Movie Review: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ [Video]

Michael Bay again orchestrated destruction and bombast, this time sending his robots on Hong Kong and parts of mainland China.

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is scheduled to hit the U.S. theatres on Friday (June 27), and while it might bring suspense to the big screen, there isn’t expected to be much suspense at the box office.

Michael Bay’s fourth film in the world’s popular franchise is predicted to top the weekend box-office, as all other big-studio films ppeared to have no courage to open against the highly expected movie.

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” isn’t technically a reboot, but you can be forgiven if you think it is. Autobots Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are back again but this time they are accompanied by a brand new cast of characters.

That starts with the human cast, which includes Wahlberg, Peltz, Jack Reynor and TJ Miller.Besides people, there’s a lot of new robots as well, including the cigar-chomping Hound (voiced by John Goodman), the samurai-inspired Drift (Ken Watanabe) and a cast of robot villains known as “Dinobots”.

As the sine qua non of the franchise, it’s the robots  endowed here with character-rich physicality and almost human-scaled facial features  who give the film its emotional heft,” considers Maggie Lee of Variety.

“Optimus Prime’s charismatic leadership of his team, as well as his unwavering compassion for the humans, again makes him the movie’s moral anchor. Drift, with his samurai getup and Watanabe’s dignified line readings, strikes a neat balance with Goodman’s cigar-chewing, wisecracking Hound. Still, the character most likely to be beloved by audiences, especially tykes, remains Bumblebee, whose mischievous personality brings much-needed comic relief.”

Clarence Tsui of The Hollywood Reporter said of the movie: “Despite boasting an entirely new human cast and many a new onscreen mechanical warrior, plus a half-hour grand finale set in very different Hong Kong locales, Transformers: Age of Extinction isn’t the breath of fresh air vitally needed by an aging franchise.”

“No matter that these films set the tills ringing — all things come to an end, and if this is a reboot, Extinction promises the series will go out with more of a whimper than a bang further down the line. Still, the current film is very well-placed to rake it in big time in China and could surpass Dark of the Moon‘s record takings,” she concluded.

Screen International says: “Even at a staggering 165 minutes, it is inconceivable that Age Of Extinction will be anything other than a titanic success in both domestic and international markets, especially in China. Pacing is a genuine issue, especially in the film’s early stages, but for audiences seeking the same polished, vacuous grand scale spectacle that has become synonymous with both the series and its director, Transformers: Age Of Extinction gives the series a new lease of life”

Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures would very much like a “Transformers 5,” it’s not a sure-fire thing.

Speaking recently to reporters, “Transformers” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura stressed that “Age of Extinction” should not be considered the first in a new trilogy for the franchise.

“We’re not planning on doing a trilogy,” he confessed. “We’re not not planning on doing a trilogy. It’s really a one-movie-at-a-time philosophy. … Both (director Michael Bay) and I feel like it’s a little arrogant of us to presume success each time. We know our fans are really out there and they’re going to come, so we presume a certain amount of success. But all the energy will be thrown into the next movie, if we’re lucky enough to get there.”

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