By Jack Rico
The “1-4-0″: #TransformersAgeOfExtinction is an overload of action that lasts a whopping 2HRS 45MIN. Heavy on the action, thin in the story department.
The Gist: Enemies from the past and a new design of evil Transformers come looking for Optimus Prime, luckily, a human family helps him not only save his hide, but that of Earth.
What Works: Seeing Optimus Prime anytime is awesome. He is quickly becoming one of the most legendary superhero leaders in movie history. The CGI and 3D is always ridiculous in these movies and Mark Wahlberg, though miscast, lends some summer star-power to the proceedings. Also, there’s a shitload of action that will satisfy even the most demanding of action enthusiasts.
What Doesn’t Work: In the first half hour, the first thing that hits you right off the bat is that there’s something off about the movie. It’s the storyline. It feels tremendously disjointed, there’s a disagreeable flow from plot to plot and the purpose of the film never seems to be clear. Because of it, tension is absent, everyone seems lost with what they’re motivations and roles are. You’re expecting so much from the film and it just lets you down.
Look, I love Mark Wahlberg, but I hate to say it, I think he’s terribly miscast in this flick. His acting style, his character’s role, nothing seemed to sell him over except his popularity and name. This doesn’t mean he acted poorly or that he didn’t give it all he had. To be frank, he just doesn’t fit in the Transformer’s universe. Also, Michael Bay’s action movies usually suffer from some deplorable dialogue and in this movie, it’s in its full splendor. Add to that those extremely cheesy slo-mo shots, plue some overly-done drama from Wahlberg (most likely requested by Bay himself) and “Transformers: Age Of Extinction” is nothing but ordinary. Let’s not forget the almost obscenely 3hr duration.
Pay or Nay? Pay. It’s not terrible, it’s just that for all the hype, money and wait, you expect the world. The film manages to entertain because of all the gloss, but just be aware, it’s not better than the original.
Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo.
Release Date: June 27, 2014
Screenplay: Ehren Kruger
Director(s): Michael Bay
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, T.J. Miller
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Film Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi