Shia LaBeouf: ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ is ‘greatest 3-D film ever’

June 23, 2011 | 5:30 a.m.
shia Shia LaBeouf: Transformers: Dark of the Moon is greatest 3 D film ever

Shia LaBeouf in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (Jaimie Trueblood / Paramount Pictures)

Moviegoers will have to decide whether to pony up the extra cash to see director Michael Bay’sTransformers: Dark of the Moon,” in 3-D and Imax when the stereoscopic edition of the latest entry in the big-budget franchise opens at 9 p.m. June 28, three hours before it premieres on movie screens in 2-D. According to the franchise’s enthusiastic star, Shia LaBeouf, this is one summer movie worth seeing in its full depth.

“We took the 3-D cameras out of the ‘Avatar‘ stages and put them on the head of a dude jumping out of a plane in Chicago while a building is exploding. For real. Four or five dudes actually,” LaBeouf said. “It’s the greatest 3-D film ever made. It’s an amalgamation of ideas from Jim Cameron, Steven [Spielberg] and Michael [Bay]. ”

Bay, working for the first time in 3-D, brought Cameron’s still new “Avatar” cameras into downtown Chicago for “Dark of the Moon,” the third movie in the warring alien robot saga. Working with the cutting-edge technology in the uncontrolled urban environment was sometimes a clumsy endeavor, as Bay described at an event with Cameron last month, but shooting in the real world helped anchor the film’s CG-heavy action sequences, LaBeouf says.

“The only artificial element is the robots,” LaBeouf said. “You’re really blowing Chicago up. It’s really an invasion.”

Critics blasted 2009’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” saying it was sometimes impossible to tell the good-guy Autobots from bad-guy Decepticons amid all the clanging metal. LaBeouf says the action in “Dark of the Moon,” which surrounds the discovery of a Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon, is much easier to follow.

“The last hour of this movie is the greatest action sequence of Mike’s career, which would put it on the same level as the greatest action ever made,” LaBeouf said. “You don’t breathe for the last hour. There’s just no letup, but it’s also not completely overwhelming and disconnected, as the second movie was. You didn’t know what was fighting what or where you were geography-wise. There was no way to be able to tell a story, whereas this is very ‘Black Hawk Down‘ action. The geography is very clear. There’s only four or five dudes you need to be following. The enemy is very clear. The second movie was so … complicated. The best movies are simple.”

— Rebecca Keegan


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12 Responses to Shia LaBeouf: ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ is ‘greatest 3-D film ever’

  1. Oyvey LaPoo says:

    Shia " not afraid to tell Steve that Indy 4 stunk" Labeouf – What credibility does he have? Oh Dudes, Transformers 2 sucked 2, my bad. He is like the Bernard Madoff of Actors.

    • J. Frankenhemier says:

      Transfo 3 will make Avatar look like finger puppets projected against a camping tent. Bring on Bay's things falling off the back of a truck sequences, Caskets (bad boys), axles (the island), cars (transfo),,,ooops, there went my frontal lobe.

  2. Anderson says:

    Transformers 3 the summer blockbuster to see in kick ass 3D. Hell Yeah!!!!!

  3. Cris says:

    There is NO WAY I would see this in 2D. This is the 3D event period. I hear it is a VISAUL MASTERPIECE

  4. Fed Up says:

    They need to stop attaching Megan Fox to every news promotion of TF3!… Why do they keep doing it?

    • Cody says:

      Because a majority of action movie junkies, a.k.a. men, don't think with the head on their shoulders, if ya know what I mean. Lol it seems dumb, and it truly IS, but that's marketing for ya haha.

  5. Sophie says:

    Megan Fox mouthing off was just incorporated by the marketing flaks for this film. What great press attention Shia, Michael and Stevie got out of her. Like I sympathize with the men in Hollywood.

    I guess now the marketing / talking points for the film are about the film itself. Imagine that.

  6. JAY Prakash says:

    One of the first who watched Darak of the Moon… hell yeah!!! words just can't express it.. yet there's loads to tell.. Bay made his mark!!.. loved every scene of the movie..gotta glue your eyes to the screen cause you might miss all the action of bumblebee transforming on the very edge of the screen.. WOW!! 3D visuals are at it's best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. anglounited says:

    Wow, the Transformers fan club is out in force (all 5 of them – also known as the mindless sheep for 3D society).

    3D is just a marketing gimmick to allow Hollywood to substantially raise ticket prices. In most cases the 3D rendering is poor (post-production) and costs about $10 million (hardly a king's ransom compared to the ticket revenue generated by the 3D tag affixed to the title). Oh well, as long as people keep shelling out their hard earned money for it, Hollywood will happily keep making sub-standard fare in 3D.

  8. Dondotcom says:

    Orson Welles, Charlie Chaplin & Alfred Hitchcock – MOVE OVER! Gotta make room for Shia LaBeouf, G-Force & James Cameron. This period of movie making may go down as the worst in film history.
    The accounting inmates have finally taken over the studio insane asylum.
    Revenues are UP yet, the seats are going empty. All while the studios are chomping at the bit to convert 2D Ewoks & Wicked Witches into $3D.
    Sorry Mr. LeBaouf, but 3D needs to move to a level beyond CG-I gouging & poking,
    before anyone can take credit for the 'greatest' 3D Movie ever made.

    Not a fan.

  9. sean says:

    Just saw Transformers 3 and I have to agree with Shia…it was THE BEST movie I've seen to date in 3D. As a film with narrative, AVATAR is still the better movie, but in terms of technical 3D razzle-dazzle, I was completely blown away with T3. The final hour of this movie is so explosive and so well-done that I have to grade this also the best of the Transformers movies. I am so glad I paid the extra money for the 3D this time. All too often 3D movies are muted in dark greys, but not T3…its all well-lit throughout.

  10. Dondotcom says:

    The hits just keep on coming – Today it was announced IMAX stock dropped a whopping 11% This despite the the best year EVER (thus far) in the history of 3-D… Could Transformers 3-D mark the beginning of the end for 3-D?

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