“Transformers: Age of Extinction” Review by Tarek Fayoumi


Many rumors have wondered if the fourth installment of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” series is good or bad. But according to filmmakers…ninety-percent of the stunts done by Mark Wahlberg were done by him. Wahlberg’s character Cade Yeager, is a man with many debts and is trying to build amazing electronics. All of a sudden, his truck (which is a transformer) gets angry and he finds himself in a battle between auto bots and the government. Didn’t Mark Wahlberg deliver a stellar performance in “Lone Survivor?” He did, and he is fit for this role.


I see it is the new actors in this “Transformers” movie that has led it to be one of the best action films of the summer in my books. The premise is fresh and captivating. The opening narrations of the robots takes place, we realize the city of Chicago is not in a good place in its futuristic setting, Kelsey Grammer (who plays Harold Attinger) is the big boss for what may be the threats of the world, and there is Wahlberg in the center of it all.


The excitement begins as soon as Optimus Prime comes out of his shell on Yeager’s farm and brings the action and visual effects to a whole different level. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” does not have Shia Labeouf in the picture whatsoever; it is obvious that “Transformers: Age of Extinction” was the time for a different approach in the series. While viewers are in the process understanding the new plot line and the dazzling action with a generous amount of CGI, it seems as if the first three films are way in the past. A new era, a new structure, it is an unforgettable thrill ride.


“Transformers: Age of Extinction” gets edgy when Cade’s daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) has her boyfriend Shane (Jack Reynor) meet her father. She has never mentioned him to her father at all; he is a risk-taker with driving dangerously; and between Cade and Shane they still have tons of acquainting to do. Instead of respecting boundaries, Shane consistently mentions the small, romantic activities that Tessa and him do in private. This leads to agitation for everyone, but at the same time there is no choice but to tread through the disasters of the world of robots.


Overall, this series is above all one of the best action films of the summer. The action is amazing but has its tendencies to drag, but it is worth it in IMAX and 3D to be honest. 2D is ok, but I just find that the 3D in this film adds to the excitement of the explosions and clashing robots all together. If anyone is planning to go in IMAX, better go now before another Hollywood film takes over the IMAX theatres.


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