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275 of 354 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2014
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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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2015
I caught the film reviews, but they really don't capture how absolutely boring this movie is. You would think with everything in China seeming to be made of fireworks that maybe there would be some spark, but it's just lots of boring filler leading to dull fights between robots and thanks to something insanely stupid in the plot there isn't even transforming for the genericon bad guys just flying into a load of pixels to turn from one thing to another thing. Although for evil pixel robots they can't seem to turn into anything that can fly so they have to climb buildings. Yet somehow Prime can fly off into space at the end of the movie even though he couldn't fly at any other point in the movie. You think you've seen stupid in B movies wait until you see the epic level stupid in this turkey. Watching it for free still feels like paying too much for this turd.
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40 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2014
So lets start with the good. The movie looks great. The explosions, robots, and fighting all great kudos to those people who had a part in it.

Then we come to the bad of this movie which is pretty much everything else. This movie takes a beloved franchise of cartoons and kids toys and just kills it. The past few movies are horrible but this one just stinks it up even more. The plot is so far fetched that even with it being a science fiction movie it was a stretch. Stupid things like finding out at the last minute that optimus prime can fly. I mean come on the whole time he runs from people and robots or changes into a slow 18-wheeler when he could freaking fly. Then we have the bad guy who is some kind of genious that figures out how to make his own transformers but cant figure out why using megatron as the clone makes his transformers look and act like him. One of the funnier things in the movie was at the start when they show mark wahlberg and his girlfriend/wife with a new born. Yet he looks exactly like he did now other than his hat is turned around. Its one thing if he ages well its another if they try to pass a 40 year old man as a 17 year old. This should have been the dead give away for me from the start but it just gets worse. There are hundreds of stupid things like this all through the movie that just kill it for me.

If this movie spent even a little time fixing the silly small things in the plot and overall story this could have been a decent movie nothing great but with how good the movie looked just an ok story would have helped it.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2015
Classically awful movie. B Movie for all time. Dialogue written on a 3rd grade level, confusing and inconsistent plotting, overacting and bad acting. The CGI was the bright spot and it was so repetitive that you stopped seeing the explosions after a while. In the future, people will point to this film and say, 'When people started using computers to make movies, this is one of the terrible things that they did.'

Examples of some of the dialogue: 'Ewwwww!' 'I know what you did to get that thing; you did some icky and terrible things.' 'Is that a bomb back there? A bomb? A bomb?' 'Yes, a bomb!'

Well, that wasn't the only bomb here. Honestly, this film was so bad, there was a fascination in watching it, like a train wreck or a bad prat fall.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2014
Mark walberg was not convincing in this role movie lack all the things that made the 1st one great
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71 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2014
I am a person who loved the first two films in the Transformer series. the first I think I watched twice, Dark Side of the Moon I watched at least four times and enjoyed each viewing.

This film is one of the most boring films I have seen. Despite it's great CGI, action scenes, and production values, I found the film unbearable to watch for more than 20 minutes at one sitting. It's just all out boring. The story is simple yet confusing. The acting was good enough. I can't say I was disappointed because the trailer didn't lead me to expect much. A shameful waste of production talent. I do hope there will be another in the series, but it's got to be be better than this.

If you are a Transformers fan my advice is to not buy it and wait for the rental.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2014
seriously....I know Wahlberg isn't the greatest actor...but this movie...bad...just bad.
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111 of 158 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2014
It’s been years since the Decepticons and the Autobots battled for the fate of the humans in Chicago and human defenses against alien forces are at an all-time high. A government branch of humans is targeting all Transformers, Autobots and Decepticons alike, with the help of a menacing assassin. While all of this is going on, Cade Yeager, a struggling inventor from Texas tries to make enough means to keep his property and put his daughter Tessa through college. While looking for parts to help his inventions, he stumbles upon a broken down, rusted truck and decides to fix it up. To his surprise, the truck turns out to the mighty Optimus Prime. Cade fixes him and decides to help him defeat the forces coming for Earth yet, again once he realizes what the government is doing to Transformers. Now, the fate of the entire human race lies in the hands of Optimus and this family of humans and, without them, we might just face extinction.

This film is entertaining and visually very well done. Director Michael Bay uses the first IMAX Digital 3D camera, making the images more immersive and stunning than anything that’s been seen on the big screen so far. It’s very intense to be sitting in the IMAX Theater seeing these 50 ft. robots captured in such a realistic way. If you’ve seen any of the previous films from this franchise you know that they are nothing short of action packed. The cinematography and CGI is able to show the intense battle scenes and large scale attacks in a breathtaking, edge-of-your-seat way. One thing that I don’t like about the visuals is the inconsistency of the Transformers from film to film. The main characters look the same but some of the Autobots that are introduced in this film are designed completely different than in any of the previous films. Their faces are constructed to have features that look extremely humanesque and it is strange to see them next to Optimus and BumbleBee who still have the classic Transformer look. Another inconsistency is that, in the last film, every time a Transformer was hit they would spill a blood-like-liquid, but in this film, if they are injured, the liquid that comes from the wounds is bright green.

