The Autobots are back, and well, they never really leave, do they?
Five years after the Chicago War, the now extinct Autobots reemerge with dampened spirits. Optimus Prime took the form of a ragged, rusting truck – the sign of defeat and loss of hope. But when Prime crossed paths with Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), an inventor of sorts, circumstances changed. Despite being betrayed by the very species that they bound to protect, the five remaining Autobots save the humans once again from a seemingly inevitable destruction caused by greed and ambition.
Sounds familiar? That’s because the plot is as easy as it gets. The on-again, off-again relationship that the Autobots have with the humans is what seems to keep the franchise going. Was a reboot really necessary? Regardless of the answer, the fourth installment was sadly a wasted effort.
I cringed every time the actors delivered their one-liners. Wahlberg’s casting was not given justice as the script had dense humor. To make matters worse, the fight scenes were dragging. The Michael Bay formula is still there, but a healthy dose of fight scenes would have been enough to sustain the film (and the viewers’ attention span). As they say, less is more.
The cliffhangers suggest that the franchise will continue on. Megatron went through a major overhaul, and as expected, he’ll be back, and so will the Autobots. Bay is no Scorsese, but he sure knows how to sell the hype.
Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo