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|Original title:||Transformers: Age of Extinction|
|Production country:||USA 2014|
|Running time:||Ca. 166 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Several years have passed since the Autobots and the Decepticons fought their all-decisive battle on Earth, destroying Chicago. The fact that the Autobots are actually the good guys who protect us humans from evil aliens does not matter to the bereaved of the victims. The CIA agent Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) takes advantage of this attitude: he founds a special unit to hunt down and destroy all Transformers. At least he's pretending that's his target. In fact, Attinger is working with another alien robot that will give him access to the powerful Transformers technology when Attinger provides him with Optimus Prime in return. But after the events of Chicago, he remains missing without a trace. Until the tinkerer Cade Yaeger (Mark Wahlberg) buys an old truck and finds out that he has the leader of the Autobots in his barn while screwing around on the alleged scrap heap. And so it doesn't take long until Attinger and his men not only hunt Optimus Prime, but also Cade and his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz). But this is only the beginning of a new gigantic battle that could finally usher in the era of doom for the people…
Actually, Michael Bay only wanted to stage a trilogy of "Transformers" films. But after the third part has raised over 1.1 billion dollars worldwide despite the usual negative criticism, Bay was not yet ready to give up the franchise. And so with "Transformers: Era of Doom" he now delivers the start of a second trilogy. The only really big changes are in the cast. Shia LaBeouf is just as little involved as Josh Duhamel or Tyrese Gibson. Instead, Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz ("Bates Motel") and newcomer Jack Reynor ("The Delivery Hero") are now allowed to fight their way through the Bay battle of material alongside Autobots and other Transformers.
Besides the new actors there are of course also some new Transformers, whereby the Dinobots are likely to attract the most attention - even though they can only be seen for a short time towards the end of the movie, which is too long with almost three hours. Apart from that, Bay remains true to his formula for success despite all criticism. He neither renounces his obligatory 180-degree camera movements, nor landscape shots in an overstylised postcard idyll, nor lascivious glances at the barely covered backs of the attractive actresses. On the other hand, he has somewhat reduced the infantile humor of the last films, which had reached almost unbearable proportions in the second part. There are still some scenes that are obviously supposed to be fun for a very young audience, but all in all such moments stay within tolerable limits.
Anyway, in the "Transformers" movies the special effects and the action sequences are clearly in the foreground. And no matter what you might think of Bay and despite the script, whose lack of quality nobody can deny, you can't deny that the director has delivered first class again in the fourth infusion. In many fast-paced sequences, in which once again entire cities are transformed into rubble, Michael Bay offers the fans of the series exactly what they expect from him and what they want to see in a "Transformers" film. And anyone who still expects something different after the first three parts in the fourth film is to put it mildly to blame himself.
Admittedly, objectively speaking, "Transformers: Era of Downfall" is not a particularly good film. It's at least thirty minutes too long, not very convincing from an acting point of view (apart from Stanley Tucci, who seems to be able to get something out of even a messed up script) and dramaturgically without any form of originality. And yet the whole thing as pure popcorn fun actually works very well. However, you should exchange your intellect for a large portion of popcorn and coke before entering the cinema hall at the bar, because as soon as you start to think too much about the noise on the screen, the pleasure of this latest appearance by Optimus Prime and Co. is quickly significantly diminished.
Whoever liked the first three "Transformers" movies not because of Shia LaBeouf, but rather despite Shia LaBeouf, just wants to see more Autobot action and finally wants to know the whole truth about who or what really wiped out the dinosaurs, will definitely have a lot of fun in the "Era of Doom". But those who belong to the unteachable who still hope that Michael Bay has staged a film not only for the eyes, but also for the brains, will want to be able to transform themselves into a car at the latest at the first longer dialogue scene, in order to be able to jet out of the cinema as quickly as possible. Therefore: A party for fans and absolutely worth seeing for the target group!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp