Following the battle of Chicago in Transformers 3, Decepticons and Autobots are being hunted down and destroyed by the United States military.
Led by Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) and a bounty hunter Transformer named Lockdown, the fear of another alien war has the country in a constant state of alert.
Cue in the human element to the story in Cade Yeager (Mark Walberg), a dad and small time inventor who makes his living by fixing other people’s junk. Cade stumbles across an old, worn out flatbed truck that just also happens to be the most bad ass Transformer of them all: Optimus Prime.
As a result, Cade and his friends are labeled as enemies of the state and with the help of the remaining Autobots, they must both discover the real truth behind Lockdown’s involvement and these robot assassinations.
THE GOOD – Mark Walberg and Stanley Tucci
These two actors were a welcomed addition to the visual effects/explosion porn that is the Transformers franchise. It was fun having an action oriented lead in Mark Walberg, who fit this type of genre very well.
Being able to cheer on the hero as he battled against giant alien robots rather than running away screaming like Shia LeBoeuf was a great change of pace.
Stanley Tucci is one of those rare actors that can take any character thrown at him and make it seem complex and hilarious. You can tell right away that Bay was going to force his brand of comedy down our throats and he tries to convey this most in Stanley’s character Joshua Joyce.
Despite the bad script, Stanley manages to take on the material and make it his own unlike John Turturro’s character Simmons did in the previous films.
THE BAD – The film runs for 2 hours and 45 minutes!
No joke. The running time for this film is almost 3 hours long!
The action just becomes redundant after a point and ultimately just plain boring. The one thing the Transformers films had going for it was that they were straight laced, compact stories.
This very ambitious and plain script by Erhen Kruger made some bold choices but just can’t seem to keep your interest long enough to stop yourself from looking down at your watch.
It’s fair to say that if you’ve been fan of this franchise from the beginning, you probably aren’t buying your tickets for the rich dialogue and deep character development.
If you want Bay’s patented explosion and cheesy one liners with women wearing incredibly short shorts, then by God that is what you are going to get.
Michael Bay has been sticking to the mantra of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” for awhile now but in keeping it safe has quickly turned his films into the film equivalent of fast food.
It will feel good going in but ultimately, you always regret it going out…