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Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction starring Mark Wahlberg


The first time I saw a movie trailer for this film I thought, “Hell yeah!” I’m almost sure everyone remembers the Transformers. Mark Wahlberg is, of course, hot and one of my favorite actors. And, the special effects and action scenes are righteous. Last night I had the pleasure of watching the full length movie, which is just over 2 1/2 hours long. Although the action does pick up fairly soon in the beginning the movie starts off kind of dull. I especially didn’t care for the early scenes between actor Mark Wahlberg and actress Nicola Peltz who plays Wahlberg’s teenage daughter. Their relationship as father and daughter just isn’t believable. Wahlberg, in real life, is 43 years old and stands at about 5’8″. The two actors would have been better cast as love interests in my opinion. According to IMDb.com casting director credits go to Denise Chamian, Mickie Paskal and Jennifer Rudnicke but I’m honestly not sure who should take the heat for the film cast. After all this is a Steven Spielberg production and I have yet to see one of his films fall short. I guess there is a first time for everything because the casting in this instance honestly took away from a great body of work. Sources report that the three lead roles (Wahlberg, Pelka and the role of Pelka’s boyfriend played by actor Jack Reynor) are contracted to appear in the next three sequels. If you consider the fact that independently both Wahlberg and Peltz gave an excellent performance that could only mean that Executive Producer and Film Director Michael Bay dropped the ball on this one. It has yet to be announced whether or not Bay will return to direct a future Transformers production. Not that it really matters to me (I never agree with their ratings) but when the movie was released late June 2014 it received poor reviews from film critics, ranking at only 18% on Rotten Tomatoes and making it the lowest ranked film of the Transformers franchise. Transformers: Age of Extinction turned out to be a hit at the box office and grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Where I can agree with film critics about this movie is with their great appreciation for the performances that Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci delivered as well as the outstanding visual effects, and action sequences. — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transformers:_Age_of_Extinction

The action certainly makes up for the film’s few shortcomings. According to fxguide.com Transformers: Age of Extinction was a massive production. Much larger in scale than the first three films in the franchise. Age of Extinction required a bigger crew size, complex effects shots, higher quality stereo delivery and the shooting locations were more dynamic. In fact, it is the largest film production in the history of visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic. ILM visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar is quoted saying that the Age of Extinction film was the “heaviest data wrangling picture I’ve ever done, the largest in ILM’s history. It was the largest crew I’ve ever had – 500 people. It was IMAX and 3D so you’re rendering twice as much at least. Our work is about 90 minutes worth of the movie.” — http://www.fxguide.com/featured/age-of-extinction-ilm-turns-up-its-transformers-toolset/

90 minutes worth of action packed visual wonder and amazement. All of the Transformers characters’ mechanics are visually intricate. The Autobots gang includes Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Hound, Drift, Crosshairs, Ratchet, Leadfoot and Brains. They each take on an extremely realistic human persona. Actor John Goodman is the voice of Hound, a chubby but nimble Autobot with a scruffy beard made of wire coils, nuts and bolts who chews on bullets as though they were cigars. Hound makes his debut in this film operating as the Autobots’ heavy artillery gunner. He transforms into an Oshkosh Defense Medium Tactical Vehicle. I really enjoyed his character. Hound cracks a lot of jokes, making light of an otherwise gloomy situation whenever he can and he is just a downright lovable guy. — http://screenrant.com/transformers-4-characters-autobots-decepticons-dinobots/

It is truly astounding the level of depth in robotic animation achieved in Transformers: Age of Extinction. The cinematography capturing the action sequence integration between the actual human cast and the digital renderings was nearly flawless. Admittedly, the making of this particular 3D IMAX film production was by far the largest undertaking for visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic. Quite the handful by any standards. Don’t get me wrong, the visual effects were phenomenal. Unfortunately, they weren’t absolutely impeccable. Call me a knit-picking perfectionist. Perhaps the most difficult part of this creative process was the marrying of the actor’s takes and the digital animation. From what I was able to notice there are a couple of frames in the movie where both Mark Wahlberg’s and Jack Reynor’s stunt doubles were blatantly obvious. I found it distracting to the eye. I immediately became confused about which actor was in the scene. A little off-putting to the direction of the film plot. Overall, nothing major in that respect. Age of Extinction is definitely a movie the entire family will enjoy. If you are looking for a humorous, fast action, digitally high-tech movie with sweet rides I would highly recommend Transformers: Age of Extinction.  But don’t take my word for it, check out the movie trailer below then pick up your copy available on BLU-RAY™ , BLU-RAY 3D AND DIGITAL HD today!

 

“Autobots must escape sight from a bounty hunter who takes control of the human serendipity: Unexpectedly, Optimus Prime and his remaining gang turn to a mechanic and his daughter for help.” — http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2109248/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_8

 

Transformers: Age of Extinction TRAILER 1 (2014) – Mark Wahlberg Movie HD

Published on March 4 2014

Earth is scarred by the events of the past three movies, but is moving on after all the giant robots disappeared. Cade Yeager, an inventor, discovers a buried Transformer, which sets the stage for the return of the Autobots and Decepticons.

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