cargo which would have changed our planet's fate. A desperate mission, our final hope. A hope that vanished...
During the war fought between Autobots and Decepticons on the planet Cybertron, the Autobot ship, the Ark escaped, carrying Sentinel Prime and hundreds of pillars, which are used to open Space Bridges.
The ship is damaged during its escape and eventually crash lands on the moon in 1969. As a result of this, Apollo 11 is sent to the moon to investigate. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin discover the wreck of the Ark and they along with everyone involved with the mission are sworn to secrecy.
Having been dumped by Mikaela, Sam has met another girl, Carly Spencer, on his visit in the White House, where he was awarded a medal for helping to save the world twice. Sam falls in love with Carly, and they move in together. He tries hard to find a new job, so Carly helps him, giving him an opportunity to work under her own boss, Dylan Gould. However, he was having rotten luck trying to get a job, with one person sealing the refusal when he learned that Sam got a medal from President Obama (the job he tried to apply for was primarily Republican in ideals). On the first day of his job, Sam meets his co-worker, Jerry Wang, who tells him about the Decepticons' plan. Wang returns to his office, where his computer screen transforms into Laserbeak, who throws him out the window, killing him.
Sam then meets up with former Sector 7 (now 8) agent, Seymour Simmons. They work together, along with Simmons' new assistant, to try and to figure out what the Decepticons' next move will be. They meet up with some ex-cosmonauts who provide them with more info about the moon and reveal that some people are working for the Decepticons, including Dylan who later takes Carly hostage.
Sam has a fight with Carly about responsibility and safety, but he says he needs to help save the world and she drives off.
Realizing that humanity has held a secret about their race for a long time, the Autobots travel to the Moon and find a few of the Pillars and the pilot of the spaceship, none other than Sentinel Prime, the former leader of the Autobots, and the prior Prime to Optimus. They bring the Pillars and Sentinel back to Earth, resurrecting him with the Matrix of Leadership, which Optimus now carries in his chest. The Autobots then learn of the Decepticons' plans as they see old images of the surface of the Moon. Something on the images, believed by the humans to be markings made by vehicles, are in fact all the pillars. In over 50 years the Decepticons have planned to use the pillars to bring back their home world.
On the Highway heading back to the NEST base, Bumblebee, Dino, Sideswipe and Sentinel Prime come under attack by the Dreads. Crowbar is the first to engage. He transforms and pulls Agent Simmons from his car. He then proceeds to knock a highway sign over. the Dreads use it as a ramp and transform while flying through the air. As they catch up to the Autobots, they brake sharply, making the Dreads fly over them. They then proceed to attack in stealth force mode. Dino catches Hatchet with his hooks and slings him into the on coming line of traffic, decapitating him. Further up the road Crankcase and Crowbar knock over loads of cars to try and block the Autobots route, they manage to get through.
Crankcase tips up a truck carrying gas tanks. Bits fly everywhere causing Bumblebee to quickly jettison Sam and quickly transform to fly over it. He catches Sam and puts him back inside his interior as he transforms, leaving Sam in hysterics.
At the NEST base Ironhide is released. And, now off the highway, the Dreads pursue Dino, Sideswipe and Bumblebee. Sideswipe transforms and fires at the Decepticons, and tells Dino he'll handle it, with Bumblebee following him. Ironhide drives past the two retreating Autobots at fall speed. He slams strait into the two cons, they all transform as they fly into the air. Ironhide lands on his feet, but Crankcase slams into the ground, and Crowbar falls onto a bus stop.
Sideswipe catches up, they all draw their guns, coming into a Mexican stand off. The Autobots force the 'cons to drop their weapons, and Sideswipe and Ironhide do the same. But secretly, Crowbar reveals two spears, or spiked long-delay grenades, and throws one at Ironhide lodging it in his shoulder. Cranckcase then throws one at Sideswipe, but he jumps and dodges it, cutting it in half. Using his arm blade as a "Golf club" he chucks his gun to Ironhide who blasts Crowbar in the face. Sideswipe then attacks Crankcase, he wounds him twice before the 'Con kicks him off. Ironhide the rips the spear out of his shoulder, plunges it into Crankcase's head, tosses him onto a car and kicks it into a car shop, which then explodes into a ball of flames.
The Autobots then head back to NEST base. Sentinel Prime reveals he is a traitor, he made a secret deal with Megatron, the leader of the Decepticons, to ensure Cybertron's survival. Sentinel then murders Ironhide by blasting him with a Cosmic Rust Gun and forces Bumblebee to retreat. He charges into the N.E.S.T base, where he tears the place apart and slaughters most of the soldiers. He then breaks open the NEST vault, retrieves the Space Bridge pillars and flees.
