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20.12.2014 ·

Name T.B.A.

Ah! Finally a movie that isn't a Hollywood inspired shoot-em-up sci-fi P.O.S. A genuinely beautiful film with an incredibly easy performance by Bill Murray - far outdoing anything he has perhaps ever done. It was a true delight that hits home with society's ill's and a good degree of comic balance to keep it real. Thank you.

9/10jneedee@ - 71 reviews
18.11.2014 - age: 36-49

19.12.2014 ·

Karen Noonan

A very moving film with strong characters portrayed by some of this era's outstanding dramatic actors. Each character is perfectly cast and each actor bring humanity and depth to their role. A deep look at the complexities of family dynamics and the deep need for parental approval despite age or societal status. I can see some Oscar nominations coming out of this film.

9/10rubyjuly@ - 28 reviews
11.10.2014 - age: 50+

17.12.2014 ·

Jeffrey Jefford

X-cellent addition to the X-men franchise. A well written story. Nice to see some of the former X-men characters even though some were cameos. Great Movie!

9/10jdjefford@ - 275 reviews
31.5.2014 - age: 36-49

16.12.2014 ·

Name T.B.A.

Promising at first, it rapidly degrades into a sorry, useless mess of clichés gathered from Airport, Die Hard, and of course all of the recent Liam Neeson movies he's put out in the last decade. Liam, talk to your agent...

2/10michel.asselin@ - first review
28.2.2014 - age: 50+

13.12.2014 ·

Catherine Muldoon

Brilliant! DiCaprio was at his best. Wish he'd won the award instead of McConaughy who thanked HIMSELF. When Scorcese is directing, the movie is a 'must see'. Power, money, greed, sex, drugs, and feeling completely above the law was a 'normal' way of life for Leo and his employees. Jonah Hill was awesome. I laughed out loud many times, and thoroughly was in another orbit for almost 3 hrs.

9/10catcalca@ - 13 reviews
7.3.2014 - age: 50+

12.12.2014 ·

Regina Chambers

I love this movie. In life, we find ourselves in situations that at times seem unbelievable. Getting out of these situations gives us tremendous opportunities for growth and the gaining of self-knowledge. I loved this movie for very personal reasons, and also because of the universality of its messages about self-hatred, longing for love and approval, and the desire for fame and "success" in the outer world. I loved the way in which the young protagonist did not quit; and also seeing the way his character grew over the course of the film. The path to being a professional musician is arduous and extremely competitive. I loved how the director portrayed spiritual laws in action, and how beautifully this movie portrayed the dearth of love between men; and how they long for love and respect from their mentors and role models. Go see this film.

9/10regina_chambers@ - first review
24.11.2014 - age: 36-49

10.12.2014 ·

Paolo Iovannone

Felt long and overacted but what a performance tool for any actor. Leo must have been exhausted day after day of filming. It is Scorsese so feels like a gangster Goodfellas flick minus the guns. There was a lull at one point but then takes off and never comes back down. Very good film in the end.

8/10prefernothing@ - 135 reviews
27.1.2014 - age: 36-49

9.12.2014 ·

Walter Shawlee

This movie should have been a 9-10. Great actors, excellent cinematography, believable effects, but what it lacks is a good sense of story-telling. The first and last scenes should be totally deleted, that alone would have made it an 8. There is too much reliance on visuals, not enough on plot and dialog, understandable, since this is the directorial debut of a cinematographer. There are a few jarring plot moments, a completely bizarre blond make-over of Mara, and a lack of real interest in the lead heroine, but underneath, it is an interesting story, just not well told and directed. This is a movie that could really benefit from a re-release after editing and possibly some additional dialog, as it has many moments of high quality, and deserves better treatment. One can only hope for a "producer's cut", not a director's cut, down the road on blu-ray.

7/10walter2@ - 110 reviews
20.4.2014 - age: 50+

6.12.2014 ·


Interesting movie based on WW2 events in Hungary which are generally overlooked in WW2 documentaries. The cruelty and barbarity of the German SS are typical of first hand accounts from survivors, wartime newsreels, historical records and documentaries. The same can be said of the Hungarian collaborators in positions of police and quasi military as happened in other countries such as Poland. While one of the main themes of the movie is that of a Hungarian who spoke German was taking on the role of a German Lieutenant and intervening to save the lives of Jews, was perhaps overblown, but who am I to say, although I do not question that something like that did in fact take place. The fighting scenes and the devastation of the city were very well done and realistic. One can compare them to scenes in A Bridge Too Far and Saving Private Ryan. The swarms of Russian soldiers reminded me of newsreels showing Russians fighting their way into the Reichstag in Berlin. At the end of the movie, as in Schindler's List, photos of the real life personalities, their descendants, post war history were shown along with many of the Jews that were saved. The post war fates of the main German and Hungarian oppressors were also shown.

7/10wjg1@ - 19 reviews
22.9.2014 - age: 50+

5.12.2014 ·

Name T.B.A.

