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John Turturro

'Dark of the Moon' transforms minutes into hours

'Transformers: Dark of the Moon'

It takes a long time to save the world in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." This special effects-driven, 3-D extravaganza does not know when to quit. Indeed, it's a lengthy summer blockbuster that will keep you in a dark movie theater for much of the summer.

There's no denying that the movie possesses a lot of entertainment value, but there's also no denying that director Michael Bay savors every explosion in a plot that blows something up every few minutes. It's a noisy spectacle that has no use for restraint.

That's really too bad, because a shorter running time would have made this more of an escapist treat.

The story itself is so basic that...