Sentinel meets up with Megatron at the Lincoln memorial. Megatron blasts Lincoln off his chair so he could sit on it. Sentinel activates the Space bridge over the Reflecting Pond in front of it. The activated bridge transports an army of Decepticons and Cybertronian spaceships hidden in the Moon to Earth. They flood into the city assuming new forms. One takes the form of a police car, another scans a Garbage truck. The Autobots arrive with Colonel Lennox and NEST. Optimus tells the others to retreat and then attacks Sentinel, but the elder Prime easily overpowers him. Though Optimus tries to reason with him about his alliance with the Decepticons, Sentinel coldly rebuffs Optimus and beats him up, but lets him live.
Sam and Carly try to evacuate using Carly's car, but it actually turns out to be Soundwave in his vehicle mode. Soundwave throws out Sam and traps Carly inside in vehicle mode. Dylan and the other Decepticons' human collaborators come explaining that they had decided to join the "winning side" of the war in order to keep their freedom while letting the entire human race to be enslaved or massacred in genocides. Dylan puts a Decepticon wristwatch on Sam. Sentinel sends a broadcast message across Chicago and orders the Autobots to be exiled.
The Autobots are blamed for all of this and are exiled away from Earth with a specially designed space shuttle. Sam and Seymour come to the harbor of the shuttle the Xanthium. Optimus states that the conflict is his fault because he told the humans to trust Sentinel Prime, not knowing he was a traitor. He tells Sam that the Autobots have no plan, claiming "You may lose their faith in us, but never in yourselves. From here, the fight will be your own". When the Xanthium starts to lift off, Starscream destroys it and the Decepticons attack the city of Chicago. They seal off the entire city and prevent any aircraft or UAVs from getting anywhere near the city. N.E.S.T. tries to infiltrate the city but their drones are continuously shot down. Sam, Epps and his N.E.S.T. buddies try to enter the city on foot but they are attacked by a Decepticon piloting a small ship. Just as the fighter is about to deliver the final shot Optimus Prime shoots it down and the Wreckers kill the pilot, rescuing them from the Decepticon. Leadfoot explains that they in fact never were aboard the shuttle, but rather in the first booster that detached from the shuttle. Sam asks Bumblebee if he can fly the ship, and he isn't too sure of himself, but after some time, he gets the hang of it.
They fly off to Dylan's apartment. Sam with a gun provided by Epps and his team confronts Dylan, but is attacked by Dylan's Decepticon bodyguard Laserbeak, who is then killed by Bumblebee. Carly is rescued by Sam and the two flee. Meanwhile the Autobots are fighting back the Decepticons and Sentinel Prime, who have placed the pillars all over the world, releasing them, starting the process of Cybertron’s teleportation to Earth. Cybertron then begins materializing in the atmosphere.
Wheelie and Brains sabotage the largest of the dropships, sending it crashing down into the Chicago River. On top of a building, Sentinel attacks Megatron, telling him that he wanted his home world back, but Megatron won't rule it. During the battle, Starscream, Soundwave, Que, Barricade and Shockwave are killed, among other nameless protoforms. Sam manages to get the control pillar near the streets, but he is attacked by Dylan who tries to stop him. Sam throws Dylan into the pillar, killing him in a burst of a electricity. Ratchet shoots the pillar before Bumblebee tackles it, smashing it to pieces in the process, sending Cybertron back through the Space Bridge, collapsing and crumbling into millions of pieces.
Carly finds Megatron sitting up against a wall, and she starts telling him how he'll be under Sentinel's control if he doesn't rise up to where he believes he should be, ready to take over control of Cybertron. Optimus appears, attacking Sentinel, but loses his right arm in the fight. As Sentinel is about to kill Optimus, Megatron shoots Sentinel in the back several times and then brutally pummels him, ripping off his helmet and tearing his armor apart. Megatron has Sentinel on the verge of death when Cybertron is destroyed. Megatron offers Optimus a truce saying he just wants to be in charge again and mockingly asks, "Who would you be without me, Prime?" To which Optimus replies, "Time to find out". Optimus throws his energon axe at Megatron, overpowers him, then decapitates him with the axe, killing him. Seeing his plans in ruins, the injured Sentinel pleads for mercy and attempts to justify his actions, but Optimus disregards all his pleas, claiming Sentinel didn't betray the Autobots, but rather, himself. Optimus then shoots Sentinel with Megatron's shotgun, killing him.
