TRANSFORMERS: Optimus Prime in a scene from the movie Transformers: Age of Extinction. Supplied by Paramount Pictures Australia. Photo contributed / Whitsunday Times
TRANSFORMERS: Optimus Prime in a scene from the movie Transformers: Age of Extinction. Supplied by Paramount Pictures Australia. Photo contributed / Whitsunday Times

REVIEW: Transformer: Age of Extinction has odd moments

YOU must admit, from the trailers, Transformers: Age of Extinction looked pretty epic.

An explosive display of autobot and decepticon action with the addition of dinobots and the all-mighty bad-ass Grimlock.

On one hand, my inner child is screaming with excitement, like the Nintendo kid from YouTube.

On the other hand my inner devil's advocate is tisking away reminding me of the last two abominations… I say two because the first Transformers movie wasn't THAT bad.

I'm still unsure as to the motive behind making a fourth film: Aside from one standout notion that perhaps redemption from the backlash of the previous flicks could be softened.

And to some extent, I may agree.

Much to my relief, Shia Labeouf has taken a back seat in Age of Extinction to see the likes of Mark Wahlberg take the stage as Cade Yeager, a struggling engineer/inventor barely able to make ends meet and living with his 'conventionally smoking hot daughter' Tessa (Nicola Peltz), who is a questionable 17-years-old (she looks more 20-something).

After the last transformers' battle that left most of Chicago in a pile of rubble, humanity thinks all alien robots are a threat.

CIA agent Harold Atinger (Kelsey Grammer) establishes a unit whose sole purpose is to hunt down all transformers, aided by an alien robot who is in search for Optimus Prime.

Salvaged from an old theatre in Chicago by Cade, Prime is powered back into life.

Upon the Autobot's return, he, Cade and Tessa discover a horrible truth behind the eradication of Transformers, which could mean the end of humanity and life on Earth itself.

It's up to Optimus Prime and his band of bot brothers to team up and save the day - not to mention with the extra aid of some dinobots too.

Transformers: Age of Extinction is entertaining and all the while gets under your skin at the same time.

There are the heroic, one liners that have been repeated more than the Macarena song, somewhat questionable choice of transformers, that while they look cool when you first see them, never really do anything, and finally the ridiculous amount of product placement that makes you think you're in a 2½ hour long ad break between movies.

But that's not to say the film doesn't have its moments.

Of course seeing Grimlock for the first time gave me goose bumps. To every mech-head out there, the thought of a hybrid dinosaur and robot is an epic fantasy come true, but where was the "Me Grimlock...." voice?

Admittedly some of the banter between the autobots was also amusing, particularly when bumblebee discovers a new and improved bot created from transformer DNA and based on his model.

Understandably, most fans of the franchise will have made their mind already.

But perhaps there are some childhood memories that should remain as mere memories. I shudder to think how one of my other childhood television favourites will turn out in the months to come... Turtle Soup anyone?

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Rated: M

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammar, Nicola Pelts, Jack Reynor.

Reviewer: Tamara MacKenzie

Verdict: 2.5 stars



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