Transformer: Age of Extinction

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction is the fourth instalment of the live-action Transformers film series which stars Mark Wahlberg in the lead role and the direct sequel to Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The film takes place five years later, after the invasion of Chicago that ravage most parts of the city. Like its predecessors, the film is directed by Michael Bay and features an entirely new cast of human characters which also is the first in the series to feature the Dinobots. There are few returning Transformers that includes Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Leadfoot, Brains, and Megatron (He just won’t stay dead, would he?)


Transformer, The Extinction


Prelude to the present, Sixty-five million years ago, during the Cretaceous Period, beings known as the ‘Creators’ detonate many "Seeds",wiping out most life on Earth which in the present, a geologist named Darcy discovers a dinosaur corpse covered in a strange metal. As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons that levelled Chicago five years ago have all but vanished from the face of the planet and led humanity to believe that all alien robots are a threat while a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempts to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control.


The Menace

Harold Attinger, a CIA agent, establishes a unit called ‘Cemetery Wind’ whose sole purpose is to hunt down all of them but as it turns out, they are aided by  an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his cross-hairs (Lockdown) who is searching for Optimus Prime and their cause is not entirely what it seems. On remote location, Cade Yeager, a "robotics expert" bought an old rundown beat-up truck, and upon close examination, he thinks it's a Transformer after giving the truck a jolt from stock battery. When he powers it up the second time around, he discovers it's Optimus Prime whom is still battered and heavily damaged from the previous battles with those men from the unit who later manage to locate Optimus. He attempts to help Yeager and his daughter Tessa to escape but are pursued by the hunter. They escape and Yeager learns from technology he took from the men that a technology magnate and defense contractor named Joshua Joyce is part of what's going on, so they go to find out what's going on.


Human Curiosity of the Unknown

In all out honesty, I'm a huge fan of Transformers. Transformers is a franchise that began in the 1980s, and we all remembered those fond years during the G1 Transformer with Peter Cullen’s commanding tone for the Autobot leader, Optimus Prime. However it wasn't until 2007 that the live-action film was made starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox which literally blown fans and movie goer alike with the introduction of such amazing CGI and special effects that is ground breaking and shocking. It's the first time after 20 years later,we see real cars turn into real Transformers, and it was done tastefully. Even the sounds while they transformed were very much believable, even though audiences may not have like the acting or the storyline, the CGI in itself should have been the focus.


Let’s Rumble

The following two sequels, "Revenge of the Fallen" and "Dark of the Moon" were released a couple years apart from each other which obviously, the CGI was amazing, given the technological revolution in graphic rendering platform but the story lines seemed to falter as the sequels progressed. "Revenge of the Fallen" the kept reservations from the first movie. However, with "Dark of the Moon", it was a wrong move to introduce so many new characters and still keep Shia Labeouf as the main character (though Witwicky is the main part of the chemistry but too much of good, ruins the fun). It's difficult to associate one main character with so changes that it puts a dent in the entire sequel as there is a keep for everyone from the previous sequel, just for continuity purposes.

Uh huh.. Macho Sam

Now fast-forward to "Age of Extinction", which is the 4th movie in the Transformers live-action franchise. It's now completely reinvented with a new cast and a new story, even though it takes place 5 years after the incidents in "Dark of the Moon". Personally, the changes made was a bold move because as the series needed a fresh start again, and a new storyline to pursue instead of lingering on to Sam Witwicky (Spike Witwicky from G1 period). Foremost it is established of what's coming into this movie, a Whole LOT of CGI and epic action scenes with the nausea-inducing shaky camera technique being thoroughly used here, which makes it tad hard to see what's going on because everything is shaking except when there is a product placement going on, then the camera is absolutely still so you can see the brand name clearly. It's what every Transformers movie has been so far, so why would this one be any different? There are a lot of comments about this film being redundant and bored because the storyline is horrible and it wasn't worth their money, but in all honesty, you're not paying to see a Transformers movie for the acting or the drama or rather, you're paying to see the CGI effects and how much better they could possibly be compared to the previous Transformers movies which "Age of Extinction" does not disappoint in this area.


I’m Optimus Prime, Prime for WAR !!!

One of personal favourites about the Transformers movies, or what anyone loves about them, was watching the robots transform and rollout (or just Fight!!). The previous sequels had some memorable moments. It delivers what it's supposed to successfully: mind-blowing special effects. I personally thought that the storyline itself was good because it provided viewers with a fresh start, and Mark Wahlberg was a great replacement for Shia Labeouf. Apart from the dorky humour, it’s a rather more mature cast with better humour that is more acceptable widely. The movie also focuses on the Transformers quite a fair bit as it takes away most of the human element in the film (even though there are some key moments with humans involved), but that's exactly what is to be expected for a film so focused on CGI or no point of rendering them in the first place.


By systematically eliminating us, The Humans!!

For those who really enjoy the CGI and special effects along with any of the previous Transformers films, this movie is recommended because it's one of the best out of all 4 in terms of the effects. For those who look deeply into the storyline and great acting along with drama, don’t bother purchasing a ticket because you won't find what you're looking for in this movie except 3 hours of non-stop action and CGI. For those who have never seen a Transformers film, it is recommended to give it a go because it's a new story with new characters, and it's 3 hours of amazing special effects, so it's well worth the money to sit through the entire thing and reliving your childhood memories.



Autobots… Rollout!!!

So catch the movie at the place near you. Autobots, Transform and Rollout!!

3-5-stars
 
Director: Michael Bay
Writer: Ehren Kruger
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor Peter Cullen as the voice of ‘Optimus Prime’
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