The movie ends with the Autobots accepting that they may never return to Cybertron, but that Earth is their new home.
|“||Optimus Prime's typical closing scene narration.||”|
—In any war, there are calms between storms. There will be days when we lose faith. Days when our allies turn against us... but the day will never come when we forsake this planet and its people
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
- When Megatron says: "Here we are...fight us now", his wheels glitch through Abraham Lincoln's Chair.
- In many scenes, it is obvious that the Medium Fighter that Bumblebee hijacks is a prop.
- Wouldn't it be much more efficient to have Transformers rebuilding Cybertron instead of humans?
- Possibly because the Cybertronian Civil War turned the planet into a barren wasteland, it possible the population was decreased or scattered across the universe. It was lack of manpower that they needed billions of humans to rebuild Cybertron.
- It's also possible that the plot of building an army from the first movie was tied into the Sentinel-Megatron alliance, to have the army be the labor force to rebuild with Earth's resources.
- The personal jet inside the space center has the identity number: 4500X, the same number as Blackout's helicopter form. It also has an Autobot logo on.
- Silverbolt was supposed to be a confirmed character, this could be him.
- Sentinel Prime claims to use humans to rebuild the planet. However, after arriving Chicago, they start a massacre on the civilian populous. While there are possible answers of various likelihood, the inconsistency is unexplained.
- The Decepticons needed to assert their authority over Earth, as well as establish a secure base of operations, devoid of any possible internal threats, besides, they have the rest of the planet full of humans, killing of Chicago's citizens wouldn't really have much affect.
- Megatron and Soundwave ordered Laserbeak to kill off all Decepticon human collaborators with Dylan an exception (though not explained). However, dozens of Decepticon human collaborators (maybe not all of them) were still working for Dylan and following the orders to put out the Space Bridge pillars. Bumblebee had to shoot them down as revenge for kidnapping Carly so Dylan can marry her. Even so, Soundwave said, "Laserbeak, kill them all"."
- Sentinel Prime said, "How doomed you are Autobots. You simply fail to realize, that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." However, he's talking about only hundreds of Decepticons to be served by 6 billion humans.
- It is possible that he was referring to the fact that there are few Autobots while there are many Decepticons.
- Or it is also likely that, at this point, he considered humans to be only slaves, and thus property. Not worthy of status as equals.
- This quote, is in direct opposition to the same quote by Leonard Nimoy's famous character Spock from Star Trek, who was the original speaker of the quote — before his death literally. However, Spock's death in that movie was to save others, not at their expense.
- In the beginning, it shows John F. Kennedy planning the Man on the Moon, which was in 1969. Richard M. Nixon was the president of USA when Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon and Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. He couldn't have been there. (OR HE'S A 6 YEAR ZOMBIE!)
- In reality Kennedy actually did intend to put a man on the moon, and the bit in this movie where he expresses as much takes place in 1961.
- Decepticons have an interesting idea of strategy, as they seem to devote a large portion of their troops for decades to a strategy which hinges upon a mythical item that only the Fallen from the previous movie seems to know about — the Matrix, an item they are not even looking for until 2009, between 50 and thousands of years after they implement the strategy. Meanwhile their core elite and commanders are being wiped out over the course of these years. It is a good thing real world military don't try this rather chronologically backwards strategy.
- It's possible that the Decepticons did know about this, but used the Fallen as a plan B. This would make sense. If they were going to use the AllSpark to build an army for labor force in the first film, and had the cube destroyed, they had to go with a plan B. If the Fallen's plan failed, they would take it to their advantage and use the Matrix to revive Sentinel and fulfill the original plan with a few edits made during the second and third film.
- Laserbeak did not use guns to shoot down Sam Witwicky the same way he did with Alexi Voshkod, even with perfect opportunity.
- The possibility of bringing him in for interrogation falls into place. But not the second time when Sam came in to threaten Dylan to release Carly.
- Laserbeak probably wanted to prolong Sam's knowledge that he would die, plus dishearten Carly who had just arrived. Besides, firing a gun attached to your physical anatomy in a confined space would most likely cause the shot to go astray, possibly hitting Dylan.
- Why didn't NEST go underwater just like Navy SEALs? If the NEST soldiers aren't good at diving, at least they can get an underwater vehicle to ship them into the city. Availability may be an issue but still remains unclear in media.
- Lack of the existence of such a vehicle is probably the reason they didn't use that route. The SEALs were probably airdropped with a Zodiac far out on Lake Michigan and moved closer until they could swim in. Another consideration is that SEAL teams are small, eight men is standard, compared to Lennox's Osprey-borne force, which considering the number of planes used probably originally numbered somewhere closer to 150 or 200, assuming all of them were loaded with troops instead of some of them being decoys.
