Luckily, Shia LaBoeuf’s whiny lead is absent from Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth sci-fi blockbuster based on the shape-changing toys, replaced by Mark Wahlberg as a widowed amateur inventor who gets drawn into the ongoing battle between good and bad alien robots, along with his leggy daughter (Nicola Peltz) and her hunky rally driver boyfriend (Jack Reynor). Confusingly, everyone lands up in China – an acknowledgment of China’s growing box-office clout rather than plot necessity. Cue lots of director Michael Bay’s customary metal-crunching skyscraper-shattering slow-mo destruction. The pricey effects and action can’t make up for the instantly forgettable story but Stanley Tucci is enjoyably droll as a megalomaniac tech gazillionaire who wants to exploit the robots’ technology.
Certificate 12. Runtime 165 mins. Director Michael Bay.
Released on Blu-ray, DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment on Monday 17th November.
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