Transformers: Age of Extinction

Five years after Chicago was destroyed, humans have turned against all robots. But a single dad and inventor resurrects one that may save the world.

Year: 2014
Certificate: 12
Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, Mark Wahlberg, Titus Welliver, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, John Goodman, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, T.J. Miller

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The Hollywood machine loves to churn out movies that make money. When Transformers showed the ever loved Hasbro toys in their first big screen non-animated adaptation, it did it exactly that… it made LOTS of money. Transformers: Age of Extinction is the fourth movie, but are these movies still in their (Optimus) prime or was it a mega (tron) disappointment…

If you have never heard of ‘Transformers’, they are a set of aliens who make their way to earth and take the shape of various vehicles, electronics, planes etc etc. The two main types of Transformers are ‘Autobots’ who are normally the good guys led by Optimus Prime and the ‘Decepticons’, usually the bad guys led by Megatron (maybe now my terrible attempt at humour earlier is made clearer) [editor’s note: it was amazing humour and anyone who disagrees is clearly wrong!].

So, back to Transformers: Age of Extinction; due to the events in the previous movie, where the city of Chicago is essentially brought to the ground by a species that the human race welcomed to the planet, all types of Transformers have become hated and hunted down by humans. All Transformers have gone into hiding in the hopes of not being captured and placed in a prison or destroyed.

That is until an old truck which is found by scavenger/inventor and single dad Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), turns out to be the very damaged Optimus Prime who he tries to repair. That is until his farm is swarmed by ‘Cemetery Wind’, a CIA ops team led by Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) looking for to destroy all Transformers whether they are Autobots or Decepticons.

Despite the opinion that all Transformers are dangerous, an ambitious business man called Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci), wants to capture all Transformers to help him build an army created using Transformers alien technology.

If you’re confused by that story synopsis then you’re going to be really confused watching this movie because that was a very simple way of describing it.

If you have seen any of the previous Transformer movies then you know what you are getting. You get action, amazing special effects, amazing CGI, gorgeous looking people, expensive sports cars that turn into walking talking machines and robots that walk and talk like people even though they are an alien race. For crying out loud, there is one character (voiced by John Goodman) who has a bullet as a cigar… that makes no sense.

Transformers: Age of Extinction is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. When my wife and I sat down to watch the movie, we didn’t realise this and justifiably after 90 minutes we were hoping for the movie to end. Sadly it went on for another hour and fifteen minutes leading us to pretty much give in and go to bed. By the end we didn’t know who was winning or what, in fact, winning actually entailed.

In short, I wouldn’t recommend rushing to watch this movie. I enjoyed the previous movies in this series but now it just seems that they are trying to make the movies bigger, with bigger effects and bigger Transformers.

Speaking of the effects and action, much like the previous movies which were also directed by Michael Bay, the action is awesome even if it does take away from the story and the effects are impressive. I was sat watching the movie wondering how hard it is to ‘direct’ essentially what is thin air until the effects team work their magic.

Again, this movie wasn’t for me and I would probably say it was the worst of the movies so far, but if you’re a Transfomers fan, like me, and plan on seeing any future movies, like me, then you have to give this a chance and of course, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Have you seen this film? Let us know your opinions in the comments below and of course if there are any films on Netflix UK you want us to review let us know!

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