Transformers: Age of Extinction, English Hollywood film movie review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * * * 1/2

Transformers: Age of Extinction, English Hollywood film movie review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: *  *  * 1/2   #MichaelBay #Paramount #Viacom18picturesMovies
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Movies(Best releases)of the Week/27thJune2014/Johnson Thomas
Transformers: Age of Extinction(3D/English):Rating: *  * * ½ Consistently productive actioner. This symphonic display of elevating music, sparse dialogues, narrative expediency and thunderous action provides the requisite adrenaline rush with it’s spectacularly effected thrills!
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English Film review
Johnson Thomas

Simply put-spectacular!

Film: Transformers: Age of Extinction
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Li Bingbing, Sophia Myles
Director: Michael Bay

Rating: *  *  * ½

This fourth, in the Transformer series from Michael Bay is a sort of reboot without the earlier characters doing time here. Released in 2D, 3D and Imax 3D, the $165 million mega-production will reportedly kickstart a brand-new trilogy with a complete change of human cast (Mark Wahlberg steps in for Shia LaBeouf here) and the introduction of a new species, the Dinobots, Screenwriter Ehren Kruger’s latest additions to the Transformer, mythology include yet another metallic-looking alien race trolling around Earth’s lower atmosphere in a modular spaceship.

The movie takes place a couple of years after the end of 2011’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” with  some changes incorporated; despite the alien-shape-shifting robots having saved the world, the U.S. government is now against all bots because they wrecked Chicago in the process.  Kelsey Grammer is the C.I.A. powerhouse ensuring the  purge. Stanley Tucci’s evil factory reaps benefits from the vanquished-through spare parts research. At the start of the film, there’s a fairly brutal scene showing Ratchet, one of the autobots, being torn to pieces by a team of black ops soldiers led by Savoy (Titus Welliver) and assisted by the mysterious Lockdown (voiced by Mark Ryan), a Transformer who seems to be unlike any Transformer we've met so far in the series.

Optimus Prime(Peter Cullen) is of course in hiding as a mutilated truck in a rundown theatre garage where Cade Yeager(Mark Wahlberg) tinkers around trying to think up a new invention.  Nicola Peltz is the hottie  that takes on the Megan Fox role. She plays Tessa, waffling teen daughter of Cade’s. And she has  a beau(Jack Reynor), a racecar driver, her doting, conservative Dad knows nothing about.

This forms the basis for a convoluted spell of thrilling awe inducing action, seamless transitions and pulverizing mutilations. The assorted body count is immense. Texas, Chicago, Beijing , Hongkong form a colorful backdrop for the mind-numbing effects spiel orchestrated as part of an annihilation of evil. Most of it is on crowded streets, peaking high-rises, ferries, trains, bridges and every conceivable peopled spaces- thus adding worth to the thrills. At heart it’s a computer game but in effect it’s a war to end all wars; starting off as a fight for dominion, it escalates into intra-terrestrial combat and ends on a note of optimism. Ehren Kruger’s script manages to structure the action to a nicety. Bay’s sharply edged narration does the rest. The experience is both visually and aurally spectacular. Visual effects are top-notch, the 3D machinations are highly effective and the kinetically blurred action renders the pace as breathless. In effect, this one is quite simply fulfilling!


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