Age Of Extinction is the fourth live-action Transformers movie, but presents a cast refresh from the previous three films. Continuing five years after the events of Dark Of The Moon, Michael Bay once again directs a strong cast, lead by Mark Wahlberg and featuring the young talent of Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor.
The support cast is nothing short of superb, with TJ Miller providing comic relief, a typical brilliant performance from Kelsey Grammer, Bingbing Li is awesome (though under-used), but it is the amazing Stanley Tucci that completely dominates this film every moment he is on screen. Added to this is the excellent voice cast for the Autobots and Decepticons – Peter Cullen, John DiMaggio, John Goodman, Frank Welker and Ken Watanabe.
A special mention to the film score by Steve Jablonsky, which is wonderful from start to finish, his work on this entire franchise has been the series one most consistent trait.
Storywise, Age Of Extinction really doesn’t differ too much from the previous films – Transformers are discovered, the humans cause problems, the humans need saving, the humans try to help, the robots fight each over and destroy cities in the process!
It’s a long movie … most seem to be nowadays … clocking in at 165 minutes, with the final hour of the movie mostly non-stop action. It’s an improvement over the last two films, yet still mainly appeals to the hardcore Transformers fan. I wasn’t looking forward to watching this film, and was preparing to hate it, but I actually found it to be an entertaining experience and a great fresh start for the franchise to build upon for this second trilogy.
score: 7 out of 10.