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Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS

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Seibertron.com long-time member First Gen was able to catch a viewing of the highly anticipated (by many) Transformers: Age of Extinction movie, and took some time to write a thorough, lengthy review of it. However, much like on Crosshairs and Drift's alt-modes - there are spoilers throughout the entire piece, so stay away if you'd rather not read them! Carry on if you will.


*SPOILERS BELOW THIS LINE*


First Gen wrote:Hey Seibertronians, First Gen here. This evening I had the honor to attend and advance VIP screening of, and now will provide you with a full out, detailed review of the highly anticipated fourth installment to the Transformers movieverse, Age of Extinction!

Directed by return Director Michael Bay, with a script by Ehren Kruger, AOE brings all the known features you can expect of a M. Bay film to the screen, while giving our beloved Robots in Disguise a little more face time than in past installments. But let me make this point clear, this IS a Michael Bay film, and yes, this will tick off some of you fans out there.



SPOILER ALERT!!!! Do not read on if you do not wish to have the film spoiled prior to viewing it.




The film opens with a shot of prehistoric Earth, and what appears to be a Cybertronian fleet approaching its atomosphere. It is a time when dinosaurs ruled the land, and things are about to change. We see non Cybertronian life forms shooting, what appear to be bombs onto the lush green world, then a wall of fire exterminates all life that enters its path.

Flash forward a couple epochs later, to what we can only assume is present day in the Arctic. Dr. Darcy Tirrel, played by Sophia Myles, is walking towards what appears to be a dinosaur skeleton, but only its made of metal. The foreman of the site, played by Glenn Keogh, states that they've made the discovery of a lifetime.

Enter Cade Yeager, played by Mark Wahlberg, a former research and development specialist in everything robotic from his own research facility, which has been reduced to a scrap metal salvager and old electronic repair man. He's out with his partner/ employee Lucas, played by TJ Miller, trying to salvage old equipment from a rundown movie theater when he happens upon an old cab over engine truck, just there, in the middle of a theater, which apparently the owner wasn't aware of when Cade asked how much he wanted for it.

While Cade barters with the theatre owner we get our first look at Chicago today. Signs stating to "Remember Chicago" can be found everywhere, but now the great city is the home to RIS, a research facility thats doing more than just research, and the Cemetary Wind Team, a group of humans who are trained to hunt down and destroy Transformers. The CWT was on the hunt for their next victim when they picked up a reading on a possible location. Using little surveillance copters they call Minicons, they locate their suspect and prompltly blow him out of his hiding space. The transformer in question is Ratchet. Following Optimus Primes orders, Ratchet went into hiding as the Hunt for the Decepticons became the hunt for all Transformers. With the help of a Decepticon named Lockdown, the humans put Ratchet down as Lockdown quizes him on the location of Optimus Prime. Ratchet refuses and pays with his spark. Lockdown does not appear to be taking sides with Decepticon or Autobot, having his own cryptic agenda that we never get a straight answer to.

The film then introduces Cade's daugther Tessa in the only way Michael Bay knows how to portray women. We then discover that the truck Cade purchased was actually a transformer. Cade and Tessa argue over what to do about that while Lucas suggests they turn it in for a reward to help with the mounting bills and eviction notice that Cade has acquired. Before they can come to an agreement, the CWT is on them looking for Optimus Prime. Prime is holed up in Cade's barn, but when he hears that the CWT is going to kill Tessa to learn his whereabouts, he busts out and dispatches of the team holding them hostage and tells them to run. In the distance, what appears to be a driverless Rally car pops up and does some pretty skillful driving manuveurs to simeultaneously dispatch of the CWT thats in pursuit of the group and pick them up. No, its not an Autobot, its Shane, Tessa's non existant boyfriend played by Jack Reynor. A super Bay car chase ensues as suped up muscle cars and Lockdown in his vehicle mode give chase. Prime fights off Lockdown and saves the group, but not before Lockdown turns Lucas into a statue of ash.

Introduce the rest of the Autobots. All four of them. Yes, four. Hound, Crosshairs, who comes off as a real jerk and not Autobotish at all, Drift, the samurai Bugatti, and of course fan fave Bumblebee. These four are a ragtag group that don't particularly like each other. Drift almost kills Bumblebee for assuming leadership while Prime was MIA. Prime puts an end to the foolishness and gathers up the bots saying they've got one more thing to do then they're done with the human race. This takes us to KSI and we meet Joshua Joyce, played by Stanley Tucci. Joyce is in kahoots with CWT team leader and former CIA operative Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammar) and they want to harvest the material Transformers are made of, calling is Transformia. They are melting down the carcasses of the bots they've killed, which include Leadfoot, Ratchet and Megatron. Using the DNA code and data that the still kicking Brains can decipher from the dead bots, they're making their own Transfomers. And if you've put two and two together already, then you figured out that Galvatron is a man made transformer. Galvatron was supposed to be modeled after Optimus Prime, but for some reason, a reason the technicians don't understand, he still resemble Megatron.

