This year’s multi-million dollar, 3-D, action packed thrill ride, summer blockbuster sci-fi movie, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” is just that – a multi-million dollar, 3-D, action packed thrill ride, summer blockbuster sci-fi movie.
Forget the story. It’s a Michael Bay film. Lots of explosions, car chases, more explosions, fighting scenes, more explosions, overprotective single father raises young beautiful blond cut-off jean shorts wearing daughter that looks nothing like him and boom – more explosions.
Three years after the Autobots and Decepticons fought for supremacy and destroyed Chicago – an American government agency formed an alliance with an alien bounty hunter while creating their own American made Transformer. The humans, of course, are destroying Transformers to recreate their own version. This unfortunate issue hurts their relationship with the Autobots, who are trying to save the humans from extinction. Ironically, Dinobots (dinosaurs robots) are not extinct.
New cast member Mark Wahlberg plays Cade Yeager, an unsuccessful robotics inventor that is failing to pay his mortgage. He’s also failing from keeping his 17-year-old daughter’s shorts from shrinking, I mean, keeping his daughter, Tessa Yeager (Nicola Peltz), from committing the same mistake of being a pregnant teen like he and his daughter’s late mother were. But Cade Yeager shouldn’t worry; his daughter is only secretly dating a 20-year-old Irish racecar driver (oh, and the plot thickens).
Director Michael Bay has an amazing ability to get his actors to pour out their emotions while running in slow motion as explosions are going off behind them. You can see it in Wahlberg’s face that he’s not scared of being squashed like a bug by a very big green screen. But Bay’s 3D special effects are special and enhances the movie, which makes it worth the experience.
The fourth edition of an almost three hour long movie (165 minutes to be exact) continued its successful Transformers franchise recipe with a new cast. Last three movies grossed $2.7 billion with Dark of the Moon providing the most at $1.2 billion. Hey, if it isn’t broke then why not blow it up.