First Few Reviews For TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Hit; Promise More Of The Same

The first few reviews for Transformers: Age of Extinction have landed, and they're...mixed! So far, we have one which is reasonably good, one which is arguably pretty decent and one which tears the movie apart. You can read highlights from them all after the jump!

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By Josh Wilding - 6/22/2014
The first few reviews for Transformers: Age of Extinction are...pretty much like the reviews for the first three movies! Below are the first three, with The Hollywood Reporter slamming the movie, Variety somewhere in-between and HitFix at least pointing out the fact that it's a fun blockbuster. Like it or not, audiences enjoy the Transformers series, and many of the complaints below (and in the full versions of the reviews) are things - blatant Chinese product placement for example - that people simply won't care about when they're paying for their tickets and then watching the movie. Check out the reviews below and sound off with your thoughts in the usual place!


Ultimately, these are still just vehicles for the sale of more toys, and Hasbro is poised to clean up once again. My own kids have fallen in love with this series, and I can tell you exactly what they love about it: all the goddamn robots. They don't care about anything else. Each new Transformers film could just be two solid hours of new robot characters walking out and introducing themselves, then jumping into an ongoing fist-fight, and my boys would be perfectly happy with it. It feels to me like "Transformers" is, in many ways, one of the least cynical of the major franchises currently in progress because Bay knows that he's selling a product here, and he sells it with all the slick that he can muster. It is no accident that Bay is a TV commercial maestro. He is very good at selling, and "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" will indeed gets it hooks in deep in its target audience, and toys will fly off shelves, and the series will rake in another mountain of money both domestically and abroad. What I'm really curious about is whether or not they're going to pick up the surprising story threads introduced in the film's final moments when they make the next movie, because it suggests a film that would be utterly unlike anything else in the series so far. Whatever the case, "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" more than delivers on whatever promises Bay makes to an audience at this point. Giant robots. Giant mayhem. Destruction on a global scale. You know what you're in for if you buy a ticket, and Bay seems determined to wear you down with the biggest craziest "Transformers" movie yet.

SOURCE: HitFix

Despite boasting an entirely new human cast and many a new onscreen mechanical warrior, plus a half-hour grand finale set in very different Hong Kong locales, Transformers: Age of Extinction isn't the breath of fresh air vitally needed by an aging franchise. No matter that these films set the tills ringing — all things come to an end, and if this is a reboot, Extinction promises the series will go out with more of a whimper than a bang further down the line. Still, the current film is very well-placed to rake it in big time in China and could surpass Dark of the Moon's record takings. Belying its ominous title, Age of Extinction barely skirts the idea that humankind and planet Earth are about to be totally annihilated. What is extinguished is the audience's consciousness after being bombarded for nearly three hours with overwrought emotions ("There's a missile in the living room!" Tessa hollers — twice), bad one-liners and battles that rarely rise above the banal. A trio of editors make a technical marvel out of the fight scenes, but can do little to link the story's multiple threads into something coherent.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

It’s not just that the Autobots look more distinctive and easier to tell apart than ever in “Transformers: Age of Extinction” — as Optimus Prime never tires of reminding us, these robots have actual souls. So who cares if the human characters are even more dispensable and the plot even more scattershot than usual? Resurrected to take on man-made knock-offs of themselves, these metallic superheroes cause so much destruction, it’s as if they’re trying to find a literal new definition for the term “blockbuster” — and indeed, as in the 2007-11 trilogy, which raked in $2.6 billion globally, helmer Michael Bay continues to evolve ways to make robotic shape-shifting look increasingly seamless and realistic in 3D. Extensive location shooting in Hong Kong and China provides a colorful new battlefield as well as an opportunity to cash in on the franchise’s second most lucrative market, and boffo B.O. is expected globally following the pic’s world premiere in Hong Kong and its public unveiling at the Shanghai Film Festival.

SOURCE: Variety
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Starfox - 6/22/2014, 1:31 PM
Screw you Guys! This Movie is going to be the shiznit!
RedNTheHood - 6/22/2014, 1:32 PM
I hoped for a change....NEVER put your faith in Bay...
MegaPrime1107 - 6/22/2014, 1:32 PM
So you remove my article for your own? Wow. What a nice person you are. That's sad.
MegaPrime1107 - 6/22/2014, 1:33 PM
You guys, Josh removed my article praising the film. He just wants to make the films he dislikes look bad. How is he not banned from this site already?? I'm reporting him!!
KallarkKent - 6/22/2014, 1:33 PM
I think we all know that it will be a great pop corn flick, I don't really expect anything more than that.
TheRationalNerd - 6/22/2014, 1:33 PM
Sounds good! I've only watched the first two trailers and one tv spot. Basically...I haven't spoiled the film for myself and I feel great about that! lol
KidGoku - 6/22/2014, 1:34 PM
Why were the other articles taken down? Too confusing.
KidGoku - 6/22/2014, 1:36 PM
Anyways, I can't wait! I love going to the theaters to watch action movies with a big audience, especially Transformers. Great atmosphere
JordanKing - 6/22/2014, 1:36 PM
Who. [frick]ing. Knew.
SidTheSloth - 6/22/2014, 1:36 PM
Well it was nice knowing you MegaPrime..but ive never seen you before ....
Killuminatic - 6/22/2014, 1:36 PM
@MegaPrime1107 I was gonna post this on your little "article"... As much as I'm gonna enjoy the hell out of this movie, I love the way you're eagerly desperate to find early reviews and stuff that make it sound like it actually has substance. You're clinging onto that little piece of hope aren't you? Keep the faith man, keep the faith... Time will tell lol.

