Movie of the week: Transformers: Age of Extinction

The Autobots and Decepticons are at it again in the fourth installment of Michael Bay’s “explosive” franchise. After the Decepticon attack on Chicago four years ago, Optimus Prime and his forces find themselves in a position that they never would have imagined they would be: hiding from the U.S. government. Their war, has escalated to the point where humans have reason to fear them, even though the Autobots have made it their mission to protect humanity and their new home from the forces that wish to do them harm. The thing is, even though Megatron is dead and the government has turned against them, the Decepticon threat is still alive and well and the Autobots’ new position of vulnerability marks an opportune time to strike. This war is about to take a big leap forward and an unsuspecting mechanic and his daughter are about to find themselves smack in the middle of it all. This is “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

What am I expecting to see?: The last three “Transformers” movies have traditionally been the same movie over and over again, with a few modifications and even though this movie promises to be different, I don’t want to get my hopes up. Michael Bay was reluctant to make this movie and even though he is moving on from the Shia LeBeouf story, introducing Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci and Bingbing Li into the fold, the potential to fall into the same old pitfalls as the previous three movies is still there. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” has exciting appeal, but there is no reason to believe that this movie will be a revolutionary success. If I can come out of the theater somewhat excited by the film, I’ll be satisfied.

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