Outside of the many problems that plagued Transformers: Dark of the Moon outside of the ludicrous plot, wooden acting, directorial woes and everything else (if you could tell this Examiner was not a fan) one of the worse aspects of it was that it was just way too long. Sure, we could even give it that the showdown between the Autobots and Decepticons in Chicago was nice, but it was the terribly long slog to getting there that totally underwrote it and took away some of its punch. In fact, the run time of the each installment has grown steadily as time has passed on
Transformers 2007- 145 minutes
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen¬ 2009- 149 minutes
Transformers Dark of the Moon¬ 2011- 154 minutes
Now Bay seemed to have noted the issue, and even went on record to say that Transformers 4 would be the shortest installment of the franchise. However, today we learned that would not entirely be the truth, as the final runtime will be 166 minutes, fourteen minutes shy of a healthy three hours. However, when you add sitting through previews and advertisements fans can be guaranteed to be sitting in their theater seats for that three hour runtime.
Now, Bay can do whatever he wants, its his film after all, but does an almost three hour Transformers movie seem excessive? Many people I know have said they might have enjoyed the previous installments more if they had only been shorter. However for many moviegoers it will be a battle against their bladder as they sit through the film which is poised to do good business, as usual.
Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27th, 2014.