Mark Wahlberg joins the series in this film, which almost feels like a reboot at first. This fourth film announcement came as a bit of a surprise after director Michael Bay seemed to be done with the transforming vehicles, er, vehicle. Fan reaction was skeptical, but the promise of some character redesigns (to make the onscreen action easier to follow) and the introduction of the Dinobots made everyone shrug and agree, "Sure, I'd watch that."
Here is the new trailer in all its explosion-filled glory:
Did you watch it? Good. SPOILERS from here on.
If I know my movies, this appears to show that the first hour of the film will feature very little action or robot sequences. However, I suspect the final hour (or two…?) will be a feast for the eyes. Some of the action shots seem to be a bit crisper, accented by some clearly expressed digital work. Notice how Bumblebee's yellow pops on screen during some shots in the city, whereas in the original trilogy the number one complaint was "what did I just see?" as piles of metal seemed to flow together to make incoherent action sequences.
Having Optimus in his G1 form made me mutter, "Damn you" as my nostalgia kicked in and my love for Transformers came rushing back. I'm curious to see how the Dinobots are introduced, because they appear to be foe and not friend (at first…Optimus riding Grimlock in the above image suggests they are eventually turned or tamed). Although fans screamed for a more robo-centric story, Wahlberg's line, "They shouldn't have come after my family." suggests we'll be following the human story more than anything else.
Easter Egg: Did you notice the billboard reading "Remember Chicago"? There is a phone number on there you can call to hear a special message about being vigilant about Transformer sightings. It seems being a secret robot is a bit of a faux pas in this movie's world, and the Autobots are in hiding. The message refers you to visit TransformersAreDangerous.com for a special poster you can download.
Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters on June 27th and has a potential run time of a billion hours.
What are your thoughts? Does this look like more of the same? Or are there enough visual improvements for this film to make your must-watch list this summer?