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Spoiler-Free Quick Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction



Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor
Theatrical Release Date: June 27, 2014
Synopsis: An automobile mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down the Autobots - and a paranoid government official - on them.
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The Good

No Shia LaBeouf.

The Bad

  • The new male love interest is just as obnoxious as LaBeouf.
  • Unnecessarily long.
  • Ridiculously dumb dialogue.
  • Blatant, awkward product placement.

Bottom Line

Unfortunately for Transformers: Age of Extinction, movie quality isn’t based on the number of cars destroyed. Prepare to leave your brain at the door.

Posted June 29, 2014 by

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Transformers: Age of Extinction

Yes, that is Optimus Prime riding a Dinobot. No, it’s not as cool as it looks.

One of the biggest problems with the Transformers movies has always been the human element. Knowing this, I kept my expectations low when going to see Transformers: Age of Extinction. And the film delivered exactly the level of quality that I expected.

Age of Extinction constantly treats the audience like they are dumb. And since the movie runs 2 hours and 45 minutes, there’s ample opportunity to do so.

The length of Age of Extinction is its first drawback. There is absolutely no reason at all that the movie needed to be longer than 90 minutes. I’m not sure if director Michael Bay was going for an epic-feeling blockbuster, but the movie ends up being just one useless action scene after another. If quality was based on the number of vehicles destroyed, Age of Extinction would rank as one of the greatest films ever made; a shocking number of cars died to make this film. Sadly, most of these scenes serve no purpose, don’t advance the story at all, and lead to some of the film’s worst dialogue.

The dialogue in Age of Extinction is mind-numbing. With the human characters shouting, “It’s sucking up metal and dropping it,” as we watch a giant spaceship suck up everything metal and drop it on the city below, and the Autobots repeatedly calling their enemies “bitches,” the writers clearly aren’t appealing to the audience’s intellect.

Speaking of Autobots, there are some shiny, new faces on the good guys’ team, and they are all pretty lackluster. Even the Dinobots, who were one of the film’s big selling points in the trailers, are relegated to minor roles and don’t make an appearance until very late in the movie. If you’re hoping for a solid team to support the core members of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, you’re in for some disappointment. This time around, it’s not just the human element that fails to impress.

There’s plenty of giant-robot-bashing action in Age of Extinction, but nothing that hasn’t been done better in the original Transformers or Pacific Rim. Transformers: Age of Extinction isn’t a terrible film, but movie-goers need to be prepared to leave their brains at the door and keep their expectations suitably low.

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Tim Wells

Dad, husband, gamer, blogger, geek. Not necessarily in that order.