With the trailer for the upcoming film, Transformers: The Last Knight dropping this week, I felt it was time to revisit this movie as I didn’t get a chance to go and see any new films this week due to uni commitments.
Age of Extinction is a 2014 film directing by Mr. Explosion himself, Michael Bay. Starring Mark Wahlberg, with Peter Cullen returning as the voice of Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots; the film follows on from the previous three, while starting fresh with a new set of human characters. In case you need a recap, the last film saw Megatron and his Decepticons attempt to take over Earth while Optimus and his Autobots move to stop them and protect the human population.Humans and Autobots teamed up to stop Megatron’s nefarious plot, saving the world, as expected.
However, even though this is a sequal, none of this matters. Humans are hunting down Autobots and Decepticons alike, led by Kelsey Grammer’s Harold Attinger and helped by Lockdown, a rogue Transformer. Didn’t we already to get rid of the Autobots in Dark of the Moon, before needing them to save the day in the end?
The latest jaunt into the Transformers universe is a drag. Coming in at around 160 minutes, with a trailing plot and scenes that we could really do without, this movie is a tough watch, even for someone who has enjoyed all previous Transformer films. I mean, from the outset we’re treated to a scene that’s no different to a “Previously on Transformers” scene. There’s a scene where Wahlberg punches the ground in slow-motion. Not only that, we get this scene twice. Why? Why, why, why, why? The more I remember about this movie, the more worked up I get. Someone needs to tell Michael Bay to chill out.
This movie is exactly what you expect. Explosions within explosions within explosions, and you know what? They look great. The Transformers, they look great. Everything in this movie looks crisp. You don’t go to a Transformers movie in the search of masterful storytelling, but everything about this seems forced. The acting is shallow, if you could even call it acting. We’re supposed to care about the human characters, these movies focus on that; but even after spending the guts of three hours with Wahlberg and his buddies, I can’t even remember most of their names. The main star himself isn’t terrible, I feel as though he does what he can with a lacking script. The same can be said for Stanley Tucci. These two are saving graces in a film filled with incredibly dismal dialogue.
Transformers Age of Extinction is a difficult movie. Sure, there are good scenes. There are scenes that are exciting, funny and actually make you pay attention; but there is so much drivel in between. This movie was edited by three people. THREE PEOPLE and it’s still a mess. Age of Extinction tries, but the franchise needs some big changes before TF5 comes our way.