Transformers: Age of Extinction follows the story of a broke robotics inventor named Cade Yeager, his daughter, her boyfriend and their aid to help Optimus Prime of the Autobots. After the battle of Chicago, all remaining Autobots are being hunted down to finally rid the planet of all the Transformers. I would try and explain more of the plot but it wouldn't make any sense if I tried.
I was surprised when Michael Bay said he was going to return to this universe. He just couldn't give his baby up. This is his 4th Transformers movie that he directed and it's looks to me that the guy has finally run out of creative juices. As entertained as I was by the action, it felt all the same after the previous films and has lost it's magic for me. I was such a huge fan of the first film which came out almost 7 years ago to the date but since then the story has been the same almost every time. One bad Transformer trying to kill off all the humans on Earth. The story was nonsensical and a lot of the serious dialogue was laughable. It seems like all the good writers wanted to stay clear of this one and the job was left to Ehren Kruger (Transformers 2 & 3). He went in all the wrong directions with this scripts
There were a new cast of characters most of which I didn't like. Mark Wahlberg took over the starting role from Shia Lebeouf. This may have been the first time Wahlberg was casted as a father. Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel) played his 17 year old daughter Tessa. Cade is very protective over his daughter and only wants the best for her as she is trying to make the most of him. This relationship worked better than Tessa and her boyfriend Shane played by Jack Reynor (Delivery Man). It was hard trying to care for them when they are being introduced into this world that we already know. I felt like I was being forced into liking them but I would have much rather seen more of the father/daughter relationship. There was a huge supporting cast that included Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games, The Devil Wears Prada), Kelsey Grammer (Fraiser), Titus Welliver (Argo, The Town), and TJ Miller (Silicon Valley, Cloverfield). The only character worth mentioning is Lucas played by Miller. This film is definitely darker in tone compared to the others but TJ Miller was used as most of the comedic relief and he was hilarious. He was spot on with his delivery of lines and was my favorite part of the film.
Transformers: Age of Extinction has plenty of explosions and action in case you were worried there wasn't going to be any. It's always fun to watch these Transformers fight but now it's repetitive and not as thrilling anymore. I once thought of Optimus Prime as a badass but he seems to become increasingly more of a wuss as the films went on. We were introduced to a few new Transformers including: Lockdown, Galvatron and the Dinobots. Lockdown was awesome and he is neither a Decepticon or Autobot. His motive was to capture Optimus but for reasons why were a little unclear to me. Either way, he was a better villain than the previous ones. Without giving much away, I felt like the Dinobots and Galvatron were a complete waste.
Here are some things I did like since I've been bashing the movie. I have always been a fan of how Michael Bay shoots his movies. He has a distinct style and uses signature shots that he puts in every film. It seems he used less cuts during action sequences so we can actually see what the Transformers do during fights. This may have been because he was shooting in 3D. The cinematography was fantastic. I especially liked the sweeping shots over Texas and a particular car chase sequence. Most people are complaining about the runtime at 2hr 45min but that didn't bother me. The film moved quickly and had long action sequences which I tend to enjoy. As long as the characters were talking, I enjoyed it more.
In conclusion, I think it's time for Michael Bay to give up this franchise and move on to other projects. He is beginning to make the Transformers series stale and it's not as fun as it once was or maybe I'm just getting old. I feel like if we got a new director with a fresh palette, it may be possible to get a new cohesive storyline that makes sense. I still had fun watching the action sequences and there are plenty of laughs to be had but the script, the acting, and the lack of imagination left me disappointed.
2/5 - Disappointing