Movie Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

MV5BMjEwNTg1MTA5Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTg2OTM4MTE@._V1_SX214_AL_ Transformers: Age of Extinction directed by Michael Bay  

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor

IMDB: 6.4

 Rotten Tomatoes: 17%

three-half-stars

 A mechanic and his family join the Autobots as they are targeted by a bounty hunter from another world.

 

 

 

Once again, I saw this opening weekend with my boyfriend—let’s just say we always go see the movies we want to see opening weekend! Anyway, we had booked our seats in advanced and watched it IMAX 3D, which is always super super freaking cool! The movie starts and we’re introduced to our main characters: Cade (honestly throughout the movie I thought his name was Kane, until I googled the movie afterwards) and Tessa Yeager.  It’s your typical sob story: mother died young, father is overprotective, daughter is a rebellious teenager that can’t wait to get away from her overbearing father, and there’s that uncle who is the comic relief and mostly useless. Oh, and did I mention that they’re broke? So broke that they’re stealing power from the neighbours? Yeah, it’s that bad. Cade is a mechanic/’robotics expert/inventor who is trying to save up enough money to put his daughter through school, and keep up with the up keep of his house and bills and all that good stuff.

While out on the job, he finds a ratty old truck and takes it home much to the dismay of Tessa and Lucas (the useless “uncle”). He soon discovers that the truck is actually Optimus Prime, which freaks out both Tessa and Lucas. This is because ever since what happened in Chicago the autobots have been hunted down by a special sector of the government, blaming them for what happened to the city. However, soon after they make this discovery, they’re swarmed by CIA? FBI? whoever agents led by James Savoy, played by Titus Welliver, who demand to know where Optimus Prime is. This leads to chaos and a chase and a car chase … through the corn field? Oh, and we meet Tessa’s boyfriend? Cool. Except, Cade isn’t too impressed about the boyfriend part. We also discover that this special sector of the government that has been organized to take down the autobots is working with aliens who want to bring down Optimus Prime. Quite shocking.

Optimus Prime discovers this as well, and he is completely and totally upset! 😦 Optimus makes me want to love him forever 😦 Ahem. Anyway, we’re introduced to Joshua, played by Stanley Tucci, who is on the breakthrough of discovering what the autobots are made of and creates his own in order to defeat the real autobots. Except, things go horribly, horribly wrong. So wrong in fact that a little villainy someone gets reborn by the end of the movie. YIKES! In this movie we were introduced to the dinobots! The only downside for me was that it took so long for the dinobots to appear, and didn’t stay on for that long either. Though, that didn’t take away from the fact that the dinobots are so freaking cool, you don’t understand how excited I was.

Overall, I wouldn’t say that this was one of the best releases of 2014. It was definitely one of the most anticipated, but nothing can compare to the first Transformers movie for me. I thought Mark Walhberg was fantastic throughout the entire movie, same with Stanley Tucci and like always, Titus Welliver always delivers whenever he plays the “bad guy”. Jack Reynor for me was okay, not great and not bad either. Nicola Peltz was all levels of annoying, but I won’t necessarily put the entire blame on her. I feel like the writers are also to blame for making her such a whiney teenaged brat. At least she was less annoying than the last girl who played the lead female role in Transformers 3.

Should you see this movie? Yes. Despite its flaws, all the effects and action sequences were extremely entertaining. Don’t bring in a large drink to see it though. It’s more than kind of unnecessarily long. To be honest, I only gave this movie a 3.5 because I love Mark Wahlberg and Optimus Prime and all the other autobots/dinobots. Oh, and TITUS WELLIVER! God, that man is so great.

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