- Sam's fight with Starscream leaves several questions:
- Why couldnt sam just take off his equipment?
- Sam's equipment seems to attach itself to his arm, due to the fact that it is a climbing equipment.
- With the violence of Starscream's motion, how did Sam avoid broken limbs?
Well, that's just the magic of the movies.
- Why couldnt sam just take off his equipment?
- Why doesn't Optimus Prime just use his blade to cut off the cables when he is tangled?
- Possibly because he was tangled in the cables and unable to reach the blade to cut the cables.
- Carly's clothes are too clean after the final battle.
- When the Autobots arrive on the battlefield, in the first shot where Ratchet is in humanoid mode saying "Mortar that bridge", his vehicle mode can be seen in the back in the following shot with Sam and Carly.
- In the first movie, Megatron travels to Earth in search of the AllSpark. However, in this film, it is mentioned that Earth is the rendezvous point for him and Sentinel Prime. This is confounded by the fact that no Transformers in the first film seem to have knowledge of Earth up to this point.
- It is possible that Megatron had intended to meet Sentinel after retrieving the AllSpark and then have Cybertron bridged to Earth in order to restore it.
- The comic adaption says that Sentinel was supposed to find the last Solar Harvester to fuel their empire's expansion before the rendezvous with Megatron.
- Even if they retrieve the AllSpark, they can simply restore it on Cybertron and revive the planet instead of enslaving humans to rebuild the planet.
- Probably since the planet "happened" to have intelligent life there, it is possible that the Decepticons took the opportunity to enslave them.
- In 1963, the Decepticons on Moon started to move energon pillars out of the Ark. However, Megatron, who arrived at Earth ten thousand year ago, woke up in 2000s. So who gave the order to take energon pillars out of the Ark? Especially confusing as in Dark of the Moon, this seems to be a long standing plan to which other Decepticon Leadership such as Starscream have been kept in the dark as to the disposition of a large portion of their own troops.
- Megatron and Sentinel Prime's deal should be secret between them. A possible reason is that Megatron has told all or part of the deal to his lieutenant, who later ordered Decepticons go to the Moon.
- Or simply the Decepticons found the Ark and decided to steal the pillars.
- Soundwave seemed to be aware of the plan and Dylan Gould said he and Laserbeak were responsible for the human collaborators shutting down the space programs. He could've easily given the order.
- In the comic adaption, Megatron states that "While I lay prisoner in that wretched dam, Soundwave was watching over this planet.
- For a "secret" deal between Sentinel and Megatron, an aaaaaawful lot of troops sure seem to know about it. Decepticons must have some pretty impressive discipline if not a single troop, message, or other hint of this plan is leaked by anyone in 50 years, if not, 10,000+ depending on your theory.
- The Driller was able to capture Optimus Prime's trailer why didn't it destroy the trailer?
- The Driller serves only as Shockwave's hunting pet, protector and main way of transportation. The Driller might not be smart enough to recognize the trailer as any important material for the Autobots, and Shockwave was too busy trying to hunt down the Autobots.
- In the novelization, Shockwave leaves it as part of a trap, setting Decepticon guards to kill Optimus, but they fail.
- So, apparently Megatron is able to be incapacitated by the cold temperatures of the Arctic, which can get as cold as -50 degrees Celsius in the first movie — but Optimus, Ratchet, and a whole hoard of Decepticons can survive on the Moon unaided. The temperature of the Moon can get as cold as -153 degrees Celsius.
- In the first film, Bannacheck said that his navigational systems were screwed up when he hit the atmosphere, sending him off course and "unexpectedly" crashing into the ice. In Dark of the Moon, they are intending to go to a cold environment so they probably had some kind of heating system in them or they could stand it for a certain time period, but the Decepticons there were under the surface, as seen when Sentinel activated the space bridge to the moon, which could have kept them "warm" enough to still live consciously or they could have been in stasis until the activation.
- Also, it is possible that the presence of the ice imprisoning Megatron, not just the cold temperatures, is what incapacitated him.
- So, a bunch of the Decepticons just stay on the Moon instead of coming to Earth to support their leader in the last two battles when such force would be equally decisive? This is especially confusing since the Decepticons have traveled across whole star systems to arrive at Earth then wait right next door for a space bridge.
