Transformers: Age of Extinction follows the story of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), a broke inventor in desperate need of money. When collecting scrap metal, Cade comes across an old, broken down truck which he intends on stripping for parts. What he soon discovers is that this truck isn't just as truck, but is instead Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen). This leads Cade into a series of situations that will put not just his life at stake, but the life of humanity at stake.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is the best Transformers movie we've had yet! If you read any of my reviews for the Transformers trilogy over the past couple of days then you will be fully aware that I am far from a fan of this series. So when I say that this is the best of the series, I don't mean that it's a good movie either. It just kind of exists. Between the countless flaws that this film has, there's actually a fun movie to be found. It's really unfortunate that this 'fun' aspect appears on just the rare occasion.
The action is exhilarating, but it doesn't make up for the remainder of the film. The film can be enjoyed if you go into it knowing full well that to enjoy this movie it is a necessity to switch of your brain. The film's surprisingly great when doing this, it's only when you think about it does it get bad, and unfortunately I thought about it.
The new characters are refreshing, but the performances aren't. What Transformers 4 tries to do is start all over again. New characters, new storyline and even a new logo. Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci are fantastic with the dull material they're given, but the supporting cast aren't at their level. Nicola Peltz, who is not too bad in the TV Show 'Bates Motel', can't act. She is, however, at least ten times better than Jack Reynor who's acting is so bad that even his accent decided to leave the movie on several occasions.
The dinobots aren't really worth the two and a half hour wait. One of the most heavily advertised aspect of this film is that the dinobots are going to play a role in the film. This is teased at many times throughout the first two and a half acts, but it's not until the final minutes of the final battle do we get to see them in action. Is it worth the wait? Sort of. As incredible as it is to see Optimus Prime riding on the back of a robotic dinosaur whilst slaying decepticons, it's all in the trails. The runtime, of course, is a major problem with the film. There's plenty of scenes that could have been shortened down or even cut altogether, but Michael Bay insists on making his films as stretched as they can.
To sum up, Transformers: Age of Extinction is by far the best film in the series with plenty of enjoyable action and freaking dinobots, but unfortunately the runtime is stretched, most of the performances are disgraceful and the film is just dull.
2 1/2 Stars