(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)
Transformers: Age of Extinction definitely had a lot of action and great special effects, however this sequel is not necessary for this franchise and this movie got very exhausting with its lengthy time cuz of lack of a good story and character development. Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
Let me start by saying that I’m a fan of the original Transformers trilogy. I’ve watched the cartoon when I was a kid, and when the first Transformers movie came out, I loved it. I thought Michael Bay painted a great picture of how we can view the Autobots in today’s age. It had great special effects and it was also very funny as well. It showed that these Autobots we’re just like humans, with emotion and care for the people of Earth. I’m one of the few that have the second movie the benefit of the doubt, and liked the third one because it actually gave closure to a good trilogy. Then I hear they are making a forth movie I was like why? It was not needed, let’s put this franchise to bed and let it be remembered for what it is. It got worse that Shia LeBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, and Tyrese Gibson won’t be in this one. Hated it when they wrote of my eye candy, Megan Fox in the third movie, but they’re pretty much rebooting the series? Didn’t like where this was going, even with the great Mark Wahlberg starring in this installment. Still had to give it a chance, but the inevitable happened. I will start with what I liked, to the so-so, to what I didn’t like.
What I liked, the special effects as usual with a Michael Bay film was awesome. Bay knows how to up the ante with special effects to entertain your eye. People who come to watch this movie will get what they are really asking for, and that is robot aliens beating the crap out of other robot aliens. You will get plenty of that to tickle your action scene soul. I liked some of the new Autobots characters they introduced, most notably Hound, voiced by John Goodman, as the Autobots fat commander who is willing to fight head first, and the Irish Autobot Crosshairs who had that same attitude of just fight no matter what. The cars they took on, were awesome for the sport car enthusists. The scene where they kill off Ratchet, voiced by Robert Foxworth, proved that they were going a new direction with this movie, but it was still sad to see him go out like that. They did introduce the Dinobots in this movie which created a cool scene of Optimus Prime riding on Grimlock trying to stop the mass destruction. The Dinobots created a minor fresh of breathe air.
The So-So, as far as the human acting goes, I guess it can be confusing to say the least. Reason is because you have three people living in Texas, but don’t act like Texans whatsoever. You have Mark Wahlberg, playing Cade Yeager, who lives with his teenage daughter Tessa, played by Nicola Peltz. Neither of them acted like Conservative people that you find in Texas. Then you have Cade’s surfer friend Lucas Flannery, played by T. J. Miller, who provided the comic relief at the beginning but got corny later. A Texan who liked surfing? Hmm, he probably was better off getting killed off. Then to top it all off, Tessa has a boyfriend who is Irish, played by Jack Reynor whom Cade obviously doesn’t like at the beginning and started to give semi racial names like Lucky Charms. I’m surprised the state of Texas hasn’t deported him yet, or is it just Latinos that Texen people don’t like and are deporting. Anyways it looked like a bunch of people from California than Texas. Once you can get past that, you get the typical Mark Wahlberg acting, and showed no fear whatsoever in helping the Autobots fight their battles with his alien sword gun. That’s right, there’s an alien sword gun controlled by a human being. The movie also had Kelsey Grammar as CIA agent, Harold Attinger, who is trying to get rid of all the Transformers and proving to people why they are a menace to the world (sounds more Texan than Wahlberg if you ask me). Lastly, they had Stanley Tucci playing Joshua Joyce, an arrogant owner if a company called KSI, where he is creating new kinds of Transformers by collecting data and scraps off of the dead Transformers. When he realizes his creations was creating more destruction, he had a change of heart of continuing with his projects. The movie still has Bumblebee, but still can’t talk and using the radio, but can still fight, and introduced a new Transformer villain named Lockdown, voiced by Mark Ryan, who pretty much was a bounty hunter to catch Optimus Prime and take him back where he came from. Also had no feelings for the people of Earth whatsoever.
What I didn’t like, it was too many characters, humans and Transformers, that they weren’t character developed well. Everything was happening too fast for people to understand what was going on, and really had no emotion. Only emotion for me was when Ratchet died. The story was confusing as well with a small twist that Lockdown and KSI were working together to find Optimus Prime for a seed that can be a deadly weapon. Why KSI wanted the seed, I didn’t get it. I didn’t like the other villain Transformer, Galvatron, who was created by Joshua Joyce, but since he was made with Megatron’s dead body, Megatron managed to possess Galvatron and become Megatron 2.0. Then to make matters worse, Galvatron just runs away and decides to fight Optimus Prime later, but at the same time Optimus Prime flies to space to talk with The Creators that sent Lockdown to capture in the first place for reasons unknown. Optimus Prime in this movie was a leader that flipped flopped his decisions too much as well which I didn’t like. All in all this movie was too long and exhausting for me. Yes you get a lot of action of robots fighting each other, but too me it was the same old thing. It was nothing really new for me other than the Dinobots, but the time the Dinobots do come, you already checking the time to see when will this end. I’m exhausted on writing this review with so much info that the movie doesn’t explain it in the first place.
Overall, if you’re an action junkie which I am, and why this movie didn’t get a real bad rating from me, you will probably enjoy this movie for the action alone. However, if you want to see a complete movie, then don’t bother with this movie. It’s a sequel that should’ve ended with the third movie, but I guess the fans want to see more. It looks like they will be having another set of trilogies, so unfortunately there will be more. I hope the writers will find something new before this trilogy becomes a flop. Final Rating 3 out of 5 Stars.