I'm not here to argue or change anyone's mind about anything. I'm here to vent because everyone I saw it with loved it and I don't want to bring them down. I don't expect this to be well written, so I'll apologize in advance. I just really do feel heart broken about hating this as much as I did. I loved the first one, thought the second one was okay--blaming the writers strike for it's most glaring shortcomings-- and just could not find anything to like about DOTM (apart from the FX Porn which to be honest featured way too few robots IMO). I went with four people and everyone else liked it...This whole experience just feels weird to me. I'm not a G1 slave, a film reviewing elitist or even a Bay-hater. I don't nit-pick, I normally like summer movies for just simply being summer movies and I can't even go that deep into TF mythology. But, dammit, man...COME ON!!! It's like they didn't even try to have a cohesive narrative. The whole thing came off to me like a disjointed variety show that's somehow, at the same time, over-produced AND hastily thrown together at the last minute: This movie has no theme and there's no soul here to speak of...How the hell do you do that with THESE characters, THAT budget and THIS apocalyptic scenario? I swear to God, guys...I'm not like this. I'm not. I Found a way to enjoy ROC for crying out loud. I don't expect life-altering social commentary drama or go in expecting cultural barriers to be broken in a film like this and I'm not even looking for clever writing...I just wanted a movie about warring factions of made-relatable-through-human-interaction transformers--and maybe a human moon conspiracy coverup--like I was promised. What I got after Sam looked for a job for an hour, was Sam joins the military who kicks ass in Chicago while robots fight in the background. That's all fine and good for all the other alien invasion movies, but I can't help but feel that it's unacceptable for what this franchise is capable of. All that gorgeous eye candy and not one reason to acknowledge any transformer scene as anything more than filler is tragic. There's just no other word for it. Can someone please tell me what the hell is so hard about writing for sentient robots that, good guys or bad are, for the most part, exactly like us where motives and emotions are concerned? Seriously, I always thought the appeal of the first movie, and I guess TF as a whole (outside of transforming robots), was that in spite of our obvious physical differences, TF's and humans were pretty much striving for the same things. Humans IMO are included in the various TF storylines to reinforce and exemplify the common bonds we both share as beings in general--Humans are not included in the TF universe to steal the spotlight or be heroic focal points, they exist to be afraid of decepticons and thusly justify the need for an autobot presence, right? So WTF happened? How the hell do you lose sight of that two movies in? Last I checked, no ones reviewing sam witwicky or tyrese action figures. What people have been reviewing, though, is transformer toys. If there's any in what I'm writing at all, I'm sure there's knowledge in that last statement somewhere. I'm not saying Humans can't put up a fight, or have important roles in a TF movie, that's asinine. But, for god's sake, if you're going to go through the trouble of tacking on yet another reason for sam to be a part of the fight, at least give the Stars of the movie a reason to be on screen. I mean, lord, there's no story here for the bots at all. NONE!!! Nothing but fight after fight after pointless fight, which probably wouldn't even be that bad if something, ANYTHING, interesting happened in the movies first 1:30. God, I'm bitter. I'm sorry, guys. especially if you enjoyed it. Attack me at your leisure, I'd probably do the same to you. I just can't believe that THIS passes for a good transformers movie... Thanks for reading those of you that did. At least I feel a little better. Stupid questions that are mostly rhetorical: What's funny or cute about RC sized robot pets? Why is Megatron talking to elephants in the wide open country, and not in some cave brooding like an evil bad ass? And, If his arm has been repaired, why not his head? Is the goofy little scarf REALLY that empowering? What the hell is crawling on megatron? Where did they come from? Where do you think Starscream and Soundwave hang out at? Did the prime trailer seem like a waste to you? Looked great, but that's about all it did. I thought Optimus was getting more armor or something. How the hell does sentinal prime know anything about what earth people find to be possible where physics are concerned 10 seconds after being woken up? Why do autobots need metal facial hair? If megatron was frozen as NBE 1, and earth was more or less undiscovered by transformers until a couple years ago, what decepticon had the forsight to bully the rich guys dad into being on their side, under whos order and for what eventual purpose/ benefit? Was Jazz more liked than Ironhide? and who the hell puts their guns down in the middle of what's supposed to be a war when they have point-blank head shots lined up? Who killed more robots? Autobots, Humans, Decepticons? At what point did you realize the girl was running around in heels and where was she keeping all those outfits she kept changing into? Can Shockwave last the full 8 seconds when riding japanese tentacles? Did you think the shuttle thing wouldve provided for the perfect opportunity to have omega supreme slap the flying ships around? Were you surprised the credits hit that quick after the sentinel beatdown? And Finally, How the hell is what sam did a secret if people know about transformers? I understand autobots are not exactly talking to people, but if the boy's getting medals for his acts of heroism, people like bill oreilly are talking about transformers on TV and inner cities are being messed up all over the world by giant robots that aren't trying to keep secrets, how do people not know he's connected on some level and what exactly is Simmons' book about if people don't believe it's really happening? Man, this movie could've been so awesome if they'd of just given one of you a chance to proof read it...Damned Hollywood. C'mon Reboot!