Was just a wonderful movie. Everyone in the theater was so thrilled and laughing at the funny bits and started clapping and hollering during the race. The actors were superb. Christian Kane was awesome and a joy to watch and listen to on the soundtrack. My heart went out to Skeet Ulrich's character. Trying his best to make it all work out. Such a perfect blend of actors working on a common goal. It was such a pleasure to watch. And I had to admit I did shed a tear with Calvin at his reaction after the race. Will own this movie when it comes out on DVD/Blue Ray. Took my 3 grand girls to see it with me and now we have 3 more #Kaniac fans!

10/10pawado@ - first review
31.8.2014 - age: 50+

3.12.2014 ·

Valentino Assenza

I'm torn on what review to give this film as I feel it awkward that Jackson has insisted on divying up the book into three films. There are parts of the book that get lost in the filler to stretch the story out to three parts. That being said as a film on it's own, this second film flowed much better than the first. It did have certain scenes that were directly from the book, but there was much added that had nothing to do with the book. The action sequences were fantastic, excellent work on bringing Smaug to life. While I do have reservations about these films being a stretched adaptation, this film did leave me curious enough to see what can be done with the third.

7/10valentino.a@ - 59 reviews
6.1.2014 - age: 36-49

2.12.2014 ·

Robert Alongi

Ok, let's see, if this movie is just intended for kids, then maybe it's OK. Otherwise worth less than 5 stars, stay away, very weak story and characters, very predictable. Many of the actors didn't fit in, and the small love story had no chemistry whatsoever.

5/10beachandtennis@ - 260 reviews
25.8.2014 - age: 50+

29.11.2014 ·

Harriet Huestis

Characters are trite and predictable. Cliched speeches of freedom that are supposed to be rousing but are boring interspersed with battle scenes. Not good but not bad enough to be an enjoyable b movie.

6/10looselipsh@ - 14 reviews
6.3.2014 - age: 36-49

28.11.2014 ·

Peter Epstein

A Wes Anderson near-masterpiece, even if that is largely due to his typical genius of set-design, costumes, cinematography, camera placement and editing. His films are true cinematic eye-candy, while quirky, verging on precious or twee, they are unique in film history,

9/10pepsteinny@ - 4 reviews
27.11.2014 - age: 50+

26.11.2014 ·

Christine Moody

Very weak plot. Nothing really makes sense. A girl (Cameron Diaz) dates a guy for two months and has never been to his house in Connecticut but then knows how to get there to surprise him. Wife finds out her husband is having an affair and goes how long before confronting him? Has a breakdown in front of the mistress but not him? Third girl away with him for the weekend. Finds out he’s married and then hangs out that day with the wife and mistress #1. What did he do the rest of that weekend? The idea is a good one but in my opinion it was poorly written. There were some funny lines/situations, casting is great, but I would recommend you wait to rent the DVD.

6/10moodygirl90@ - 84 reviews
5.5.2014 - age: 50+

25.11.2014 ·

Helen Lepek

Good movie. It deals with a lot of complex life issues in a watchable, enjoyable way. Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen are wonderful. The script and dialogue are smart. Even though the issues are deeply serious, there is a lightness to this film.

8/10helenl8@ - 109 reviews
23.7.2014 - age: 50+

22.11.2014 ·

Wayne Yuzik

A gentle film in which a rebellious Saudi teen -a rare entity in strict Saudi Arabia-endeavours to earn money for a bike and learns more about her strict country which does not allow women to drive, vote and insists upon a mode of dress that covers everything. The movie is not shrill or confrontational about the country's traditions which do not allow for either gender or sexual equality. In this first Saudi film (made with great resistance from the authorities) we learn of a modern state (in terms of the availability of cell phones, DVDs and home theatre systems) that remains firmly entrenched in the past. With youngsters like Wadjda there may be change in the future. Utterly charming and a good candidate for one of the year's best.

8/10wmxy221@ - 157 reviews
13.11.2013 - age: 36-49

21.11.2014 ·

Name T.B.A.

Is a film that connects with their solutine and their fears, and if you come home alone do not feel comfortable... then the actor is excellent, ditto photography and music, good Bianchini.

9/10ourgamblinglinks@ - first review
7.6.2014 - age: 26-35

19.11.2014 ·

David Roy

I haven't red the book, but I have to say I enjoyed the movie a lot, great scene, the young actors are great and visually it is impressive. Not the best movie of the season, but I had a great time watching it.

7/10daden3@ - 114 reviews
4.11.2013 - age: 26-35

18.11.2014 ·

Dave Pearson

Although the cinematography was excellent and the acting was actually quite good overall this movie left me very uninspired. There were enough large plot holes in this film to fly a spaceship through. If I had known at the beginning of the film that it did not get better... I would have left the theater. All in all I was very disappointed in this movie.

5/10self_indulgent@ - 4 reviews
17.11.2014 - age: 36-49

15.11.2014 ·

Diane Peiffer

It's a great movie. Really the best of the X-Men movies, and I've seen them all, and they're all good. What I like about it is that it's well balanced. There's something for everyone. A good summer movie. There's good acting, good dialogue, good action and great special effects. Above all else I really cared what happened to the characters. Go and see it. I don't think you'll be sorry. By the way at the end of the long, long credits there's a teaser for the next saga of this series.

