[Movie Review] Transformers: Age Of Extinction

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Hi Huneybees,


It's been 4 years after the Battle of Chicago and since then, an elite CIA unit named Cemetery Wind, headed by paranoid agent Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) has been formed and been tasked with hunting down the remaining Decepticons. However, he secretly hunts down both Autobots and Decepticons with the help of a Transformer bounty hunter named Lockdown

Everyone has been staying away from Transformers and the story began as Optimus Prime is found and rebooted by a failed inventor named Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg). He rounds up the remaining Autobots and is off to stop Lockdown while also stopping a business tycoon Joshua Joyce from creating his own Transformers with a material called Transformium. And as the material is melted down from Megatron, the newly created Galvatron took on its own intelligence and started another battle.

Michael Bay seems to have lost his flow in this movie. The plot is all over the place, with the Dinobots appearing out of nowhere (and for such a short period!) and then suddenly in the 4th movie, there's talk of the creators of Transformers when for the past three movies stated that they were just created by the Allspark.

Photo credits: MTV
“They love to hate, and I don’t care; let them hate,” Bay said to MTV .
Photo Credits: tformers.com
Yeah, we can definitely see that to keep the movie going and sponsors pouring in is the main objective as well. There were too much product placement in the movie that it turned out to be a lengthy car commercial, more than being a movie. 

Together with the low angle shots where actors/robots are filmed upwards from ankle height to give them more of an iconic stature and the American flag constantly shown blowing in the breeze amid the turmoil (Viva la US) and slo-mo shot that showing near death stunts, involving a flying car making contact with a man's head is starting to become a signature of Bay's work, which can also mean kinda predictable...

Not to mention for those well traveled, you would notice that they messed up the bits of Hong Kong with China, like villagers living in the mountains and subway tracks above ground? And the most amusing part was how Asians were portrayed as kungfu masters! 

Li Bingbing stars as Su Yueming, owner of the Chinese factory used by KSI to build their artificial Transformers and when she and Joshua Joyce were on pursuit, she managed to fight them off with the excuse that she was trained with the police, but what about that guy in the elevator?

He just happened to be a passenger in the elevator and when he saw Li Bingbing under attack, he jumped right out and started fly kicking those bad guys. Hmmmm, if only I can do that! 

Well, the upside to watching the movie is most probably coz of Mark Wahlberg. (YES! Goodbye Shia Labeouf) They should have casted him for the Transformers movie right from the beginning, I mean check out those arms right? Wahlberg's star presence ensures that you can't help but root for this underdog character during his various death-defying scrapes.

And of course, not forgetting the Bay Bimbo where bodily curves are crucial with the tan body. First it was Megan Fox and now Nicola Peltz as Tessa Yeager, Cade's daughter. Blonde, plumped up lips with legs that never end together seemed to be the sterotype female casts in his movies.

Well, as disappointing as it is I would give the movie 1 out of 5 stars. =(
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is now showing in cinemas islandwide.


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