The other TFs they created with this Transformia were meant to mimic the real thing, like the Stinger that was said to be an upgrade to Bumblebee. Bumblebee would use that fact later on in the movie to make a humorous crack on not going for knock offs. They show how the man made transfomers transform, which reminds me of the T1000 from Terminator 2. Its not genuine transformation, which really put a damper on the coolness of the Cons. And unlike real Transformers, these human versions have no spark. Prime and the Bots infiltrate KSI to find out whats going on there, then end up just leaving when Joyce tells them to stop and wake up essentially. Attinger tells Joyce to dispatch his Transformers to dispose of Prime. We get our first shot of Galvatron and Stinger in action. Another Bay chase ensues, Galvatron does not completely obey the remote control commands of the humans and actually speaks to Prime while they fight. Enter Lockdown, who blasts Prime, cause Lockdown is pretty bad ass in this movie, moreso than Galvatron or any other threat, and he again talks to Prime in the cryptic talk of the Creators and hauls him off to add to his "collection" of legends, while taking Tessa as well. Cade and Shane and the bots manage to get on Lockdowns ship, save Tessa and Prime by detaching a piece of the ship before Lockdown goes into hyperdrive. A few star trekkish references were made about space.

Another huge battle ensues claiming alot of Chicago once again. Robot dogs at the call of Lockdown are seen which seem like the Terrorcons. We then learn that Megatron was actually downloading his own essence into Galvatron and letting the humans think they controlled him and the other decepticons they were creating. We then learn about the Seed. The Seed is actually a massive bomb that destroys all the life in its path and turns it into Transformia. Joyce bartered with Lockdown for it in exchange for Optimus Prime. Destruction is laid to Chicago again and with this Joyce relocates RIS to Hong Kong. When Joyce gets there, he receives a call from Cade, pleading with him not to release the Seed as it will bring the end of humankind. Joyce has a change of heart and becomes a fugitive from Attinger, running from the CWT.

Then Galvatron just decides to become self aware and do some blue magic glow thing to "awaken" the rest of the Decepticons. There's 50 of them. Being so outnumbered, Prime goes to the Legends room in the ship that was detached from Lockdowns, and we finally get to see the Dinobots. None of them have names, they were only referred to as The Legends, and they weren't in the ice in the Arctic, or even on Earth. Prime beats Grimlock into submission telling him to either for for him or die. Then Prime rides Grimlock like a horse for the next ten minutes of screen time the Dinobots get. Cade does ALOT of fighting in this movie, using a Cybertronian weapon he figured out how to use by yelling at it. Prime is once again bested by Lockdown, and only with the help of Bumblebee, Cade, Tessa and Shane is he able to finally beat Lockdown. Galvatron says something about being reborn then runs away.

The film ends with Prime releasing the Dinobots to freedom in Hong Kong then doing his normal outro, sending a message to his Creators, telling them to leave Earth alone and that he was coming for them.




Overall the film has some fun moments and entertainment value, but clocking in at over two and half hours, this movie had so much going on with so many subplots and ridiculous continuous set up for future films, it really took away from what it could have been. The bots look great, but some of the CG looks really NOT real. The movie did an Amazing Spiderman 2 and just had too many villians. Despite screen time, Bumblebee seemed to only be there to appease the fans and Primes weak, desolute attitude is not becoming of a Prime. Throughout all that, the film tried to make the same humorous cracks and situational comedy takes that didn't go over as well as with the first films. Cade and Tessa continuously bicker about family issues and who takes care of who.

It really looks as if though they were trying to set up the next two films instead of leading into the next film. This is definitely a film you'll have to see more than once just to catch everything thats going on.

Overall, I rate AOE 2 1/2 stars out of four. Go into this with and open mind and no expectations.




A huge thank you to Jose Cruz and http://www.OurTiempo.com for allowing me to view and review the film. You can follow them at http://www.twitter.com/OurTiempo and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/OurTiempo for your chance to score free tickets to advance screenings.

That's all I've got for you Seibertronians. Keep your optics locked to Seibertron.com for all the latest info in the Transformers universe.
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Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS (1585903)
Posted by BeastWarsFTW on June 26th, 2014 @ 8:48am CDT
Not sure if I will go see tonight or not.
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Posted by Rodimus Prime on June 26th, 2014 @ 8:56am CDT
Bleak5170 wrote:...but is anyone even a little disappointed that so far, this barely ranks above the abomination which was Revenge of the Fallen?

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/search/?s ... esearch=rt


Go see it for yourself. Don't let anyone else make up your mind for you. See it, then like it or dislike it. :)
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Posted by MenaceRX on June 26th, 2014 @ 8:57am CDT
Thank you for the thurough review. I didnt mind the spoilers. I am still going to see it, but by your review it sounds as if I should prepare for let down. I dont know what my expectations were yet but the review didnt sound like this film will meet them beyond eye candy.

