One sequence from the Transformers: Dark of the Moon trailers that has no doubt grabbed viewers’ attention is the base jumping sequence involving our favorite N.E.S.T. soldier Lt. Lennox (Josh Duhamel) and his squad, as they try to reclaim downtown Chicago from Decepticon occupation.
During a Transformers 3 preview event our own Roth Cornet confirmed that the 3D sequences in Michael Bay’s third (and presumably final) Transformers movie are pretty spectacular, not least of which is the base jumping scene. Today, we have a behind the scenes featurette from the film, showcasing the crazy team of guys who like jumping off the world’s most dizzying heights in nothing but flying squirrel suits.
About a year ago, we posted video of the Transformers 3 Chicago shoot, which featured the base jumpers making their leap from Chicago’s iconic Sears Tower. Needless to say, it was a crazy sight to see – especially since the sequence will utilize real people performing (and filming) the stunt, the likes of which – base jumping in a crowded urban area – is pretty unheard of anywhere except in the context of a Michael Bay film.
While the faraway view of the base jumpers doing their thing was tantalizing at the time, the intensity of their stunt takes on whole new meaning when viewed from a first-hand perspective – which is actually how the featurette below presents it:
Say what you will about Michael Bay films (and people tend to), you cannot deny that the man knows how to do action properly, and thrillingly. Over the course of his career, Bay has certainly grown in terms of the action and stunt sequences he’s put together, to the point that I feel (relatively) safe saying that no other director does it better. That fact alone should make Transformers 3 worth the 3D ticket price. Whether the story and/or “humor” will be improved upon remains to be seen for now.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon has been pushed up to a June 29th release date in both 3D and IMAX 3D.