The Transformers film series continues with this fourth entry from director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Mark Wahlberg and Jack Reynor star. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Ken Watanabe, Peter Cullen
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language
Release Date: Jun 27, 2014
Run Time. 2 hrs. 37 min
Transformers: Age of Extinction is going to have a lot of batred shot it’s way most of well deserved. It’s an over bloated mess that’s got way too many storylines at play to make any of it cohesive. Had it stuck with the most interesting angle, secret government agency taking out all Transformers, it probably would have been one Bay’s better films. As is, it’s a absurdly log slog through action set piece in between bits of story with more story followed by action set pieces and more story etc… So is it even worth your time? Sort of. As a superfan of the cartoon, I’ve found plenty to like in the previous efforts even the Revenge of the Fallen. The frustrating part about Extinction is that it fixes a lot of issues from the previous films. The human side of the story is actually bearable thanks to the addition of Wahlberg, Tucci and Grammer. Mark Wahlberg is solid as the lead even if it stretches the imagination that he’s some sort of genius inventor. Kelsey Grammer is fairly solid as the human villain, he poses a creditable threat throughout. Stanley Tucci proves why he’s a great actor; taking a silly role and making it work. Another aspect that’s much improved is that the transformers villain, Lockdown, is actually interesting this go around, something they failed to do over 3 films with Megatron. Additionally, the Autobots at Prime’s side have some characterization that makes them likable and makes this feel the closest to the animated series and any child of the 80s will get chills when the dinobots makes their appearance. It’s the Bay oddity that this is probably his best Transformers film even though it’s filled with the worse he has to offer. Sadly, the animated Transformers The Movie is still the best cinematic entry.