The Transformers films aren’t just about alien robots that turn into cars. In the past 3 movies, it has been established that the folks behind the Transformers franchise are always pushing the limits to what really makes a great blockbuster. As storytellers, they have used technology, music and characters in both human and drone form to thrill audiences. And man, is it working?!
What’s new about this one? As the one of the movie’s taglines suggests, “the rules have changed”. Transformers 4: Age Of Extinctions is a mega mammoth of a movie that brilliantly dishes out a tall order. Here are 7 reasons why we think so.
The film picks up four years after the events in Chicago (seen in Transformers: Dark Of The Moon). The humans have turned against the Autobots and anyone who supported them were put away. The Autobots are in hiding. They’re being hunted by the humans to be experimented on and be broken down to form new, better robots. Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and few other (new) Transformers have survived and will have to fight against the humans.
Which means the game’s changed and Optimus will have to break his vow of never hurting the humans. In addition, there is a bigger enemy at bay.
The sci-fi angle of the film has gotten more intense. From the special effects to the drones and military gizmos in the film, Michael Bay has pulled out all the stops. With Steven Spielberg as the executive producer, Age Of Extinction has sci-fi favourites like space-age inventions, alien weapons, dinosaurs, droid-dinos and aliens. They’re all here and built for one mega movie experience.
At first, it could be a little overwhelming to not recognize the new Autobots (if you aren’t a hardcore Michael Bay Transformers fan). But once you get over it and stop searching or hoping for your old familiar Autobots, you’ll be pleasantly acquainted with the new lot. In fact, they hold their own pretty amazingly against a new dark villain (who is dead cool as a bounty hunter).
Grammy winning electronic musician Skrillex has contributed for the sound design of the film and the Dinobots. Compared to the last few films, songs in this movie have more of a presence in the story-line. Background score genius, Hans Zimmer too has contributed to the scores and Imagine Dragons‘ track, Battle Cry appears at a key moment. Sound buffs will enjoy this one.
From giant Dinobots (robot dinosaurs), intergalactic warlords and their space crafts to ships being lifted and thrashed around the city, this film is larger than life itself.
You might miss the previous cast including some of the Autobots like Ironhide, Ratchet (who is briefly in the film), Wheeljack and many more (also Megatron and Starscream). But along with Optimus Prime (obviously), it’s nice to see Bumblebee and Brain again. The best part is that they’re all in great shape, action-wise and comically.
Apart from the machines, the humans have a key role in the movie. There is a love story, a father-daughter angle, a scientist/businessman who is forced to make the right decision (the kind that his conscious would be proud of). Yep, this Transformers film takes the human emotions so seriously that it plays in the background like a Bollywood film. I chose to ignore it and frankly, it did feel a little cheesy with the fast paced feel of the story. But if you’re into that kinda stuff, this movie has it by the bucket loads.
All in all, expect to be blown away. Transformers: Age Of Extinction is kinda long, but it’s packed with a hell of a lot that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat. It’s a must-watch and be sure to get yourselves some great 3D glasses or else the movie might not have that much of an impact.
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