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June 23, 2017

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) --- "Can Robot Aliens Really Go Extinct?"

Plot Summary
After an epic battle, a great city lies in ruins, but the Earth itself is saved. As humanity begins to pick up the pieces, a shadowy group emerges to try to take control of history. Meanwhile, an ancient and powerful new menace sets its sights on Earth. A new group of humans, led by Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), helps Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) and the Autobots rise up to meet their most fearsome challenge yet: a worldwide war of good versus evil.

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) is an entertaining movie, though Dark of the Moon (2011) still remains my favorite so far this film is a very close second. The action is beautifully made, the drama and harmony are heartwarming, The special effects are exceptional, and the robots look much more flawless. The sound is thrilling and the music soundtrack was epic with an amazing choice of songs from a multitude of different bands. I appreciate that Transformers has chosen to use different bands with each new soundtrack. However, there are a couple flaws that I have found in this film.
     One is the timeline of the film. During the first opening scenes, viewers are informed that it has been 4 or 5 years since the battle of Chicago (during Dark of the Moon, 2011) and now the Transformers are being hunted down. However, the movie fails to mention what happened to Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBoeufHoles ). I understand that we are now starting a new adventure with a new group of humans but at least tell us what happens to Witwicky. Did he continue working in the mail or get promoted? Was he arrested for helping the Autobots or relocated to another country? Did he and Carly get married after retiring from helping the Autobots? I and other viewers would have appreciated if there was a better understanding of what happened to him, especially since none of the Autobots mention him once during this film.
     Two is some of the actors were very much underused. The human scenes were okay but not very interesting. The human villains, while evil, had weak motivations and the robot villains were more so background evil – in other words, they didn’t seem to be very menacing. The ‘protective father meets his daughter’s secret boyfriend’ subplot was funny but also a bit cliché. The Autobots were good and the addition of John Goodman (Monster’s Inc., Roseanne) as Hound and Ken Watanabe (Inception, The Last Samurai) as Drift was pretty humorous in a number of scenes. However, their characters – in addition to all the other Autobots – were given very little to work with and it felt like their characters should have been promised more. Mark Wahlberg (Invincible, Patriots Day) is an upgrade from LaBoeuf, his story is pretty easy to understand, and he is rather good in the action sequences but he does lack in passion for anything other than saving his daughter a few times. Kelsey Grammer (Cheers, Toy Story 2) was good as one of the human antagonists but he is not hard-edged enough for his role. Stanley Tucci’s (Beauty and the Beast, Devil Wears Prada) character is both funny and serious as he is the character with the most range throughout the film, although he does overact at the end.
     Overall, Transformers: Age of Extinction is entertaining and enjoyable despite having a couple flaws. Although some viewers say this is the best in the series and others say this is the worst one so far, all of that based purely on the extent of their expectations and personal opinion. I believe that Michael Bay (13 Hours, Transformers) has given a strong effort and since this is a Michael Bay film, he has a different idea and style in his creation of Transformers; CGI, lens flares, and a lot of explosions. One way to appreciate this film is to truly observe it rather than try to figure out where it ‘fits in’ as far as strongest to weakest but alas the opinion of people differs with every movie, especially in a series where each new one is compared to the previous one. If you have not seen this film yet, whether it be because of negative reviews or personal doubts, then I recommended that you at least watch it first. Start off by giving it the benefit of a doubt and as you watch it and perhaps notice some flaws, ask yourself how that makes you feel about the movie. I find that to be one of the best ways to get an honest opinion of a movie or really anything.

“There are mysteries to the universe we were never meant to solve. But who we are and why we are here, are not among them. Those answers we carry inside. I am Optimus Prime, and this message is to my Creators: leave planet Earth alone, 'cause I'm coming for you!”

- Optimus Prime

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  3.9 of 5 star
Worth Buying:  3.9 of 5 stars

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Cast & Crew
Directed by: Michael Bay
Writing Credits: Ehren Kruger
Produced by 
Michael Bay                       ---   executive producer
Ian Bryce                           ---   producer
Chen On Chu                     ---   line producer: Hong Kong
Allegra Clegg                     ---   co-producer
Matthew Cohan                 ---   associate producer
Tom DeSanto                    ---   producer
Lorenzo di Bonaventura   ---   producer
Brian Goldner                    ---   executive producer
K.C. Hodenfield                 ---   co-producer
Michael Kase                     ---   associate producer
Yi Li                                    ---   line producer: China
Longfei Liang                    ---   line producer: China
Don Murphy                      ---   producer
Regan Riskas                    ---   associate producer
Steven Spielberg               ---   executive producer
Dany Wolf                          ---   co-producer: Wulong
Dan Xu                               ---   line producer: China
Chiu Wah Lee                   ---   line producer: China, pre-production
Mark Vahradian                ---   executive producer
Music by: Steve Jablonsky
Cinematography by: Amir Mokri
Production Design by: Jeffrey Beecroft
Mark Wahlberg                   ---      Cade Yeager
Stanley Tucci                        ---      Joshua Joyce
Kelsey Grammer                 ---      Harold Attinger
Nicola Peltz                          ---      Tessa Yeager
Jack Reynor                         ---      Shane Dyson
Titus Welliver                      ---      James Savoy
Sophia Myles                        ---      Darcy Tirrel
Bingbing Li                            ---      Su Yueming
T.J. Miller                              ---      Lucas Flannery
James Bachman                  ---      Gill Wembley
Mikal Vega                            ---      Cemetery Wind Team 
Andrew Arrabito                 ---      Cemetery Wind Team
Tyrone Smith                       ---      Cemetery Wind Team
Kenny Sheard                      ---      Cemetery Wind Team 
Kevin Kent                            ---      Cemetery Wind Team
Peter Cullen                         ---      Optimus Prime (voice)
Frank Welker                      ---      Galvatron (voice)
John Goodman                    ---      Hound (voice)
Ken Watanabe                     ---      Drift (voice)
Robert Foxworth                ---      Ratchet (voice)
John DiMaggio                    ---      Crosshairs (voice)
Mark Ryan                            ---      Lockdown (voice)
Reno Wilson                         ---      Brains (voice)

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