By: Nana Zuke
When I saw the first Transformers movie, I was fascinated by how much the Autobots with no souls fought to defend the humans against their own kind (decepticons) for the sake of peace and for the existence of the human species.
The film provokes one to think of the co-existence between man and machine. These gigantic yet gentle machines that care so much for the preservation of life teach about the value of true friendship.
The franchise has never disappointed when it comes to mind blowing action scenes, visual effects and graphics- it’s even better when seen on 3D or IMAX. The latest sequel has surpassed expectations at the box office even though it wasn’t well received upon release.
Transformers: Age of Extintion, is the franchises fourth iteration and is directed by Michael Bay, shedding a bit of light about how the machines first came to existence. How a few bombs or seeds as they are called in the film were dropped or detonated on planet earth. The impact killed most life that existed at that time- this happened during the dinosaur era, hence the introduction of Dinobots.
These seeds were making way for the machines. They wipe out life on planets and create a new world where machines exist and rule. In this mind blowing sequel a CIA unit is tasked with hunting down the decepticons (bad robots) but it is kept a secret that the agent in charge is also hunting down the autobots (good robots) as well.
That is when Cade, played by( Mark Walberg) a struggling inventor and single father to daughter Tessa(Nicola Pelts) stumbles upon an old truck, hoping to sell the parts, only to discover that the truck is actually Optimus
Prime, the leader of the autobots. When the CIA locate Optimus at Cades house they threaten to kill his daughter to get him to tell them where Optimus is.
In an amazing twist, it turns out that the chief agent of the CIA has an agenda of his own; he is working with a machine called Bountyhunter to get a seed in exchange for Optimus prime. The seed is needed by another scientist Joshua, who hopes to create his own machines for the defence of humans. They use the information on Megatrons (dangerous robot villain) brain to program the newly created robots, not knowing they are re-creating this deadly decepticon. Megatron, who is now called Galvatron, and has a mission of his own to get the seed and destroy humans once and for all.
The remaining autobots- Bumbebee, Hound, Drift and Crosshairs regroup and fight once again for the humans to try and avoid the end of earth.
The movie is somewhat predictable- good always wins against evil. But it kept my eyes glued to the screen and there was never a dull moment. For all those die hard, sci-fi addicts this is a must see.