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Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers_Age_of_Extinction_PosterAt one point, a “Transformers: Age of Extinction” character delivers this gem – “I also have a saying; I don’t care.” Why isn’t that the tagline of this movie? Or the whole “Transformers” film franchise for that matter?

“Age of Extinction” takes place five years after “Dark of the Moon.” Even though the Autobots helped save mankind in Chicago, the US government classifies all Transformers as dangerous fugitives, forcing the Autobots to go into hiding. Meanwhile, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) is desperately trying to earn enough money to keep his home and send his daughter, Tessa (Nicola Peltz), to college. Trouble is, none of his inventions work very well and he doesn’t make much money fixing CD players and other random things. However, a dilapidated truck Cade gets his hands on is another story because it isn’t just a truck in need of fixing; it’s Optimus Prime.

This part of “Age of Extinction” isn’t all that bad. The idea of the government shunning the Autobots for helping us win a battle we never could have won on our own is a little ridiculous, but it’s well worth the fun of getting the chance to discover the Transformers all over again. The human characters involved in that discovery, however, are so devastatingly poorly written, they almost extinguish the thrill of the Autobot reunion.

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Toy Fair 2014

Toy_FairPERRI’S TOY FAIR 2014 COVERAGE:

Toy Fair 2014: Over 30 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Toy Images Including Ronan the Accuser, Korath, Star-Lord’s Milano Ship, and More

Toy Fair 2014: Images of New Marvel Toys Featuring CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, THE AVENGERS, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, and More

Toy Fair 2014: New STAR WARS Toys Featuring STAR WARS REBELS Characters, The Command Line, Black Series Additions and More

Toy Fair 2014: Over 70 Pictures of the TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Toys Including Dinobots, Grimlock, Galvatron, Windblade, and More

Toy Fair 2014: Over 50 Pictures of KRE-O New Additions from the TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Lines

Toy Fair: Over 150 Images of LEGO GHOSTBUSTERS, STAR WARS, LEGO MOVIE Sets; Descriptions of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and TMNT LEGO Sets

Toy Fair: Over 100 Pictures from NECA Booth Including DIVERGENT, PACIFIC RIM, ALIEN, PREDATOR, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and More

Toy Fair 2014: Over 70 Pictures of New Figures from THE WALKING DEAD, Marvel, GODZILLA, ALIEN, BATMAN, GAME OF THRONES, STAR WARS, and More

Toy Fair: Over 250 Pictures From Convention Floor Including FROZEN, BREAKING BAD, DOCTOR WHO, SONS OF ANARCHY, ANCHORMAN 2, and More

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Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

I love chocolate cake. When I eat too much chocolate cake, I feel sick and don’t love it much anymore. I like visually stimulating imagery in movies. When I see too much visually stimulating imagery, in 3D nonetheless, I feel sick and don’t love it much anymore. Hopefully Michael Bay doesn’t love chocolate cake as much as he loves tracking shots and dizzying robot battles or he’d have a morbidly obese problem on his hands.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon suggests that Apollo 11 really flew to the moon to investigate a mysterious spacecraft crash. Turns out, that spacecraft is from Cybertron and carries an Autobot technology with the power to save their race. However, years later, the government has neatly tucked away this little bit of info, and Optimus Prime, Bumblee and the other Autobots are committed to living on earth, assisting the US military.

Meanwhile, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is a recent college graduate trying to secure his first post-school job, but unfortunately, his Ivy League diploma and medal from the president don’t bear as much weight as he hopes. On the bright side, Sam had no trouble replacing Mikaela (Megan Fox) with yet another woman way out of his league, Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley). She’s got a high-paying position working for Dylan (Patrick Dempsey), a car-collecting hotshot, who’s generous enough to give Carly a paycheck that supports both her and Sam. Believing this is no life for a former hero, Sam is desperate for the day he can jump back into the action with the Autobots and, thanks to a piece of that Cybertron spacecraft surfacing in Chernobyl, he’ll get that chance soon enough.

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