Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction is the fourth installment of the live action Transformers film series that comes out today, June 27th. Like all of the previous Transformers movies, Michael Bay is at the directing helm followed by some serious star power with Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, John Goodman and even Ken Watanabe.

The film is set following the end of the third film, Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, and the world has grown tired with Transformers. Autobots are fugitives and the Decepticons are seemingly destroyed. Fast forward to a broke inventor, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) living with his daughter, Tessa Yeager (Nicola Peltz) in Texas that finds a broken down big rig which turns out to be a damaged Optimus Prime and the story is set in motion. This film has multiple plot lines from a billionaire inventor, Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci) who wants to build Transformers, a paranoid CIA agent, Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) who wants to destroy the Transformers, but helps Joyce to build Transformers so the U.S. can win wars without any casualties. And last but not least, there’s another Transformer, Lockdown who’s capturing all humanoid robots (Dinobots among many) for an unknown alien life form.

After sitting through the nearly three-hour film, we left still a fan of Transformers, but with a headache. This film has more than 50% of the scenes set in IMAX which sounds great, but it’s action overdose. There’s also the typical Bayisms that we’re growing tired of like really big explosions, beautiful women who happen to have make-up on the entire film and ridiculous product placement. Tucci and Wahlberg are a healthy dose of comedy and Grammer is more than believable. We’re not missing Shia, but we’re missing an interesting and followable plot and Dinobot scenes. At 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, this film will make a billion dollars, not win awards and is perfect for the desperate action junkies.