Transformers: Age of Extinction 3D

Transformers: Age of Extinction 3D

(2014)

The rules have changed.

The fourth film in the mega franchise (currently the 12th highest grossing film series ever) based on the toy range. Director Michael Bay returns, joined by Mark Wahlberg. As humanity picks up the pieces, following the devastation of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. But a group of businessmen and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs.

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The fourth entry in any franchise could reasonably be expected to bring something fresh to the table. Technically, Transformers: Age of Extinction meets this expectation, but the new elements (Marky Mark; Dinobots; China; Angry Frasier) aren't nearly enough to prevent this from feeling like an overly familiar collage of bombastic bewilderment.... More

Nobody could accuse director Michael Bay of being inconsistent – his garishly-irradiated Tony Scott aesthetic gets more emboldened with every film and is in full swing here, so there's no shortage of glistening, glossy action. But that's a given at this point, and the minor tweaks to the formula don't result in any particularly fresh set-pieces, despite talk of a “new direction” for the series. The sheer scale of proceedings got me through the previous entries, but how many more large scale urban destruction action finales do we really need?

While the Dinobots are momentarily amusing, their presence never feels like more than a gimmick upon which the film relies too heavily. The potential existed for genuinely new directions - it's astounding to me that four entries in, this series is still resisting the urge to go into space. That leap is way overdue.

The film puts a lot of emphasis on a sardonic billionaire industrialist played with typical energy by Stanley Tucci, but his character fails to generate any real investment. None of them do, really. Did I mention Marky Mark plays a genius inventor?

Transformers: Age of Extinction is a typically huge film. Emphasis on the typical.Hide


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BY Zamm superstar

I'm baised because I love Marky Mark. To be fair, I found the movie quite entertaining.


BY Jordan superstar

‘Transformers’ was always going to be a successful franchise. With Michael Bay at the helm, the crowd’s wanton need of explosions over story would always push it into an area of box office wealth similar to that of Scrooge McDucks’ gold coin swimming pool. But after 3 films, the shine is starting to get a bit drawn out.

With a new lead in Mark Wahlberg who now joins the Autobots in their war against the Decepticons, the same old tropes are played out once more.
With weird love... More triangles, explosions, questionable metaphor, oversexualisation of the female form and more explosions coming back into play, all of this content pushes the film toward the border of being a 3 hour flick that becomes somewhat draining after the second hour comes around.
It does enough to start to steer the continuity toward something new that the next director can work with (This is, at this stage, Bay’s last flick in the franchise) and has some fun moments, but overall it just becomes another film that is typical of the directors ‘Blockbuster’ work.

As a summer blockbuster, this one can definitely sell itself as such due to its grandiosity. But what will fulfill some, won’t do the same for the rest. It’s safe to say it’s probably okay to transform and roll-out on this one.Hide


BY CJRedshaw superstar

I am a huge transformers fan! Always have been since the first film and I still get goose bumps at the start when optimus does his voice overs but this film lacked that gritty hard fought much loved feel of the others. Its always hard to keep things as they were when you start replacing lead characters this time it didnt work out... I was hoping Wahlberg would be the man for the job but he couldnt... There needed to be an all new cast, the kelsey grammar and ken watanabe and john goodman voices... More were too much and detracted from the visual master piece, it all seemed too american patriotic with so many areican flags its just ridiculous, is there a clause in american films that there must be several fallen American flags to help win over the masses? And the graphics for the new transformers was to CGI and the frames as they compiled seemed forced... It was too long before the dino bots emerged and then they were not even really a feature... a shame... better luck next sequel michael bay...Hide


BY RealityCheck superstar

Transformers4 : Age of Extinction
Thanks Michael Bay, you can put the camera down now, well done, game over. This is another toy to the big screen flick, funny and great to see huge washing colourful machines fight and smash each other. Strangely familiar like ‘Superman, Man of Steel’ and some ninja flicks, and sadly the ending let me down a little, in a 'Indiana Jones' kinda way. Good bye Shia and a welcome hello to Mark, great job by the way. A few little movie puns (look out for them,... More you’ll get them if you’re really into it) ‘Jurassic Park’, 'Terminator’ etc. Wonderful boy-flick fighting, smashing and action, surprised Tom Cruise isn’t in it! I saw this in Vmax & well worth it, oh and don't bother waiting till the end of the credits, there's nothing there :-(
Genre : Toy, action, Sci-fi, adventure
3/5 : oddly to say it, but felt massively influenced by faith and religion, still a great watch.Hide


The Press Reviews

17% of critics recommend.
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  • It’s the robots — endowed here with character-rich physicality and almost human-scaled facial features — who give the film its emotional heft. Full Review

  • What is extinguished is the audience's consciousness after being bombarded for nearly three hours with overwrought emotions...bad one-liners and battles that rarely rise above the banal. Full Review

  • Tansforms into a typically bombastic Bay offering. If it's major-league spectacle you want, though, look no further. Full Review

  • Why are we here? What is the purpose of life on earth? And why are alien robots so hellbent on impersonating our automobiles? Full Review

  • Save for a few visual centerpieces and a couple of amusing supporting turns, it’s... an endless, incoherent mess. Full Review

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