Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Tansformers: Age of Extinction" is Coming

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Despite saying a few years ago that "Transformers: Age of Extinction" would be his last at-bat, it seems Michael Bay is having a great time on the set and may have changed his mind about walking away from the hugely successful franchise.

In Bay's latest and continuing the saga of giant robots and rampant product placement, the "Transformers: Age of Extinction" movie will be featuring the Dinobots. Dinobots, as fans of the Eighties Hasbro toys might remember, are Transformers with the ability to transform into mechanical versions of various dinosaurs.

The story takes place four years after "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," 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 (John Turturro) from the previous trilogy.

The movie starts with a new global crisis in the form of a massive "space ball" descending towards Earth, which is discovered to be a ship which Unicron is aboard. While the Autobots try to contend with Unicron, the villain's cronies lead by Galvatron attack a government base in Colorado which houses Decepticons such as Megatron, along with an array of Cybertronian Earth weapons. After the base is destroyed, a female survivor known as Josie initiates a bizarre process that turns her into a transformer known as Circuit Breaker.

Unicron was first introduced in the 1986 animated movie "The Transformers: The Movie," as a transformer who can change into a mechanical planet. This evil entity often uses the Decepticons to carry out his nefarious plans, which seems to fall in line with this story line. After Unicron destroys the Colorado base, he downloads the memories of all the Decepticons, including Megatron.

The humans also played significant roles in the movie led by Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), a widowed inventor who lives on a farm with his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz). He is unaware that her daughter is dating a race car driver, Shane (Jack Reynor). Cade finds a piece of Cybertronian technology and takes it back to his farm, but it is accidentally activated, leading the government and alien bounty hunters to his farm. The bounty hunters (it's unclear if they're connected to the Decepticons) have antigravity weapons which they use to abduct Tessa. In another scene, an entire transatlantic cruise ship is raised out of the ocean and crosses through a busy intersection while the protagonists are in the middle of a car chase.

Sophia Myles is playing Darcy, Joshua's assistant and an archaeologist. Cade, Tessa, Shane, Joshua and Darcy are the main human characters, and the main subplot is Shane trying to prove his worth to Cade. Also, Cade addresses Bumblebee as "Bee" and calms him down when Joshua trash-talks him, indicating he might be Bumblebee's new owner.

Titus Welliver's character, Savoy, is the leader of a team of agents sent by Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) to capture the protagonists."

Transformers 4 comes to theaters 29 June 2014.

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