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"TRANSFORMERS 4: AGE OF EXTINCTION" from Paramount opens in 2D, Real 3D and IMAX 3D on Fri., June 27, 2014.

STARRING: Mark Wahlberg, T.J. Miller, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles and Li Bingbing.

DIRECTOR: Michael Bay ("Transformers 1-3")

SYNOPSIS: It's four years after the final battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons that left Chicago in ruins. The government has severed ties with the Autobots, labeling them fugitives. An elite CIA unit called "Cemetery Wind" is formed to hunt down and exterminate the Autobots. Cade Yeager (Wahlberg) is now the fly in the ointment and things are about to go very very wrong.

The Michael Bay bashers are at it again and this time they're right. Bay has come up with a cure for sanity--a three hour epic Transformer film with barely a trace of a coherent story. Lots and lots of over-the-top action but barely any effort to tie the action to the characters. It goes on...and on...and on...until the viewer is mentally beaten into submission.

There is good news. First: it's Bay's last Transformers movie. Someone else will direct Part 5, already scheduled for 2016. Second: the mouthy, snotty, unlikable Shia La Bouf is gone. Whatever talent he has is always hidden beneath that attitude that makes one wish for an aluminum bat and a time portal. Third: Mark Wahlberg is in the film That's also bad news because he plays one of the characters that remains undeveloped throughout.

That's a common complaint about Bay. It's like he just doesn't get it. There's more to every movie than just the action. Bay seems to assume that the audience already knows these characters and needs no details. Well, guess what, Mikey. We need details. Three hours should've given plenty of time to toss us several bones. How thick are you?

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