Transformers 4:Age Of Extinction Review

Rating: 3.25/5

Critic Rating: (3.25/5)
Plot :

“Transformers 4 : Age Of Extinction” begins 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 history while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs.

With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world. Is the adventurous journey worth a watch? Find out in Transformers 4:Age of Extinction Review.

Critical Analysis :

For the first time in a Transformers movie, the human actors are actually somewhat enjoyable to follow. Wahlberg and his family are fine. They look believable.

Mark Wahlberg plays a cliche, but he’s a lower-key cliche, and the whole film benefits from playing on that somewhat more relaxed level.

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Stanley Tucci is genuinely terrific; although it helps that he is the only character with a real arc.

Kelsey Grammar oozes appropriate menace as an “I’ll kill the innocent to protect the innocent” kind of “patriot.”

The most frustrating part.. The film, however, is way too long and over-plotted, running 165 minutes. But really all you need to know is that the film takes place several years after the Decepticons destroyed Chicago, and the remaining Transformers are being hunted by a Transformer bounty hunter under the orders of a duplicitous government agent (Kelsey Grammar) who is secretly in league with a Steve Jobs-like tycoon with grand designs for leftover Transformers material.

A down-on-his-luck inventor/scrap collector (Mark Wahlberg) stumbles upon what turns out to be Optimus Prime in hiding. Government officials are alerted and the chase is on. The rest of the movie is a road picture, with Wahlberg doing the overprotective dad thing with his teenage daughter (Nicola Peltz) and her race-car driving boyfriend (Jack Reynor) in tow. Along the way they stumble upon a wide-reaching conspiracy and Optimus Prime must decide whether to again rally the Autobots to defend the humans who have betrayed them.

There a lot of flaws in the plot and some needless kids’ humor, about kids being protected and stuff. But the film is not as aggressively stupid and obsessively frantic this go-around and that makes a big difference. This film is arguably the least ‘bad’ of the franchise. Not the best for sure, but not worth slamming either!

Michael Bay, the director of the film, has done a good job here. Bay has toned down certain areas of discontent. The director looks like he has worked a lot on fine tuning the ‘bad’ aspects of the film.

One must appreciate that Bay is phenomenal at staging and shooting this kind of spectacle. The film climaxes in China and Hong Kong for an extended sequence involving Dino Bots, and that’s just one of a handful of incredibly impressive action sequences just in the last forty minutes or so.

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The action sequences, astonishing in their quality and staging on a beat-by-beat level, do eventually blur together as the film devolves into about twenty action climaxes. A special mention for the vertigo-inducing escape from an alien spaceship.

While the massive action beats may not be as primal as the IMAX forest fight scene in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” or as grandly destructive as “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, the mayhem is still incredibly impressive from a technical perspective and has the benefit of existing in a less aggressively terrible movie.

Screenwriter Ehren Kruger’s latest additions to the Transformer mythology include yet another metallic-looking alien race trolling around Earth’s lower atmosphere in a modular spaceship.

Criticisms aside, the movie is a one-time watch for you Transformers fans out there. If you’re not really a fan, ignore this. Blah!

Final Verdict : 3.25/5

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