Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Michael Bay (2014)

165min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The longest and most wearisome Transformers sequel yet sees muscular Mark Wahlberg take over as the lead of director Michael Bay's dazzling but bombastically bloated, hi-tech, high-decibel robot fantasy reboot. The star plays a struggling engineer who becomes embroiled in a power struggle between shady CIA operative Kelsey Grammer and tech billionaire Stanley Tucci when he comes across Autobot leader Optimus Prime (in hiding since the climactic destruction of Chicago in Transformers: Dark of the Moon). The incredible action sequences are hugely impressive (in Monument Valley, Hong Kong and on board a spaceship's massive metallic maze) and - for the Christmas toy market - there's the explosive introduction of the Dinobots. But empty spectacle is all there is to this audio-visual assault on the senses, and that dazes and confuses as the heavy metal fatigue piles up. Wahlberg is certainly a more convincing action hero than Shia LaBeouf but this instalment is still the cinematic equivalent of being repeatedly hit over the head with a food mixer.

Summary

The shape-changing robots are driven into hiding when the human race turns against them. When rediscovered by a kindly inventor and his daughter, they come out of exile to save the world, battling a new breed of human-created Transformers. These deadly new machines were created to hunt them down, but are now growing independent and intend to make use of technology from the Transformers' home planet in a plot that could threaten all life on Earth. Fourth film in the sci-fi adventure series, starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer.

Cast & Crew

Cade Yeager Mark Wahlberg
Joshua Joyce Stanley Tucci
Harold Attinger Kelsey Grammer
Tessa Yeager Nicola Peltz
Shane Dyson Jack Reynor
James Savoy Titus Welliver
Darcy Tirrel Sophia Myles
Su Yueming Bingbing Li
Director Michael Bay
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paramount Pictures UKGuidance: Edited for violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Jul 2014
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