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Autobots Roll Out in a New Big Screen Adventure

Written By: Harald Schossman

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After a brief intermission with last year’s Pain & Gain director Michael Bay once again returns to the Transformers franchise. The popular serieshas gotten a fresh make over, a new cast of characters, and new autobot designs for what promises the start of a new trilogy. That is as long as the box-office receipts live up to expectations.

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The story is set five years after the cataclysmic battle of Chicago we saw in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The world has changed and after the disaster of Chicago the government is taking no chances, hunting down all remaining Transformers, both friend and foe. That is when the broke, out of luck inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) acquires an old, decrepit truck, much to his daughter Tessa’s (Nicola Peltz) dismay. The truck turns out to be Optimus Prime, but before they know Cade and Tessa find themselves on the run from  the CIA operative Harold Attinger’s (Kelsey Grammer) goon squad. They figure out that the man pulling the strings is a Steve Jobs kind of tycoon named Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci) who has found a way to artificially build Transformers, even upgrade them. Needless to say the secret of the Transformers is not so easily revealed and there is a price to be paid. The massive showdown leads the heroes to Hong Kong, China for the most elaborate destructive climax yet.

Michael Bay is renowned for blowing things up and wreaking havoc, but this time he’s truly outdone himself. I don’t think I have ever seen this much Mayem, or should I say Bayhem, in one film.

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This latest Transformers installment benefits from its fresh cast. I did like Mark Wahlberg in the lead. Nicola Peltz sure is easy on the yes, but she doesn’t get all that much to do even though she is certainly a talented actress. Stanley Tucci always blends into his characters so well, I don’t think there’s a part he can’t play. I liked the fact that this time there is no military to help the protagonists, it’s only them and the autobots and even that relationship is strained, which further complicates the task. The China setting was a much needed new environment for Bay to play in and he makes good use of it. There are some amazing, eye popping aerial shots amidst the Hong Kong skyscrapers. Unfortunately my screening was still in 2D and I’m yet to see the IMAX 3D version, but even in 2D those scenes shot on the new crisp digital IMAX 3D cameras stood out.

The film was an enjoyable fun ride and a nice re-boot, and it will make tons of money but if this is indeed to be a new trilogy the screenwriters will have to get some more character development in future instalments. Autobot battles sure are fun, but we’ve seen it four times by now and it will become an increasing challenge to keep audiences coming back for more.

About The Author: Harold Schossman is our International News Corespondent and our resident Expert Videographer. He has worked in the entertainment industry for almost two decades. Be sure to check out his outstanding video work on his YouTube account.

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