Transformers Age of Extinction Review

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By Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)

I’m going to give you a few words and phrases and it’s up to you to guess the director. Tremendous amounts of explosions, excessive use of CGI, visual phenomena, gun fight. Ready? Now guess. If you said Michael Bay, then you are correct! And his latest film, Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth film in the Transformers franchise, is all of that and a whole lot more. But, more doesn’t always necessarily equate to being better.

Four years after the battle in Chicago (the last film), the world is still a little on edge over there being aliens here, especially aliens that can turn into cars, vending machines, coffee pots; you name it. If it’s electronic, it could be a transformer. But a new, covert CIA group called Cemetery Wind, led by Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer), is out destroying what remains of the Decepticons, but in reality is killing the Autobots. Attinger is working with billionaire inventor Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci), who has figured out how to build Transformers by using the alloy of the Autobots they kill. His pilot project is a robot he calls Galvitron, which looks eerily like our old buddy Megatron.

With the Autobots being hunted, what is left of them have gone into hiding. Inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), along with his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz), find a damaged Optimus Prime. They are able to get him functioning again and, when the war comes to their home, decide to help Optimus and the remaining Autobots put an end to the hunt by defeating Attinger and Joyce. But there is something more sinister behind it all. Will the humans and Autobots have what it takes to end the war for good?

Going into a Transformers film, one does not expect to have a deep, thought-provoking story, exceptional dialogue, or even Oscar-worthy acting. You go into this film expecting explosions, copious amounts of CGI usage, a focus on the Transformers, and a whole lot of action. With Transformers: Age of Extinction, expectations are met. But that doesn’t make the film good. The script is bare bones at best, and with a run time of almost two and a half hours, it gets repetitive very fast. We’ve seen this same action for three consecutive films prior to this one, so when there is a potential “reboot” to the series, we expect upgrades on what we had. Unfortunately, the only real upgrade to the film is the use of Mark Wahlberg, who is a definite step-up over the previous Shia LeBeouf.

Speaking of Wahlberg, one has to question what made him take on this project. If he just wanted a paycheck, I could see that. But the characters are flat and the role doesn’t come close to stretching him as an actor. This is one of those roles he’s able to do to pass the time while prepping for more substantial roles. As for the other cast members, Stanley Tucci is fun, as usual, playing a character who is in it for the money but hits on a realization as the story progresses, altering his train of thought. Nicola Peltz, filling in the “sexy” role that Megan Fox started, is a step up from Fox in the acting department. However, she’s given almost the exact same role that Fox had. But this time, that role is of the main character’s daughter instead and their dynamic works all right. Jack Reynor plays the love interest for Peltz, filling the male “sexy” role left by the departed Josh Duhamel. His role is even more one-note than Peltz, so in terms of who is a better actor in this film, I’d give the leg up to Peltz by a significant amount. Kelsey Grammer is another one-note character, but he plays the “bad guy” role, and he makes it his own. Oh, and if you recall, there’s that thing with the Dinobots. Well, they aren’t in it nearly as much as the hype has led us to believe, and that’s a shame. But I guess they wouldn’t have as much to do, since their vocabulary was minimal at best, as you’ll remember the cartoons from back in the day.

Transformers: Age of Extinction may perform well during the opening weekend but will likely fizzle immediately after that. It is the same effects, same story, same everything we’ve seen numerous times. A Transformers 5 is a foregone conclusion at this point, but audiences deserve something entirely worth the $15 they are paying to step into the theaters. This is blockbuster movie making at its worst, devoid of any real life and only a spectacle for a time which diminishes the longer the film runs. When it comes to the annals of blockbuster history, this Transformers installment is one definitely headed for extinction.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars 


    2 Comments

  1. mocanu andraJuly 23rd, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Well, I’ve seen the other 3 Transformers films,and I’m curious to see if this one is going to put a glorious end to all of the fightings between all those E.T. machines! I liked it before,and I’m happy to see a new cast. I’m not looking to see an Oscar movie,just an action one, with BOOMs and BANGs.

  2. mocanu andraJuly 23rd, 2014 at 6:44 am

    !!!By the way, I heard that Mark Wahlberg was hurt during the filming! A fake bomb exploded into his face, giving him a few scratches on his face… Oh, I hope it worthed it……

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