Looking forward to the movie regardless to see the Dinobots transform, a closer view of the new bot modes.
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Posted by First Gen on June 26th, 2014 @ 9:43am CDT
Go see the film, its M Bay, but its Transformers, and the bots look.great.
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Posted by Downbeat on June 26th, 2014 @ 10:30am CDT
That sounds awful. I'm not going to give this my money, or support a film series that has been racist and sexist throughout just because it has robots that turn into other things.
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Posted by ILL-Star on June 26th, 2014 @ 10:46am CDT
I highly doubt that I won't like it. I very much enjoy the first three. In fact, Revenge Of The Fallen is my favorite just by a margin over Dark Of The Moon. Looking forward to seeing it, but I'll try to wait at least a week to go.

In regard to there being to much going on in the movie, I feel that helps make them even more enjoyable. I still pick out things here and there in the first three that I've never realized before. I love that. :D

We must learn to judge movies for what they are. For an action/sci-fi movie such as this, rate it based upon the level of enjoyment you experienced. Nothing else.
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Posted by dreadwing95 on June 26th, 2014 @ 11:05am CDT
im going to watch it and probably enjoy it
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Posted by Plasmatika on June 26th, 2014 @ 11:27am CDT
Was actually getting a little drawn in with more and more details of the movie being revealed but now that it's all out there I'm gonna pass. I really liked the first movie but the last two were really big let downs and it doesn't look like this one is any better and if more than anything has the sin of being consistently condescending to the fans and the general audience. I was at least entertained with ROTF because of how bad things had gotten in the final act but DOTM somehow negated any sense of action and suspense and actually had me really bored during the endless fight in Chicago.

One of the biggest middle fingers to me is the switch and bait tactics with the Dinobots. I've always loved them and its one of the reasons I got into Transformers in the first place and the people who made this movie know how big a draw the Dinobots are so a lot of hype and the trailers have featured them. To know now that they are only going be to so underutilized to the point they won't even have names or lines or even be referred to as Dinobots is just asinine. I'm not sure how anyone will want to endure over two hours of sitting just to see about 10 minutes or so of Dinobot action.

If I can give them any good points is the prospect of Lockdown's character (the fact you can even refer to him as a character is already something in the film series) as well as having a proper Galvatron. Also I do appreciate having more of the Transformers themselves getting better screen-time and lines to work with. Beyond that I think I'm gonna pass, I feel like I've already seen the best of what the movie has to offer from the trailers and teasers.
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Posted by SW's SilverHammer on June 26th, 2014 @ 11:44am CDT
If his lordship, Posthumous, Roger Ebert hated Transformers Dark Of The Moon, then I shall hate every sequel out of respect. [-(
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Posted by Actar on June 26th, 2014 @ 11:56am CDT
Huh... I personally had no issues with keeping up with the characters and interweaving plot threads. All in all, I personally felt that they did a successful job in fleshing out each villain, giving them each adequate screentime and characterization.

The human characters were all good and they all contributed to the overall narrative in one way or another.

Loved that the tone of the movie was far more serious with regard to the tone. Right from the get-go, a comic-relief character died and Ratchet, a bot we've grown to know over the course of the past 3 films, was killed as well. This gave the movie some much needed tension that was lacking from the previous installments.

In addition, a jaded, disillusioned Prime? Brilliant. No longer the (G)1-dimensional wise leader, that added serious depth to the character and it felt justified. Cade serving to restore Optimus' fate in humanity also gave them some great interplay.

Not to mention, I was actually invested in all the fights as the characters were developed (more so than the previous films) and had vibrant personalities.

EDIT:

Also, it's Transformium, not Transformia...
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Posted by Megatron Wolf on June 26th, 2014 @ 1:07pm CDT
sounds a little better than i expected but not enough to go see it, ill save my money for guardians of the galaxy.
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Posted by Sub-Prime on June 26th, 2014 @ 1:19pm CDT
I believe everything Actar said! Actar your review seems like what I expected. The humans look much better than before. And I love Optimus 's darker personality that you described. Makes the movie really interesting.
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Posted by Metro Prime on June 26th, 2014 @ 1:38pm CDT
Who are the drones that Galvatron recruits? Is it just an army of Stingers, or what?
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Posted by Mindmaster on June 26th, 2014 @ 2:12pm CDT
Question: since Galvatron is voiced by Frank Welker, did it sound anything like Welker's Megatron, Galvatron, or neither?

Metro Prime wrote:Who are the drones that Galvatron recruits? Is it just an army of Stingers, or what?


I assume it's the Chevy Traxes.
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Posted by Metro Prime on June 26th, 2014 @ 3:21pm CDT
Also, does the helicopter Drift actually appear in the film, or is just a toy-only thing?
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Posted by chuckdawg1999 on June 26th, 2014 @ 3:27pm CDT
Does Prime turn into the newer film truck? If Prime does does Prime just show up with the new body?

Once in full control does Galvatron refer to himself as Galvatron or Megatron?

Does Prime kill humans?
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Posted by Bleak5170 on June 26th, 2014 @ 3:27pm CDT
Metro Prime wrote:Also, does the helicopter Drift actually appear in the film, or is just a toy-only thing?


