Entertainment Hive 2017

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Review by Honey B

Director: Michael Bay Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz Synopsis: Transformers: Age of Extinction begins after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history ... while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans (led by Mark Wahlberg), Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world. Verdict: Transformers: Age of Extinction is essentially one big battle scene with a few human issues thrown in to break the battles. By this stage, any viewers who didn't know what they were in for when going to see a Transformers film should not complain - it's massive, there are mega-explosions and it's all go, go, go. At almost three hours long the length of the flick is probably the major issue - many reviewers don't like this kind of big budget, over-the-top action flick but it certainly has its place (audiences have flocked to see this instalment). It's a case of grab a big bucket of popcorn and leave reality at the cinema door. Age of Extinction starts at new three movie Transformers ark and it's great to see some fresh faces in the mix including Mark Wahlberg as broke inventor dad Cade Yeager. Wahlberg makes a great action hero and he also adds a bit of humour to the role. Stanley Tucci is a good foil for Wahlberg as a fellow inventor - but he's got the big bucks behind him and he's trying to invent new transforming vehicles. While Kelsey Grammer is suitably evil as Harold Attinger who is trying to round up rouge Decepticons, but he's got his own agenda. It's obvious Grammer is revelling in this deliciously nasty role. Director Michael Bay has given these Transformers more room to shine and he has allowed viewers to see more of each of the robots' personalities. Hopefully the character development of the Transformers will continue into the next films. This film also centres more on Autobot leader Optimus Prime and his belief in humans is wavering, which rounds out the usually unshakeable Prime and takes him to a darker place. Bumblebee is also featured more and he is a feisty one. There is just so much to see in this movie and there are many more Cybertronians to meet and some history to learn in this mega blockbuster flick. Bring on the action.
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