After an amazing TV spot during Super Bowl XLVIII a few weeks ago, the new trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction reminds us why these movies make so much money. They’re full of unbelievable spectacle. The latest trailer offers up more of the film’s story and a clearer direction to where the series is heading.
The trailer opens with a shot of a typical American farm, with a truck passing by a billboard that reads, “Remember Chicago,” as a nod to the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. It also reminds people to “Report Alien Activity,” indicating how the country views the Autobots and the Decepticons as the film begins. We then meet Cade Yaeger (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter Tessa, a single-parent family trying to survive during a shaky economy.
Cade buys old cars and trucks so he can break them down for scrap. One of his purchases proves to be something he never expected: “I think we just found a Transformer,” says Cade. The trailer then kicks into high gear, with the U.S. Government trying to track down all the remaining Transformers, with Cade and his family caught in the middle of an intergalactic civil war.
We get a glimpse of a number of new Transformers such as Galvatron, Swoop, and Grimlock, as well as more familiar ‘bots such as Bumblebee. We also get a first look at the film’s central human villain Kelsey Grammer’s Harold Attinger, a C.I.A. Agent who is hunting down the Transformers that are still left on Earth.
The very end of the trailer features Optimus Prime fighting Grimlock, the leader of the Dinobots. Needless to say, the trailer looks amazing! I haven’t been excited for a Transformers movie since the first one back in 2007. It really looks like Age of Extinction might be a better movie than any of the earlier Transformers films.
Paramount also released 12 seconds of Age of Extinction‘s opening title sequence. I’m not sure why they thought this was a good way to promote the new movie, but it seems to be worth a watch as a novelty. Check it out in all of its 12-second glory below.
Age of Extinction takes place in Chicago, four years after the last film. The movie centers on Cade, his teenage daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz), and her boyfriend Shane (Jack Reynor) as they “discover a buried Transformer which sets the stage for the return of the rest of the Transformers.” The plot also includes the U.S. Government building their own Transformers based on technology found in the rubble from Dark of the Moon.
Transformers 4 also stars Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles, T.J. Miller, Victoria Summer, Li Bingbing, Titus Welliver, and Peter Cullen. Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters everywhere on June 27, 2014, in 3D and IMAX.