On a side note, I remember you were the one posting those little TAS2 countdown videos. Don't wanna talk about those but can I get your verdict on the movie?

If you can, you should look back at that "article" of yours and look back at this. Can you tell the difference? Maybe that's the reason it was removed.
Bekss - 6/22/2014, 1:37 PM
People will keep saying the movies are trash and the same people will keep paying to see that trash, more than once sometimes (It's the only reason why the movies make so much money).
DefcoN - 6/22/2014, 1:38 PM
All the kids will want that big dinosaur robot toy, that's for sure.
McNyagano - 6/22/2014, 1:41 PM
Still gonna watch it;)


MrPrime - 6/22/2014, 1:42 PM
Bay eeds to be out of these films. I want to like them but they ultimately fail but as long as the movie has scantily clad women and robots with terrible dialogue people will just dismiss the movies as being fun action popcorn flicks and defend them just because they're based off toys.

I want to like this movie. Now I'm not so sure. Hopefully it will be better that ASM2.
EzioKenway1225 - 6/22/2014, 1:44 PM
ust what i expected..probably not gonna watch this one either,i didnt like Transformers 1,i disliked Transformers 2 and didnt watch Transformers 3,its just that bays sense of humor is humping dogs, racist robots and if u wanna focus on the human characters,make them likable and make me care about them..ughhh..
Phronesis - 6/22/2014, 1:44 PM
Seeing a screening Wedensday. It's free so... Otherwise wouldn't dare pay money to see this.
ALegendaryPanda - 6/22/2014, 1:45 PM
I'm watching this movie for the Dinobots alone, I don't give a damn about the reviews lol
TheDarkLord - 6/22/2014, 1:46 PM
Still excited for this!!!!
3DWitchHunt - 6/22/2014, 1:47 PM
Doom
LOL
Nice knowing you
JoshWilding - 6/22/2014, 1:47 PM
Not sure if you're familiar with how things work on CBM MegaPrime1107, but three copied and pasted URL's along with literally no formatting (are italics and capital letters that hard to use?) don't really cut it when a proper post like this goes up at almost the exact same time. Still, report away, as I'm sure CBM are keen on getting rid of one of their best contributors in favour of someone who can barely type a sentence. :)
McNyagano - 6/22/2014, 1:47 PM
@ALegendaryPanda

Well yeah you're gonna be dissapointed in that regard (based on what I've heard) but [frick] it, I'm Gonna go watch it! Can't wait!:D
JoshWilding - 6/22/2014, 1:48 PM
Oh, and I happen to be a HUGE Michael Bay fan, so yeah, there's that.
TheDarkPassenger - 6/22/2014, 1:48 PM
Oh my god I hate you Bay, you ruined my childhood because the Transformers aren't all blocky. God damn you and your family.
JoJo1982 - 6/22/2014, 1:48 PM
@drdoom

Exactly!!!

Somebody is abiding their power just to have a article up and deleting somebody else
Even though that,person had it up first

Smh@ josh wilding

That's sad bub
ATrueHero1987 - 6/22/2014, 1:49 PM
Still gonna check his out. It'll be the week after though.

@McNy idk if you saw my question yesterday but does Drax have energy blasts in the GOTG movie?
MegaPrime1107 - 6/22/2014, 1:49 PM
@Killumantic Thanks man! I'll keep the faith! And for TASM2, I loved it. And by the way, people loved my countdown, so you keep looking down on it :)
Brainiac13 - 6/22/2014, 1:49 PM
JE as LL!

JoJo1982 - 6/22/2014, 1:50 PM
@legendary


I'm hearing the dinobot a are in it for like 15-20 minutes of screen time..... That's amazing

Heck that's more then Godzilla had in his own movie lol
MegaPrime1107 - 6/22/2014, 1:51 PM
@DrDoom I reported him so...yah he can abuse his power all he wants. He got his butt in trouble! I had enough of it after his thing against TASM2.
And believe me, I reported him gooooood. ;) Oh yeah.
McNyagano - 6/22/2014, 1:51 PM
@ATrueHero1987

Find out in August at a theatre near you;)

MegaPrime1107 - 6/22/2014, 1:51 PM
@JoJo1982 I know it's great right?!
charlie2094 - 6/22/2014, 1:51 PM
So more of the same...think I'll pass, really wish they got some new talent behind these films. They're fun films, but that's really about it.

Likely wait for the blu-ray
Killuminatic - 6/22/2014, 1:52 PM
@Doom... I should've screencapped that other dude's article. It's actually pretty atrocious. All he did was post the links to the reviews and that was it.
TheBuoyWonder - 6/22/2014, 1:53 PM
Imma watch dis movie 7 times.
Cos I love me some transformererers
MegaPrime1107 - 6/22/2014, 1:53 PM
@Kill do now you want to start a fight? Wow. No need to call it atrocious.
Killuminatic - 6/22/2014, 1:53 PM
In this instance, I'd take Josh's article over the other one.
AlexanderLykins - 6/22/2014, 1:54 PM
This is Josh's territory. You don't like it? Do a dance!

JoJo1982 - 6/22/2014, 1:54 PM
@mcnyagano

Lmao

Bruh u funny
JoshWilding - 6/22/2014, 1:54 PM
"And believe me, I reported him gooooood."

LMAO.

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