TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION - A Case For Better Action Movies
Following the events of Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011), a government black-ops campaign directed by the CIA (Kelsey Grammer) is implemented to hunt down and exterminate all remaining Transformers on Earth, including Autobots. Meanwhile, Cade Yaeger (Mark Wahlberg) a Texas inventor unknowingly makes a discovery that endangers him and his daughter (Nicola Peltz), and Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) re-emerges out of hiding and on the run with his newfound human allies and other surviving Autobots.
Soon, they uncover a conspiracy that implicates an A.I. research facility bent on using alien robot technology for Earth's own ill-gotten purposes; Galvatron (Frank Welker) is created, forcing Prime to question his sworn oath to protect Earth. With the odds stacked against them and time running out, will Yaeger, Prime and our heroes be able to unite against a common threat on both fronts? Or will the Autobots and mankind be doomed to extinction?
The film starts off exploring a new history illustrating what "really" happened with the dinosaurs. It was a little convoluting to me at first since I'm not too knowledgeable of Transformers lore, but I wasn't too worried and chose not to overthink it, especially since it we're going for a new story and developments will happen along the way. Later, we meet our principal human characters for the first time, with Mark Wahlberg starring as an Texas inventor struggling to make ends meet for himself and his daughter, played by Nicola Peltz, in addition to T.J. Miller, the somewhat-annoying comedy relief of the first act.
Ehren Kruger's script does an exceptional job at alleviating any of the overdone silliness of the previous films, even though there were some moments that were meant to be funny but didn't really induce any laughter from me because I've become a bit used to Bay's formula by now. But I love the transition the new trilogy is taking this one with the new cast, including supporting cast members Stanley Tucci and Li Bing Bing, and I can't wait to see what lies ahead for Transformers 5.