Transformers: Age of Extinction

What is it about?

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION begins after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history, while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans (led by Mark Wahlberg), Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.
(Paramount Pictures)

What is it like?

This film was excruciatingly long. At 165 minutes, just shy of 3 hours, it’s the longest Transformers movie to date and arguably the worst of the lot. The movie begins by setting up the new protagonist, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), a single dad living in Texas with a 17-year old daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz, the replacement eye candy) and a passion for invention. If only it felt actually believable. Tessa is deplorable as a character, she’s a boring blonde burden to the film and a horrible stereotype. It’s actually quite insulting that Michael Bay continues to feature a stereotypical damsel-in-distress in his films. What is his perverted fascination with a young, beautiful and boring helpless girl? There’s no Michael Bay film without one.

It’s unfortunate that this movies fails spectacularly as it did feature some stunning cinematography, landscapes and only one worthy actor performance in the form of Stanley Tucci. But ultimately it’s nothing but 165 minutes of car porn and unnecessary explosions and fight sequences, cheesy dialogue, cringeworthy characters, overt product placement and a dull story. The highly publicised Dinobots? Don’t expect to see them until the last 30 minutes of the film when you’re likely to be asleep in your chair.

So, should you see it?

Transformers: Age of Extinction is a mess. It’s long, repetitive and only serves as a way for the studio to reboot the entire franchise to make more films and more money.
Perhaps wait until it’s in the bargain bin at JB HI-FI.


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