The behemoth rolls on, oblivious to the carnage and waste laid in it’s path. It’s a massacre, it’s bedlam, it’s mayhem of the highest order but there’s no stopping this mammoth machine! I could be referring to the new dinobots or any of the other massive hulks of steel in the latest iteration of the ‘Transformers’ franchise but what I’m really attributing the description to is Hollywood’s cash cow mentality. Honestly, did anyone need another Transformers movie by Michael Bay? But here we have another razzle-dazzle special effects extravaganza that like the energizer bunny just seems to keep going on and on and on. At 165 minutes it is the longest in the series and boy did I yawn my butt off waiting for it to end. It may sound like I hated it, but honestly it was better than the last two and I’ve developed a thick skin for this kind of fireworks display.
So starting a new trilogy that aims to wipe out the bad taste of the previous one, Michael Bay takes the reign once again. It’s been four years since the battle of Chicago and all transformers are declared an enemy of the state in the U.S. and are actively hunted down by the C.I.A. Amateur inventor and single dad, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) comes across a pile of junk truck, that when repaired turns out to be Optimus Prime, leader of the autobots. Soon the CIA is on their tail along with an alien bounty hunter who’s been sent to capture Optimus on behalf of the “creator” of the transformers. Then there are X-Men style man-made transformer sentinels, designed to hunt other transformers, something known as the “seed” which creates the material that makes the transformers by destroying anything it detonates on, and there’s the resurrection of Megatron in a new form. I still haven’t gotten to the private firm headed by Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci) or the limp love story between Cade’s daughter and a race car driver.
Rest assured for fans of the series, everything what you love about these movies is in abundance, tons of explosions, hell lot of destruction of property, juvenile humour, sleek vehicles and a ear pounding soundtrack. The rest of the things that matter like plot, characters and pacing take a hike never to find their way back down the mountain of moronic ideas. At least the humour is not as politically incorrect as the last two parts, and for the first half there seems to be a semblance of an interesting plot. Plus there’s no Shia “No!No!!No!!!” LaBeouf which already makes this movie better in my book.
The Dinobots look amazing and nearly all the special effects work is flawless, but after seeing the millionth building crumble and car explode, you lose interest unless you have the cinematic taste of a ten year old. The last thirty minutes or so is just one large action sequence filled with plot holes large enough to sail multiple battleships through. Characters make stupid decisions which have no bearing on the plot whatsoever but their choices burn the fires of action, which the movie’s budget craves for. The 3D is muddled and it’d be better to watch it without that.
It offers exactly what fans crave for, and honestly it’s a step up from the last two movies, which really isn’t saying much. But if your butt can take three hours of sitting and your eyes and ears can withstand the ferocious assault on your senses, then by all means go ahead and watch the movie.view less