Sunday, June 29, 2014
Transformers Age of Extinction Review: Less Then Meets The Eye
So when the news got out about the fourth and how Michael Bay was coming back to direct, you can only imagine my "excitement". Nevertheless, the film was on the way and now we have the fourth installment: Transformers Age of Extinction. While I was not looking forward to this, I kept in my mind that maybe, just maybe, the film could improve things for the franchise. Though I was skeptical, The film journalist/critic in me knew I had to be objective. So after sitting through this fourth installment, my journalistic integrity didn't just leave the theater, it ran out screaming curses in all languages.
Age of Extinction continues the story of the Autobots. This time though, Optimus Prime and his fellow transformers are being hunted down by humans who want to get rid of all Transformers and the bounty hunter Lockdown who is league with the human (yeah that makes sense). This leads Prime to meet Cade Yeager (played by Mark Wahlberg). With the help of Cade, his daughter and her boyfriend, the autobots must find out what the human are doing with Transformers they abduct while dealing with the mysterious Lockdown.
I will say this much, the story was not the exact same thing from the previous movies. Thank goodness, However, while it may not have been the same plot, this story was still riddle with issues. Perhaps the biggest issue in this story is the fact this plot runs up to 2 hours and 45 minutes. There have been many filmmakers who have proven they can make a story work in that run-time. Michael Bay is not one of those filmmakers. This story drags as bad as a car with no tires. Not only did the story drag on and on, but the plot thought it would be wise to barely explain anything. There were points where I was just hoping the movie would stop for a sec and just explain itself, but I realize that was too much. This plot cram things in without giving a proper and it rarely set anything up; but hey, the story felt like it was two hours and forty-five minutes. Yay!
Part of me wants to give props to both the action and the visual effects as they have been strong elements in Transformers franchise. However, both of these factors were at their worst in Age of Extinction. The action was so meshed together that nothing stood out The visual effects was tolerable when it came to the transformers themselves, but the movie also featured some poor cgi. The cinematography was just an eyesore to see. Some of Bay's common traits were tone down in the film, but the cinematography was full of close ups and unnecessary slow-mo. If that was not enough to irritate me, Age of Extinction has some of the worst edits I have seen in a blockbuster. One that comes to mind is the chase scene in Texas. Apparently in Texas, it can go from noon to sunset in a matter of seconds. A breath of fresh air was that this fourth installment did not have the poor use of humor like the previous films, Oh the comedy was still bad, but it was not as horrendous as before. To top everything off, the movie also features one the most shameless product placement that I've seen in a movie. Well I guess the movie just wanted me to drink enough bud light to forget the whole movie experience.