Thursday 19 April 2018

Transformers: Age of Extinction (12A)

Jack Reynor in Transformers: Age of Extinction
Jack Reynor in Transformers: Age of Extinction

Doug Whelan

Giant CGI robots tear lumps out of each other while humans (Mark Wahlberg and our own Jack Reynor, making his blockbuster debut) look on is the order of the day here.

Clocking in at an arse-numbing 165 minutes, there's almost no point in going into the plot.  Five years after the last city-levelling Transformers showdown, struggling inventor Cade Yeager comes into ownership of a dilapidated truck that turns out to be none other than Transfomer-in-hiding Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter cullen).  Prime and his kind are on the run because a new government agency is intent on hunting all Transfomers down.  It's a good thing Optimus shows up, because a new threat from beyond the stars threatens to yada yada yada.

Director Michael Bay does a strange thing with Transformers 4.  He's an extraordinarily talented filmmaker with an eye for action.  His skill isin proving that, in cinema, nothing is impossible in terms of spectacle.  It's just that when it comes to coherent plot and compelling characters it falls short.

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