Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) – Micheal Bay

Somehow these movies keep getting made, and even more confusing is how Michael Bay remains at their helm. This for now, is the last stop with the Transformers in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book.

I do like the continuity that runs through the series. After the battle of Chicago in the last film, the alliance between the Earth, and the Transformers good guys, the Autobots, is over, and they’ve gone into hiding all over the globe.

Would it come as a surprise then that a salvage collector, single father and former robotics engineer, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) comes across a destitute old truck that shock is actually Autobot leader, Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen)?

No sooner is Optimus dug up than a robotic bounty hunter, than the action and destruction of property begins anew.

T.J. Miller, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Sophia Myles and the voices of John Goodman and Ken Watanabe join the sprawling, industrial-sized blockbuster film that is forgotten quicker than it takes to screen it. And ohh! look dino-bots. Instead of trying to create something intelligent and engaging the series continues to pander and is yet another disposable popcorn movie.


And after four films dealing with the same subject matter, Bay has not grown as a director at all.

There’s an interesting idea buried in the muddled mess somewhere. It seems a human company has mastered the Transformer genome and can make their own Transformers now, but it also seems that a Black Ops project is working with a Decepticon who is hunting down the Autobots, and destroying them one by one.

Still, there’s not a lot of fun, wonder or excitement in the film. It just drags you along, with its cardboard characters, forgettable set pieces and over-used computer generated images.

It’s unfortunate that these films keep getting made as nothing more than a tentpole popcorn franchise eschewing substance and solid stories for one-dimensional characters, explosions and a frenzied editing style that leaves you distanced from the experience, making you nothing more than an uninterested observer.

This whole film series should be laid to rest for a few years, and then revisited, reinvigorated, building engaging tales, first-rate effects, and a director whose shots can last longer than 6 seconds.

Happily the sexism and racism that seemed to play through the first three films have been left behind but it is still lacking a soul and heart… an All-Spark if you will.



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