Alright I’m aware it’s been quite a while since I’ve done a review. That doesn’t mean however I haven’t been missing out on the movies this summer. I have seen a few (been busy with work and family things) and I hadn’t seen one I hated. That being said, I had about 4 hours to kill between classes on Tuesday and I figured a movie was in order (I’m not afraid to go by myself).
So I went to go see the movie I kept hearing about. Transformers 4! I came close to actually being an extra in this but sadly it did end up falling through. That being said it was added to the list of movies I wanted to see for this reason alone. So lets begin right?
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Transformers: Age of Extinction (Transformers 4) is of course a Michael Bay film (Other Transformers movies). We unfortunately do not have Sam back for this movie but we are introduced to some new faces. I’m going to list who plays them and such below, it’s going to make this easier on me and quicker (time crunch).
- Cane Yeager played by Mark Wahlberg
- Joshua Joyce played by Stanley Yucci
- Harold Attinger played by Kelsey Grammer
- Tessa Yeager played by Nicola Paltz
- Shane Dyson played by Jack Reynor
- James Savoy played by Titus Welliver
- Optimus Prime voiced by Peter Cullen
- Galvatron voiced by Frank Welker
- Hound voiced by John Goodman
- Drift voiced by Ken Watanabe
Alright we begin by seeing some dinosaurs and what appears to be Transformers coming to the earth. And then we jump to present day right after a large blast is sent to earth by one of the ships. And we literally are given no explanation for what we just watched except that they found some ruins of this in Antarctica. And we jump to seeing the Government hunting the Transformers (both sides). They appear to be seeking Optimus Prime and want to know where he is located. They aren’t without help, there is a new Transformer in town called Lockdown. However, we don’t find out until about an hour into the film that we have jumped 25 years into the future from the third movie. This is the first issue I have.
We finally get to see away from the bad guys to meet Cane and his family. He has a daughter named Tessa who is close to graduating High School. Cane is a fixer of things broken (although he isn’t very good at it). We jump back to the Government and wanting people to report Alien activity because they are dangerous. Cane and his business partner go to a job and find an old beat-up truck. They haul it back to Cane’s house and from inspecting it closely, Cane is able to figure it out that the old truck is in fact a Transformer. His partner and Tessa are wanting to report it because they are bad and that’s what you are supposed to do.
Cane doesn’t agree and soon Optimus Prime reveals himself after Cane does a couple of repairs. Unfortunately Cane’s partner has reported what they found and just when Optimus is fixed (somehow without the help of other Transformers) they show up. After some ridiculous threats they are able to escape but they aren’t really helped by Optimus (who is running from Lockdown, who is hunting him). They are helped by Tessa’s boyfriend Shane who apparently is a race car driver. Please take a moment to cue a car chase and them getting away (without Cane’s business partner, who dies).
They hide away while Optimus checks to make sure the area is clear and that’s when Cane begins to dig into a drone that was flying around his property. He is able to get figure out who produces it and they want stop whomever is hunting Optimus and they want to know why. Optimus is able to send out a call to the other Autobots that are still alive and they all show up in the desert. We get to meet three new bots as well as seeing Bubblebee come back (I should mention that Optimus and Bubblebee and another bot are ONLY characters who return, no references to previous either). After some hacking they get to see the Government is killing the Autobots and they learn where they are taking them once they are dead, to Chicago.
There is a Tech company taking and melting down the transformers and reprogramming it to be under their control. I can’t for the life of me remember what the company is named. But after we see some things, we learn that have created their own Transformers through the help of Megatron’s dead head and the little hairy Autobot from the previous movie (I can’t remember his name or find him listed under characters). Of course the first mistake is that they are trusting that Megatron isn’t going to do something bad. The Transformers make a move to get inside of the building and Cane wants to help. He is able to get a little deeper inside but he is of course caught. And that’s when the bots break in and they are pissed at what they see. And they are attacked by the newly created autobots.
This is about an hour and half through the movie and we see Tessa get taken with Optimus Prime with Lockdown to his ship. Cane and Shane of course want to get Tessa back and are able to get inside of the ship with the other Autobots. They go in search of Optimus as well as Tessa and Cane is able to get a cool gun created for the Autobots (don’t ask me how he’s able to carry the damn thing). In the end they escape with a few other bots in tow that Lockdown had captured. However at this time the Government has been given what we only know as “The Seed”. It’s to help create Transformia (the metal the Transformers are created with). What they don’t know is that Megatron has infected all of the man made Transformers to be under his control and he is eventually brought back to life by Galvatron. The Seed however has made it’s way to Tokyo. This is just where Megatron/Galvatron wants it (I’m not sure what to call him at this point in the movie and neither are the characters). The other Autobots have made there way to Tokyo but the new Transformers have already begun attacking the people to get the Seed. And we get to meet four dinosaur Transformers who look to be on the side of Megatron/Galvatron (based on color of eyes) but are eventually won over by Optimus to fight with him in order to stop Lockdown.
Lockdown who is in space as just learned that his so called “collection” has escaped. He has been collecting them to bring them back to their creator (where’s about 2 hours into the movie now). We have about six villains at this point too. Let me name them: Lockdown, Joshua, Harold (who is with the CIA), James, Galvatron and Megatron. I only say the Galvatron and Megatron are seperate because I’m not sure if Megatron is completely in Galvatron or not. Anyway, there a big fight seen and while we destroy a ton of things in the end Optimus and the other Autobots win. They also destroy Lockdown with the help of Shane, Cane and Tessa. We see that Optimus is going to be leaving to find his creator and he is going to stop them (this is three hours and the end of the movie).
Alright I think I made it kinda clear I wasn’t all that impressed with this movie. I honestly was wondering half the time if we were even going to have a simple storyline or if we were going to continue to throw about six in at once. We also can’t seem to decide on if we are going to have just a Tessa and Shane love story or throw a couple of more in the way. We don’t have a clear villian in this movie because it seems rather clear that we have more than we need. The movie is also about an hour too long and we could’ve dumped about half of the fight scenes, which leaves you believe the movie is going to end multiple times. I don’t like that they don’t really explain what Lockdown is doing with “The Seed” or how any of these other guys came to know him. We aren’t given an information about the time jump until we’re deeper into the movie and we aren’t given any information on previous characters. It literally takes the story to a different world where we kinda mirror what happened before but we actually ever don’t discuss it. I am in awe of how this even begins to make a Transformers movie. Also Optimus Prime is kinda a dick in this movie (while I get it because of the Autobots being killed, I don’t approve). And again I want to stress that the movie is roughly 3 hours long! Way too long for this multiple-storylines thrown together movie.
I think it’s clear that Michael Bay wasn’t prepared for this movie and really should’ve taken the time to get the story right before putting a movie together. I think it could’ve been better prepared for how to reference back to other movies and characters but instead we chose to just completely ignore the fact that we had any except the Chicago incident. I also want to take a moment to point out that there is no way and HELL that Cane would’ve been able to carry around the Bot gun he had. We have seen before how heavy the metal from the Autobots is. He shouldn’t have been able to lift it at all! I give this movie 2 out of 10 stars. They only get the two stars because we get to see cool Dinosaur Transformers (for the end of the movie) and Mark Wahlberg. That’s basically it. I say skip this one. If you choose to see it, go back and watch Transformers 2 for a better experience than this.