Michael Bay returns to the world of giant, shape-changing robots this Friday with Transformers: Age of Extinction. If you enjoyed the earlier Transformers films, well, this one looks to be more of the same, but with the added attraction of Dinobots. On the other hand, if you couldn’t care less about the cartoonish franchise, I can’t imagine Age of Extinction is going to win you over. On the upside, however, Age of Extinction contains at least 99% less Shia LaBeouf than the former installments, which means moviegoers are going to have to find a new Transformers character to constantly want to punch in the face. In the meantime you can check out this batch of new high-res images from Age of Extinction below, which focus mostly on the humans but still have a couple of interesting shots of the ‘bots themselves.
There’s been a lot of talk about how Age of Extinction is a semi-reboot for the franchise, but for the most part that seems to just mean “we replaced most of the humans.” Now I’ll fully grant that Mark Wahlberg is an upgrade from LaBeouf, but otherwise this just looks pretty much exactly like the last three Transformers movies. Of course, the last three Transformers movies have grossed over $2 billion worldwide, so I guess if it ain’t broke… (Or at least, “If people keep paying to see the movies…”)
Transformers: Age of Extinction opens in theaters this Friday, June 27. Here’s the official synopsis, and you can check out the latest batch of high-res images below.
Four years after the Battle of Chicago, the government is using reverse-engineered leftover technology to build their own Transformers. Joshua (Stanley Tucci) is an arrogant designer who believes the Autobots are “pieces of junk” and creating his own robots is a form of art. He’s fills basically the same role as Agent Simmons from the previous trilogy.