‘Transformers’ an optimal fail

Let me say first that I am a huge “Transformers” fan. So last weekend I ran to the nearest theater to see the much anticipated new movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the fourth movie in the well known “Transformers” series.

The movie, with Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor, features a whole new cast for the “Transformers” films.

A new cast can be very tricky to the success of a movie, so I was excited to see how they would tie up the last chapter of the former movie, and begin the new one.

The movie is set five years after “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” The autobots have gone into hiding and the famous Optimus Prime is nowhere to be found.

The plot moves along when Cade (Wahlberg) comes across Optimus and helps the beaten leader. In the process, Cade drags his daughter and her boyfriend into the world of war of the autobots.

In this film the focus moves away from Bumblebee and to Prime as the main link to the humans. Oddly, it is never explained why Bumblebee left his owner Sam, since he was supposed to be his most loyal protector.

The shallow and sloppily thrown-in love connection between the daughter and boyfriend is disappointing.

Within the two hours and 45 minutes of running time, the plot just gets too thick and, at points, is flat out boring, so the viewers are either asking questions or bored.

The only enjoyable parts of this film are the action scenes and special effects.

This was by far the worst of the “Transformer” movies. Director Michael Bay should have questioned his ability to make an interesting sequel when he decided he was going to recast the entire film and in no way wrap up what had happened to all of the characters fans had grown attached to.

Altogether the film was too long, too stretchy, with very shallow characters. I would not recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of the previous “Transformers” movies. They will leave very disappointed, and scratching their heads in confusion.

Rating: C

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