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Transformers: Age Of Extinction (movie)

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction: Rated “PG-13” (2 hours and 37 minutes)

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Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer

Directed by: Michael Bay

Well, here we go again, back into the transcendentally-mechanized breach (and watch in awe and horror as Chicago gets blowed up once again). Yep, that’s right, kids, even without Shia LaBeouf (who is currently deconstructing himself all over the place these days) at the helm, or Megan Fox (who famously Goodwined Director Michael Bay by calling him Hitler and got herself kicked off the set for Transformers Leap Over The Moon) posing and looking all wicked hot. Yep, it is the summer of “Blockbuster” sequels and (sad to say) there is apparently still more to tell about the Transformers — those giant extraterrestrial sentient robots who want to defend Earth even as they decimate virtually everything around them.

As the film opens, humanity picks up the pieces of its collective lives, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark side of the Moon (Staring Pink Floyd) or, you know whatever. Apparently, the Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman — lead by Joshua Joyce (Tucci) and scientists who are secretly in league with the disgruntled and possibly rogue director of the CIA, Harold Attinger (Grammer) as they attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control (and you know, make a small fortune at the expence of the American taxpayers of). Meanwhile an ancient, powerful Transformer menace has set Earth in his cross-hairs, and is hunting the remaining autobots.

Into this (in an attempt to give all of this hi-tech CGI mess a “human” face) we have Cade Yeager (Wahlberg), a down-on-his-luck inventor, his 17-year-old daughter, Tessa (Peltz), and her race-car “older” boyfriend, Shane Dyson (Reynor) who get caught up in the middle of government Black Ops Mercs, good robots, bad robots and well, all that CGI. Sigh. Ttuthfully, we really did love the first installment, thought the second film was Meh, and figured that they got their groove back with #3. Still, while we really are big fans of Wahlberg, we honestly feel that this franchise has run its course and hope this installment is the mic. Drop and out, as watching all the Blue Screen CGI up there, and as much as we really do enjoy sitting in the dark facing forward, we truly believe that unless Bay can come up with something more than just bigger explosions, that this ship has sailed.

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Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.

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