See Chicago Real Estate Get Destroyed

June 30, 2011

If Chicago real estate wasn’t in it, I would have no interest in seeing it. If I depended on reviews, that would go double. But I’m still happy it helped the local economy.

I’m talking about “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon,” the movie shot in downtown Chicago last year and debuting in theaters this week.

According to the Illinois Film Office, shooting the movie in Chicago last summer brought about $24 million in spending to the state while creating 400 jobs, not including extras.

No one watching the film being shot in Chicago got to see buildings actually blow up. Or Transformers, for that matter.

Our state is becoming a hot spot for filming movies, as the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit Act provides a tax credit of 30 percent on all qualified expenditures, including post-production, to filmmakers.

The movie industry brought in $161 million in spending to Illinois in 2010. That is a record.

But back to the movie. The reviews have been harsh for the Paramount 3D flick:

“Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is a visually ugly film with an incoherent plot, wooden characters and inane dialog. It provided me with one of the more unpleasant experiences I’ve had at the movies,” were the harsh words from Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, who gave the film one star.

Now, I doubt most reviewers are watching the show for the backdrop. The movie is an alien battle between robots — Autobots, Decepticons — and beautiful people — Patrick Dempsey, Shia LaBeouf. During the last hour of the movie, pieces of historic Chicago real estate get blown up.

Trump Tower is where the bad guy hangs out; the good guys take refuge in Willis Tower. You’ll see the historic Wrigley Building, the Merchandise Mart, the Aon and Aqua buildings, Navy Pier, Hotel 71, the IBM Building and the old Chicago Post Office.

You’ll be able to point out Michigan Avenue and its bridge, the Chicago River and more bridges, Wacker Drive and Streeterville. Marina City gets destroyed. I believe the La Salle Street Financial District is a big part of finale.

Want to see the trailer? Click here. Then, go see the movie. If you are one of the Chicagoans who had to deal with street closures and bus re-routes throughout filming, you’ll probably enjoy watching the city get blown to smithereens.

The next movie to be filmed in the Chicago area is “Superman: Man of Steel.” Let’s hope this time for less damage to real estate and even more money to our state.

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