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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Review

How Does Transformers: Age of Extinction Fair?


The 5th of July 2014 marked the UK release of the Transformers: Age of Extinction movie, a film that many of us were/are excited to see. After watching the previous Transformer movies and seeing the trailers/ previews for the new installment my excitement was almost uncontainable. However, that excitement quickly faded as I watched the film and ultimately I was left with a slight feeling of disappointment. The recasting for the new Transformers trilogy was always going to be an adjustment, and what this cast lacked was the on screen chemistry created by the previous team; In my opinion I felt this lack of chemistry also affected the quality of the humour in the movie. However, I will say this, the father-daughter bond between Cade (Mark Walhberg )and Tessa (Nicola Peltz) was pretty intense and believable; you could feel the joy, pain, frustration and fear a father would have for his daughter.

The special effects and the new designs of the Transformers was nothing short of amazing, so hats off to the team at Industrial Lights and Magic (ILM). The action sequences were really well put together and quite thrilling to start with but there was just too much of it. The writers of  Transformers: Age of Extinction made the same mistake that was made with Transformers: Rise of the Fallen. Lengthy action scenes that quickly lose meaning because the little story that was present is drowned by the loud noise of colliding metal and an endless streams of explosions.


This is a Transformers movie so we were never expecting a story that’d change the landscape of storytelling or characters that’ll will make us cry with heart warming or soul destroying scenes, but what we did expect was something that was simple and interesting. Transformers: Dark of the Moon was an epic movie and would have been a great end to the Transformers Trilogy, but now that the franchise has been rebooted for a new trilogy, topping the previous installment is a difficult task, especially if Bay doesn’t want to give us something that we’d already seen before.

Transformers: Age of Extinction goes more into the depth in regards to the true origins of the Transformers;  however, not much of this concept seemed to be explored which is understandable since Team Bay may be holding on this story line for the second/ third installment. If this was the case, then maybe the runtime of this film should have been cut down significantly so that the story didn’t get lost in the endless sea of action. There is an interesting element in the Transformers: Age of Extinction movie which was that humans now have the ability to create their own Transformers. The CIA have come to the conclusion that they no longer need the aid of the Autobots and would rather rely on their own Technology for survival.  We’re also introduced to the Dinobots but they just seem to just appear out of nowhere, and before you know it they’re under the command of Optimus Prime which all felt disturbing rushed and if you blinked you would have missed it.

The overall plot for the Transformers: Age of Extinction movie had massive potential but it was failed by its delivery, similar to the way in which Spiderman 3 failed to captivate audiences. The concepts in Transformers: Age of Extinction were huge but with the extreme lengthy action scenes it was easy to forget what the actual point of the film was.

In the end Transformers: Age of Extinction felt like it was good TV series that just had one too many seasons.

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