Could be wrong but I'm positive I saw his helicopter form in some footage.
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Posted by Krayt on June 26th, 2014 @ 4:05pm CDT
Drift = triplechanger. Swords are blades, so seeing on back in toy are linked to the rotor. Can define rotor and car wheels easy in bot mode. No changing from car to helicopter, he just picks one or the other.

Prime = Murderer. My step daughter loved the personality update. As for upgrades, heard BBee scan better modes while driving with passengers and update quickly, I was totally expecting some squished human goo....

Galvatron = upgraded Megatron. They used TF DNA to gain control of transformer metal.... The source? Yup, MrMegatron! Therefore the Prime clone they wanted looks Megsy, and he infects with his personality to gain control. His army is not just stingers, whole range of different modes.

Worst part of movie is product placement. Especially when a nice dark scene, and then BAM! Colourful billboard truck seen driving past.... Also sucks we don't get some brands here in Australia.... I wanted a beer too, stupid blue Bud.

Best thing is that this isn't like DotM, as in I didn't sit there going " they pulled that from this G1 ep" seems like all original story, of course we will prob notice it drew on xxxxx later...

Also, cons are NOT TRANSFORMERS!!!!!!! Magic floating colour hanging cubes my ass..... No wonder the Galvy toy sucks like it does, and stinger is toyless....they had no basis for the toy conversion!
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Posted by soulblade on June 26th, 2014 @ 4:20pm CDT
God the film that MB keep doing is as bad as the first one and I agree the same joke talk is terrible that I swear its not even limber cheese or any other cheese. Seriously, how many transformers characters they're gonna kill off since Ratchet was the only medic group of the team which Bumblebee still lost his voice (does he in this film), which puts the autobot team (sort of team) in a bad position without medic support and MB just do his awesome explosion and plothole of the characters recovery. Also human beating the main bad guy that 200 times taller than them is ridiculous as most MB film focus on human not the transformers. The video game rise of the dark spark (the gameplay multiplayer is terrible and plot of alternate universe had no connection at all between them) has a better storyplot and battle than the movie sound like.
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Posted by partholon on June 26th, 2014 @ 4:49pm CDT
starting to get that sinking feeling after reading some of the reviews.

now its ONLY based on that but if its true that the dinos dont say a word then this is TWICE bay has taken a fecking AWSOME concept and somehow managed to hollow out damn near everyting good about em.

first devestator in ROTF , and now the grimlock / prime dynamic. its the bots equivilent of the starscrem/megs relationship and shoulve been a source of fun dialogue and head butting. u was really looking forward to a john wayne/dirty harry bitchfest off them but considering bay never really got the latter megs/screamer interactions right either i guess it shouldnt be a surprise.

im kinda lost as to the moaning about the lenght of the film. the last two were pushing near three hours too. in fact if you throw in the bleeding ads/trailers that precede them they both went well over it in my local.

so a bum number is what i was expecting. the thing that pisses me off most is how the hell they can be that long and not actually have the bots and con's DO anything of any real consequnce till the last 20 minutes or so.

i mean has ANY of the animated stuff been longer than 90mins? and they managed to get the job done.

ill be honest , ill go see this and take it for what it is, but more and more i just wish bay would fuk off an leave the franchise to a director that actually KNOWS what heroism, character, intrigue and pathos is all about as the only things he's really good at it blowing shyte up.

i mean the films called "transformers" i really shouldnt be going in more intersted in kelsy grammer and stanly tucci's characters unless theyre doing voice work !
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Posted by dragons on June 26th, 2014 @ 5:27pm CDT
Will see it no matter what if I listened to all critics out there I would not have enjoyed dark of moon glad I make my own decisions about what to watch or not to watch when see movie every person is different if all people listened to critics and watch transformers dark of moon it would not have beat batman dark knight at box office people should decide to see it regardless what they read or hear from people,.

Lost track how many plot holes I found in Harry potter series of movies I saw every movie has plot holes decide to see it it's up to you
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Posted by Gemini220 on June 26th, 2014 @ 6:23pm CDT
dragons wrote:Will see it no matter what if I listened to all critics out there I would not have enjoyed dark of moon glad I make my own decisions about what to watch or not to watch when see movie every person is different if all people listened to critics and watch transformers dark of moon it would not have beat batman dark knight at box office people should decide to see it regardless what they read or hear from people,.

Lost track how many plot holes I found in Harry potter series of movies I saw every movie has plot holes decide to see it it's up to you


Exactly...
Bottom line if everyone listened to critics and what others said the majority of movies ever made would've flopped.

