Director Michael Bay is back with the latest installment of the ‘Transformers’ franchise with a title that signals a disastrous end ahead. ‘Age of Extinction’ is a visually stunning film that lacks a concrete storyline and not even the addition of the Dinobots can save his failing attempt to revive the beloved Hasbro characters.
The plot picks up four years after ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ which has left Chicago in a state of turmoil and despair. A new set of characters lead the way to mend the precarious relationship between humans and the Transformers. Optimus Prime and the Autobots become once again a beacon of hope in a world that is at the brink of annihilation.
Bay thrives at creating awe-inspiring visual effects that go along with the grandiose effect of long shots, wide angles and cinematography that are consistent with his films. However, this time around all of that gets lost in the overwhelming – and sometimes unnecessary – sound effects, music and foolish one-liners throughout the film. Add to that the 3D effect and ‘Extinction’ quickly becomes a sensory overload experience – which might thrill some people in the audience but not many within the extravagantly-long running time.
Mark Wahlberg leads the new cast as Cade Yeager, a single-father and substandard inventor, who is trying to stay above water. And even though his character starts strong, he quickly becomes a nuisance with a repetitive set of gags. The same goes for every new human character introduced in this sequel – which makes one root for the artificial and more superior alien presence in the story. The latter a web of sub-plots that never connects to anything and used as a cheap ploy to give actors like Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer something to do or say.
‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ is visually stunning but much like Galvatron, the reincarnation of Megatron in the film, it lacks a power source that can win anyone over – fans and critics alike. But at least, you get to see the Dinobots in the big screen.