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Transformers: Age Of Extinction
Friday, June 27, 2014

Studio: Paramount Pictures

Reviewed by: Tony Velocity

Even as a serious Transformers fan and collector, I had pretty low expectations going into this movie. But to be honest, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The effects were on point, the bots were well done, and the main villain, Lockdown, was pretty damn intimidating.

However, where the effects and explosions were typical of Mr. Bay, so was the plot, story, and low brow humour. Now, I'm all for silliness in my action movies but the fact that all the characters spoke in oneliners and catch phrases got fairly stale after the first hour…let alone almost three hours. But I would peg that fault more on the writer than the director. Luckily, there weren't any robot genitalia or bots peeing on people. So, I'll give it that.

I would rank Age Of Extinction up there with the first TF Bay-verse movie. The switch in cast was quite refreshing. I’ll take Marky Mark over Shia any day, and with T.J. Miller and Stanley Tucci adding plenty of comic relief, I definitely chuckled a few times. But it was hard not to lose interest while the middle portion of the movie dragged along. There were more villains here than Spider-Man 3, and the Autobot had to fight their way through them all. The Dinobots were a nice close though. Grimlock and crew looked more G1 than anything Bay has shown us so far.

These movies never had the intention of winning any Oscars, and they should be treated as such. Turn your brain off at the door and just enjoy robots beating the spark out of each other.

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