Like with everything in life you have to make your own decisions and come to your own conclusions.
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Posted by soulblade on June 26th, 2014 @ 6:34pm CDT
Pretty much most of agree on MB lack of Transformers plot point and Autobots VS Decepticon focuses, anyway I will see the movie since I got the 2 free ticket from purchasing rise of the dark spark game. You guys and gals think Transformers Prime Rise of the Predicons (more like unicron returns)is better than this movie after hearing the review or not?
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Posted by Rodimus Prime on June 26th, 2014 @ 6:52pm CDT
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Posted by chuckdawg1999 on June 26th, 2014 @ 6:57pm CDT
Just a thought; DOTM came and went relatively quickly, hence why a lot of toys sat on the shelves, do you think AOE will do the same?
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Posted by Nemesis Primal on June 26th, 2014 @ 8:16pm CDT
Krayt wrote:Best thing is that this isn't like DotM, as in I didn't sit there going " they pulled that from this G1 ep" seems like all original story, of course we will prob notice it drew on xxxxx later...


I'll start. I haven't seen the movie yet, and it's not a G1 lift, but from what I've read about it, the part with the man-made Transformers reminds me of MECH and their Nemesis Prime.
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Posted by SKYWARPED_128 on June 26th, 2014 @ 8:29pm CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:Here are a couple of "official" reviews from ComingSoon:

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/reviewsn ... ?id=119974

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/reviewsn ... ?id=119961


Despite some of the expected criticisms, it sounds like AoE actually delivers on what I've always wanted in a TF movie--no more soldier worship, no more ass-clown characters, and a more coherent plot.

Definitely looking forward to watching AoE.
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Posted by megatronus on June 26th, 2014 @ 8:38pm CDT
I'll see it. I'll need to be blisteringly drunk before, during, and after. But I'll see it.
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Posted by BERSEKAEL on June 26th, 2014 @ 9:09pm CDT
not bad, perhaps I will have to watch it myself... I've been waiting for so long. :D

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Posted by Rodimus Prime on June 26th, 2014 @ 11:42pm CDT
I just got back from seeing it, and I'm EXHAUSTED. That's a good thing.

If the 1st 3 movies weren't in existence, this would have been a very good start. Unfortunately, it wouldn't work, because there were too many references to Dark of the Moon. I have to say, this film was 2 hours 40 minutes long, but it felt like about an hour. The pacing was crazy fast, there was no unnecessary human drama, NO SOLDIERS, just some mercenaries, (and Hound) and everything was explained. Lockdown's reasoning, Attinger's reasoning, Joshua Joyce's reasoning, and Megatron's return. (Galvatron, whatever.) I won't go into much detail, the only thing I didn't like was how the Dinobots were treated. They weren't even really "Dinobots." More like "Monsterbots" that kinda looked like half dinosaurs and half dragons. They weren't even called by name. I really liked the ending, everyone got what they deserved, good and bad. Mark Wahlberg made a big difference as a human leading man, as opposed to Shia LaBeouf. And Stanley Tucci was very good comic relief. No toilet humor. AT ALL. I was kinda surprised. I thought Bay couldn't resist at least 1 or 2. He just kept it to a few shots of Nicola Peltz's skinny ass. And finally, Shockwave got 2 eyes! :lol:

Rotten Tomatoes can kiss my ass. All the people giving this film a bad score on there are just Bayhaters doing it out of spite. This was definitely the best TF movie so far. It was like abigger, badder version of the 1st film, with about 1/4 of the human drama. I'm seeing it again with friends tomorrow. Do yourself a favor, go see it. Bay may not have redeemed himself for the stupid crap he put in the previous ones, but it's a very good start. Hopefully the other 2 of the new trilogy will be like this, only better. And the way it ended, there will DEFINITELY be at least 1 more.

I give it 3/4, only because the "Dinobots" could have been put to much better use.
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Posted by dragons on June 27th, 2014 @ 12:05am CDT
Got back from viewing it tonight alot of people cheard, clapped, laughed minicopters are called drones something not minicons, prime has help of humans and bee to kill lockdown, prime kill a human, hear drift call one of dinobots spike, like little transformer tidbits thrown in there g1 transformation, transformer g1 ringtone, showing prime and bee scanning truck and car to there new forms is intersting touch.

For anyone who doesnt want to see it in theatwr feel bad for you thats your choice but atleast give it shot you may be surprised you wont know how you feel about film unless you see it reading about it and seeing it for your self is complete differmt situation all together.

Someone tell they met peter cullen at convetion told me about it sounds great but it is not as good as being there in person to see him with your own two eyes talk to him personally to get full better expeiance find out what hes like, drift turns into copter in some scenes

I will say if there where not some refreances from dark of moon some peoplle would get confused about why and how autobots being killed with plot beinf excluded brains was better this time around frank welker as galvatron was I wanted him to talk more possibly in sequel
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Posted by Metro Prime on June 27th, 2014 @ 12:26am CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:REVIEW

Wait, so is Shockwave actually appearing in AOE?
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Posted by chuckdawg1999 on June 27th, 2014 @ 12:46am CDT
Metro Prime wrote:
Rodimus Prime wrote:REVIEW

Wait, so is Shockwave actually appearing in AOE?


