The best way to watch Transformers: Age of Extinction is going to be in full, glorious IMAX. While I’m not a fan of 3D, the IMAX experience is unmatched and worth the extra surcharge, and it’s the only way to experience a movie as big and action-packed as Age of Extinction. To celebrate the IMAX release of the new Transformers sequel, Paramount Pictures has released the new IMAX poster up top, which features the film’s new villains.
Although the poster above is merely a still taken from the movie’s trailer, it still conveys the scale of Transformers: Age of Extinction. The poster features two of the film’s villains, who are believed to be Unicron and Galvatron. With Megatron out of the way, the likely explanation for Galvatron to show up is that Unicron created the new Decepticon leader. For the uninitiated, Unicron created Galvatron from the dead body of Megatron. I guess the Transformers are technically Creationists.
Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures also released another character poster, joining earlier posters that featured Mark Wahlberg’s Cade, Nicola Peltz’s Tessa, Jack Reynor’s Shane, and Optimus Prime. Chinese actress Li Bingbing will also be a top-tier player in Age of Extinction. Her character is Sue Yueming, known as the “Mother of Transformers,” and she’s the CEO of a Transformers manufacturing group in China. It’s not surprising if American audiences aren’t familiar with the work of Li Bingbing. She’s mainly starred in a number of noteworthy Chinese movies. Bingbing has appeared in one other American movie aside from Age of Extinction, playing Ada Wong in Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth movie in the Paul W.S. Anderson franchise.
One of the reasons why the Transformers film series is so successful is because of that delicious Chinese box office. Age of Extinction was designed with China in mind, as it also received additional funding from Chinese production companies China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises. A good portion of the film takes place in Hong Kong and parts of Mainland China, so its story definitely plays to the China audience. It’s believed that the movie’s plot also involves the U.S. Government building their own Transformers, based on technology found in the rubble in Chicago. Considering the Chinese influence on the movie, it seems that the Chinese government is also making their own “robots in disguise.” Maybe Age of Extinction is a more politically driven movie than its predecessors.
Age of Extinction takes place in Chicago, four years after the events of Dark of the Moon. The movie involves Cade’s family discovering “a buried Transformer [that] sets the stage for the return of the rest of the Transformers.” Transformers 4 stars also actors Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles, T.J. Miller, Victoria Summer, Titus Welliver, Kelsey Grammer, and Peter Cullen.
Transformers: Age of Extinction opens in theaters everywhere on June 27, 2014, in 3D and IMAX.