Transformers: Chronilogical Age Of Extinction

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Terence Gavish

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  • T.J. 1 year ago
    23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Terrible script with no real plot direction over the course …, December 25, 2014
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    T.J. (Mn) –

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    Simple. I wish I could be more charitable. The film has a terrible script with no real plot direction over the course of two and a half hours. There was plenty of potential for a character driven drama at the beginning of the film but any goodwill with the audience is squandered after an hour. The plot has threads that are neither coherently presented, or executed. They could have shorted the film by an hour and it would have left the same impression.

    Spoilers ahead:

    The “bounty hunter” plot thread is not explained and feels as it is tacked on for the sake of the ending, it isn’t necessary to the story except as a target for action scenes. The Galvatron plot is definitely an appreciated nod to the original series, but where are the rest of the Decepticons? They are conspicuously absent, and you ask where they are if the Autobots survived the previous films. Optimus’ comments about swearing never to take a human life, and later anger would more significant if the characters had any concern over the level of destruction and deaths that they surely cause.

    Lots of shiny special effects and the legendary voice actor, Peter Cullen, simply cannot save this film from being the worst of the Transformer reboot.

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  • joshua2415 1 year ago
    364 of 480 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This review is probably going to be laughed at, but I don’t care., September 20, 2014
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    I love all the transformers movies, just because they’re entertaining. I know they’re not critically acclaimed for the acting or the heart-wrenching story like say a Terms of Endearment, but they’re not supposed to be. They’re action, they’re visually spectacular, and very fun! It’s escapism at it’s best. Watching these movies with a nice surround system is a must. The explosions, the sounds of the transforming, all of it is a much better experience with surround and a good subwoofer! I can do without 2 things in the movies…the eye candy that is the chicks in short shorts! To me, it just doesn’t add to the movie. I guess because I’m not a adolescent teenage boy. Secondly, is the language. it seems like all sequels, things are pushed further each time another one is made. There was more profanity in this one than the others. It too doesn’t add to the movie. My 4 year old son loves Transformers, too and I don’t want him picking up the language. I know one day he will be exposed to it, but c’mon! These movies are enjoyed by all age groups, Michael Bay, please tone down those 2 things and all will be well. Mark Wahlberg did a good job in the movie… I like his movies anyway. I didn’t miss Shia LaBeouf or any of the other actors from the previous ones. Also, this one had more work done on the video side. The greens were way greener. My wife noticed that almost everyone had colored eyes, and over exaggerated at that. I didn’t mind all that, but it did seem a little weird. I loved the robots! All of them were too cool…Lockdown is a bad dude! His walk, his whole demeanor…I found myself liking him. Those Dinobots were massive! I can’t wait to watch it again…and for the next one, which is probably already in the works.

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  • Zillalover 1 year ago
    56 of 73 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Transformers Age of Whatever, September 30, 2014
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    This movie seemed to forget what plot to stick to. They started out with what looked like an intro to the dinobots. Then they go to another storyline. Lockdown is the main villain rather than the resurrected Galvatron.
    They had a cool storyline with that where Galvatron has tricked the humans into bringing him back and helping him raise an army. This is similar to Transformers Animated where Megatron influenced a human to put him back together.
    THEN they stray from this storyline and just subject you to mindless explosions and action.
    It’s like the movie kept forgetting what plot to stick with.
    It bounced around a lot too. For instance, Optimus is severely injured when awakened. He then is completely revamped when he scans another Mack truck. It felt rushed.
    Optimus himself is completely out of character in this film. He is angry and full of hate. These are characteristics of deceptions, NOT autobots.
    You don’t get a climactic showdown between Optimus and Galvatron. If feels like ROTF all,over again where Megatron/Galvatron is a side character. After sitting for over two hours to get a mediocre ending is disappointing.
    Mark Walberg was a welcome addition to the cast. The boyfriend of his daughter was an empty character.
    Kelsey Grammer was the evil government guy hellbent on wiping out all transformers.
    I felt little political vibes about immigration there. Please keep politics out of a transformers movie.
    The dinobots don’t get a lot of screen time and are mindless. They had personality in the G1 series.
    Here, they are just there, and grunt a few times. The way Optimus reasons with them to join their cause is again, uncharacteristic of Optimus. He just beats the hell,out of them until they comply.
    The movie just drags out the constant repetitive explosions and ridiculous banter.
    By the time it was at the 90’minute mark, I couldn’t wait for it to just end.
    There were lots of action, it just dragged on a little to much. I was glad that this movie had removed the gutter humor that plagued the first three films. The second movie was one long gutter joke.
    At least they didn’t subject you to three hours of toilet jokes.
    As for other transformers, Hound was funny but looked stupid in robot form. Drift looked too cliched.
    Over all, Mark Walberg was very likable. The daughter was more believable than the fake plastic actress from the third installment. The special effects were pretty great. A few scenes looked like too much cgi was there but did not affect my rating of the film.
    It was the lackluster plot and length of the movie that made me give it one star.

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