Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Transformers: Age of Extinction
Directed by Michael Bay
Produced by
Written by Ehren Kruger
Music by Steve Jablonsky
Cinematography Amir Mokri
Editing by
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) June 25, 2014 (2014-06-25) (Indonesia/Philippines)June 27, 2014 (2014-06-27) (United States)
Running time 150 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $165 million

Transformers: Age of Extinction is a 2014 American science fiction action film based on the Transformers toy line. It is set to be released on June 27, 2014, it is the fourth live-action Transformers film series. Like its predecessors, Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Transformers 4 is directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film's story is set four years after the events of the third film.

The young protagonists additions of Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor. Kelsey Grammer as the main antagonist, with Peter Cullen, James Remar, Reno Wilson and Robert Foxworth returning as the voices of Optimus Prime, Sideswipe, Mirage, Brains and Ratchet. Mark Wahlberg as the father of the protagonist, Tessa Yeager. The cast also saw the additions of Stanley Tucci, Li Bingbing, Sophia Myles, and TJ Miller. The film welcomed John Goodman and Ken Watanabe to the voice casting roles of Hound and Drift. The film also welcomed John DiMaggio (whose role of Leadfoot), Frank Welker (whose role of Soundwave/Shockwave), Mark Ryan to the voice casting roles of Crosshairs, Galvatron and Lockdown.

Plot[change | change source]

Four years have passed since the final battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons left Chicago in ruins and claimed the lives of over a thousand civilians. The U.S. government has severed its ties with the Autobots and branded them as fugitives. An elite CIA unit called "Cemetery Wind" is formed by Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) with the intent of hunting down and exterminating the surviving Autobots with the aid of Lockdown, a rouge Transformer bounty hunter and mercenary (voiced by Mark Ryan). Meanwhile, using data obtained from destroyed Transformers, business tycoon Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci) and his technology firm Kinetic Solutions Incorporated (KSI) have discovered "Transformium", the molecularly unstable metal that is the lifeblood of Transformers. Joshua's prized creation is Galvatron (voiced by Frank Welker), a Transformer created from the data inside Megatron's severed head.

In rural Texas, struggling robotics inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Walhberg) and his friend Lucas Flannery (T.J. Miller) purchase an old semi-truck in hopes of stripping it down and selling the parts to get Cade's daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) into college. Cade discovers that the truck is an injured Optimus Prime, (voiced by Peter Cullen) and it is not long before Lockdown and Cemetary Wind operatives led by James Savoy (Titus Wellier) storm into the Yeagers' farm and threaten them. Optimus comes out of hiding to fend off against the operatives while Cade, Tessa, and Lucas are rescued by Tessa's boyfriend Shane Dyson (Jack Reynor), an Irish rally racer. They lose the operatives in a lengthy chase in Paris, Texas, but Lucas is killed by Lockdown's grenade during their escape. Using a drone he took during the raid, Cade discovers that the operatives and KSI are working together. Optimus rallies the remaining Autobots - Bumblebee, Hound (voiced by John Goodman), Drift (voiced by Ken Watanabe), and Crosshairs (voiced by John DiMaggio)- and travel with their new human allies to infiltrate KSI's headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. There, Cade, Shane, and Bumblebee discover the firm's reverse engineering of Transformer technology. Upon discovering that Ratchet has been slain and his head is being melted down, Optimus and the Autobots storm into the headquarters to destroy the laboratory, but Joshua convinces them that their actions are futile. As the Autobots leave the premises, Joshua launches KSI's prototype Transformers Galvatron and Stinger. Optimus and Galvatron engage in a grueling battle where Optimus realizes that Galvatron is Megatron in a new body. Suddenly, Optimus is blasted from behind by Lockdown, and in the midst of the chaos, he and Tessa are captured into Lockdown's ship. Aboard the ship, Lockdown explains to Optimus that the Transformers were created by a mysterious alien race known as the "Creators", which hired him to capture the Autobot leader. As a reward for Optimus' capture, Attinger's operatives are given the "Seed", a powerful bomb that turns a city-wide area of land into Transformium. Cade, Shane and the Autobots storm into the ship to rescue Optimus and Tessa; while Bumblebee, Crosshairs and the humans escape and crash into Downtown Chicago, the other Autobots detach the rear section of the ship before it leaves into space. Joshua and his business partners Su Yueming (Li Bingbing) and Darcy Tyril (Sophia Myles) retreat to Beijing, where Attinger hands Joshua the Seed in exchange for a stake in KSI contrl. The Autobots and their human allies follow them to prevent them from detonating the Seed.