- It's likely the additional Decepticon fleet were among the 'Cons tracking down Megatron when he disappeared after the AllSpark. It's also likely Starscream, the de-facto leader due to Megatron's absence, ordered the 'cons on the Moon to go into stasis and conserve their energon, after all, sending ALL the 'cons would be a senseless waste. Starscream finds Megatron's brutal, violent methods to be absurd, and prefers gaining advantage through deception, fitting this theory. He would then have had Soundwave stay in Earth's stratosphere, so he could relay necessary orders to the army on the moon, and also act as the Decepticon's overall eyes and ears, being able to send his scouts and monitor transmissions. Soundwave wouldn't have informed Megatron of the additional forces on the Moon because he wasn't ordered to, and Starscream would keep silent about it because of his own priorities.
- Bumblebee saves Sam and Lennox, but is somehow captured with the others by Soundwave seconds later. However there was a minute gap before we saw him again, it's possible that he was captured off screen, possibly trying to free the others.
Not actually an error
- Why did the Decepticons try and destroy the Ark in the beginning of the movie if they intended on using it to rebuild Cybertron?
- Not every Decepticon knows that Sentinel Prime has secretly compromised with Megatron. In the novelization, it's stated that it was Starscream who shot down the Ark, which would work because during the Washington invasion, Starscream asks Megatron what exactly was the plan, meaning he wasn't fully aware of the alliance with Sentinel.
- Sentinel Prime can speak English right after being revived?
- In the novelization, it is explained that, through Optimus already knowing the language, this knowledge was transferred to Sentinel through the Matrix which is used to revived him.
- Agent Simmons is thrown by a Dread but only got a broken leg.
- While that does seem rather impossible, real people have survived worse circumstances.
- There is a television series called The Indestructibles for crashes and survivals from that kind of circumstance.
- While that does seem rather impossible, real people have survived worse circumstances.
- One of the characters had expressed disapproval of sending away "9 Autobots" on a spaceship to leave the Earth. Some may argue there are 11 Autobots, including two former Decepticons: Wheelie and Brains.
- Perhaps, because Wheelie and Brains have never done much to physically help their cause, they do not consider them as much use as the others.
- Skids and Mudflap do show up in the background of a few shots in the NEST base. When the convoy comes in, they are right on the tail end but the scene cuts as they come into a clearer view. When Ironhide is testing his new weapon, Mudflap can be seen in humanoid mode in the background. Their deaths are shown in the novel.
- When the Autobots attack Sentinel Prime in the Battle of Chicago, why didn't Sentinel use his Cosmic Rust Gun to kill them like he did with Ironhide?
- It is possible that Sentinel can only find it easy to use his rust gun on those who are too slow, which meant Major Lennox's men and Ironhide, which is why he resorted to shield and sword instead.
- It is possible Sentinel viewed Ironhide more of a threat to the Decepticons than the other Autobots; after all, he WAS the Weapons Specialist.
- Sentinel actually was seen pulling it out late in the battle and he almost did hit Sideswipe, but the human soldiers fired a rocket missile at him which knocked him into the ground.
- Where were the other Autobots when Sentinel destroyed the N.E.S.T base?
- Lennox mentioned that the Autobots "have a habit" of sneaking out on their own and do not strictly obey the orders of the NEST authorities.
- Lennox did tell everyone not to engage Sentinel, most likely to limit casualties to both humans and Autobots. They may have left soon after Sentinel started destroying the base.
- At the very beginning of the film, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin uncover a face in the Ark, the face looks unusually like Optimus Prime's face. It even has the same battle helmet and horns.
- Optimus Prime continues his strange beheading fetish by ripping out Shockwave's eye, decapitating Megatron, and killing Sentinel with a head shot. Apparently this is possibly because the Transformers can still live if their limbs were cut off, but will die when their heads are cut off and cannot be resurrected with any reviving device.
- Because the film at the last minute changed names, Mirage was referred to as Dino (pronounced Dee-no) while Wheeljack was referred to as Que in the film. This is likely because the writers at first decided to name them after Generation One characters before deciding to establish them as separate, new characters.
- The Autobots make a strange change in this movie. In the previous two, they had tried to avoid human casualties at all costs. However, in this movie, they — not just Ironhide — are rather careless when it comes to avoiding collateral damage. Bumblebee may have even killed a few humans in the scene when they attack an illegal nuclear arms site, and Dino intentionally slams Hatchet into a passing car.
- Dino did show little respect for human lives in the Dark of the Moon video game.
- As the movies have progressed, a trend appeared where the Autobots were depicted as progressively more human and the Decepticons as progressively more alien/monstrous. Dark of the Moon brings this trend full circle. The Autobots now look, sound, and act very human while the Decepticons have separated from any human-like qualities they might have had.
- A change has been made in this movie concerning the weapons of the Transformers. In the previous two films, all of their weapons formed from their hands/forearms, but in this one, many of the Transformers have actual weapons that they hold and carry on their back. Examples include Megatron's new blaster, Optimus Prime's sword and axe, Ironhide's heavy weapons, and Sentinel Prime's Cosmic Rust Gun.