Yeah I was wondering that too. Not happy that Prime kills a human, completely out of character.
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Posted by SlyTF1 on June 27th, 2014 @ 1:14am CDT
This was the greatest 3 hours of my life. Optimus was the most badass badass in the history of badasses. Finally, all the Autobots have distinctive personalities and are in the movie even more than the humans. This is the shit TF fans were waiting for. The stupid humor is gone, even though a lot of it still isn't funny, it's not annoying in the slightest. Not for me, anyway. And one of the only characters who can be considered annoying is dealt with QUICKLY.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS (1586128)
Posted by william-james88 on June 27th, 2014 @ 1:17am CDT
Metro Prime wrote:Who are the drones that Galvatron recruits? Is it just an army of Stingers, or what?
Wait, so is Shockwave actually appearing in AOE?


Not really, its a mixed bag of different car models, even Junkheap is there and transforms. There is also that cg model that was thought to be cyclonus once.

There is one that looks like a 2 headed version of shockwave but its just the looks, not the actual character.

Other things: there are only 4 dinobots, Slog and Snarl do not appear.

And Drift actually transforms into a helicopter. That Skyhammer redeco makes perfect sense though I would have preffered a retool of generations springer. I believe that makes him the first triple changer ever seen in the big screen
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS (1586129)
Posted by SlyTF1 on June 27th, 2014 @ 1:18am CDT
Metro Prime wrote:
Rodimus Prime wrote:REVIEW

Wait, so is Shockwave actually appearing in AOE?


There are like, two 2 headed Shockwaves. I have no idea where they come from, though.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS (1586130)
Posted by william-james88 on June 27th, 2014 @ 1:19am CDT
SlyTF1 wrote:This was the greatest 3 hours of my life. Optimus was the most badass badass in the history of badasses. Finally, all the Autobots have distinctive personalities and are in the movie even more than the humans. This is the shit TF fans were waiting for. The stupid humor is gone, even though a lot of it still isn't funny, it's not annoying in the slightest. Not for me, anyway. And one of the only characters who can be considered annoying is dealt with QUICKLY.


I second this review. Its a fun transforers movie. Oh and the scene with Bumblebee dancing isnt there, yay!

Any transformer fan is doing him or herself a disservice by avoiding this one. Watch it on the biggest screen possible. I went for IMAX and didnt regret it.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS (1586131)
Posted by Burn on June 27th, 2014 @ 1:23am CDT
Well ... that was a marathon! In short, I did enjoy it.

Notes
• Plenty of destruction
• Ample amount of human deaths
• My Little Pony appearance
• The robots we know as Cybertronians, are made out of "Transformium"
• Ratchet dies
• Leadfoot dies
• Brains lives
• Galvatron IS Megatron reborn
• Drift is essentially a triple changer (car, robot, helicopter)
• The Dinbots are Lockdown's prisoners
• Transformers are not born, they were built by "The Creators"

The Humans

Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) - I thought he did a great job, such a pleasant change from Shia LaBeouf. Though playing a inventor doesn't seem like his sort of character, given that said inventor then gets drawn into battles between giant alien robots and manages to hold his own against them.

Tessa Yeager (Nicola Peltz) - Oh so conflicting ... at the start I was very impressed with her, she was coming across as a strong female lead ... but then once the explosions start she switches into damsel in distress, before alternating back and forth between the two. You can't be strong AND weak. One big miss for me with her was her bright pink lipstick which made her look (more so) like eye candy.

Shane Dyson (Jack Reynor) - Pointless. Only use for him was to add dialogue between himself and Cade. Didn't really do anything otherwise.

Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci) - Good guy? Bad guy? Bumbling idiot? If anything he's filling the role of Agent Simmons. He starts off as a collaborator with Harold Attinger and vivisector of Transformers (hence bad guy, and also intelligent), but then turns into a bumbling idiot and by the end of it is offering Cade a job.

Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) - Not a stand out performance from him but he did a good job playing the head CIA agent, business partner to Joshua Joyce and go-between between Joyce and Lockdown. At least his character didn't change.

James Savoy (Titus Welliver) - Standard second in command bad guy. Hates Transformers because his sister died in the battle of Chicago.

Su Yueming (Bingbing Li) - Not a major role, but as the Chinese business partner of Joyce she did a superb job. Got her own little kick arse moment and may in fact be the person responsible for Joyce becoming a bumbling idiot (she is quite attractive)

The Robots

Optimus Prime - Same ol Optimus, though unlike other Optimus', this one is sick of the humans crap. With good reason, they've turned on them and are now hunting them down. It's revealed he is also a Knight of Cybertron (he can also fly now)

Bumblebee - Takes a bit of a back seat here as the story centres more on Optimus Prime. Bumblebee still uses radio to talk and to me, has mentally regressed and is now a petulant teenager (a point that Optimus Prime states that he and Cade both share).

Hound - John Goodman did a fantastic job of Hound. A number of great lines. Truly enjoyed the Hound character.

Drift - Samurai face looks stupid. Happy to try to kill Crosshairs even though he believes in trying to come to peaceful solutions without violence (before promptly stabbing a prisoner of Lockdown). Some how magically (we don't actually see it happen) can change between robot, car, AND helicopter. No explanation given, he just does it. No trans-scanning involved either as both modes appear more than once.