At KSI's Beijing factory, Galvatron suddenly activates by himself and infects all 50 of the firm's prototype transformers to do his bidding. Realizing the folly of his creations, Joshua betrays Attinger before he, Yueming, and Darcy take the Seed to Hong Kong. There, the Autobots struggle to protect Joshua and the Seed from Galvatron and his minions, which shoot down the Autobots' ship. Cade kills Savoy during a fight in an apartment building. Outnumbered and outmatched, Optimus Prime releases a group of legendary knights and leads them back to the city to destroy Galvatron's army. Lockdown returns to Earth and uses a magnetic weapon to pull vehicles under his ship and drop them on the Autobots. Optimus destroys the weapon and engages in battle with Lockdown before killing Attinger to save Cade. Lockdown grabs Optimus' sword and impales him, but the combined efforts of Bumblebee, Cade, Tessa, and Shane distract the bounty hunter before Optimus stabs him in the heart and slices his head in half. Galvatron retreats, vowing to battle Optimus another day. With Lockdown destroyed and Cemetery Wind dissolved, Optimus sets the Dinobots free before flying into space with the Seed, sending a message to the Creators.

Cast[change | change source]

  • Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, a single father and struggling inventor, main protagonist.[3]
  • Stanley Tucci as Joshua Joyce, an arrogant designer who wants to build his own robots, second antagonist.[4]
  • Nicola Peltz as Tessa Yeager, Cade's daughter, main young protagonist.[5][6]
  • Jack Reynor as Shane Dyson, Tessa's boyfriend and a race car driver, co-main young protagonist.[6][7]
  • Kelsey Grammer as Harold Attinger, a paranoid CIA agent who wants to eliminate all Transformers from Earth, main villain.[8]
  • Li Bingbing as Su Yueming, head of the KSI factory in China.[9]
  • Sophia Myles as Darcy Tyril, Joshua's geologist assistant.[10]
  • Titus Welliver as James Savoy, leader of the "Cemetery Wind", a team of agents working for Attinger, villain.[11]
  • T. J. Miller as Lucas Flannery, Cade's best friend and a mechanic.[12]
  • Melanie Specht as the "Grande Dame", Joshua's senior executive assistant.[13]
  • Victoria Summer as Joshua's executive assistant.[14]

Ray Lui and Michael Wong were cast as Hong Kong police officers. Han Geng [15] has a cameo, singing and playing the guitar in a parked car that is magnetized by Lockdown's ship. General Motors Vice President of Design Edward T. Welburn will have a cameo appearance.

Transformers[change | change source]

Autobots[change | change source]

Dinobots[change | change source]

Decepticons[change | change source]

  • Mark Ryan voices Lockdown, an intergalactic mercenary and rouge/ruthless bounty hunter, who transforms into a grey 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe working with Attinger to capture Optimus Prime for the humans in exchange for the "seed" from the humans. Lockdown is working for an unknown alien life form who he claims is the creator of the Transformers. He has a group of unknown humanoid robots and a pack of techno-organic wolves named Steeljaws under his command.
  • Frank Welker voices Galvatron, a human-made Transformer who carries fragments of Megatron's mind and becomes the Decepticon overlord. He transforms into a black and grey 2014 Freightliner Argosy cab over trailer. He has been secretly manipulating the human governments to create their own Transformers for him to use so he can steal the seed for himself and rebuild the Decepticon army.[19][20][21][24]
  • Stinger, a human-made Transformer who becomes a Decepticon spy and sabotage specialist. He transforms into a red and black 2013 Pagani Huayra.[17][18][19][20]
  • Junkheap, a human-made Transformer who becomes a Decepticon under Galvatron's control. He transforms into a Chinese garbage truck of Waste Management, Inc.[25]
  • Traxes, mass-produced drones who become Decepticons under Galvatron's control. They transform into different colored Chevrolet Traxes.[26]
  • Steeljaws, a Decepticon who currently transforms pairs of techno-organic wolves, he is partnered with Lockdown.

