Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction is the 4th film in the blockbuster Transformers franchise about giant alien robots who fight with humans to save humanity for the evil Decepticons.

Age of Extinction picks up a couple of years after the events of Dark of the Moon with the Decepticons gone or being hunted by the humans, along with the Autobots in hiding. This time the human roles are taken up by a new family with Mark Wahlberg playing the young father to Nicola Peltz. The film itself could work as a stand-alone film, it does reference the previous films but without those having any huge major impact on the story or the new cast.

Let me get it out, that I really enjoyed the first 3 films and I’m a big fan of the much maligned Michael Bay, but this film is by far the poorest of the franchise yet, there is just a total lack of real story or human emotion in this film at all. This isn’t down to the acting, its just down to the simple fact that this film runs more like an almost 3 hour advert than an actual movie.

I know what I’m getting when I see a Transformers film, but this film grinded so many of my gears, thinking back about it just starts to show it in more of a bad light.

My biggest gripe? Product placement.

I get it, a lot of these large films need to finance themselves with product placement, but at times it actually felt they had stopped the film to place an advert in it. I could go on to name a good few instances, but the worst culprits were those for both Bud Light and Victoria’s Secret, as soon as you watch the film you will know what I’m talking about, especially the latter.

All that aside, the human cast of the film, aren’t all that bad, Mark Wahlberg really does try his best to carry the film and his comedic timing did bring some small laughs throughout the film, especially his two-ing and fro-ing with Jack Reynor’s character. Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer also do a good job in their roles, but ultimately they are all dragged down a level to that of the heartless and poorly thought out robot characters.

Normally when I see a Transformers film I’m in awe at the special effects and the visually spectacular action scenes, but on this occasion, I just felt they weren’t up par with the previous films, it just felt they were destroying stuff for the sake of it and to an extent, showing off at how good they could make things look and blow up.

As for the Dinobots? Well the less said the better, they felt more as if they were just thrown in at the last minute as an afterthought. If you thought previous films lacked good robot characters, you haven’t seen nothing yet.

Ultimately, Transformers: Age of Extinction isn’t awful, it just isn’t very good, unlike the previous films, this won’t have a long shelf life, I certainly won’t be watching it again and it’s one of those films that will pass 2-3 hours but be immediately forgettable.

As for the Transformers franchise, I think it’s time that Michael Bay passed on the torch, he has taken this as far as he can take it and I think it would get a much needed burst of life if someone else was to come along and have a new take on it.

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Alan Horne

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