Transformers: Dark of the Moon Trailer

And so it begins. The third Transformers movie is now just seven months away, and the wheels of the gigantic marketing machine are slowly starting to spin back to life. When I say slowly, I mean, slowly. The first teaser trailer for the film has arrived online today, and at two and a half minutes it is definitely one of the longest “announcement trailers” I’ve ever seen — especially considering the fact that there is very little pay off at the end. It all builds up to the eye of a giant Transformer that morphs into a psychedelic whirling vortex of haphazard CG gears and whirring mechanical sounds. Michael Bay loves that shit.

He also took it upon himself to rewrite history, which I guess is kind of cool. Apparently when Apollo 11 disappeared on the other side of the moon and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface, they also secretly stumbled across a massive robot. Makes sense. I was wondering why the hell Bay decided to essentially name the next movie after a Pink Floyd album, but I guess there is a loose connection to the story after all. Anyway, I don’t think there’s much more to say about the teaser, except… is that supposed to be Unicron? If so, isn’t he actually supposed to be like, bigger than the moon? Transformers: Dark of the Moon hits theatres on July 1st, 2011. Check out the trailer in HD over at, or watch an embedded version after the jump.

  • FoxMulder

    WTF! No pyro?

    But I’m sure that will be mindless entertainment at its best yet again from Bay! Kinda like the Apollo 11 inclusion. Even if it’s ridiculous, at least with that historical element, it makes it more intriguing to watch! But maybe they won’t even include it in the final movie…

  • Henrik

    Looks like nobody phoned this one in.

    Wait, what?

  • Jonathan1011

    So the alien spacecraft is just a stones throw from the landing site?? And not even on the dark side as it’s bathed in beautiful sunlight, as they explore it. Useless. you’re not having my money this time Mr Bay.

  • FoxMulder

    And that teaser scene is like a 1:1 copy of Alien…

  • Joe

    It would be cool if the whole movie took place in 1969

  • alechs

    @ Jonathan1011

    I think the trailer is suggesting that the real purpose for the Apollo 11 mission was to investigate the Decepticon ship and the ‘dark side blackout’ was an orchestration to hide the discovery from the world.

  • Matt

    What the hell is Steven Speilberg doing on this film?

    Michael Bay you really need to go back to film school, or perhaps back to making music videos.

  • Jonathan1011

    I understand what they are going for but the thing they are investigating “Neil you are dark on the rock” isn’t even on the actual dark side of the moon it’s lit up like a Christmas tree next to the landing site. Already this film makes no attempt to make any sense. I’m still sore about the money I paid for the second atrocious piece of shit so forgive my vitriol at this.

  • Werner

    I miss the realism of Armageddon.

  • rjdelight


    Spielberg produced the other two Transformers. And this trailer was pretty slick.

  • Glad to see that Transformers is happily keep Michael Bay away from wasting other talented actors (except for possibly John Turturro) and screenwriters, etc. I hope he keeps making Transformers Sequels for the rest of his career, and leaves the rest of us alone. I’ll be happily skipping this as I happily skipped Part 2.

    Long Live Bayformers.

  • I don’t know about that… John Malkovich and Frances McDormand are both in this one.

  • Matt

    @rjdelight Oh I don’t remember Speilberg being apart of the Transformers “trilogy” partly because I’ve seen the first one once and that was enough for me.

  • swarez

    Malkovich is a whore and will do anything if you pay him enough.

  • Nathan

    The first movie was enjoyable as you could expect a Michael Bay film to be.

    The second was an abomination on so many levels. The Film Junk podcast for Transformers 2 is quite memorable with everyone ragging on it.

    I have no intention of ever wasting my time watching another.

  • Turturro, McDormand and Malkovich? What is it with Bay pulling in Coen regulars to his franchise?

  • MovieFan

    “Neil,you are dark on the rock” is mean that the camera is “off-public” the public don’t know what are they doing when the blackout and they have time to investigate the ship…

  • swarez

    @Kurt. Money and more money. Plus I think some of these actors who do more indie films actually want to be in some of these block busters. I never thought Steve Buscemi would do a Bay film and he was in two of them so either the guy gets paid a shit tonne of cash or actually enjoys doing it because he doesn’t get the chance often enough.

  • Steve Buscemi is a curious case, he has so many low-key arty pictures (including two directed by himself), but does a surprising number of block-buster walk ons, not just Bay, but also stuff like Con Air and a fair number of Adam Sandler comedies. I’ve got no issue of him goofing off if it is a form of fun or battery recharge. Gene Hackman, Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore and other seem to walk this line, lots of assembly line stuff in between some iconic or great work.

  • FoxMulder

    Fuck this indie/blockbuster discussion! Either it’s an enjoyable movie or not and I’ve seen as many bad indies as bad blockbusters! This constant nitpicking on blockbusters, that they are generating more bucks than substance, is so blablabla and tedious! Everytime something like Transformers is on the horizon people get up and start their socialism bullshit. Drives me nuts, really!


  • Theman


  • @Jonathan1011,

    The “dark side of the Moon” speaks of the fact that one side is always facing away from the Earth. It has nothing to do with its position relative to the sun, and gets just as much Sun on all sides as the Earth does. The Moon is tidally locked with the Earth, so the dark side is the side we can’t see from Earth.

  • MikeH

    no thanks i will pass on this crap