Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 29th 2014 Contents JOCELYN NOVECK, AP
Crash. Shatter. Boom. Crash. Shat-
ter. Boom. Smattering of silly dia-
logue. Pretty girl screams: "Dad!"
Crash. Shatter. Boom. Silly dialogue.
"DAD!!!" Crash. Shatter. Boom.
What? Oh, sorry. We were falling
into a trance there.
Which is, dear moviegoer, what may
happen to you during Michael Bay s
Transformers: Age of Extinction, the
fourth Transformers film and, at 165
minutes, precariously close to the three-
hour mark that Bay undoubtedly will
reach---by our sophisticated calcula-
tions, and at the current growth rate,
with his sixth installment.
But let s not get ahead of ourselves.
Despite what you ve just read, this film
will likely be a massive hit because by
now, if you re buying a Transformers
ticket, you surely know what you re
getting into, and you want more, more,
more. And Bay is the Master of More.
Or just take it from the 11-year-old
sitting next to me, who reserved any
audible judgment---he, too was in a
trance, though maybe from sugar
intake---until the moment he saw a
Transformer become a dinosaur. Over-
whelmed by the pairing, he proclaimed:
"That s the sickest thing I ve ever seen
in my life." It was as if peanut butter
and jelly had been tasted together for
the first time.
While you ponder where between
these extreme reactions you ll fall, a
quick update. This time, there s a whole
new human cast. Most important, Mark
Wahlberg has replaced Shia LaBeouf
as, well, Main Human Guy, and the
good news is that Wahlberg s grounded
quality, rough charm and really nice
biceps make him a thoroughly welcome
presence. The bad news: He isn t
immune to the numbing effects of some
desperately cheesy dialogue (Ehren
Kruger wrote the screenplay).
A significant part of the movie also
takes place in China---clearly a nod to
the franchise s huge market there.
Whether such obvious wooing of the
Chinese audience will work or back-
fire---the film also includes very obvious
placement of Chinese products---
remains to be seen.
In any case, we begin in Paris, Texas,
where Cade Yeager (Wahlberg), a strug-
gling inventor, is desperately seeking a
big discovery. He s also a widowed dad,
and super-protective (as the movie
incessantly reminds us) of his high-
school daughter, Tessa (Nicola Peltz,
blond and pretty and ineffective, though
the one-note script does her no
One day, Cade buys a rusty old truck.
Examining it back home, he soon dis-
covers it s none other than Optimus
Prime, the Autobot hero, seriously dam-
As Cade works on fixing him up, his
assistant, wisecracking surfer-dude
Lucas (TJ Miller, mildly amusing), has
the dumb idea of calling the authorities.
What he doesn t know is that the gov-
ernment---actually, the head of CIA
black ops, Harold Attinger (Kelsey
Grammer, expertly villainous)---is plot-
ting to destroy all remaining Autobots
in favor of a man-made army of Trans-
formers. He s being helped in this
endeavor by the shadowy KSI corpo-
ration, run by the nasty-but-compli-
cated Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci, giving
the most entertaining performance in
So now, it s evil humans pitted against
the trustworthy Autobots. So much for
gratitude. There s also a subplot involv-
ing Tessa and her secret boyfriend,
Shane (Jack Reynor, underused), whose
Irish accent leads Cade to dismissively
call him "Lucky Charms"---at least until
the two bond in battle.
From here, it s up to you. You can
try to follow the ins and outs of the
battling forces---robot and human,
man-made and alien, ancient and mod-
ern---or just watch things crash into
each other, blow up, or both.
The obvious question: Is it too much
for its own good? Bay is very talented
at all things visual, the 3-D works well
and the robots look great. But the final
confrontation alone lasts close to an
hour, and at some point, you may find
yourself simply in a daze, unable to
absorb any further action into your
But one viewer s migraine is another s
euphoria. You decide. (AP)
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Transformers---Way, WAY more of the same
Rated: PG13 (Intense
sequences of sci-fi
violence and action,
language and brief
This photo released by Paramount
Pictures shows, Mark Wahlberg as
Cade Yeager, and the Decepticon
Lockdown in a scene from the the film,
Transformers: Age of Extinction.
PHOTO: INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC, AP
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