Now as humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group surfaces trying to control the direction of history while a powerful new menace sets the earth in its cross hairs.
You just never know what those black ops guys might be up to.
Welcome to 2014’s menacing (and totally critics proof) popcorn spectacle that is TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION.
It’s Paramount Pictures and Hasbro Productions most anticipated tentpole of the summer.
For this fourth sci-fi spectacle, Bay went with an entirely new cast that some would suggest is a more seasoned group of thespians lead by Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Jack Raynor, hottie Nicola Peltz and Kelsey Grammar as the Black Ops chief.
Problem is, their dialogue hasn’t improved much over the previous outings. But that’s being nit picky on my part, after all we’re NOT talking Shakespeare here.
“Honor ’til the end.”
As for the storyline, Wahlberg plays Cade Yeager, a widower with teenage daughter, down on his luck Texas mechanic/engineer who basically strips old cars for their parts and saves the money for her college fund.
One of his acquisitions is an old truck, but when he gets it home and starts tearing into it—well, let’s just say he gets more than he ever bargained for.
Wouldn’t you know it, the damn thing is REALLY Optimus Prime of the Auto Bots Clan.
However, it’s not really until the film’s third act that all kinds of incredible CGI created destruction bombards our minds and senses with sights and sound.
And with its running time of about two hours and 40 minutes, that takes place about two hours into the film—and of course leads straight into the fifth chapter in the series which is expected to grace a followup summer Transformers movie several years down the line.
With location filming that includes the outskirts of Austin, Detroit, Chicago, Hong Kong and mainland China, Bay has again pushed the mechanical, digital and visual envelope of pure popcorn entertainment – in fact he’s buttered it.
While not really breaking new ground, Bay’s perfected it here.
You often find yourself wondering just how DID they do that?
Sure, I would have been just as happy had Bay tightened things up by 15 minutes and ended up with a running time of say two hours and 25 minutes, but guess what, I’m not a film editor.
On a personal note my daughter in law Jessica Poessiger worked as Location Assistant while the film was in production in Texas.
Her take from that insight”
“The grandeur of what we filmed on a daily basis was mind blowing. From the cars that were used in massively orchestrated chase and fight sequences to blowing buildings apart, it was an experience of a lifetime to work on, as well as for the residents of these small Texas towns to watch and take part in.”
So just sit back, choose it in 2D, converted 3D or Imax 3D and be part of the millions of fans who will let Optimus Prime, Auto Pots, Bumblebee, the Dino Pots and for that matter, the humans in the film not so gently whisk you into sci-fi’s massive fantasy land.
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION scoring a bombastic B-.
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