Saturday, June 24, 2017

Movie Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

The fourth movie in the Transformers series delves even further into Earth's history and introduces a new main character. Michael Bay continues his unique style of action spectacle directing though the target audience appears to be more international. Before humanity, the Transformers visited and wiped out dinosaurs. A discovery in Artic by the explorer Darcy (Sophia Myles) shows signs of their early presence. In Texas, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) discovers a strange truck while salvaging junk from a movie theater with his assistant Lucas (T.J. Miller). Cade's daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) can't get a scholarship to college and the family is in financial trouble. In Chicago, Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) coordinates an operation that sends a task force to hunt down Transformers led by James Savoy (Titus Welliver). The transformer they cooperate with, Lockdown, does not discriminate between Autobots and Decepticons.

Cade discovers the truck is actually Optimus Prime who had been trapped by humans and forced into hiding. Attinger sends Savoy and the Transformer hunters to Texas to investigate the truck sighting. They use brutal tactics on the Yeagers until Optimus bursts out of the barn and Shane Dyson (Jack Reynor), Tessa's boyfriend, drives in to help them escape. In the ensuing chase, Shane shows off his driving skills and Lucas gets vaporized. Cade does not approve of Shane dating Tessa and investigates the BlackOps organization that attacked him. Optimus updates his look and assembles the remaining autobots, including Bumblebee. 

At a corporation called KSI, Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci) hopes to use the alien metal Transformium to build a new transformer, Galvetron to look like Optimus Prime, but it keeps looking like Megatron. Joyce works with Attinger to collect the technology. Cade and Shane sneak into KSI with Bumblebee but when they get captured Optimus attacks the company headquarters. Attinger commands Joyce to activate Galvetron and Stinger, a Bumblebee copy. When Optimus fights Galvetron, Lockdown steps in and takes him down. The bounty hunter captures Optimus and Tessa and brings them aboard a large alien ship.

Tessa escapes into the depths of the ship. Lockdown adds Optimus to his collection at the behest of the creators of the Transformers and gives something known as a seed to Savoy. Cade, Shane, and the Autobots sneak aboard the ship. There are alien creatures in cages all throughout the ship. Cade finds Tessa and alien weapons to fight Lockdown's soldiers. The Autobots free Optimus from captivity as Cade, Shane, and Tessa escape leading to a spaceship battle amidst the skyscrapers of Chicago. Spooked by the Autobot attack, Joyce moves his operation to the China facility led by Su Yueming (Bingbing Li). Optimus explains how Galvetron was created by Megatron's mind and that it hopes to launch the seed in a large city.

Attinger sells the seed to Joyce hoping to receive a golden parachute but Joyce has second thoughts after listening to Cade about the dangers of the seed. Galvetron awakens and assumes control of a Transformer army of KSI prototypes. Joyce escapes with the seed and brings it to Cade who flew with Optimus in a spaceship. Galvetron's new army attack and the ship crashes away from Hong Kong. Cade fights Savoy through an apartment complex and kills him by hitting him in the head with a football and pushing him out a window. As the Autobots battle the new Decepticons, Optimus draws a sword that calls to the Dinobots but has to fight one first before he can ride them back to the city. With the Dinobots help, the Autobots fight of Galvetron's army but Lockdown returns and activates a huge magnet on his ship over Hong Kong dropping large objects back onto the city and the Transformers.

Optimus and Cade face off against Lockdown and Attinger in a final battle and with the help of Shane and Tessa, they destroy the CIA agent and transformer bounty hunter. Optimus is last scenes blasting off into space While the special effects in this film are often pretty amazing, the dialogue and overcrowded story make this film pretty hard to enjoy. Wahlberg and others are a poor substitute to what was already a lacking main cast and the obvious marketing even during action scenes reduces the visuals furthers. I didn't despise this film as much on the second watch but it is still a pretty awful piece of cinema. I think of it as the worst in the series but maybe the second one or the new installment give it competition. 

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