Crosshairs - More pissed off with the humans that Optimus. Happy to leave us to our own devices. Also happy to kill Bumblebee if it meant he could take over leading the remaining Autobots (before Prime's return)

The Dinobots - Prisoners of Lockdown, freed by Prime who then had to beat Grimlock into submission. Have no lines at all aside from occasionally roaring. Are INCREDIBLY MASSIVE on the big screen. Definitely need to see more of them.

Lockdown - Interesting character, works side by side with the CIA to hunt down those who fought in the Battle of Chicago, his main goal however is to capture Optimus Prime and return him to "The Creators".

Galvatron - Named by the humans, but is Megatron reborn. Voiced by Welker, is far from the main protagonist in this movie.

Ratchet (deceased) - Hunted down by the humans, Ratchet is wounded and unable to escape, allowing Lockdown to murder him.

Confusing and annoying bits
• Sparks and Souls - When Lockdown murders Ratchet, he does so by ripping his spark from him. Later in the movie when Cade is repairing Prime he mentions his "power core" to which Prime tells him it is his power core and his spark which contains his memories.

Flash forward to the Galvatron/Megatron reveal, it's explained that Megatron downloaded himself from his severed head into his new human built body. No spark involved

• The Creators - Despite the hatchlings in Revenge of the Fallen, we're now told that Transformers are built, not born. The Creators are not revealed, though Prime leaves the Earth in search of them.

• Prime leaving - Despite being tired of humans hunting them, Prime leaves at the end, rocketing into space in search of The Creators, leaving the remaining Autobots behind to look after Cade and his family...said Autobots which also hate humans.

• Transformium - The name given to the metal that the robots are made out of it. I'm sorry, but that is a completely stupid name.

• Pangu Plaza - Nothing annoying about it. I just wanted to note that they could have cute the Pangu Plaza stuff out and it would have made NO difference to the story line at all.

Wrap up
Overall though I enjoyed the movie. I felt it's the best so far. As far as lead actors go, Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz worked better than Shia LaBeouf and well...anyone. Primarily because Cade is trying to protect his daughter as opposed to Shia being a immature idiot lusting after anything with boobs.

It's definitely left things open for the next movie, that could involve a Earth based story with less Prime, or a Prime centric movie off-planet. Here's hoping for the latter.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS (1586132)
Posted by SlyTF1 on June 27th, 2014 @ 1:36am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
SlyTF1 wrote:This was the greatest 3 hours of my life. Optimus was the most badass badass in the history of badasses. Finally, all the Autobots have distinctive personalities and are in the movie even more than the humans. This is the shit TF fans were waiting for. The stupid humor is gone, even though a lot of it still isn't funny, it's not annoying in the slightest. Not for me, anyway. And one of the only characters who can be considered annoying is dealt with QUICKLY.


I second this review. Its a fun transforers movie. Oh and the scene with Bumblebee dancing isnt there, yay!

Any transformer fan is doing him or herself a disservice by avoiding this one. Watch it on the biggest screen possible. I went for IMAX and didnt regret it.


I went to the biggest IMAX screen I could find, which was in a space museum, with a bunch of NASA rocket scientists watching the movie, too. Anyone who says these movies are for dumb people are mistaken. And as much as I was worried about that dancing scene, I kind of wanted to see what they'd do with it.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS (1586133)
Posted by Burn on June 27th, 2014 @ 1:43am CDT
SlyTF1 wrote:
Metro Prime wrote:
Rodimus Prime wrote:REVIEW

Wait, so is Shockwave actually appearing in AOE?


There are like, two 2 headed Shockwaves. I have no idea where they come from, though.


Joyce had 50 drones created which Galvatron took control of.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS (1586134)
Posted by SlyTF1 on June 27th, 2014 @ 1:46am CDT
Burn wrote:
SlyTF1 wrote:
Metro Prime wrote:
Rodimus Prime wrote:REVIEW

Wait, so is Shockwave actually appearing in AOE?


There are like, two 2 headed Shockwaves. I have no idea where they come from, though.


Joyce had 50 drones created which Galvatron took control of.


Yeah, but, where'd they get 2 Shockwave heads from? Or did they just form that way when they created them? I know they couldn't exactly control the way they looked, but still.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS (1586138)
Posted by Burn on June 27th, 2014 @ 2:02am CDT
SlyTF1 wrote:
Burn wrote:
SlyTF1 wrote:
Metro Prime wrote:
Rodimus Prime wrote:REVIEW

Wait, so is Shockwave actually appearing in AOE?


There are like, two 2 headed Shockwaves. I have no idea where they come from, though.


Joyce had 50 drones created which Galvatron took control of.


Yeah, but, where'd they get 2 Shockwave heads from? Or did they just form that way when they created them? I know they couldn't exactly control the way they looked, but still.


Stinger was modelled on Bumblebee

Galvatron was INTENDED to be modelled on Optimus Prime.

