Seven Things To Watch Instead Of Transformers: Age Of Extinction

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T2Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
If the Transformers movies have anything going for them — and I’m not saying they do — it’s that Bay generally knows his way around an action sequence. Even if it’s happening to a bunch of robots you can’t tell apart and a bunch of humans who are mostly there just to remind us what the various interchangeable ‘bots are named. Well, fuck that noise. Kick Bay’s nonsense to the curb and settle in for an action sci-fi classic that’s still among the best of the best two decades later, and one of the rare sequels that’s actually better than the original. You want evil robots vs. heroic robots? Meet my friends, Mr. T-1000 and T-800. Mark Wahlberg may be a step from Shia LaBeouf, but ain’t neither of them can hold a candle to in-her-prime Linda Hamilton, all lean and dangerous and crazy-eyed. Hell, I’ll even take 1991 Edward Furlong over LaBeouf if that’s what the choice comes down to. Honestly, T2 succeeds on every level to such a degree that it’s frankly embarrassing that I’m mentioning the Transformers movies on the same website, much less in the same article. The action is top notch, the cast is perfect, the humor is actually funny, and when T2 makes you cry at the end, they won’t be tears of joy that the experience is finally over.

Fun Robot Fact
Robert Patrick patterned his movements as the T-1000 after those of sharks and American bald eagles.

Where Can I See It?
It’s available streaming on Netflix Instant. You can also rent or purchase it digitally from several sources.

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  1. sounder says:

    I can confirm Transformers: Age of Extinction isn’t worth the time.
    Dialog is extremely thin. There’s no reason to give a sh*t about the characters. Loud explosions and CG best describes Transformers: Age of Extinction.

  2. jetblac says:

    I am not going to ask politely. Add Iron Giant.

  3. The Stranger Stranger says:

    If you could expand the list and add something from the current millennium, I’d say adding in Pacific Rim is a good alternative. Sure, it seems like the characters are hollow and the plot almost non-existent, but that’s the charm of it, being a love-letter to the cheesy but sometimes quite evocative tokusatsu films of old. And that means plenty of robot-on-monster action. You can enjoy not taking it seriously, unlike Bay’s Transformers movies.