Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Director: Michael Bay, Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz

Cast: Michael Bay, Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz

     
 

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The Transformers film series continues with this fourth entry from director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg. In the devastating aftermath of the fight for humanity, an enigmatic group strives to alter the course of history as an ancient force of evil plots the destruction of

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The Transformers film series continues with this fourth entry from director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg. In the devastating aftermath of the fight for humanity, an enigmatic group strives to alter the course of history as an ancient force of evil plots the destruction of mankind. In order to defeat it, Optimus Prime (voice of Peter Cullen) and the rest of the Autobots must join forces with a new, resilient band of humans who will fight an epic battle that will determine the fate of the entire human race. Mark Wahlberg and Jack Reynor co-star.

Editorial Reviews

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If you've been onboard with the Transformers franchise this long, you have some pretty well-formed expectations by now for what these movies will give you -- both good and bad. So let's just view the latest edition, Transformers: Age of Extinction, on a relative scale: This is probably the best film so far in the series. Michael Bay seems to have addressed a lot of the criticisms levied at the past few Transformers movies, because his latest Optimus Prime opus improves on numerous things viewers and critics have complained about. Although it should be said that some Bay-isms, for better or worse, remain the same. Let's go point by point. Here's the first note Michael Bay took to heart: Everybody's sick of Shia LaBeouf. This movie instead stars Mark Wahlberg as a down-on-his-luck, rural-dwelling robotics engineer/quirky but buff tinkerer named Cade Yeager, who's been raising his 17-year-old daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) alone since her mom died many years ago. They live in a picturesque farmhouse on a bucolic dirt road, where he repairs local machinery and electronics in the barn in between inventing his own robotic contraptions and scrapping giant, mysterious Mack trucks he unexpectedly discovers on junking trips with his comic-relief buddy Lucas (T.J. Miller). But none of this pays the bills, and their house is being foreclosed on. Then one Mack truck turns out to be Optimus Prime. The leader of the Autobots needs help and Cade fixes him up a bit, but soon a cadre of Black Ops secret agents show up and threaten to kill everybody because, apparently, the director of the CIA (Kelsey Grammer) has decided that it doesn't matter if a Transformer is a good guy (an Autobot) or a bad guy (a Deceptacon), they're all aliens and they should all be exterminated. Have you seen any of the X-Men movies? It's like that. Just then, a blond, ruddy-faced, Australian-looking kid (who's actually Irish) shows up and rescues everybody in his rally car. Turns out he's Tessa's secret boyfriend Shane (Jack Reynor), whom she's somehow been regularly drag racing with while her overprotective dad failed to notice. The group take off, eventually meeting up with Optimus and the only four other Autobots left on Earth. This is a good moment to point out another note Bay took from the public opinion: The Transformers in this movie look visually distinct. When one robot gets into a fight with another robot, it's not a blur of metallic crunching; you can actually see who is fighting whom. The five Autobots have distinct faces, colors, and themes: One is a fat, steel-cigar-chomping soldier with a chain-link beard (voiced by John Goodman); one is a metallic samurai (Ken Watanabe); one wears a bright-green coat and for some reason is British (John DiMaggio); and one is everybody's favorite underdog, the extremely yellow Bumblebee. Even Optimus himself gets a more articulate, human-looking face and a brighter-blue paintjob. Which leads to another complaint from audiences that Bay heard loud and clear: We're here for Optimus Prime. Still played by Peter Cullen, who voiced the character in the 1984 cartoon series, the warrior king of our childhood psyches evinces wonderment and affection with that resonant call to arms, "Autobots, assemble!," and Bay finally knows it. He makes Optimus the emotional heart of his ridiculous sci-fi story, trusting that our reverence for him will be enough. Relatively speaking (for the Transformers series), it is. It also helps that Bay cut down the sheer number of robot characters to the small quintet of Autobots we follow throughout the story. But one area where he hasn't learned his lesson is the runtime. It's nearly three hours long, and the biggest bit of Optimus Prime-related applause happens at almost two hours and 25 minutes into the film. Audiences might be too worn out by Bay's impossibly deft action-sequence staging to cheer, even if it's the most badass moment in the movie (OPTIMUS PRIME ON A T. REX!), and that's because there are still way too many bad guys and semi-inscrutable plot lines tying everything together. There's the aforementioned CIA baddy played by Grammer, a pointlessly evil field op (Titus Welliver), a soulless technology mogul (Stanley Tucci), a new Deceptacon kingpin, a legion of fighting-robot minions, AND a random Deceptacon mercenary from space with a completely unintelligible agenda. Additionally, while the joyless Man of Steel hopefully reminded action fans of the value of a little exuberance and humor, Bay's bottom-of-the-barrel taste occasionally veers from brainless fun to kind of a bummer. As an example, during a prison raid into the Deceptacons' brig, the cigar-chomping Autobot gets spat on by a buggy-looking monster in a cage, so he shoots it. The moment is played for laughs, but something about it seems like he's shooting an ugly dog -- the audience just cringes. And for a movie based on a toy franchise, the number of people/Transformers/dinosaurs that get violently flash-incinerated, ripped apart limb from limb, or crushed in a destroyed building can just feel weird sometimes. Not to mention that all of the women in the film were lifted out of either an '80s beer ad or a Helmut Newton photo. All the perfect lipstick, unchipped nail polish, and high heels worn in every situation get sort of glaring after a while. It's not that Bay seems aggressively hateful, but he does seem weirdly clueless -- like nobody will wonder why every single woman in his movie must be wearing false eyelashes at all times. Meanwhile, Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci just look like middle-aged dudes. Clearly, none of this is an effective deal breaker. We're four films in; if you're down for a Transformers movie, you're definitely down for this one. And hey, nobody can deny that hot babes in short shorts might be on your list for what you WANT from a Michael Bay film. But nothing beats Optimus Prime riding a T. rex.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2014
UPC:
0097363588344
Original Release:
2014
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:44:00
Sales rank:
10,264