Production[change | change source]

Development[change | change source]

During production for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Shia LaBeouf confirmed would not return for a fourth installment of the franchise and Michael Bay also confirmed would  return for a fourth installment of the franchise. Jason Statham was rumored to star in the fourth installment. Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner revealed that he was able to announce the film as he was talking with Steven Spielberg, Bay and Paramount. There were rumors that the fourth and fifth installment would be shot back-to-back with Statham as the lead role, which he and Bay denied. Spielberg hoped Bay would return for a fourth installment.

After final negotiations with Bay to direct the film, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura confirmed that there would be a fourth film in the franchise. In February 2012, Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay announced that Bay would be producing and directing a fourth Transformers film, scheduled for a June 27, 2014 release. The film continues the story in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, taking place four years later. Ehren Kruger and Steve Jablonsky returned to write the script and the score, respectively. In April 2013, it was announced that China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises will co-produce the film with Paramount.

On September 1, 2013, Fusible revealed three possible titles for Transformers 4, which were Transformers: Last Stand, Transformers: Future Cast, and Transformers: Apocalypse. On September 2, TFW 2005 revealed one last possible title, Transformers: Age of Extinction. On September 3, 2013, Paramount released an official teaser poster for the film, revealing the title to be Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Casting[change | change source]

In November 2012, Mark Wahlberg was cast in the film. Also in November 2012, The Hollywood Reporter reported that casting had began for two additional leads: the daughter to Wahlberg's character and her boyfriend, a race car driver. Isabelle Cornish, Nicola Peltz, Gabriella Wilde and Margaret Qualley were all considered for the role of the daughter, while Luke Grimes, Landon Liboiron, Brenton Thwaites, Jack Reynor and Hunter Parrish were all considered for the boyfriend. The leads are contracted for three films. In January 2013, Reynor had been cast as the boyfriend, and in March 2013, Nicola Peltz was cast as Wahlberg's daughter.

Peter Cullen reprises his role as the voice of Optimus Prime and Tyrese Gibson is in talks to cameo as Robert Epps. Glenn Morshower stated in September 2012 that he would appear in the next two films, reprising his role of General Morshower, but Morshower announced in May 2013 that he would not be able to appear in the new films due to a scheduling conflict.  In April 2013, Bay revealed that actor Stanley Tucci had joined the cast.  On May 1, 2013, actor Kelsey Grammer was cast as the lead human villain named Harold Attinger. On May 6, 2013, actress Sophia Myles was cast in a major role. That same month, Chinese actress Li Bingbing and comedian T. J. Miller joined the cast. On July 14, 2013, Bay announced that Han Geng has joined the cast.That same month, Titus Welliver has also joined the cast.

Filming[change | change source]

Bay announced that filming had begun on May 28, 2013, alongside the announcement that they had begun filming in Monument Valley, Utah. DetroitMichigan, was used as a stand-in for Hong Kong while McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, was redressed to portray a city in China. It is the first feature film to be shot using smaller digital IMAX 3D cameras. Through May 28 to June 24, 2013, Michael Bay uploaded photographs of several cars that will feature in the film, all of which are apparently Autobots. They were uploaded to his social networks including Facebook and Flickr. The film will feature two unknown Autobots who will transform into a black and blue 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse (going by production name "Drift"), and a green 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray concept (going by production name "Crosshairs"). Also revealed is a truck from Western Star Trucks will be Optimus Prime's new alternate mode. The Dinobots and Lockdown have been confirmed to appear. On October 29, Michael Bay's Official Twitter Account tweeted that the principal photography of Transformers 4 is done in Hong Kong and they will be heading to China. According to previous reports Michael Bay and Crew will be filming in China for 1 week. Additional filming in Detroit began in early 2014; a pair of steamships (Columbia and Ste. Clair) which once joined Detroit to Bois Blanc Island's amusement park were partially restored as props for the movie.

Incidents[change | change source]

On October 17, 2013, while filming in Hong Kong, Bay was assaulted by two brothers surnamed Mak, who demanded a payment of HK$100,000 (US$12,900). The elder brother had also assaulted three police officers during the incident. Both brothers and a third man surnamed Chan were arrested on suspicion of assault, with the younger Mak also charged on suspicion of blackmail. The Mak brothers pleaded guilty to both charges in February 2014. The two brothers eventually ended up in jail, with the prosecutor citing that the case had attracted a great deal of media attention and affected Hong Kong's image.

