Transformers: Age of Extinction, American/Chinese Movie (2014)

Growing up as a kid in the 80’s was a lot of fun. Especially with all the cool toys that were around back in those days. From Gi-Joe to He-man, every kid had a favorite toyline. For me it has always been the Transformers. There was just something incredibly cool in the way you could transform a truck into a robot. The basis for these toys were ofcourse the cartoons that aired on saturday mornings. I look back upon those days with fondness, and even today I still enjoy the franchise immensely. In 2007 the Transformers finally got made into a live action movie directed by Michael Bay. Reactions from the fans were mixed, but most were pretty negative saying the action director had absolutely no respect for the original source material. This year the fifth installment will see the light of day, again directed by Bay. I thought that was a good opportunity to revisit the fourth movie released in 2014.

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Transformers Age of Extinction is set five years after the events of the previous movie. It is a dark time for the Autobots as they are being hunted by the humans that they have been trying to protect all these years. A Black Ops government unit is in charge of these hunts, aided by a sinister robotic bounty hunter called Lockdown. Optimus Prime, badly wounded, has so far managed to escape the fate of his comrades and is in hiding. A mechanic called Cade Yeager comes across Optimus, and not knowing he is a Transformer, takes him home. Just when he is about to start repairs, Optimus reveals himself to Cade. Yeager convinces Optimus that he is a friend, and means him no harm. However, it is not soon until all hell breaks loose, when the Black Ops team arrives on the scene. Forced to flee, Cade and Optimus must try and survive, and find the remaining Autobots. There are worse things going on though as Prime’s oldest enemy might not be dead, and the survival of the entire human species hangs in the balance…..

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If you have seen the previous three Transformer movies you pretty much know what to expect in this one. A lot of explosions, slowmotion shots, carchases, in short a typical Bay movie. As said, a lot of Transformer fans hate what Michael has done with this beloved franchise. I pretty much see these movies as a reimagining of the cartoon series of old and have not had any problems with them. I like them for what they are, big blockbuster popcorn movies, with lots of cool special effect sequences, and nice action. Sure, storywise they leave a lot of things to be desired, but honestly that is not what you go and see these movies for anyway.

The biggest draw of this fourth one, was the appearance of the fan favorite Dinobots, and in that regard the movie did not disappoint. There was something seriously awesome in the way Optimus Prime charged into combat on the back of Grimlock. The bountyhunter Lockdown was one of the coolest robots of the entire movies series to date, and provided some great fight sequences. Actionwise there is again enough to enjoy, and in that regard Bay pretty much never lets you down. That said though, this movie is way too long. Running close to three hours, the movie should have had some things cut from it, which would have benefited it in the end. The cringeworthy humor from the previous films is somewhat toned down, but has unfortunately not disappeared completely. Acting wise Mark Wahlberg in his role of Cade Yeager does a decent enough job to provide a good character. Stanley Tucci, always a very good actor no matter what role he is cast in, also is a welcome addition to this movie.

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In the end this was, in my opinion, one of the weaker installments of the Transformers movie franchise. Don’t get me wrong, there is still enough to enjoy if you liked the previous parts. It is pretty much the length of the movie that for meย caused me to like it less than the other three movies. Supposedly the fifth movie wil be the last part to be directed by Bay, but this is something that he has now said so many times, that it is hard to believe. I for one would not mind seeing another director take the helm, and see if more can be done with this franchise. At least more than meets the eye…..

I give Transformers: Age of Extinction a 7 out of 10 score.

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16 thoughts on “Transformers: Age of Extinction, American/Chinese Movie (2014)”

    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š I kind of agree, I’m a little biased since I just like the Transformers in general, but I do understand what you mean. That’s why I am kind of hoping that with this hopefully being the fifth installment being Bay’s last one, we get a new director that will breathe some (new) life into this franchise ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  1. I still haven’t seen the third one. The first was visually spectacular but not particularly good and the second one was just kind of dull to watch because we’d already seen the visual spectacle and the story got worse. I may have to watch the third and fourth eventually but I’m not rushing on this.

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    1. I actually liked the 3rd installment a lot, it was at least better than the 2nd one, which honestly wasn’t that great. The trailer for the Last Knight (part 5) looks really cool, but then again…most trailers look good ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. For me, good story is a must, so I was less than thrilled with the first couple. But like you said, if you like cool machines and explosions, then yes, Transformers fits that perfectly. Just depends what you like ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Ah, Transformers. I liked those once. I think. Somewhere around the 3rd movie, I got bored. I was never familiar with the original works though so I’ve always enjoyed it for the action-packed popcorn-popper that it is.

    Is Dinobots the one in the last pic that looks like a T-Rex? ‘Cause it looks cool af.

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    1. Yep, the Dinobots were (in the original series), based on the dinosaurs of old. So you are right in saying that T-rex is one of the Dinobots. The movies right now are becoming pretty predictable. Just throw in a couple of explosions, some car chases and cool special effects…and there you go another movie lol. Hopefully after the last Bay made movie, we get another director to take the franchise somewhere else.

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  4. Totally see how you could enjoy these movies, but I just can’t get past the absurdly blatant advertisements and the other Bay-isms. I think I checked out as soon as the movie halted the plot so that the characters could talk about statutory laws lol

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    1. Haha lol, I can understand your sentiment. For me Transformers is just a part of my childhood, and as such I am a little biased for it. But I agree that Bay does everything pretty much by the same formula, and that is why I think it is pretty much time for another director to have a go at this franchise ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. Transformers is such a classic… I honestly try not to take it seriously, at all hahaha I just take it for what it is and enjoy it, for the most part. I have to say I barely remember the previous installments though. I’m not sure I even watched them? (Yup, super memorable movies)
    That length, though… Three hours is way too long for a movie like this. But it does have Stanley Tucci in it so I’m quite curious.
    Great review! ๐Ÿ™‚

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