A Review of Transformers: Age of Extinction!


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Paramount Pictures continues the successful blockbuster franchise of the Transformers with Age of Extinction. An appropriate title given that at the start of the film the Transformers (both Autobots and Decepticons) are almost all extinct. The film takes place 5 years after Dark of the Moon and the epic battle that took place in Chicago. The government (and the world) is fed up with these alien robots that are destroying cities during their battles. As such all transformers are now considered wanted criminals. A Black Ops branch of the government is hunting and destroying the remaining transformers but it is all for a hidden agenda that is revealed later in the film.


Meanwhile, the humans that make up the leads in the film are a small group in Texas that is down on their luck. Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) is a self-employed inventor that assembles robotics out of scrap metal whose business is failing, his bills are passed due, he is about to lose his home and his teenage daughter (Nicola Peltz) needs money to start college. With the cards stacked against him, Yeager insists that he will come out on top. While on a salvaging trip, Yeager finds a huge diesel truck that he decides to use as scrap, little does he know that this truck is more than meets the eye. Once the Autobots reveal themselves the movie kicks into explosive action gear.


There are few directors that really know how to blow stuff up and Michael Bay must take pride in being one of them. Anyone looking for a film to see this Fourth of July Weekend that has all of the explosive grandeur of a fireworks display need look no further.


Rounding out the rest of the human cast are the following: Kelsey Grahmer playing Harold Attinger, the head of the Black Ops Unit. Titus Welliver is James Savoy, Attinger’s right hand man. Jack Reynor is Shane Dyson, the Irish race car driving boyfriend of Yeager’s teenage daughter. And the great Stanley Tucci as Joshua Joyce, a billionaire philanthropist with his own secret agenda.

Fans of the Transformer Film’s franchise should not be disappointed with Age of Extinction. The effects and action sequences are par and in some cases exceed the prior films. The film does run a bit long with a running time of two hours and forty five minutes and there is a bit of swearing so I could not recommend it for children under 13. There is also enough backstory that allows the film to stand on its own, so anyone that has not seen the previous films does not lose anything by starting with Age of Extinction.

Transformers: Age of Extinction is in theaters now!

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