Lately, it seems as though the primary rule when producing a science fiction film has become “it has to be a remake,” or, “it has to be a reboot,” or the infamous, “it has to be a sequel.” This being the case, the creators of the Transformers saga (Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon) couldn’t help but take advantage of the situation, and so they came up with a fourth chapter for this unnecessarily long series.
Transformers: Age of Extinction will be released tomorrow, a movie that promises to be totally different from its predecessors, even if the direction is once more in Michael Bay’s “capable hands,” with Steven Spielberg “executive producing” yet again, “air quotes.”
The film takes place in the near future, with the Autobots close to (wait for it) extinction after being hunted down ruthlessly by humanity. Things change when an inventor named Cade Yeager finds a old, battered transformer, revealed to be Optimus Prime. Their discovery attracts the attention of both the United States government and, get this, the Decepticons, ready to destroy the earth once again. Noticing a pattern here? Yeah, we haven’t heard this story before.
Cade will have to unite an army of humans, Autobots and Dinobots (now with FIRE BREATHING) in order to save the planet from the coming threat.
There will be a few new things to look forward to that may turn the tide of unoriginal writing. Firstly, a totally new cast is present, with the protagonist being portrayed by Mark Wahlberg and his daughter, the “hot chick” this time around, being played by Nicola Peltz. So yeah, that’s a thing.
The Autobots have new armor and features, but that’s to be expected at this point. What does prove to be somewhat surprising is the new entry in the robotic cast, the Dinobots. They could provide some decent action, if nothing else.
So yes, Age of Extinction may possibly be worth watching, especially with the new look given to the saga that, hopefully, will give us something interesting to observe. And, to be perfectly honest, watching giant robots get torn apart by mechanical dinosaurs sounds pretty cool, ridiculous, but pretty cool.
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