Transformers: Age of Extinction
I went to see “Transformers: Age of Extinction” with lukewarm expectations. I liked the previous Transformer movies but I wasn’t sure how well they would play with the absence of Shia LaBeouf. As is so often the case when an actor leaves a franchise, there was nothing to tie back to the previous movies beyond oblique references made in the dialog and billboards with “Remember Chicago” in the background. It quickly became obvious that this film was going to have to stand on its own.
With little tying Age of Extinction to the previous movies, I hoped there would be something to make it stand out on its own merit. There wasn’t. The plot was tired. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. A struggling single dad (Mark Wahlberg) is trying to raise his beautiful daughter (Nicola Peltz) by himself. By being overly strict, he hopes to protect her from the world and from making the same mistakes he did when he was young. He tries to make ends meet doing odd jobs and repairing obsolete electronics, all the while hoping for the one invention that will set his small family up financially.
It felt like this movie was made to cash in on a Hollywood franchise one more time. If the movie makers really intended to entertain the masses, they missed the mark.
The antagonists are a corrupt CIA director (Kelsey Grammer) that is working with a profit-at-any-cost government defense contractor (Stanley Tucci). These bad guys are helped by a rogue Transformer that is only interested in collecting his own trophies and doesn’t care if humanity destroys itself in the pursuit. With this Ehren Kruger script, Michael Bay’s latest trip to the world of the Transformers felt contrived.
A sadly missing element, that was present in earlier Transformer films, was the comedic quips. This movie tried to take itself too seriously. Overacting by the money obsessed CEO, and overly dramatic dialog from the Transformers themselves only served to take me out of the mood the movie was trying for. A little humor would have gone a long way in my enjoyment of the film.
It felt like this movie was made to cash in on a Hollywood franchise one more time. If the movie makers really intended to entertain the masses, they missed the mark. My prediction is that there will be little hype after the opening weekend. This may be the movie that actually does send the Transformers into extinction.
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Brian Hill is a home theater enthusiast who has an extensive background in sales. His interests include music & movies, F1 & NASCAR auto racing, hot rods (he has a '56 Nomad) and hockey — Go Sharks!
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