Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control - all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his cross-hairs.
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I am a huge fan of the Transformers, been that since I was a kid back in the 80s, I loved the movies too, but this movie ruined just about everything I hoped and liked about them. Too much on all and any level. Too many explosions, too much of a mess, too much talking, too much dialogue gone wrong, too much product placement, too many unlikeable heros. Mark Wahlberg is mediocre, to say the least, you couldn´t care less about his daughter, Tessa,and Shane. Repulsively conservative world view, too martial, Bumblebee either behaving like a teenager or an oversized bodyguard of humans he has never met before, being handled by random humans like a slave, no bonding, no character evolving, no connection, no chemistry, utter ruin. Plot holes everywhere. Shane fastening his seat belt in the middle of devastation, which takes place in China for no reason whatsoever, just to please the crowds. The legend called Optimus Prime, looking like a robot on steroids delivering the one cheesy line after another, ending the kill of Lockdown with the words "honor to the end" and then "defend this family, defend...what they can be" without providing a single reason and any answer on the reasonable question: Why?! Ratchet has practically been slaughtered, he himself, Optimus, was more than once almost taken out by these same humans and "what they can be", he has stated that he is done with humans and Earth but now all of a sudden, having killed Lockdown, the sky is blue again and his creators would be well advised to "leave Earth alone, for he is coming for them". Optimus, the leader of leaders, is bipolar or something? Why should anyone care about the Yeagers or any human whatsoever? Then the Dinobots degraded to pets chewing on highly advanced robots, which by the way can disassemble and reassemble themselves anytime on a molecular / particles-whirling-in-the-air level, but are exactly that easily stabbed, beheaded, shot at, dismembered and chewed upon by just about anything. Then the product placement which has here gone to extremes. Then random new Autobots out of nowhere, no justification, no plot involvement, just guns and random explosions all over the place. Then Galvatron or Megatron reincarnated complaining around with a high pitched voice calling to "his brothers" that they find him "that Seed" and having no share in the story whatsoever other than a few explosions and a lot of ruin "his brothers looking for the Seeeeeeed" cause. Then Galvatron disappearing just as easily with the words "we will meet again, Prime". Seriously? That is the all-powerful Megatron reincarnated? What are you? 12 years old? It is supposed to be Megatron for crying outloud. I could go on forever and it would not change a thing. This review is the exact same mess the film was. What a disappointment! 3 stars for the very nice rendition of a very virile independent Lockdown and the Dinobots randomly ruining anything in their pass (but unable to coordinate their own movements...anyhow, I am done here too).
Admittably, the Transformers Franchise got worse with every movie since its really interesting first one. But Age of Extinction has to be seen as a reset of the universe. It got rid of most of the really cringy and annoying assets like Sam and some of the annoying perverted Transformers. It doesn't try to be very deep and interesting, the plot is simple and easy, a bit too long, yes, but at no point I got annoyed by the story. Most of the characters, especially the autobots have destinct roles, they don't have to be introduced, they're part of the team and do their job. Gelvatron has a really nice plottwist and some scenes are decently funny. The whole movie has some Logan vibes to it, of course without very deep conflict and not near as much emotion.I guess people still go into the movies and watch Transformers with some kind of expectation about a surprisingly good plot or expect that Bay suddenly changes his style from brainless explosion slaughter to something deep. But if you watch this film with no expectations, or at least want some action and good fighting for an evening with friends, you will be pleasently surprised. The film delivers exactly this, Good Action
Wow. Michael bay has just made another bad movie. What kind of movie is this. A movie with so much of explosions. The reason hated this movie was because the film was too long and there was bad acting and also too much of destructions and bad CGI effects. Mark wahlberg was ok in this film. But one thing it's starts from girl walking through a street and then come to a boat flying in the air which crashes into an apartment building in Hong Kong is being shot. There is racism in this movie too. Plus by the way, No one asked for a sequel. This movie has the same problems like revenge of the fallen. But the dinobots were still my favourite from the movie. This movie is awful and I don't want to see a film like this again. 4/10
These movies have gone done hill drastically since the departures of Shia and Fox. At least Turtorro is still here! Don't get me wrong, I love giant fighting robots as much as the next guy, but these plots suck and the characters are boring. Mr Walhberg is a fine actor, but he never should have been cast for the main role in these movies.