'Transformers 3,' especially seen in IMAX 3D, is a ride. The sound mix alone is more exciting than anything in the billion-dollar-bore of 'Pirates 4.' This is gigantic
action we've never seen before, and Bay's reaction to shooting and cutting his
film for 3D is to get better at what he does. It raised his game, and as a
result, I feel like we just saw a dare thrown down by one of Hollywood's biggest
action specialists: 'Top this.' There's a solid hour-long action sequence in
Chicago that uses everything Bay's ever done before, but all blended into one
exhausting push to save one girl in the midst of a war involving two planets.
It's the personal story on an apocalyptic scale that Bay loves to try to tell,
and that other guys like Emmerich and Cameron and even Spielberg love to do.
And this is the best version of it that Bay's made so far.