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Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Movie Review
Transformers Age of Extinction’s every frame permeates Michael Bay’s signatures.
Voyeuristic shots of lead actresses: CHECK
Screen of Explosions’: CHECK
Slow Motion Fights: CHECK
One dimensional Stereotype: CHECK
Prime gets Killed & Returns: CHECK
Transforming with lead characters: CHECK
Needless Punch lines: CHECK
Lengthy Destruction Scenes: CHECK
I have to accept it’s hard to review Bay’s films nowadays. After all, what’s there left to say? Everyone has crushed his films countless times. Even Michael Bay justifies wont change anything. Still, I managed to enjoy few, mostly. Frankly I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. Was it due to low expectations? Possibly shunning what I found annoying in the past three films such as the puerile humor & screen time for needless comic relief helped. May be becoz, for the first time, I felt that its Bay’s original style. Naturally, his mark has been felt throughout the first three but he finally discards any pretense of respect for the material. He just ruined it with STYLE.
We’re HUMANS. Its what we do. We Make Mistakes.
He creates a fresh start of sorts. Bay and Kruger give Transformer franchise a DARK & GRITTY soft reboot. They remove noble AUTOBOTS from 1st live action films and replace them with misanthropic and juvenile ones on the run. The two have expanded the universe but scatter-shot the plot.
Transformers: Age of Extinction starts after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of the history. While an ancient powerful new threat sets EARTH in its cross-hairs. With the help from a new cast of humans (Mark Wahlberg & Team), Leader of Autobots Optimus Prime rise to meet their fearsome challenge yet. In an adventure, they are swept up in a war of good & Evil, ultimately leading to a battle across the world.
You think you were BORN, you were BUILT, and they want you back.
One may point out that the story line ain’t that different from the first three. Aliens – human greed – extinction – autobots being hunted and experimented on – hope – end of the world stuff – sucking up machines & trashing cities. The plot lacks the gripping nature, the product placements for commercial film, became even more dead obvious. If you think things are very evident, by the end of the film, Prime flew off the planet [He fly without jet boosters showed in Transformers 2.] to yield the humans & to kick the Lockdown team – Why wouldn’t Decepticons & creators [seriously reminded me of Prometheus] stop checking up with EARTH – Why the fuck Megatron & Optimus Prime get resurrected in every part – How did badly wounded Prime [almost dead] get reenergized suddenly and flames and all [Don’t ask me]. The much anticipated Dinobots, on the other hand, are not as present as some might have liked. Additionally, their re-awakening is entirely absurd and will leave you with more questions than answers. Film is major let down by the script. Clearly these films are more about the visuals and effects [which are excellent] but every time I see a Transformers film I just wish they would put some effort into the Script & Narration. ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) has outdone itself on this one and added an innovative diversity to what the Transformers are and can be, which is to say nothing of the attention to detail included in the truly stunning visual effects.
This is not war, its HUMAN extinction.
Performances were alright on an overall basis. Mark Wahlberg brought his natural charm to Cade Yeager but it wasn’t enough. Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor do not leave much impression except their good-looking appearances, but I must point out that Peltz is a little better than Rosie Huntington in couple of shots. While Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci willingly chew their scenes, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, and T.J. Miller play other accessory supporting characters.
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is an awful waste of time and money, and I just looked at the screen with accumulating boredom while amused a bit by a few things. The 3D is great, as are the effects, which aren’t as visually noisy as the earlier films. Transformers continuity is more messed up than ever. Positives of Transformers are 3D effects, ILM Visual Effects & tried giving justice to “How the TRANSFORMERS existence really began” (that was the best part of the film). On the flip side its Plot, Runtime, Narration and Screenplay. One the whole, Could this be the makeover the Transformers franchise needed? Unfortunately, it’s not.
Survi Review: 2/5
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