There is more of a plot this time. It is a plot that cannot be described in terms of structure, more in terms of duration. When it stops, it's over. We learn that mankind's first mission to the moon was intended to investigate an alien space craft that crashed on the dark side. This ship, "the Arc," carried the robots to this solar system from their own, so that the good bots could continue their struggle for "freedom" against the bad bots. It is a bad omen when Lincoln's statue on the National Mall is decapitated.
In TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, since the end of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) has graduated from college, been dumped by his long-term girlfriend, and taken up with another beautiful woman, Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), despite not having a job. After mysterious Autobot technology is found in Chernobyl, Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) leads a mission to the dark side of the moon, where he discovers his predecessor, Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy). Once they've returned to Earth, Optimus revives Sentinel, who's the only Transformer capable of launching a teleportation system he created. Optimus assures the head of national intelligence (Frances McDormand) that Sentinel is trustworthy, but it turns out he's actually aligned with Megatron (Hugo Weaving) and the Decepticons, who plan to use the teleportation bridge to rebuild Cybertron on Earth.
It turns out that NASA didn't really lose contact with the astronauts during their first landing on the moon. Instead, the space agency intentionally blacked out communication with the public, allowing the astronauts to carry out the top-secret investigation of a Cybertronian spacecraft. Now decades later the Autobots have learned of the ship's existence and are racing the Decepticons to the lunar surface to discover the vessel's secrets.
Clocking in at 155 minutes (five minutes longer than the last movie), the action includes even more computer-animated clashes between the alien Autobots and Decepticons. Adding to their arsenal, the Decepticons prepare to strip the planet of its resources in order to rebuild their own civilization. Their plan is aided by the discovery of one of their wrecked ships on the dark side of the moon.
In 1961, the Ark, a Cybertronian spacecraft carrying an invention capable of ending the war between the benevolent Autobots and the malevolent Decepticons, crash lands on the dark side of Earth's Moon. The crash is detected on Earth by NASA, and President John F. Kennedy authorizes a mission to put a man on the Moon as a cover for investigating the craft. In 1969, the crew of Apollo 11 lands on the Moon. 781b155fdc