Rating: 6/10 (Entertaining Robotic Adventure)
Cast: Mark Walhberg, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, TJ Miller, Titus Welliver, Jack Reynor
Direction: Micheal Bay
Producer: Don Murphy, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Tom De Santo, Ian Bryce
Banner/Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Plot: Destined to find out what the Transformers real purpose is in the universe, Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) enlists the help of a washed up mechanic named Cade Yeager (Mark Walhberg) to help him find a Cybertronian Seed that may hold the answer to the question as to why the Transformers were created.
Performances: Mark Walhberg replaces the sorry excuse of a franchise lead known as Shia Leboeuf in the 4th installment and he is 100 times better than Shia. While the character has nothing to boast about, Walhberg possesses star power and brings about a new energy and life into the franchise.
Nicola Peltz is ravishing as Walhberg's daughter and Jack Reynor is adequate but a terrible actor.
Kelsey Grammer is wasted while it's Stanley Tucci that steals the show as KSI employee Joshua Joyce. He is excellent.
Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime is evergreen and somehow brings about a new iteration of the character every time he plays him. Optimus Prime is once again the highlight of the movie.
This is a Transformers movie so you can't really judge the acting as it's going to be terrible across the board.
Direction: Back at it again for the 4th time, Micheal Bay once again stamps his authority down on the franchise. The film has all the staples of a classic Bay film. Wicked story but entertainment value as it's best with high robots beating the shit out of each other, mind blowing VFX, unlimited fights, chases, and action sequences. What more could you ask for in a big budget summer popcorn blockbuster? On the direction front, he does the usual and ensures a fan of these films will have a good time.
Technicalities: Music and BGM by Steve Jablosnky is superb. Cinematography by Amir Mokri is phenomenal. The movie has some superb aerial visuals and breathtaking slow motion shots. Editing by William Goldenberg, Roger Barton, and Paul Rubell is a mess to say the least. Dialogues by Ehren Kruger are ok. Production Design by Jeffrey Beecroft is phenomenal. Action Sequences by Kenny Bates are superb. VFX by Industrial Light and Magic are world class. As usual, Transformers films have top notch VFX quality. Production Values are incredible.
+ Mark Walhberg
+ Optimus Prime
+ Action Sequences
Analysis and Verdict: First things, first. In a Transformers movie, you don't look for the story or Oscar worthy performances. You care about giant robots beating the shit out of each other, explosions, car chases, action sequences, buildings being destroyed, and hot people. For women, you have Marky Mark. For guys, well Nicola Peltz isn't exactly Megan Fox. Now with that aside, Age of Extinction is everything that I just mentioned in the 2nd sentence.
I personally love these movies for their fights and entertainment value and I could care less about the story because these movies have none. Add the shoddy editing and ridiculous length, I could really care less.
Micheal Bay has perfected the art of making critically panned films and making loads of profit off of them proving that critics have no effect on the film as long as it's entertaining. In fact, that goes for most movies.
The film starts off with the Age of the dinosaurs and then proceeds on wards. As soon as Optimus Prime is introduced the film becomes action packed until the credits start rolling. This movie is loaded with fights and action, so if you like action movies, definitely watch it.
Overall, despite it's ridiculous story and technical flaws, Transformers Age of Extinction is another entertaining installment in the robotic franchise. Giants robots fighting, explosions, and unlimited action. What more could you ask for in a big budget summer popcorn blockbuster?