Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Big Dud

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (2014)

Produced By: Paramount and others
Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor and others
Pros: Good VFX
Cons: Almost no story at all, too long, bad acting
Rating: ** of 5 (2 of 5)

OK, don't get me wrong: I'm a huge Transformers fan and I loved the last three installments (1 and 2 more than 3). I like action with robots, even if it means tearing Chicago apart. But in the end, the franchise was supposed to be about a story and Transformers 4 does not fit that bill. To put it kindly, it was a boring movie.

True, this one, like all others, took VFX to new heights. Dino-bots was a nice invention and moving the action to China, obviously because of the higher monetary returns there, was a refreshing idea (now at least they don't always attack the US!). But that's just about it - there was no story to back it up. It felt a lot like a school kid wrote the plot, adding new subplots as it went along. Basically, it was "and then... and then..." all the way, almost without an end. Obviously then, it was too long, because you could virtually cut out half the movie and still make no change to the story, or whatever the story was supposed to be. Top that off with some bad acting from all the lead actors and you have a perfect disaster of a film. Definitely worth a miss. (OTFS)

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