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“Transformers” image tells us very little (and that’s good)

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: So much has been written so far about the onslaught of superhero movies coming our way this summer – from “Thor” to “Captain America” and “X-Men: First Class” – that it’s almost easy to forget that Michael Bay and his “Transformers” franchise own the July 4 weekend.

The sure-to-be-blockbuster is flying under the radar, at least in terms of the amount of exposure most of Bay’s previous films have received.

Then again, that might be for the best. Though it made a boatload of cash, the second “Transformers’ wasn’t well received, with both Bay and lead Shia LaBeouf bashing it to the press. They each have said they are getting the franchise back on track with “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” and so far, they seem content to let a few clips and a Super Bowl TV spot do the talking.

Paramount (via HitFix) just released a new still from the film, but it doesn’t say much. Again, subtle, keeping most of the Bay-hem under the hood.

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” opens nationwide on July 1, and I’ll tell you, the less I know about it, the more excited I’m becoming.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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