It's perfectly conceivable that they modelled a number of the other 50 on other TF's.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS (1586140)
Posted by Darkman20xx on June 27th, 2014 @ 2:17am CDT
Gotta say I saw it and it was just.....okay. This is one of those movies where the trailers make everything seem so much better than you see the movie and it's just like Ehhhh. Though it's explained as a new development in improving Transformers the way the newly built Decepticons transformed was just a nuisance for me as it really made the Special effects seem way worse than they were when they were on screen. Looked like just a pixelated mess.

2nd as much as people hate Shia I kind of ended up missing him a lot. His approach to his character was a lot more entertaining to me then Cade's character. They also could have alluded to what happened to Sam and crew as well. No mention of them at all that I saw.

Now I go to the worst part of the film. It's almost 3 hours long for no reason. Well there is a reason. It's because the first 45 minutes to an hour are spent to kill Ratchet and then develop characters when that all could have done in much shorter time. Did we really need to have 2 or 3 conversations between Cade and his daughter having the same issue about boys and dating to know he was on overprotective father? Then to boot their scenes weren't even acted out all that well.

Let's not talk about how Cade, with no military training that I know of, is thrashing Decepticons left and right in this film. I'm pretty sure is body count is close to 10.

The movie is worth seeing if your a fan but I don't see it doing as well with the masses as the other ones.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS (1586150)
Posted by Cyberpath on June 27th, 2014 @ 3:46am CDT
As someone who didn't really like the first three movies, I thought this one was way better.

Krayt wrote:Best thing is that this isn't like DotM, as in I didn't sit there going " they pulled that from this G1 ep" seems like all original story, of course we will prob notice it drew on xxxxx later...
The Seed kind of reminded me of the key to Vector Sigma.

chuckdawg1999 wrote:Does Prime turn into the newer film truck? If Prime does does Prime just show up with the new body?

Once in full control does Galvatron refer to himself as Galvatron or Megatron?

Does Prime kill humans?
Yes to all.
Prime killed Kelsey's character to save Cade. This distracted him from the fight with Lockdown which allowed Lockdown to get the drop on him.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS (1586161)
Posted by Bleak5170 on June 27th, 2014 @ 6:05am CDT
partholon wrote:starting to get that sinking feeling after reading some of the reviews.



It is now officially the worst-reviewed Transformers film of all.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS (1586163)
Posted by Burn on June 27th, 2014 @ 6:12am CDT
Why do people waste time with reviews? Why not just go and see the movie and form your own decision instead of relying on the opinions of others to decide what you may or may not like?
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS (1586166)
Posted by mirageandjazz1197 on June 27th, 2014 @ 7:05am CDT
Burn wrote:Why do people waste time with reviews? Why not just go and see the movie and form your own decision instead of relying on the opinions of others to decide what you may or may not like?



Because we are the stupidest race on earth that's not a joke either.


People complain about the most ridiculous things because people believe they will get what they want.


Just be glad there are movies in the first place you ungrateful wastes of oxygen (not you I'm talking bout those who mindlessly hate and never ever stop.)
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS (1586167)
Posted by Sub-Prime on June 27th, 2014 @ 7:35am CDT
The First TF movie where the robots are the stars!!!! 11/10 for me
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS (1586171)
Posted by Cyber Bishop on June 27th, 2014 @ 7:45am CDT
I don't read shit like rotten tomatoes and other review sites, I look for friends that I know that have seen it. And from the few that have seen it (they work for various theaters in town and have seen it earlier in the week) I am unsure about it. Plz keep in mind all the people that I know that have seen it are massive Transformer fans (Not G1, not modern era, not Bay haters just TRANSFORMER FANS) and all of them gave me disappointing synopses of the movie (I already read the plot). Most know how much I love Dinobots especially Grimlock and have told me that I may not like their screen time. The same people also told me that I may not like the movie in general.. I guess I will find out when we see it this Sunday.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS (1586172)
Posted by fenrir72 on June 27th, 2014 @ 7:45am CDT
My thoughts

Reminds me of Key to Vector Sigma and the earlier DW plotlines.

Humans hating TFs? Again G1 where Megatron turned public opinion against the Autobots.

KissPlayers where again, humans are the ones hunting the TFs with the human leader having an ax to grind.

Good that despite some sectors calling the points I mentioned kiddy stuff.............still get to be translated into the big screen. Not Shakespeare but good enough for a popcorn flick.

Humans btw are a despicable breed...........always have the penchant to kill their "saviors". The regular Joe (Mark Wahlberg types)on the street are alright but the power brokers behind the scenes are always the ones who screws things up.Sometimes, we just don't deserved to be save at all.

A pity that all the human characters of the 1st trilogy are gone..........so Sector 7 is now really kaput? I miss Simons especially And the Witwicky's.....I was half hoping that Mark Walhberg was Spike in adult age and would become Fortmax in the future (what a waste for Shia "looney tune" Lebouf).

Creators? The Quintessons? Two more years to wait then. For whatever criticism Bay ( I still don't dig the mech designs) gets, (maybe he should finish what he started) hope he stays for the next 2 films together with Steve Jablonsky's epic soundtracks.

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