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Transformers: Age of Extinction

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  • Directed by: Michael Bay
  • With: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor
  • 165 Minutes

When Michael Bay unleashed the “Transformers” saga throughout the world, the first reactions to the first installment were actually good for a movie that only features robots fighting against each other and some drama. But, after the terrible second and third installments with more product placement, bad quality drama and plots that didn’t make sense at all, the end of the saga was inevitable. Or at least I thought so. The first time I heard about the release of the fourth installment of the “Transformers” saga and about the usage of the newest IMAX 3D camera I was actually curious to see the final result but there was always a huge possibility of failure. So yesterday I attended a screening of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and after 165 minutes of robot action I must confess I did not leave the theater disappointed because my expectations were a bit low and I was a bit afraid of what Michael Bay was preparing for this new trilogy.

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A new threat has arrived to our planet: an alliance between a bad guy and an alien with a huge spaceship in order to catch Optimus Prime and get an object known as “seed” that is basically a huge bomb with enough power to cause mankind extinction. To protect the Earth we have the Autobots that the evil guy tried to destroy and a mechanic (Mark Wahlberg) that is competing for the Worst Dad Ever award alongside with Tom Cruise’s character in Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds”. After knowing about Megatron’s presence in the evil guy’s hideout, Optimus Prime will need the help of the ancient guardians (yep the Dinobots) in order to protect mankind from extinction.

As you may have read previously, the plot of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” looks a lot like the plots of the previous movies. The relationships between the characters are definitely pointless and the some of the lines were at the same level of Wiseau’s “The Room”. Adding human drama to the story is definitely not one of Bay’s talents. The dad vs. boyfriend featuring the innocent daughter storyline was just useless in a movie about huge robots that transform into awesome cars.

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The product placement in “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is also too exaggerated. Besides the amazing cars and typical ads, there were references to IMAX and two specific scenes that were just too obvious. In one of them a spaceship hits a Budweiser car and the driver gets out and starts complaining but after being threatened he leaves the place and Mark Wahlberg opens one bottle of beer and starts drinking it in front of the camera. There is also a huge bus of Victoria’s Secret placed exactly in the middle of one street that is partially destroyed in the middle of the war.

But there are also good things in the movie. The action sequences are amazing and a major part of the 165 minutes is dedicated to scenes involving Autobots. The fights between the Autobots and the aliens were really cool and the special effects were also amazing. There are huge explosions, awesome car chasings, Mark Wahlberg kicking the alien’s ass with a powerful alien gun and Dinobots (probably the best part of the whole movie). The movie could be perfectly described as a mix of “Fast and Furious” with “Pacific Rim” featuring dinosaurs.

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The only thing I wanted to watch was good action sequences and amazing special effects and in that field “Transformers: Age of Extinction” was capable of pleasing all my wishes. The Dinobots sequences were great and the fighting sequences were almost capable of making me forget the bad dialogues and plot.

Another thing I feared was the length of the movie. With 165 minutes long, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is the longest movie in the franchise and I felt entertained during the entire length of the movie, which is like a rollercoaster of action sequences with Michael Bay’s style. From the point of view of a guy who wanted to watch robots fighting, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is basically 165 minutes of a dream come true but the lack of drama and the poor dialogues won’t allow me to give this movie a positive rating.

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“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is basically a big mess, with amazing action, visual effects, robots, powerful cars, dinosaurs, spaceships, an annoying bad guy and Mark Wahlberg kicking everyone’s ass with his badass weapon. The longest ad you will ever witness featuring a dancing Oreo Robot and much more stuff, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is a movie made for guys and even though is a step back when compared with the first installment of the saga, it’s better than the previous two installments.

★★½

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