Title – Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
Director – Michael Bay (Transformers: Dark of the Moon)
Cast – Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, Titus Welliver, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, T.J Miller
Plot – Seriously? It’s Transformers people. Robots, fighting, more robots, Mark Whalberg, comic relief, robots, product placement, eye candy in the form of a young hot female (definitely not an actress), robots, Frasier and explosions. Don’t forget the explosions!
“Sweetie, get my alien gun!”
Review by Eddie on 30/06/2014
Disclaimer – this review is for the 2-d version of the film.
With 3 films well and truly done and dusted and with this 4th entry now upon us, there is no question that by now you should know what you’re in for when it comes to a Transformers movie and you should know whether your amped for the next bout of robot metal carnage or ready to run for the high hills because for better or worse Bayham is back just the way in which we expected.
There is no hiding from the truth – Transformers is frothier than an ice cold Bud Light, as shiny as a new pair of Gucci glasses, louder than the newest Beats headset, more hyperactive than a child on a can of Red Bull and more stylised than an Armani suit model (did I miss any product placements here people? I would hate to miss out on those commissions!) but that’s exactly why people are paying to see these films by the billions, it’s escapist entertainment at its most throwaway and turn your brain off enjoyable.
Michael Bay has never made any pretentions to being anything more than a deliverer of action at its most bombastic and car destroying focused and there is an argument I’d be willing to enter into that at the present time there is no director of action in the business better than Bay. Scenes within all of his Transformers movies have been at times ludicrously eye popping and again here there are certain set pieces that would make most popcorn masters cry with jealousy. When the action ramps up in the films 4 or so anchoring parlays each frame sizzles with glossy effects, a heck of a lot of fire and destruction and a sense of visual wonderment that far outweighs many of the films huge plot holes or Victoria Secret model thin story. It’s refreshing in some strange way that Bay soaks in the essence of these entertainment pieces and shuns all over the top actors at his disposal and just charges ahead with what he does well regardless.
Talking about anything else in Transformers is a pointless exercise because if it isn’t blowing up or punching each other in the metal face it’s just not really achieving anything. In some strange way though it’s sad that from the first entry into the franchise until now a charm has certainly been lost in amongst all the extravaganza of fast cars and robot dinosaurs. The first Transformers movie was an absolute joyous Blockbuster affair with wit, action and a robot infused heart that was trampled on by the 2nd entry, forgotten about in the 3rd and an afterthought in this new entry and in saying that a 5th movie in the series doesn’t seem overly intriguing.
Naysayers can nay say and converts can rejoice – Transformers does as Transformers does and Bay is having a blast every minute of his far too long running time. Age of Extinction may have Marky Mark as its lead and a fresh new blonde to ogle but there not worth the price of admission or a second mention as here it’s all about the big budget carnage and on that front the postman certainly delivers.
3 face warrants out of 5