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Sci-Fi - Robots, Transformers

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction (2014)

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An inventor living in the countryside with his daughter come across a derelict truck and take it back to his workshop, where on firign it up, it turns out to be Optimus Prime. But a black ops group tasked with ridding the world of the Transformers, both good and bad turn up and a firefight ensues. The father, daughter are helped to escape by the girl’s rally driver boyfriend. The humans are thrown together with the Autobots to take on the secret organisation and their Decepticon allies, resulting in major fights in several American and Asian cities. Who will prevail?


The inventor grubbs about in his large workshop, his daughter is seen in shorts; once Optimus Prime appears we are in familiar territory as the Autobot gang get together and fight the opposition. Buildings are destroyed with a vast number of explosions, and some quite tasty cars make an appearance, including, as an aside, a real Mini with a surfboard on the roof, a Citreon C3 rally car (I think) and amongst the Autobots a Bugatti Vayron. So masses of set pieces as the robots fight each other including a lot of time in a space ship which drifts over Chicago, where the humans rush about shouting. No nudity, no sex and a bit of beer drinking.


A View Dynobots appear at the end in order to provide the poster, there is discussion about the daughter’s age (17), slightly bewildering for we Europeans and inappropriate I thought, but maybe exciting for 14 year old boys. The critics hated this, the public, probably consisting of young people, loved it and by the end I was thinking “Please God, let this stop!” Definitely not a film for adults.
Duration 2h 45m (No kidding) Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story The original toy, and the previous Transformers 3.
Director Michael Bey
Writers/Script Ehren Kruger
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Bingbing Li
Additional Info I have saved this till last. Against a cost of $210 million the film grossed $1.1 billion, making it the highest grossing film of 2014 and the 19th highest ever. A fifth of the franchise came out in 2017.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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