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Wahlberg Cade Yeager
Jack Reynor Shane Dyson
Nicola Peltz Tessa Yeager
Stanley Tucci Joshua Joyce
Abigail Klein Joshua's Assistant
Peter Cullen Optimus Prime
Kelsey Grammer Harold Attinger
Mark Ryan Lockdown
Frank Welker Galvatron
Titus Welliver James Savoy
Ken Watanabe Drift
Reno Wilson Brains
Robert Foxworth Ratchet
John Goodman Hound
John DiMaggio Crosshairs
Sophia Myles Darcy Tirrel
TJ Miller Lucas Flannery
Han Geng Convertible Passenger
Li Bingbing Su Yueming
James Bachman Gill Wembley
Thomas Lennon Chief Of Staff
Charles Parnell CIA Director
Erika Fong CIA Analyst
Michael Collins CIA Analyst
Zou Shiming Elevator Boxer
Richard Riehle Theater Landlord
Patrick Bristow Landlord's Grandson
Cleo King Realtor
Calvin Wimmer Realtor Client
Glenn Keogh Arctic Site Foreperson
David Midthunder Arctic Site Guard
Richard Gallion Air Force Operator
Nick Horst Air Force Technician
Kassem Gharaibeh Wembley's Associate
Ed Welburn KSI Executive
Yanis Kalnins KSI Security Chief
Peter A. Kelly KSI Guard
Jessica Gomes KSI Spokesmodel
Andreas Beckett KSI Scientist
Alexander Leeb KSI Scientist
Jamison Haase KSI Robot Controller
Drew Wicks KSI Robot Controller
Gene Shieh KSI Factory Executive
Woei Bee KSI Factory Executive
Wang Ying KSI Greeter
William Wang KSI Worker
Melanie Specht Joshua's Assistant
Lin Po Hung Attinger's Driver
Kevin Covais Dorky Driver
Blair Adam Baillio Robot Thief
Mikal A. Vega Cemetery Wind Team
Andrew Arrabito Cemetery Wind Team
Michael Wong Hong Kong Police Chief
Winston Yeh Kingman Hong Kong Man In Suit
Ray Lui Motorcycle Owner
Candice Zhao Woman In Elevator
Li Jun Ting Hong Kong Police Officer
Howard Y. Woo Hong Kong Police Officer
Jingsheng Yu Hong Kong Police Officer
Zhang Tianyu Pangu Hotel Greeter
Wu Gang Chinese Minister Of Defense
Teresa Daley Assistant To Minister Of Defense

