Opening in theatres this Friday from director Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures comes the next installment of the gang who are more than meets the eye with TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction.

This movie tells the story of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), a small town man who has a knack for invention. Living with daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz), the money situation is getting tight and foreclosure on the land is looming.

While going through a run down theatre looking for parts to buy, Yeager finds an old truck that he thinks is worth money in parts. Not happy about dad’s purchase, Tessa is worried about leaving her Dad when it’s time to go to college.

Working on the truck, Yeager discovers that this isn’t any normal truck – especially when it comes to life. Realizing it’s an autobot all he wants to do is help repair Optimus Prime. But it doesn’t take long before the men in black cars show up with James Savoy (Titus Welliver) leading the pack. Threatening to take father and daughter, they are rescued by a fast driving Shane Dyson (Jack Reynor) who introduces himself as Tessa’s boyfriend!

Savoy is the muscle for Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer), a military man whose only goal is to read the Earth of what he calls alien terrorists. Attinger is also working with Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci) who has cracked the autobots genome and who is now able to create his own bots, including Galvatron (Frank Welker).

With enemies coming from above led by Lockdown (Mark Ryan) and million year old enemy Dinobots – Grimlock, Strafe, Slug and Scorn rising from the ice, Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) along with Crosshairs (John DiMaggio), Hound (John Goodman), Bumblebee and Drift (Ken Watanabe) must once again come to the aid of humans – but not alone!

FINAL WORD: Wahlberg as Yeager is a complete mess as a father but his usual buff self as an action hero. That being said I didn’t believe his character for one minute and that might be because I was to busy being bombarded with senseless destruction. His over protectiveness of daughter Tess was strange as well, and his reasons behind it didn’t make sense. Oh well, a lot of things in this movie didn’t make sense!

Peltz as Tessa is just another young girl in short-shorts who has daddy issues. Reynor as Shane is a handsome kid who apparently has been going to high school with Tessa for some time but drives cars and has an Irish accent – yea, didn’t buy any of that.

Welliver as Savoy is just an angry man who looked oddly orange which pulled me from his character – orange tends to do that. His best role to date for me was Jimmy O’Phelan in the series SONS OF ANARCHY. Grammer at Attinger is just an angry man who likes destruction but claims to be a true American, oh, and he’s creepy.

Tucci as Joyce…I have to go with him on this one because everything Tucci does I like. I mean seriously he is the comic relief in the film crumbling easily under the guise of being an industrialist. He did make me laugh a lot so I’m keeping his status in good standing with me!

Other cast include: Bingbing Li as Sue Yueming, Sophia Myles as Darcy Tirrel, T.J. Miller as Lucas Flannery, and James Bachman as Gill Wembley.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction two and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. I’m being generous here folks! If I never see another Transformers movie again I’d be alright with that. Two hours and forty-five minutes of smashing, crashing, bad family melodrama, rip off’s of the ‘shredders’ from Berg’s film BATTLESHIP (didn’t think I’d notice that did ya Michael Bay!), story jumping and sappy monologuing by Optimus Prime have just finished me.

In his desperation to keep the franchise alive, Bay has thrown audiences everything but the kitchen sink (although I could swear I saw one flying by during the scenes of destruction in Beijing!). I suppose the destruction of the Chinese city is pay back for the crap GODZILLA did to San Francisco!

Oh I’m sure the movie will make back some of its $209,000,000 budget but that amount of money for this train wreck is just blasphemy in the first place. There is nothing in this movie that warrants that kind of waste. It’s not a film folks, it’s a movie and one that is going to do whatever it’s going to do no matter what I say. The 3-D didn’t do it any favors either.

Two other irritating factors for me was 1) who are these autobots who magically appear in this film and where were they in the other three films? and 2) product placement was ridiculous! From ‘The Beat’ pill speaker thingie to Bud Light in the light blue aluminum bottle looking cans it was so frakken obvious! In Beijing there was the water bottle lable and whatever it was Tucci was drinking out of on the rooftop, it seems that country got a few product placements as well.

I don’t want to write about this anymore, I’m officially exhausted and ready to read a book at home in my comfy chair in silence!

In the end – the rules have changed.

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