Marketing[change | change source]

The first televised advertisement for Transformers: Age of Extinction aired during Super Bowl XLVIII. In a poll by Fandango, the spot was determined to be the most anticipated film trailer to be shown, receiving 48% of the vote in the poll. The first official teaser trailer was released on March 4, 2014.  A viral marketing campaign was started for the film upon the teaser trailer's release. On March 30, 2014, a shortened version of the teaser trailer was aired during the season 4 finale of The Walking Dead. Another shortened version of the teaser trailer was aired during the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.

Chevrolet aired a commercial at the New York International Auto Show featuring General Motors vehicles with clips from the film, along with putting them on display.

Hasbro released an app on May 8 surrounding the film available for iOS and Android devices, allowing users to access exclusive material such as character biographies, images, and interviews with the stars, among other things. A clip featuring never-before-seen scenes from the film and an interview with Imagine Dragons aired during The Voice on May 12, 2014.

DeNA and Hasbro teamed up to construct an official mobile video game for the film. The game was first announced on May 13, 2014, though, the title is still in active development. Also on this date, Oreo launched a marketing campaign to promote the film. This included a television commercial where a boy gives a wounded Optimus Prime an Oreo cookie to continue the fight.

An exclusive theatrical trailer debuted on May 15 on iTunes Movie Trailers at 12:01 AM Pacific Standard Time. On May 21, 2014, two television spots appeared online, both containing new footage from the film. The film's viral campaign updated on May 22, showcasing all-new posters and realistic news reports of the damage done to Chicago from the third film. Three more television spots, all sporting new footage, appeared online on May 30, 2014.

Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz made multiple appearances in the Twin Cities on June 8, 2014. During an appearance on the The Morning Show (Canadian TV series), both Reynor and Peltz promised big things that would please fans. Kelsey Grammer made an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman on June 9, 2014. During his visit, the very first clip from the film debuted, showcasing Grammer's character and Wahlberg's in a heated argument. During the first commercial break for the show, a brand new television spot aired. On June 10, 2014, two television spots appeared online, both containing extensive new footage from the film.

Three more television spots appeared online on June 14, 2014, containing new footage of the Dinobots transforming and of Lockdown speaking. On June 17, a brand new television spot aired on Comedy Central containing new footage. Another television spot appeared online on June 18, sporting new footage as well.

Music[change | change source]

Skrillex is working on sound design for the film, saying he's creating "the craziest Skrillex sounds I could ever make" and mentioned working on sounds for the Dinobots.

Imagine Dragons have written a new single specifically for the film itself, titled "Battle Cry", that will be implemented in key parts of the film by Michael Bay. Imagine Dragons also worked with Steve Jablonsky and Hans Zimmer to contribute additional music to the film's score. During the world premiere of the film, scheduled to take place on June 19, Imagine Dragons will perform a concert as well.

Video game[change | change source]

"Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark"

Linkin Park's new single Until It's Gone is included in the video game soundtrack of the movie. In February 2014, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark was announced as a companion to the film. It will be released in 2014 for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Release[change | change source]

The film had its world premiere at the 2014 Shanghai International Film Festival.

Reception[change | change source]

Early reviews have been mixed, with the film currently holding a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 19 reviews. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 36 out of 100, based on right critics, indicating "generally negative reviews".

Kyle Smith of The New York Post gave the film one-and-a-half out of four stars, commenting that "This series was never good, but it was once fun, or at least flashy. Now that its gears have gone rusty, it’s time for an Alien vs. Predator-style rethink." Clarence Tsui of The Hollywood Reporter commented on his review that it "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." Roth Cornet of IGN gave the film a score of 6.3 out of 10, praising the slightly darker/surprising tone and Lockdown and his ship while criticizing the logic/script issues and long running time. Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News gave the film one out of five stars, commenting that "If the 'human scenes' all reek of adolescent dialogue and dopey snark masquerading as character development, it's a toss-up if that's better or worse than seeing clattering collections of caliginous junk."

Future sequels[change | change source]

A Hasbro presentation from Vilsco Textiles revealed that a fifth Transformers film was in development and has a planned 2017 release. Paramount Pictures' Rob Moore stated that there have been talks for a fifth and sixth installment.

On June 18, 2014, Paramount Pictures Senior Vice President Edward Ryan promised a fifth Transformers film to be released in 2016. Ryan also predicted that Age of Extinction will be the biggest movie of the season.

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