The Transformers films have built up quite a stunning reputation, but sadly, even the most dominant names can take a step (or several) in the wrong direction.
Four years since the Battle of Chicago and new discoveries are being made about the Transformers. In addition, the human consensus concerning the remaining Transformers on earth is mixed. Some believe that all Transformers need to be gotten rid of, and others would like to at least see that the Autobots stay around as our earthly allies. Opinions are pointless however, when one man controls the fate of the remaining Autobots and Decepticons. Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) is in charge of the “clean up” of the Decepticons. Discreetly though, Attinger’s group of CIA agents is hunting down both Decepticons and Autobots. Meanwhile…Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), a not so popular inventor, discovers a truck in need of fixing. Desperate for money, Cade needs to get this truck working, or salvage it’s parts. In the midst of his work though, he is hit with the fact that this is no ordinary truck…it’s a Transformer.
I of course have to express my disappointment in the biggest change to Transformers, the loss of Shia LaBeouf. Despite his craziness lately, he is one of my favorite actors with the exception of Al Pacino. I was however, open minded when I went to view “Transformers: Age of Extinction”. We all know that Mark Wahlberg can do just about anything, and with a strong cast surrounding him, you would think that this movie would be gold! I’m sad to report that it isn’t even bronze.
So Optimus Prime, a now beaten, battered, and worn down machine, finds himself at the mercy of a human inventor who never really did much for him. Cade offers to help Optimus but before we get see that happen, the CIA moves in on the Yeager family and discovers Optimus, who is now magically powerful enough to fight them off. Even more, he eventually takes a new form as a very modern and “bad-ass” looking truck. HOW DID HE RECOVER? No matter, realism isn’t important in movies anymore, right?
If you like action, then this isn’t your movie. If you love action, then again, this is not for you. If you WORSHIP action to the point that it’s an addiction worse than crack, then this movie is a perfect fit! Never before have I watched a film and thought to myself “Why is there so much action?” This installment of the Transformers went above and beyond and then beyond some more. All in all, there was too much action in this action film. The film makers basically said “Screw the plot and let’s just blow shit up!” At least that’s the impression I’m getting. Give me a strong, compelling, and suspenseful plot that takes breaks through various action segments throughout the film. How hard is that?
I will admit my favorite part about the movie. The part that expresses a universal truth to humanity. If we discover something big (such as the Transformers), we are going to try to replicate this technology. We can hardly keep our hands off of anything anymore. Everything has to be changed, altered, updated, renewed, fixed, or modernized. We can’t just leave anything the way it is. So naturally when we try to create our own transformers, we once again learn that lesson that no one can seem to ever grasp…Some things are best left the way that they already are.
Total Abstract Rating: 75% With a great cast they were still able to screw this one up!