Critics Corner: Transformers: Age of Extinction

Michael Bay is like an old faithful horse packed with rocket launchers, laser-eyes and the ability to gallop through buildings, causing them to crumble to the ground. Also you may as well slap a Pepsi-Cola, Budweiser or John Deere logo on the rear end of that horse in order to truly cap off explaining Michael Bay. Michael Bay is the Nascar or WWE of Hollywoodâ??s movie directors. In fact, Michael Bay has even said, â??I make movies for teenage boys. Oh dear, what a crime.â??

Well, it may not be a â??crimeâ??, but it may not be the best use of your gifts and opportunities. Despite the fact that critics have bombasted his films for years, Bay continues to rock the box office with big numbers. For the same reason why professional wrestling is still a huge money maker and â??Walker, Texas Rangerâ?? lasted nine seasons, you can expect more Bay-type movies. As long as people want their action movies simple-minded and relentlessly destructive, Bay will continue to get opportunities that others will not.

As far as Bay Movies go, â??Transformers: Age of Extinctionâ?? is one of his better movies. It certainly makes the second and third Transformers installments look like the drink coasters I thought they were. At a ridiculous 165-minutes, those who crave their chaos in unforgiving amounts will get exactly what they paid for. In fact, many of the action sequences had me in awe and appreciating good old fashion mindless fun. Even better, Bay even managed to attach a pretty good human element to his destruction epic.

With that human element comes a fine line in believability when it comes to some sequences. Itâ??s a Bay movie though; who cares about believability? Well, I do. So, numerous instances where Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) appeared to be more James Bond or Jason Bourne than farmland inventor were problematic. The worst of those were the instances where humans survived numerous falls without a scratch or were showered with the debris from dozens of buildings. That though, is typical Michael Bay.

Iâ??m certain there are better movie-makers out there (Edge of Tomorrow), but unfortunately and apparently there is a huge market for Bay and that keeps us from seeing other people given the same bankroll to make their movie. â??Transformers: Age of Extinctionâ?? is an epic action movie that will please those who love this type thing and it is good enough that it may even please some that donâ??t. Yet, its typical Bay delivery will take away from its longevity. When the credits rolled, I no longer cared and that is the long legacy of such films.