TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction Review – Bad, But Not the Worst?

Transformers: Age of Extinction is the fourth installment in the Transformers franchise. The movie features an entirely new cast of human characters, including Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, and Jack Reynor. The film follows the Autobots as they try to stop the Decepticons from taking over the world, while being hunted by a government agency. What a shocker, huh? So let’s revisit some of the key factors of this film and see if it’s worth re-visiting. 

Character Development (or lack thereof)

One of the biggest criticisms of the Transformers franchise has been its lack of character development. While Age of Extinction does introduce new human characters, it still struggles to give them any real depth. Mark Wahlberg’s character, Cade Yeager (a homage to test pilot Chuck Yeager as subtle as a sledgehammer), is a struggling inventor who’s trying to provide for his daughter. However, his personality doesn’t evolve much throughout the film. 

Nicola Peltz’s character, Tessa, is even more poorly developed. She’s portrayed as a typical teenager who’s obsessed with her looks, but beyond that, there’s not much else to her character. Jack Reynor’s character, Shane, is a bit more interesting, as he’s a race car driver who falls for Tessa, but even he doesn’t receive much character development beyond his love for her.

There’s very little emotional connection between the human characters and the ‘bots. In the end, it’s as paint-by-numbers as a film can get.

Critical Reception

Age of Extinction received mixed reviews from critics, with many praising its special effects but criticizing its lack of character development and bloated runtime. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 15% approval rating, with critics calling it “tedious,” “mindless,” and “overlong.”

While some critics did find the action scenes exciting and impressive, others found them repetitive and lacking in emotional impact. The film’s plot was also criticized for being convoluted and confusing, with too many subplots and characters to keep track of.

I definitely feel like it’s way, way longer than it needed to be. It’s a mediocre long film that could have been a pretty decent hour-and-a-half action romp.

Special Effects

One area where Age of Extinction shines is in its special effects. The movie features stunning visual effects and impressive action scenes. The Transformers themselves are rendered beautifully, and the action scenes are choreographed to perfection.

The film’s use of 3D technology also adds an extra layer of immersion, making the action scenes even more thrilling. From a technical standpoint, Age of Extinction is a masterful display of visual effects and cinematography.

Its “Jason Bourne”-style combat scenes might not be for everyone, but the special effects are definitely one of the redeeming qualities of this otherwise humdrum entry.


While Transformers: Age of Extinction features impressive special effects and stunning visuals, its lack of character development and bloated plot prevent it from being a truly great film. Its critical reception reflects these flaws, with many reviewers praising the technical aspects of the film while criticizing its storytelling. Ultimately, if you’re looking for mindless action and stunning visuals, Age of Extinction may deliver, but if you’re looking for a compelling story and well-developed characters, you may want to look elsewhere.

In comparison to the rest of the Transformers franchise, some critics and fans believe it is one of the weaker installments, while others argue that it is a step up from the previous films. I’m somewhere in between. 

While Age of Extinction may not be the strongest film in the franchise, it is an improvement over some of the weaker entries. Its impressive special effects and action scenes help make up for its lack of character development, making it an entertaining but flawed addition to the Transformers series. It is also definitely the best of the Whalberg films. 

In conclusion, Transformers: Age of Extinction is a mixed bag of a film. While it boasts impressive special effects and action scenes, it falls short in terms of character development and story. It ultimately fails to live up to the high standards set by the original film and falls short in comparison to some of the stronger entries in the series.

Want more Transformers? Check out how this stacks out in our article Ranked from Worst to Best: All Modern TRANSFORMERS Movies

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