`Transformers: Age of Extinction is the fourth installment of the live-action Transformers film series and stars Mark Wahlberg in the lead role as Cade Yeager, a single father and struggling inventor. This is a sequel to Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) and the film takes place four years after the invasion of Chicago depicted in that film.
Like its three predecessors in the series, Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Age of Extinction was directed by Michael Bay and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay was written by Ehren Kruger, who has served as screenwriter since Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
This is the first film in the series to feature an entirely new cast of human characters and the first to feature the Dinobots. Returning Transformers include Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, and Brains.
The film begins four years after the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, when an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved.
As humanity picks up the pieces, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. A shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history—a powerful, ingenious businessman and a group of scientists attempting to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control. Meanwhile an ancient powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs.
Cade Yeager and his daughter Tessa discover a deactivated Optimus Prime. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war between good and evil, freedom and enslavement, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.
Wahlberg’s Cade Yeager is a single father and struggling inventor; Stanley Tucci as Joshua Joyce is an arrogant designer who wants to build his own robots; Nicola Peltz plays Tessa Yeager, Cade’s daughter. Jack Reynor plays Shane Dyson, Tessa’s boyfriend and a race car driver; Kelsey Grammer is Harold Attinger, a paranoid government official; Li Bingbing is Su Yueming, the ‘CEO of the Chinese Transformers’; Sophia Myles is Darcy Tyril, Joshua’s geologist assistant; Titus Welliver is Savoy, leader of the team of agents hired by Attinger; T. J. Miller is Lucas, Cade’s best friend and a mechanic; Melanie Specht is the ‘Grande Dame,’ Joshua’s senior executive assistant; and Victoria Summer is Joshua’s executive assistant. General Motors Vice President of Design Edward T. Welburn has a cameo appearance.
Autobots portrayed in the film, include: Peter Cullen voicing Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots who transforms into a rusty Marmon 97 semi truck and later, a blue and red Western Star 4900 Phantom Custom semi-trailer truck; Bumblebee, an Autobot scout who transforms into a modified 1967 Camaro and later, a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro concept; Robert Foxworth voicing Ratchet, the Autobots’ medical officer who transforms into a light green Rescue Hummer H2; John Goodman voicing Hound, an Autobot commando who transforms into an Oshkosh Defense Medium Tactical Vehicle; John DiMaggio voicing Crosshairs, an Autobot paratrooper who transforms into a green 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray; Ken Watanabe voicing Drift, an Autobot tactician and a former Decepticon who transforms into a black and blue 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse; and Reno Wilson voicing Brains, a Decepticon drone turned Autobot, who transforms into a Lenovo ThinkPad Edge.
New to the franchise are the Dinobots: Grimlock, the leader of the Dinobots who transforms into a horned, mechanical Tyrannosaurus Rex; Strafe, a Dinobot who specializes in assault infantry and transforms into a mechanical two-headed and two-tailed Pteranodon; Slug, the savage destroyer amongst the Dinobots who transforms into a mechanical spiked and bestial Triceratops; Scorn, the Dinobots’ demolition specialist who transforms into a mechanical three-sailed Spinosaurus; and Slash, a Dinobot stealth fighter who transforms into a mechanical Velociraptor.
And those dirty Decepticons include: Frank Welker voicing Galvatron, a human-made Transformer who becomes the Decepticon overlord, transforms into a black and grey 2014 Freightliner Argosy cab over trailer; Mark Ryan voicing Lockdown, a Decepticon bounty hunter who transforms into a grey 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe, and has a group of unknown humanoid robots and a pack of techno-organic canines named Wolves under his command; Stinger, a human-made Transformer who becomes a Decepticon spy and sabotage specialist, transforms into a red and black 2013 Pagani Huayra; Junkheap, a Decepticon who transforms into a Chinese garbage truck of Waste Management, Inc.; Traxes, mass-produced Decepticons who transform into different colored Chevrolet Traxes.
The $165 million film runs 165 minutes (that’s right, two hours, 45 minutes). It’s rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo. The film is playing in 3-D at Wynnsong 10; and Imax 3-D at Carmike Thoroughbred 20 in Cool Springs.