Movie Review: Transformers 4: Age of Extinction (2014)

Transformers 4 Age of Extinction movie still - Optimus Prime on Grimlock Dinobot

New Transformers sequel is the same shit but way longer

Why hasn’t this franchise gotten a reboot yet? ‘Cause we keep paying for its garbage, one after another, and this would keep ’em producing crap like this until they could longer project high profits. I dozed off like every 5 minutes during the movie, although I won’t blame the film for my fatigue, but I believe I would’ve been more awake if the movie was at least a little bit more exciting.

Four years after the previous film (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), the government has declared all Transformers non-allies and are hunting down every single one of them for their efforts in recreating their own Transformers, ones which they could control for their intentions. Mark Wahlberg (Ted, Lone Survivor) plays Cade Yeager, a struggling inventor with a hot sexy teenage daughter named Tessa played by Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender), accidentally finds Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) when shopping for unwanted junks. They soon find out that the government have been secretly working with an evil Transformer called Lockdown (voiced by Mark Ryan) and knowing that this could lead to destruction, the surviving Autobots reunite to fight Lockdown and the new Decepticons.

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The old characters like Sam Witwicky (played by Shia LaBeouf) and the entire human cast from the first trilogy are not featured in this sequel at all, nor is there any hint of what happened to them, but there’s a new family which the Autobots will work with. But it basically has the same old boring formula; the main character is a courageous loser, there’s a young chick for eye candy, US government plays the sub-villain, a few new bots are introduced, Bumblebee still playing the human’s taxi with its own cliche of turning back when its supposed to fetch the humans away from danger, Megatron returns (do you even consider this a spoiler?), huge battle against alien invasion in a city in the US, ordinary humans contribute in the fight, and it all ends with Optimus Prime giving a typical closing monologue. The only real difference to me was that there’s no military involved (very unlike Michael Bay).

Many early critics used the word “bloated” to describe this 2-hour-45-minute sequel, to me that’s an understatement. There are just way too many unnecessarily draggy human story, unimpressive human action, blatant product placements, racial stereotyping and even the Transformers action are boring. There are plenty of action and the visual effects are brilliant, no doubt the kids would love it, but there’s just too much of it, and none of the sequences are actually fun to watch after a while. One of the scenes actually shows the rusted and broken Optimus Prime, in vehicle form, successfully escaping from government’s arsenal of missiles and big guns as though they’re aiming the ground around a slow-moving runaway truck. I’m also quite sure the old-time fans would be disappointed with how Grimlock and the Dinobots come to ally with Autobots, and their limited involvement. Furthermore, none of the actors stand out, and the written dialogues and humour are even more cheesy than the previous instalments.

Mark Wahlberg Nicola Peltz in Transformer 4 Age of Extinction movie still meme

What I would’ve named the film: “Michael Bay’s 4th Time Ruining My Childhood”

Censorship in Malaysia: I believe nothing was cut at all.

To watch in 3D? It’s filmed with digital IMAX 3D cameras so the effects and depth were very significant watching at an IMAX hall.

Second opinion: My girlfriend said she gave up staying awake in the final act.

Verdict: Perhaps the worst instalment of the franchise. 2 more sequels to come? Remind me not to pay for them this time.

Rating: 1.5 / 5

transformers 4 age of extinction movie posterBased on: Hasbro’s toy line “Transformers”
Rated: P13
Genre: Science fiction, action
Running Time: 165 minutes
Director: Michael Bay
Screenwriter: Ehren Kruger
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Jack Reynor, Lee Bing Bing, Han Geng

Malaysia Release Date: 26 June 2014
Local Distributor: United International Pictures (UIP)
Studios: Paramount Pictures, di Bonaventura Pictures, Hasbro, China Movie Channel, Jiaflix Enterprises

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  1. Ken Wooi

    Haha backstreet boys! Really like the setting…

    Anyway, haven't watched it yet.. but I'm sure many people would be after the cinemas for Transformers. I'll be one of them. 😉

    Keep it up with the reviews. Always back here to read what Tony thinks! 😀

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