Not even Mark Wahlberg can save Transformers 4 from Michael Bay!
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction stars Mark Wahlberg, Kesley Grammer, and Stanley Tucci. The cast list gives the audience hope that this movie could be good, right? Nope, Transformers 4 has the same problems like the other sequels in the series. They are: bad camera work, slow motion kissing and shots, horrible humorous dialogue during action sequences, bad action from the actress who plays daughter, horrible screen writing, and Michael Bay. Michael Bay is the film’s main problem. The run time is 2 hours and 45 minutes for god sakes. Doesn’t he know how to edit a film?
Transformers 4 begins with the Autobots are being hunted down by Harold Attinger, Kesley Grammer, and the CIA. His black ops are supposed to hunt down only Decepticons. Cade Yeagar is a single father and struggling inventor who lives in Texas. He finds and repairs Optimus Prime and becomes an ally to the Autobots. The CIA is also using a Transformer bounty hunter named Lockdown who wants to capture Optimus Prime and return him to the creators. Joshua Joyce, Stanley Tucci, is a leader of a company that can create human controlled Transformers and made one called Galvatron. The story is pretty decent.
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction’s story is actually best story among the sequels. Mark Walhberg, Kesley Grammer, and Stanley Tucci give pretty good acting performances. I felt emotionally invested in their characters. The Autobots being hunted down is a logically step in a realistic world. However, the best scenes are with the Autobots and the Dinobots because they drive the action and make the movie entertaining. The main problem is Ehren Kruger, screenwriter, and Michael Bay, the director.
Kruger biggest screenwriting credit is The Ring. Bay has directed all four Transformer’s movies. His two best movies in his career are The Rock and the first Transformers movie. These two have teamed up to make the previous three Transformers film including this one. They have no oversight from Paramount to reign in their stylistic problems. Kruger’s fequently problem is horrible dialogue during action sequences. Yeager’s daughter has a boyfriend and the frequent back and front between Yeager and the boyfriend during action sequences made me squirm in the seat. However, their banter was funny with no nothing going on in the movie. He did write a decent story through. The film’s main problem is Michael Bay.
Michael Bay needs to never direct a Transformer’s movie again. He frequently uses so many slow motion shots with the Transformers but also with people showing affection in scenes that don’t need it. I don’t want see Yeager’s daughter slow motion kissing her boyfriend, so nasty. He also finds female actress who are eye candy instead of female powerful leads. His frequent use of explosions and special effects instead of editing the film down to make a concise story really drags the movie down. He also destroyed one of the most ironic voices in film, Frank Welker (played the Original Robocop). Frank Welker is the voice of Galvatron, and I couldn’t even tell it was him. The voice was blended with high pitch metal grinding.
Overall Transformers 4: Age of Extinction is a fun film with deep problems. I liked it OK but isn’t as horrible as critics say. However, I think the critics want to see Michael Bay removed from the franchise. I want the same. I give Transformers 4 a 1.5 out 5. I liked The Amazing Spider-man 2 better. That’s how bad this movie was.