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Transformers: Age of Ex-stinks-ion

July 11, 2014
Mark Whalberg alongside his ‘Tranformer 4’ co-stars,  Nicola Peltz  and Jack Reynor. – Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Mark Whalberg alongside his ‘Tranformer 4’ co-stars, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor. – Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Ray Patterson
Staff Reporter

It seems as if all Michael Bay can do these days is fool studios into committing millions upon millions of dollars into CGI effects and not investing nearly enough in a decent group of writers.

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is a lame duck swimming in a pond of doltish production and half-witted direction.
I blame Bay for the majority, but I’m starting to find more fault in myself for watching these movies.
Even Mark Walhberg can’t save this movie. He delivers a solid performance but can only do so much while handcuffed to a sorely lacking script.

Stanley Tucci comes through in the cluth, delivering on a much appreciated and needed comedic relief.
New belle Nicola Peltz contributes the stereotypical sweaty, tight-jean wearing eye candy that Bay has grown accustomed to relying on instead of focusing on better direction.

Transformers: Age of Extinction – Rating: 1/5 stars

Transformers: Age of Extinction – Rating: 1/5 stars

My main gripe is Bay. Don’t get me wrong: the visual effects are incredible and awe gathering, but therein lies his fault.
Instead of choreographing movement through a developed plot and meticulous direction he leans on advancing the story through a means of loud noises and completely overdrawn battle sequences.

Another problem with this failure of a film is the length.

It takes nearly three hours to scratch and claw your way through the movie.

Bay and his seemingly nonexistent screenwriters took everything that was incoherent and asinine about the previous films and exemplified them in this installment.

After fooling audiences for over eight years with his selfish direction of Transformers, hopefully he lets this final attempt be his last.

If you want to see a profuse amount of clashing metal and crushed cars then save the money you would spend going to the theaters and visit your local junkyard — where this movie belongs.

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