Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo. Reviewed by: Dave Release date: June 27, 2014 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation
Director Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction is both absurd and redundant. Sadly, the fourth film of the franchise is really nothing more than a huge promotion for Transformers action figures. A revamped Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and some new Autobots join Galvatron, Hound, Drift, and the Dinobots, with over seventy others on toy store shelves this year.
Small on plot, yet big on noise; Transformers has three sound levels Loud, Louder and Loudest. It's also much too long at over 2 1/2 hours. The final hour equivalent to a demolition derby combined with a monster truck rally, an extended bombast of pure metallic irritation.
Other than Mark Wahlberg as the central character, there isn't much difference between Age of Extinction, and the three previous films. Decepticons, government bad guys, and psycho power brokers are featured once again. This one has evil Transformer (Lockdown), rogue CIA agent Harold Attinger, (Kelsey Grammer) and billionaire inventor Joshua Joyce, (Stanley Tucci). Like a spoiled child, Joyce wants to melt the Transformers down into their basic element known as 'Transformium' to re-create them in his own image. The movie completely self-destructs when the fire breathing 'Dinobots' make their appearance.
Despite numerous flaws, Kids will thoroughly enjoy Transformers: Age of Extinction, adults, not so much.
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