Transformers: Age of Extinction Film Review

Film Review by Jon E Clist
Transformers Age of Extinction

The Premise
An automobile mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down the Autobots and Decepticons - and a paranoid government official - on them.

The Review
Okay so call me the exception to general film reviewers and critics but I like the Transformer films. Sure they aren’t cinematic art and in general they are generally way too focused on action at the expense of story and character development, however the action is generally pretty awesome; massive fights and huge explosions.

The story is Set five years after the destructive battle of Chicago in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the human race no longer trust the Transformers. Under the order of ruthless government official agent Harold Attinger (Grammer), the military forces are tasked to exterminate all Transformers, both all the Autobots and the remaining Decepticons. So there is the whole underlying trust issue that flows beneath the arrival of a new enemy. I know, this is rather predictable and you expected this whole scenario to come along. Of course I don’t think that you go to a Michael Bay film for plot twists.

Having said that, there are some additional elements thrown in towards the end that bring a new dimension to the world of the Transformers and as you would expect opens the door to another film, which has already been slated for 2016. Add that to the fact that the producer and director of G.I. Joe: Retaliation have also announced their desire to work on a crossover film for the two franchises. Not that it is something we necessarily need in the cinema world. Perhaps a few reviewers have said that of Michael bay films in general, I do not concur with that, mindless action cinema is sometimes exactly what you need.

However it did annoy me to read that during filming in Hong Kong, there were hundreds of onlookers watching from nearby buildings and parking garages. After filming a huge explosive scene, Michael Bay used his megaphone to address people watching from on to of a building across the way: "You guys think you're going to wait up there and be in my movie? You're gonna get digitally erased!"

Okay so this film is at least 40 minutes too long and by the time you get to the final battle scenes you are suffering a little from “Michael Bay lethargy” (Tired of explosions). Yet it is still packed full to the brim with heaps of amazing action a bit of a visual symphony in that sort of way. For me personally it was completely worth the wait to see Optimus Prime riding a dinobot while wielding a sword in the final battle.

The Verdict
Don’t expect something with a magic storyline or deeply developed characters, but if you like big action; this is a film for you.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 25th June 2014
Rating: M - Contains violence and offensive language
Duration: 165 minutes 
Genre:  Action
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor
Director: Michael Bay (Transformers 1,2 & 3)

The Extras
Bumblebee's alternate mode in this film is a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS automobile for some of the film then later a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro concept. Bumblebee also features a new burly design, sporting horns instead of antenna.

Mark Wahlberg asked that his children Ella Rae, Michael Robert, Brendan Joseph and Grace Margaret get roles in the film since they're Transformers fans.

Optimus Prime's alternate mode in this film is a cab-over truck and later a customized Western Star 4900 SB truck. The cab-over truck is a homage to Optimus Prime's original alternate mode in The Transformers (1984); and the tanker truck pays homage to Prime's G2 mode (where he was a 1995 Western Star 4964EX tanker truck) and Transformers Prime (2010) mode (where he took on the alternate mode of a military truck). Optimus Prime also features a new design, bearing a more knightly armor.

An action sequence was shot at the Illnois Railway Museum. While there, Michael Bay took the cast and crew on a train ride, and Mark Wahlberg made a donation of $40,000.00 to the Museum. Bay also purchased an old 1930s crane from the Museum, which had "Bay City" embossed on it; he was going to have it restored and put it in his yard at his ranch in Montana.