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Monday, 30 June 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction Review

Optimus rides on! 
Transformers: Age of Extinction Review – Optimus Prime and the gang minus Shia (Thank God!) are back to entertain us once again.
Optimus and the new leading man in Hong Kong! 
After the epic battle between the Autobots and Decepticons that almost destroyed Chicago in the previous movie while bringing down the franchise as well. The humans have ceased all alliance with the robots and force them to go into hiding. All while Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) with the help of Savoy (Titus Welliver) hunting down the remaining Autobots and Decepticons after making an exchange deal for ‘seed’ with another alien visitor in the form of Lockdown. Meanwhile, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) is a struggling small time inventor who stumbles upon Optimus Prime and decides to help the autobots in finding out the purpose of the hunt. His discovery causes his life to turn upside down. During his ‘partnership’, Cade learns that a big budget inventor Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci) have managed to manipulate the ‘Transformium’ into creating his own ‘line’ of autobots using memories from the remains of Megatron’s ‘brain’. He names his creation ‘Galvatron’ without realising that he is not actually ‘in control’ of his invention. All hell breaks loose when Galvatron manage to locate Optimus Prime to seek revenge while Lockdown wreaks havoc in Hong Kong. Ancient Dinobots joins the battle and let’s just say, this little island will never look the same again. Will Optimus Prime and his remaining autobots survive another epic battle or finally get defeated by the ‘re-born’ Megatron?
Prime & Bee! 
Deceptiocons re-born! 
Fuh….that was a mouthful of storyline right? With the plot jumping from one scene to another scene, no wonder the movie ran for almost 3 hours. It was a nice change of cast in the human characters with the absence of Shia (I’m so grateful for that!) and replaced by Mark, Stanley and Kelsey respectively. They played their role well with Mark trying to be a good single father, Stanley as the strict but sometimes funny creator while Kelsey killed it as a harsh military man bend on getting rid of the autobots. The robots were their usual selves except for Bumblebee whom I think inherited some of Sam Witwicky’s annoying traits. As for the supporting actors, hmm…good that they got a chance to act in this year’s one of biggest blockbusters. Another notable change was the theme song switch from Linkin Park to Imagine Dragon, guess winning a Grammy earlier did help them land the song but not to undermine, Battle Cry does roar perfectly. The visual effects are the routine fit for the bank breaking budget. If only they focused more on a proper storyline, it would have been perfect.
Dinobots anyone......
With the beginning of Age of Extinction, we are in for another trilogy ride according to early reports. It’s not a bad start but let’s hope it will get better instead follow suit of the earlier trilogies which went from smelly to stinker. With Wahlberg joining the franchise, let’s hope Optimus Prime and the gang will return with an improved plot. Until then I shall revel the joy of getting Shia out of this flick unless he makes a comeback in the next one! Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!!   

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