Flash Movie Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

If it is not broke then do not fix it is a well known phrase. It means if there is no evidence of a problem, do not waste time or energy on it unless it provides a significant improvement. The different products that claim they are new and improved are things I tend to cast a skeptical eye towards these days. I do a running commentary during my classes; offering my take on current news, movies and the local scene. Recently I have added a weekly update on the latest product recalls and now have new items to mention every week. Some of the reasons for the recalls totally baffle me. For example there was the playground set whose swings hung too low, injuring children’s legs by scraping across the ground. A hanging glass star votive candleholder would break apart from the heat of the flame, possibly injuring people standing nearby. The variety of baby products that are being recalled is staggering. I am floored by the baby monitors with batteries that overheat and explode, causing possible injury (you think?) besides being a fire hazard. The only explosions I want to see are in a movie and this science fiction adventure directed and written by Michael Bay (Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys franchise) was saturated with them. It made sense since some of the Transformers were new and improved.    Mark Wahlberg (Boogie Nights, The Fighter) played Cade Yeager, a mechanic and tinkering inventor. With a recent purchase of a broken down truck, Cade felt he may have made a discovery that could change his life and the life of his daughter Tessa, played by Nicola Peltz (The Airbender, Deck the Halls). Little did he know his life was about to change in a very dramatic way. This action film was all about the battles, crashes and explosions. There was very little story; let me re-phrase that, there was very little good story to keep one’s interest. If you only want to see things being blown up then this movie fits the bill. I will say the special effects were spectacular and my favorite part was the final battle. The only 2 actors who showed actual acting ability were Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games franchise, The Terminal) as Joshua Joyce and Kelsey Grammer (Swing Vote, X-Men: The Last Stand) as Harold Attinger. The script was written with a low level of humor that bordered on ridiculous. I found very little suspense; in fact, it occurred to me I did not get excited by much in this picture. If this is what is in store for us with future sequels, I would prefer watching the original movie again.


1 3/4 stars


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 30, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Great review Joltz! I just wanted to stop in and let u know that I think you mistakenly associated Mark Wahlberg with Prisoners. I don’t believe he was in that. But I get what you are meaning, I can name a bunch of films with him in them 🙂

    As far as Age of Extinction goes, though, I’m not sure if I’ll be seeing Marky Mark. Movie seems like kind of a waste of time for those looking for any semblance of a story

    • OMG you are correct. I must have had a brain freeze from the ice cream I was eating at the time. Darn, I will correct it shortly. Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention, you are the best.

  2. Excellent review and the first quote says it all “If it is not broke then do not fix it is a well known phrase” 🙂

  3. Netflix or Red box, then. I figured this one would be nothing but action and explosions. Although, I do love a good BOOM. Thanks for the heads-up.

  4. Theatre of Pain

    The first Michael Bay Transformers movie was okay but the clumsy humor (intentional or not) by Shia LeBeauf and the forced “family” element got in the way.of what should have been a great science fiction war story. Autobots, Decepticons and the Earth’s Military is what I was looking for but it got clouded by the other elements that really had no reason to be there. Dark of the Moon and Revenge of the Fallen seemed to take the worst elements from the first film and add in even more. I suppose that what I really want to see is the Autobots and Decepticons be the star and carry the story of two warring forces with Earth getting caught in the middle as a casualty of that war but it may be too much to ask for.

    • What you are seeking you will not find in this movie I am sad to say. The closest you will get is around 15-20 minutes out of 2 hours and 37 minutes. Thanks as always for your comments and insights.

      • Theatre of Pain

        Well if you come across one that does, please let me know. A good comparison is the original Alien and it’s sequel Aliens. Alien was a great suspenseful Sci-Fi horror but Aliens was an action packed Sci-Fi War movie. Both were great in their own way and at this point, I don’t know which one I’ve watched more often.

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