Leading up to Sunday night I was excited about seeing the newest movie installment of Transformers, but after seeing it only one feeling remains, and that is heartbreak.
No, I’m not talking about the end of the series as there is sure to be a fourth. What I am talking about is the horror I witnessed right before my eyes. That is kids ages 4-8 years-of-age being subjected to numerous instances of death and destruction.
I wrote before that the previous two Transformer movies weren’t suitable for children as the amount of violence and sex in it wasn’t unsuitable for young children even though that is what the movie was marketed to children. As for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” that is definitely the case once again as it should have been rated R. Many parents in the days to come will be outraged by what their kids saw.
There was a little bit of sex in it, but that doesn’t matter as there was so much violence and carnage it made the first two look suitable for kids. There were several instances of this that stood out head and shoulders above the rest.
The first being near the end of the movie, after the Decepticons invade Earth and take over Chicago, there is a scene where a camera trucks through a blown up bus littered with dead people. You can tell they are clearly dead as they are all covered with dirt and are slumped over and not moving. The only thing that was missing was clothes being soaked with blood.
The next was a scene in a Chicago street where people are running for their lives from a Decepticon. As people are running the Decepticon is shooting at them and hits the group of people several times clearly showing them being blown up as they disappear in the sparks. Of course the one thing that’s missing is the blood.
Then there was the scene where as a building is tipping over the camera follows a soldier falling to his death and cuts out at the last second.
Like young kids cannot tell that someone is dead. Hello McFly, we live in the age of information where kids are getting more information at a younger age. So, their going to know when a person is dead and isn’t.
However, that is no reason to allow young children to be subject senseless killing and violence. Just because we are a nation that has the freedom to express our opinions, doesn’t mean people have the right to subject their children to this type of violence. Nor, should famous movie directors and producers.
In the end, the question is how the hell did the MPAA justify a PG-13 rating for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” when it is pretty clear it deserved a R rating.