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Monday, June 30, 2014

'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Film Review

Finally, Mark Wahlberg brings some legitimacy to the world of the “Transformers" movie franchise. Now that Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox are gone from the world of “Transformers," Wahlberg is able to bring a fresh nerdy action hero to the latest in the “Transformers" cinematic franchise, something that that LaBeouf struggled to do in the previous three movies. Wahlberg does a nice job of bringing a fresh and upbeat hero to this franchise and the performance is finally believable. With that being said he is unable and simply cannot save this movie from the horrible script issues, a movie that struggles with pace and suffers from a lackluster final act.

Back in the director's chair for his fourth outing is Michael Bay, who is one of the best director's when it comes to executing a solid action flick, but that is all that he is able to bring to the table with this franchise. Again in this latest movie, all Bay and writer Ehren Kruger care about is the action set pieces that are thrown together. These two just simply do not care about any logical story beats or a compelling narrative.

They don't even flesh out a cast of characters that make you root for them throughout. Majority of the characters that were written for this movie did not have believable motivation or justification for the things that they were doing, and it made no sense whatsoever. Wahlberg is the only character in this movie who had an actual character arc that you cared about. While Kelsey Grammar and Stanley Tucci's characters just doesn't do enough to make you care about what is going on in this movie.

All anyone cares about including the filmmakers in this movie is the action sequences, which are some of the
best that the franchise has to offer. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” has some of the most photo real Transformers that the screen has ever seen. You go see these flicks for the action and destruction and that alone packs movie houses across the globe. The very end of this film when Optimus Prime is riding a robotic T-Rex that was some of the most fun that you audiences will have all year. Did it make any sense to why all of a sudden Prime needed those dinobots? No. Did it service the script and/or the narrative? Absolutely not. But, with that being said it was still amazing to view that on the big screen.

Transformers: Age of Extinction” runs 165 minutes and the movie drags in so many places. This flick should have been about 30-45 minutes shorter. Having three editors on a movie and a skilled action director in Bay, one would think that this movie would have had a lot tighter of a final product. Unfortunately this movie goes into crawl space whenever Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz are on screen. Even their roles are so underwritten it hurts to watch them deliver dialogue and view the lack of the chemistry and motivation that the two of them have throughout this flick.

However, it was nice to see a pissed off Optimus Prime face off against humans, and Lockdown throughout the movie. 

If you are looking for a compelling summer movie, with an understanding plot this is not the movie for you. If you are looking for a movie that will deliver on the action head to your local theatre now and view “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

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