By Karan Dholakia
The Transformers films aren't the worst bunch of flicks in the world, but damn do they suck hard. The issue is that as long as there's someone who wants to watch one of these films, they're going to keep getting made. As long as a studio has rights over a property, they'd be stupid not to continue making films, milking everything they possibly could out of said property (see: the Marc Webb Spider-Man trilogy).
That's enough education for today, let's get into Transformers: Age of Extinction.
The film picks up 4 years after the events of Revenge of The Fallen and the city of Chicago are in the process of rebuilding. We're introduced to Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter, Tessa (Nicola Peltz), who live on a farm in the middle of nowhere with strangely absent farm animals.
Cade is a struggling inventor who spends his days in the barn, fixing up junk to make a little money. It becomes apparent that this isn't helping when Tessa mentions she needs the money for college. Cade winds up finding Optimus Prime, at a time where the Autobots are being captured and destroyed.
Optimus has lost faith in humanity, and Cade changes all of this.
Age of Extinction contained a couple of solid, pretty amazing WOW moments, specifically when Optimus is rejuvenated and transformed following their escape, but beyond this AoE was really just a bunch of low-bass noises, explosions and metal crashing into each other.
To its credit, AoE was a fair step up from Revenge of The Fallen. The beginning provided a fair amount of exposition, but it just didn't provide enough explanation as to who was who. Here's yet another problem that these films suffer; introducing characters which fans of the original series or expanded universe just won't know. There's little or no explanation as to who these new characters are, but it's easier to differentiate between who the good/bad guys unlike RoTF.
Having clichés in films is just one of those elements that just HAVE to be present in these popcorn flicks, and it's understandable. It's when these clichés completely destroy the scenes and make you question why you paid £10 to watch monstrosities like this.
That aside, AoE is another entry in the Transformers franchise that will inevitably generate a highly respectable gross at the box office, and with a fifth and sixth instalment planned, who knows where Optimus will end up next. Well, if you've seen the film you know where he's headed; to a place where audiences will be treated to more unknown beings.