- Sentinel Prime is the primary antagonist, Megatron is the secondary antagonist for the most part, but a crucial plot twist has him rescuing Optimus Prime's life and helps him fight Sentinel Prime, with Dylan as the tertiary antagonist.
- Before NEST starts attacking Shockwave, a Decepticon protoform said, "Holy s***!" before getting shot by gunfire.
- Sentinel is seen still trying to kill Optimus with his axe even after Megatron shot him three times with his fusion gun. Fortunately for Optimus, Megatron grabbed Sentinel away.
- Shockwave was supposedly intended to be the main antagonist in the early development as mentioned by Michael Bay in USA Today. However, Shockwave only received partial screen time like every Decepticon and was only a supporting character who played a minor role.
- This misinformation was obviously intentional so as to leave viewers utterly surprised to learn of the real main antagonist.
- Megatron had less screen time than in Revenge of the Fallen and the first movie. Nobody in the film seems to consider him the threat in the movie, very few people actually mention his name, mostly because he is physically rotting away. There was no scene that Megatron appeared in that lasted longer than two minutes.
- Alexi Voshkod, Jerry Wang and a NASA scientist by Laserbeak
- Several soldiers on Ospreys and other soldiers off-screen by Starscream
- Megatron, Shockwave, Sentinel Prime, Driller, and several Decepticon protoforms/ones from the Moon by Optimus Prime (the most amount of kills)
- Ironhide by Sentinel Prime
- Hatchet by Bumblebee and Dino(and Sideswipe since he had his Stealth Force mode on)
- Crowbar and Crankcase by Ironhide with assistance from Sideswipe
- Starscream and Dylan Gould by Sam Witwicky (First time he kills a human)
- Que by Barricade and Decepticon protoform
- Soundwave, all of Dylan's cohorts, and at least one Decepticon protoform by Bumblebee
- Laserbeak by Bumblebee and Sam Witwicky
- Every other Decepticon by NEST and other Autobots.
- Nearly all of the Decepticons are killed off, including Starscream, Soundwave, Barricade and Megatron. Also, though Igor's fate is not confirmed in the film, he survived in the novelization.
- Megatron gets killed off again, this time by Optimus himself.
- Optimus kills Megatron by slamming his battle-axe into his head, ripping it off along with his spine. However, in both the Junior Novel and movie adaptation, Megatron offers a sincere truce and Prime accepts it while in the movie it comes across as less than sincere and Optimus refuses it. Megatron then leaves with the remaining Decepticons to Cybertron, which isn't destroyed in the novels.
- While both Roadbuster and Leadfoot spoke in Scottish and Cockney accents, Topspin didn't speak at all.
- Laserbeak is shown to be a shape shifter; he's shown changing into a smaller pink version of Bumblebee, an office printer, a flat screen T.V. and a desktop computer monitor.
- The fate of Wheelie and Brains is untold in the film. It is mentioned they survived the crash in the novelization.
- Dylan states that he "inherited" the job of working with the Decepticons when his father died.
- The Wreckers are shown to be more brutal killers than Optimus, Ironhide, Bumblebee, and Sideswipe all combined as shown when they quite literally ripped a Decepticon fighter pilot to pieces alive and played with his body parts. Leadfoot is shown playing and chewing on his head.
- Mearing has some of Theodore Galloway's personalty traits, as both believe that the Autobots are too dangerous. However, Mearing eventually becomes more supportive of the Autobots, unlike Galloway, who kept his point of view the same through out the whole film.
- In the scene where the missiles are fired, there is apparently a reuse of movie from Revenge of the Fallen as the guy who says "Target Acquired" is the same guy in the same way that said it when the destroyer, USS Kit in Revenge of the Fallen, blew up Devastator.
- Barricade makes his return since his unexplained absence from the last battle in the first movie, which makes him the only Decepticon to appear in both the 1st and 3rd movies besides Megatron and Starscream.
- Despite being a confirmed character, Silverbolt never made an appearance.
- Maybe he is the jet inside the space center (read the errors section in this article).
- Transformers continues featuring a song by Linkin Park at the start of the end credits with "Iridescent".
- Unlike the previous films, Dark of the Moon showed more than one on-screen Autobot death in which the Autobot stayed dead (Optimus and Jetfire die in Revenge of the Fallen, though Optimus is resurrected).
- Ironhide and Que/Wheeljack being the seconds.
- Dino is seen in the background of a fighting scene, ripping of the head of a Decepticon protoform.