Technical Credits
Michael Bay Director,Executive Producer
Erik Aadahl Sound/Sound Designer
Alberto Martinez Arce Animator
Scott Baker Set Decoration/Design
Mike Beaulieu Animator
Cameron Birnie Set Decoration/Design
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura Producer
Ian Bryce Producer
Marco Capparelli Animator
Derrick Carlin Animator
Gan Sze Ching Animator
Gerald Clevy Animator
Mickael Coedel Animator
Matthew Cohan Co-producer
Stephen Cooper Art Director
Matthew Cowie Animator
Robert Cox Set Decoration/Design
Sherrie Dai Art Director
Tom Desanto Producer
Peter Devlin Sound Mixer
Benjamin Edelberg Art Director
KNB EFX Makeup Special Effects
Simon Fillat Animator
John Frazier Special Effects Supervisor
Ronny Gani Animator
Emile Ghorayeb Animator
Brian Goldner Executive Producer
Yair Gutierrez Animator
Jean-Denis Haas Animator
Jeffrey J. Haboush Sound Mixer
Chi Ho Art Director
K.C. Hodenfield Asst. Director,Co-producer
Allen Holbrook Animator
Tan Woei Hong Animator
Hugo Santiago Set Decoration/Design
Tan Jinng Hwee Animator
Industrial Light & Magic Animator
Rob Johnson Set Decoration/Design
Michael Kase Co-producer
Josh Kent Animator
Brad Kinley Animator
Bria Kinter Set Decoration/Design
Atsushi Kojima Animator
Ehren Kruger Screenwriter
Ivan Lam Production Manager
Kai-Hua Lan Animator
Marco LaTorre Animator
Alexander K. Lee Animator
Longfei Liang Co-producer
Zeng Lin Animator
Sylvia Liu Asst. Director
Dave Logan Animator
John Marquis Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Millan Sound Mixer
Mathieu Di Muro Animator
Don Murphy Producer
Ullas Narayana Animator
Yuhon Ng Animator
Jee Young Park Animator
Tobias Poppe Sound/Sound Designer
Ben Procter Art Director
Jay Rennie Animator
Regan Riskas Associate Producer
Anthony Rizzo Animator
Saw Ronald Animator
Greg P. Russell Sound Mixer
Sebastian Schroeder Art Director
David E. Scott Art Director
Chong Kian Shyang Animator
Keith A. Sintay Animator
William Ladd Skinner Art Director
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Veara Suon Animator
Roy Tan Animator
Andre Tong Animator
Chris Tost Animator
Greg Towner Animator
Chi Tsi Animator
Mark Vahradian Executive Producer
Ethan Van der Ryn Sound/Sound Designer
Cassius Vaz Production Manager
Bob Wilson Animator
Dany Wolf Co-producer
Edmund Wong Animator
Kirsten Yamaguchi Animator
Nyma Yeung Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Transformers: Age of Extinction
1. Scene 1 [6:51]
2. Scene 2 [7:41]
3. Scene 3 [7:03]
4. Scene 4 [8:30]
5. Scene 5 [:04]
6. Scene 6 [8:31]
7. Scene 7 [4:53]
8. Scene 8 [2:28]
9. Scene 9 [2:05]
10. Scene 10 [:16]
11. Scene 11 [3:09]
12. Scene 12 [3:47]
13. Scene 13 [3:41]
14. Scene 14 [2:56]
15. Scene 15 [5:42]
16. Scene 16 [:33]
17. Scene 17 [6:52]
18. Scene 18 [4:56]
19. Scene 19 [3:14]
20. Scene 20 [:54]
21. Scene 21 [4:54]
22. Scene 22 [7:33]

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Transformers: Age of Extinction 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably one of the worst movies ever made. It seriously lasted six hours and the entire movie was about Mark and his dumb daughter instead of the actual Transformers.
Homerphobe84 More than 1 year ago
This is positively one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Seriously, how do they get away with such a terrible story line and weak characters. I admit that I find the entire concept a tad daft (giant aliens robots with nothing better to do than risk their life and limb to serve and protect humans--especially American humans), but don't get me wrong--I love SciFi. I just saw XMen DFP and the 2014 Capt. America and those movies RULED, i.e. I loved them. What ever happened to Firefly, Serenity, Andromeda? Why aren't more Terry Pratchett books made into movies, do they really have to scrape the bottom of the barrel and release such drivel? This transformers thing though--a senseless story about fake characters mingled with gratuitous violence that also makes little to no sense (humans able to wield weapons made for 30-tonne machines, etc.). I expected more from 'Marky Mark', but I guess actors also 'lean to the green'. Still amazed that it got a budget though. Not worth the time--walk-out, this one!