It is very strange to see a Transformer film without Shia Labeouf but, I am quite impressed with Mark Wahlberg and the way he tackles this role. I think he’s a fantastic actor and really grounds the film. I’m also a fan of Nicola Peltz and think she is decent in this film. However, I am really sick of the way girls are portrayed in this franchise. Every single leading lady looks like a Victoria’s Secret model, is completely helpless about 75% of the movie, can never figure out how to help them self and has to be told to run before they do. Near the end, they have one moment of courage and that’s pretty much all. It’s a formula that is completely predictable in all of the Transformer films, but alas, it’s what sells.

Like I said before, this film is entertaining and it enjoyable. It kept me engaged, concerned for the characters, shocked and, I’ll admit, I did almost cry near the end. However this film is peppered with extremely cliché and honestly annoying lines and interactions. From the very beginning, Tessa is introduced as a stereotypical film version of a teenage girl. She rolls up with her friends screaming and giggling about how excited they are to party and be crazy. The whole interaction is cheesy and unnecessary and sets her up to look like a bimbo. After that, her boyfriend, who looks suspiciously similar to the Hemsworth brothers, comes to save the day and the rude, inappropriate and just plain stupid things he says to Tessa’s father drove me insane. There are several lines in the film that prompted me to say to myself, “Really? Was that really necessary?” The last irritating thing is the fact that they really drove the whole “American Way” and patriotism to the ground. In every seen at Cade’s ranch there are at least two American flags shown and it is constantly mentioned that they’re just good ole’ Texas folk, protecting America with cries of: “Don’t mess with our country!” “Think of your country!” “Fight for your country!” Previous films were less centered on our nation and more about the human race as a whole.

Despite my qualms regarding this movie, it is entertaining and the visuals are extremely well done. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend this film for ages 13 to 18 due to the violence and language. However, if you have seen the previous films and are under 13, then this film should be suitable for you. If you're a fan of Transformers, action or just want to experience the first film to ever use the million dollar IMAX Digital 3D camera, be sure to check out Transformer: Age of Extinction in theaters now.

Reviewed by Raven D, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more youth reviews, go to kidsfirst dot org.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2014
My son and I have had a running debate concerning director Michael Bay. For years I have said that he's not as bad a director as my son has found him to be. I've always found his movies entertaining and action packed. But somewhere along the way Bay has had nothing but yes men tell him every choice he makes is the right one. With TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION I can no longer defend him. He has reached a point of excess that goes too far.

If you've never seen the TRANSFORMER movies then by all means go back and watch the first two and stop at those. As with the third film Bay chooses here to decrease the story and acting on display by real life actors and increase the amount of effects. The film suffers because of that. Yes, stick with the first two and stop.

If you must watch this one here is what we have on hand. Out with the old characters and in with the new. After the semi-destruction of Chicago as seen in the third film, the transformers are now thought of as bad for our planet. They are hunted down and systematically being destroyed. We open up with this hunt and then move to Texas where we find Marc Wahlberg as Cade Yeager.

Yeager is a tinkerer, an inventor with a penchant for all things electronic. Clearing out an old theater he purchases a beat up old semi not realizing that it is actually Optimus Prime, leader of the autobots aka the good transformers. Cade lives with his teenage daughter which of course means she the rebellious sort who goes out dating without his knowledge. After Cade wakes the autobot the next day his partner/slash employee ignores his instructions and calls in the government with the hopes of claiming a cash reward. Instead a group of men in black thugs arrive and threaten the family until Optimus breaks out and saves them.

Now on the run and with a small drone Cade grabbed mid-air as they left their now exploded farm (the first of far too many explosions in this film) they follow the lead it provides them to Chicago. A company there is using the technology of the decepticons to create a new line of transformers, their own militarized groups of automated soldiers for the U.S. to use against any more transformer threats. Need I say that using a decepticon for the software is not a good idea?

All of this leads to the first of many battles between good and bad transformers. Along the way to Chicago the good guys picked up more autobots. Now they take on the new decepticons and begin to once again blow up half of Chicago. But that's not enough. From there the decepticons and the government officials in charge of this new line of robots head for Beijing where we get to see another city nearly destroyed and the battle carry on.

While that may seem like plenty of story in reality it isn't. It is a framework around which Bay has chosen to have far too many car chases and to explode so many vehicles, buildings and transformers that perhaps a third of the films overlong screen time is filled with fireballs and various projectiles. I'm sure this is for the 3D crowd out there but it makes for a boring film. An hour and 15 minutes into this film and I was already bored. And at 2 hours and 44 minutes I couldn't figure out why it had to be this long.

The actors involved here are wasted but it's not their fault. The script gives them little enough to do except run and shoot and dodge flying material. The special effects are well done but we've seen them already over and over again in the three previous films to the point they aren't as spectacular any longer. Instead we have a display of excess that needs to stop here. My fears are that it won't and we'll get another sequel that will be equally excessive.

See this movie if you must to complete the series. Own it if you like for the same reason. For me I passed on owning the third film for the very reason I won't add this one. It was boring and un-involving for me. It left me with one question: with all the Hollywood stars worried about the environment why do they not have a problem with the wasted fuel used to cause this amount of explosions in a movie? In the end it's not worth your time.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2014
Horrible movie! The movie could have been accomplished in 60 minutes.
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