By Sara Da Silva
Beware: this is not a spoiler-free zone.
Whilst Transformers: Age of Extinction is visually breathtaking, it’s certainly not the best in the franchise. It received a lot of negative reviews, mostly due to its painful length. But, despite these reviews and their criticisms, it’s still an enjoyable film, especially if you’re a fan of action-packed and explosion-filled movies.
The film is set four years after the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons that levelled Chicago. Cade Yeager, inventor and father, buys a worn down truck with the intention of stripping it down for parts. But, he soon discovers that the truck is Optimus Prime, the sexiest of all robots. Meanwhile, Harold Attinger, a paranoid CIA agent, forms a unit with the purpose of hunting down and destroying all the transformers, including the good guy Autobots.
Kinetic Solutions Incorporated, a corporation that prides itself on creating man-made Transformers from Transformium (not the most inventive of names), contacts Attinger as he has access to “the seed” that can be used to make more Transformium. In order to stop their plan, and the return of an old villain, Optimus rallies together the remaining Autobots: Drift, Hound, Crosshairs, and the beloved Bumblebee. Cue the insanely badass fighting scenes.
It didn’t receive much commendation from critics but there’s a lot in this movie that can be rightfully praised. The special effects, for instance, are incredible and it’s worth watching even for that simple reason. I found myself smiling like an idiot at the brilliance of their transformations, especially the pixilated transformations of the new dinobot transformers.
I must also point out how good Mark Wahlberg was. Setting aside my massive crush on him, he was genuinely brilliant and surprisingly funny. I’m glad Shia LaBeouf’s not famous any more.
But, like with most films, it did have its faults. Namely it’s length. It can be very difficult to devote full attention to a film that is 165 minutes long. Luckily for me I watched the film in a cinema that still had intervals, so I had the chance to stretch my numb legs. The plot was also predictable and the writing was a bit iffy, but, despite its faults, it’s still worth a chance.
I’d recommend going to see Age of Extinction so you can form your own opinion. It’s a love/hate sort of experience. But, if you do, don’t forget to visit the bathroom and stock up on snacks before you watch. You’ll be in for a long, but still fun, ride.