Micheal Bay outdid himself for the better and for the worse.

Gullible Optimus Prime fights again for humans who consistently screw things up at everyone’s expense. This time around a new villain is sent by his creators to capture him for being a human sympathizer. The new robot strikes a deal with a greedy zealot who has his own plans with an arrogant CEO. They end up initiating another apocalypse in the process. Caught in the fray is a single dad and poor inventor, his teen daughter, and her boyfriend. The good guys need to band together or else ~drum roll~ face extinction. – The Viewing Tank

Its flimsy narrative is set-up as an excuse for nearly three hours of non-stop action with a pounding score (broken once in a while with unconvincing human drama and generic exposition). The explosions and robot on robot action eventually gets repetitive and dull. There’s nothing here that you haven’t seen before in the previous installments except for a new way to destroy a city (hint: magnet’s bitch!) and batch of product placement.

The only person who stands out among the humans is the entertaining Stanley Tucci, bolstered by the unconvincing Mark Walhberg and a forgettable supporting cast. You have the same stock characters just with new faces – Nicola Peltz (the blonde stand-in/jailbait) and Jack Reynor (designated hunk/poor man’s Chris Hemsworth). They’re joined by stereotypical characters including the idiotic sidekick, very bad guys, and kick-ass female.

Eventually the Deux ex Machina finally arrives to turn things around. Optimus Prime makes the speech and hints at a possible origins sequel. At this point your brain is overwhelmed but sufficiently distracted, finally glad to wake up from a mental stupor as a result of significantly reduced activity, or a bit of both – the overkill resulted into a reversed effect and you were bored out of your mind to give a shit.

In fairness, the franchise does use the transformers for their intended purpose. Age of Extinction is no different from the spastic babble of a kid playing with robot toys as he bangs and pits them against each other highlighted by comical sound effects. If you just want loud action then this is for you.

Michael Bay finally outdid himself this time around by completely focusing on what his franchise is praised and criticized for. Whether that’s for the better or the worse will depend on what you want. But at this point Transformers has turned into a parody of itself.

My Rating: 1/10

 

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