Transformers: Age of Extinction, with Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor & Kelsey Grammer. Though the 165 minute length of the film was a flaw, by at least 45 minutes; I can’t imagine wrapping up the existing plot & storyline in a mere two hours. There was just a lot happening. The problem with this kind of film being overly-long is, the continual swirling VFX (virtual special effects) was visually tiring. However; I survived it, unscathed & satisfied.
Wahlberg makes a wonderful replacement, in the lead. At least, he’s a mature presence, welcome as not being hyperactive & childish. A reference to the now, burnt out Shia LaBeouf. The under-rated, but not under-paid, actor adds a sincere, innocent touch to the franchise. I like him, his talent & non-melodramatic expressiveness.
For those that remember the previous chapters, we notice missing characters & a bit of a vacuum which is worked into the story quite well. The visuals were indeed remarkable, if a bit repetitive. Though not really a negative, one would think that a variety of two or three more fictional technologies could have been included.
I recommend the film, for die-hard fans of hardcore, rocket ship, science fiction. One doesn’t need to be familiar with the old Transformer cartoons, as these movies are in a league of their own.