By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
The fourth morphing robot flick from Michael Bay, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has the usual blend of mega explosive special effects, cheesy dialogue, and two-dimensional simplistic characters that don’t magically become interesting when viewed through 3D glasses.
Still, if you’re a fan of the Autobots and don’t mind sitting through a whopping 165 minutes of fiery, metallic, end-of-the-world fights, you’ll be right at home.
Taking place four years after the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, a struggling inventor named Cade Yeager (played with lovable charm by Mark Wahlberg) happens upon the remains of Optimus Prime.
Soon, he gets drawn into a dramatic plot by the CIA and a shadowy high-tech operation called KSI to destroy all Transformers with the help of a manmade shapeshifting material called transformium.
Once the ancient Dinobots are unearthed and the target for extinction gets expanded to include humans, all manner of chaos and kabooms assault the screen. While Wahlberg is excellent, the rest of the actors and actresses play forgettable characters that aren’t nearly as amusing as the computer-generated robots on the screen.
Once you’ve hit the 2 hour mark, your brain will feel like its been turned into melted transformium, as the non-stop robot battles start getting kind of old. There’s only so many ways to destroy buildings, cars, and metallic machines!
So, our final verdict? We give this flick a “C-”.
Images courtesy of Paramount Pictures.