- 2 Decepticon protoforms by ratchet before Optimus rages on Shockwave.
- 3 Decepticons, 1 of witch is Barricade, accidently killed by by Sowndwave.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon was one of the most difficult movies produced by Hollywood and Industrial Light & Magic, even probably the single most difficult movie made using computer technology. Very similar to the animated broadcast cartoons including the Generation One cartoon and Transformers Animated, there were many errors in animating the robots. Similar to the first two films, live-action vehicles or objects had to be computer-animated for the Transformers which was challenging similar to the traditional animated cartoons. One example is that 10,000 parts were computer animated to design Optimus Prime and the most complex Transformer design was Driller's which was made of 70,000 parts. The production crew apparently had headaches in producing most of the film's length, especially during the Driller attacking the skyscraper scene which involved complex mastery of architecture. Not only was the Computer-Generated Imagery a challenge, but IMAX 3D and real 3D versions had to be made due to the promotion of films using the latest 3D glasses technology. Many accidents using vehicles were damaged as well, such as the Bumblebee Camaro crashing into a non-stop police car that left it totalled.
- The whole second part of the plot is a references to the The Transformers first season finale "The Ultimate Doom".
- This time, Optimus Prime immediately rejected the plan to give all of Earth's natural resources to Cybertron and was not the one who activated it. G1 Optimus shares the same goals of reviving Cybertron as the G1 Decepticons while Movieverse Optimus finds reviving Cybertron not mandatory now that he and the Autobots consider Earth their new home to live with the humans.
- This time, the Decepticons have a human helper, too. This was also done before in the first two seasons of The Transformers.
- However, unlike the two G1 Decepticon human allies in cartoon, Dylan wants the best for Cybertron and tries to give all of Earth's natural resources to Cybertron through the space bridge pillar. Dr. Arkeville did not care for his own kind, but he was angry that the Decepticons planned to damage Earth, his home planet. Shawn Berger was not an intentional ally because he was used by Megatron through deception to enslave humanity.
- The Ark is a reference to the ship with the same name in the Generation One.
- Dark of the Moon introduces more characters from the Generation One cartoon than in Revenge of the Fallen and the 1st film. They are Laserbeak, Carly Spencer, Sentinel Prime, and Shockwave.
- The brand of Sam's car is Datsun, which produced the Datsun Fairlady Z (280 ZX), the vehicle mode for Prowl, Bluestreak, and Smokescreen.
- When the Autobots got Exiled because of the 'Cons, they hid in a clever part of the ship before being 'Blasted to bits' references Megatron's Master Plan. Only this time, it isn't Megatron's.
- Leonard Nimoy, who voiced Galvatron in The Transformers: The Movie, once more acts as an antagonist, but this time the true villain of the movie and not an antagonist against a more evil antagonist.
- This isn't the first time Ironhide gets killed off in a movie.
- Megatron destroyed Abraham Lincoln's statue out of its chair so he could sit there, much like his Generation One counterpart did in the episode "Atlantis, Arise!".
- He also does this if you complete the game as the Decepticons in the video game for the first live action movie.
- The missile that damages the Ark in the opening sequence is very similar, albeit larger, to the missile used by Inferno to attack Cheetor and Dinobot in the Beast Wars
- Near the end of the final battle, Bumblebee transforms with the classic transforming sound.
- Another Starscream got killed on screen.
- Wheeljack gets killed in the film, just like his Generation 1 counterpart.
- Starscream thrashed around when both his eyes were destroyed. The same thing happened to Metroplex when his eyes were stolen when the ghost of Starscream's counterpart possessed Scourge.
- Like his Generation One counterpart, Sentinel Prime is the predecessor of Optimus Prime.
- Sentinel Prime got killed off just like his Generation One counterpart.
- A rich evil guy siding with Decepticons? Sounds familiar.
- When Brains and Wheelie are watching Star Trek: The Original Series, the screen features Mr. Spock, portrayed by Leonard Nimoy — who voices Sentinel Prime. They comment that it is "the one where Spock goes nuts", possibly a subtle nod to Sentinel's role in the movie.
- Sentinel Prime says "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." The voice actor said the same line in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as Mr. Spock. However in that movie, Nimoy's character dies a hero.
- When Bumblebee says his goodbyes to Sam, he uses a clip of Spock, saying "I will always be your friend.", another line from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
- The final battle taking place on a bridge, with Optimus Primes's arm being cut off might be a reference to the final showdown of the 1980 film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
- When Mirage threw Hatchet on the car, it was the same crash scene as it is a stock footage from Michael Bay's 2005 film The Island.
- The final battle featuring blade battle with the line "There can be only one" may be a reference to the 1986 film Highlander.
