Trailer Tuesdays: Transformers 4 : Age of Extinction

Written by Daniel Cohen and Michael Dworkis

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Release Date: June 27, 2014

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, TJ Miller, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer and the voices of Peter Cullen, John Goodman, Ken Watanabe,

Directed: Michael Bay (Transformers 1-3)

Plot: An automobile mechanic (Wahlberg) and his daughter (Peltz) make a discovery that brings down the Autobots and Decepticons – and a paranoid government official – on them.

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: Are you kidding me? It’s a Michael Bay Transformers movie. Leave me the hell alone! –Daniel Cohen

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: It’s Transformers. I am going to see it no matter what anyone says. The trailer could have been two minutes of Grimlock taking a dump and I will still be on line buying a ticket. –Michael Dworkis

Rate the trailer (1-5): Two and a half out of five. I think I’m being insanely kind. Look, you have to understand that I’m rating this compared to other Transformers movies, and by comparison, this looks passable. The good: Mark Wahlberg, God bless him, is trying his best. He’s not Shia LaBeouf. That’s a huge deal. Also, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I got some enjoyment out of Optimus Prime riding a robotic dinosaur while wielding a sword. Even in the previous movies, I’ve always enjoyed his character. The bad: Nicola Peltz. This is the new female lead. It’s brief, but this one trailer looks as though Queen Amidala gave her acting lessons. When she yells “dad,” it’s just horrendous. Need I remind you that Peltz was also in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. The other actor that terrifies me to no end, and where I think most of the Michael Bay humor will come from, is T.J. Miller. They are hiding him like the plague in this trailer, and I just have a bad feeling about this guy in the movie. –DC

Rate the trailer (1-5): Three out of five. The latest trailer shows more of the same, which is not all bad, but could have been better. We still see Titus Welliver demanding Optimus Prime be turned over to him. So now the big bad robots from Cybertron are no more than scrap metal commodity? Apparently. Mark Wahlberg is believable as now giant robots are residents on planet Earth, and not everyone can be so damn serious about it. The trailer gives us the “this movie IS serious” vibe with virtually no comedy in the trailer, except if you see the international trailer, Wahlberg asks his daughter: “Sweetie, can you get me my giant alien gun?” John Goodman as the gruff bolt-chewing-chains-for-beard Sergeant Hound feels more like his character Walter Sobcheck from Big Lebowski as a giant disgruntled war-vet robot. The entire original human case is absent, and this is a good thing. However, there will always be some form of eye candy, this time in the form of Nicola Peltz. We get giant robots wrecking everything and who does not love giant robot dinosaurs tromping around like they own the planet. Grimlock better kick some ass. –MD

Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? No Thanks, but the powers at Pop-Break will pull a Clockwork Orange and force me to watch it. It’s a Michael Bay movie, and I’m expecting total shit, and for me to go home pondering the state of humanity. Call me crazy though, but I actually do have a gleam of hope for this one. As I mentioned before, Wahlberg is in, LaBeouf is out. No more John Turturro. No more Ken Jeong. Ken Watanabe is doing a voice, that’s pretty cool, right? It might be decent. I can dream, can’t I! –DC

Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Theater. It is a movie filled with giant robots, giant explosions, and likely a plot to be so horrendous we will actually look forward to Bay’s next bastardization of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Come on, Michael Bay can make shrubbery explode for no apparent reason. Truth is, this may be a surprise to all and turn out to be better than Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon. –MD

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