- Que's name may be a reference to Mr. Q from James Bond novels and films. Que also gives weapons to NEST soldiers while explaining the advantages and abilities for the weapons much like Q does for James Bond.
- The way Optimus kills Megatron by ripping off his head with his spine still attached is very similar to the original Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat.
- The heated debate between Bill O'Reilly and former Agent Simmons references the anchorman's real life quarrel with real life conspiracy enthusiast Jesse Ventura , completed by calling the agent a "pinhead".
* After Laserbeak killed Jerry Wang at Accuretta Systems, it the took on the form of a copier to keep Spike under surveillance. Just prior to transforming back into its regular mode, a package of Double A copy paper appears on top of it (having not been there in the scene immediately before). This is a nod to the commercial that the Australian manufacturer, Advance Agro, ran in 2004 where a copier transformed into a robot and slapped a secretary with the inferior paper she was trying to run in it, which had caused a copy jam.
- Three of the film's voice actors passed away within four years of the film's release. Francesco Quinn, who voiced Mirage (Movie), died a little over a month following the film's release, on August 5, 2011, at the age of 48. Several years later, Leonard Nimoy, who voiced Sentinel Prime (Movie), passed away on February 7, 2015, at the age of 83. Five months later, George Coe, who voiced Wheeljack (Movie), passed away on July 18, 2015, at the age of 86. This is actually the first film in the series to feature voice actors who have passed away. All of the voice actors from the first, second and fourth films are still alive.
- Though there was some debate over if it be released in 2012, this is what Michael Bay has posted: "Well its official: We have a great Transformers 3 story. The release date is now July 1st 2011. Not 2012." He said this before the release date changed. Bay has stated that this will be the last film in the series. 
- The filming had dealt with many accidents and disasters, such as Bumblebee Camaro totaled by a police vehicle and a stunt driver's horrible accident with a cable, resulting in the 24 year old woman having permanent brain damage and being partially paralysed, after which the filmmakers were sued.
- Part of the scene of the car-chase battle in Washington DC is "borrowed" from the 2005 film The Island, another film by Michael Bay. Bay admitted, stating it was nothing wrong for the energy saving and carbon reduction.
- On the 9th July 2011, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, officially broke the record for the fastest ticket sales ever. It reached $500,000,000 in one week, in world wide sales.
- Extract from TFW2005: "Dark of the Moon surpasses both Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in how fast it took to get to $500 million worldwide, (They took 10 days, DOTM took 8). If Dark of the Moon can survive the upcoming hiccup, then it is very possible that Dark of the Moon will reach the $1 billion mark by the end of the summer of 2011, making it the 9th movie ever to hit the $1 billion mark."
- A deep growl is heard at the end of the credits.
- It was nominated for three Oscars: Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects; all lost to Hugo.
- On 10th July 2011, Dark of the Moon remains #1 in Weekend Box Office, and becomes 2011's Top-Grossing Movie.
- On 27th July 2011, Dark of the Moon has bypassed the $900 Million Barrier and is well on it's way to $1 Billion by the end of next week (3rd August 2011).
- On 3rd August 2011, Dark of the Moon has reached one billion in the box office.
- The film is (2011 Nov 1) the 4th Highest Grossing Movie of All Time.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Mirage and Wheeljack, known by those names in the toyline and essentially all supporting media, are respectively named "Dino" and "Que" in the film. While Dino is simply credited as such, Que is listed in the credits as "Que/Wheeljack".
- ↑ Roadbuster is listed as "Roadbuster/Amp" in the credits, a reference to his car mode's sponsor.
- ↑ Leadfoot is listed in the film's end credits as "Leadfoot/Target", a reference to his car mode's sponsor.
- ↑ Roadbuster is listed as "Roadbuster/Amp" in the credits, a reference to his car mode's sponsor.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Skids and Mudflap only appear during the convoy scene at the beginning of the film
- ↑ During the highway battle, Jimmie Wood's Bonecrusher scream from the first movie can be heard coming from Crowbar
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 James Avery interview on Unscripted, January 2010
- ↑ "Transformers 3 Re-Uses Car Crash From The Island", IGN Movies, July 2011.
- ↑ Double A, Double Quality Paper commercial, 2004
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- ↑ Michael Bay : Used old clips for Transformers 3 ?
- ↑ Michael Bay Borrows The Island Footage for Transformers 3 | TheHDRoom
- ↑ Recycling Old Footage for Transformers: Dark of the Moon Gets Busted by Internet Users Michael Bay: I Did It For the Energy Saving and Carbon Reduction. at NOWNEWS (Traditional Chinese)