8/10peiffergreen@ - 98 reviews
3.6.2014 - age: 50+

14.11.2014 ·

Name T.B.A.

There is not any word to explain the message of the movie, but it's amazing how beautifully demonstrated in a story, other than be a documentary of philosophers opinion about the cycle of existence of universal consciousness.

10/10parvin_azizi@ - first review
26.5.2014 - age: 50+

12.11.2014 ·

Normand Lambert

Good followup movie/action... Seen it in IMAX 3D on tuesday. Enjoyed it almost as much as the first one. Nice to see all the characters return. Lots of laugh and a good movie plot altogether. Would go back to see it!

7/10ouragan@ - 11 reviews
3.7.2014 - age: 50+

11.11.2014 ·

Ross Belot

I read about the story and I didn't think I wanted to see this but given the great reviews I rethought that and was very glad I did. This is a very meditative film, it makes you think throughout and you leave with a feeling from the theatre that you need to do more with your life.

9/10belro19@ - 133 reviews
4.10.2014 - age: 50+

8.11.2014 ·

Jacques Barrette

My first critic as a 50+!!! The Grand Budapest Hotel is a very good movie that I saw with my kids and nephews. Wes Anderson creates a world of its own which is funny, light, interesting, extravagant and sometimes sad. The very solid cast adapted well to this creation by Anderson. It is a very funny movie with lots of adventure, sarcasm,... We all loved it and I wish that I could go back. The best film I saw this year!!!

8/10jacquesbarrette@ - 23 reviews
23.6.2014 - age: 50+

7.11.2014 ·

Nancy Graves

I agree with another viewer. (No different than other Jesus movies. Everyone says it was accurate, but why do these movies keep making Jesus "white"? Unless you are religious, probably not for you) A true beliver knows Jesus not white. People would see who are really true believers if one big movie would show a likely actor to play his part. These movie reviewers would show their true selves and may not come to see it. Lets be true to ourselves. [...]

6/10nancygraves@ - first review
29.3.2014 - age: 50+

5.11.2014 ·

Terry Casserly

Well, looking at other people's reviews before watching, I knew it was either a love it movie, or a hate it movie. I was absolutely blown away by the direction of Scorsese (again) and I also think that DiCaprio deserves an Oscar award. Jonah Hill also showed his amazing acting talents. The qualude scene has to rank as one of the funniest scenes I've ever seen in a movie. Never a dull moment, just so full of energy. But not as full of nudity as some had made it out to be in my opinion. Drug use is prevalent. As a teenager in the 80's I can remember vividly how everything was in excess: money, shopping, drugs, alcohol, sex. Jordan Belfort's behaviour was not that far fetched. I hope the Oscar nomination board can see past the debauchery displayed in this film and award it for the depth of acting and direction.

10/10casserly5@ - 144 reviews
13.1.2014 - age: 36-49

4.11.2014 ·

Ali Ikram

Very good movie, though I must say there is no real reason to see it in the cinema. The performances by both the leads are amazing, and I really enjoyed it. It's not as upbeat as most Disney movies though, and the movie posters and trailers don't prepare you enough for the serious themes in the movie. I was very intrigued by the background and sadness of the author of Mary Poppins' life, but also spent too much time trying to explain things to my young daughters after the movie as they thought we were going to see something much more light-hearted.

7/10aliikram@ - 125 reviews
28.12.2013 - age: 36-49

1.11.2014 ·

Patrick Sullivan

Lots of heart but not enough substance to rise above other documentaries. This film follows different people that have decided to do the 500-mile trek of the Camino Pilgrimage to some big church in Santiago. As they pass through the different regions, you'll be thinking like an El Grande! (I have no idea if that makes any contextual sense) It's noticeably religious as is normal for this type of spiritual journey. Some of the people's stories are better than others and I did get moved to tears once. But it really moves along at a snail's pace and although it's got great feel-good qualities, it's not fantastic in terms of execution. Bad date movie. Still the film makes a strong case for what this type of adventure does for the soul.

7/10patrick.sullivan@ - 24 reviews
13.9.2014 - age: 36-49

31.10.2014 ·

Nancy B Schreck

As far as movies go, this was a great one. As to the real story from the bible, it has no bearing at all. If you see it to be entertained, have at it. If you're expecting a true to the bible movie, you will be greatly disappointed.

7/10nannanancy6@ - first review
6.4.2014 - age: 50+

29.10.2014 ·

Justin Thorsteinson

I loved the idea. They could have done so much more with it. I'll probably sit thru the sequel too. I wanted to just smack the […] out of the main guy's family. Brings the meaning of stupid person to a whole new realm. Bottom line I'm glad I rented it.

5/10saskheat@ - 139 reviews
13.7.2014 - age: 36-49

28.10.2014 ·

Bob Pitcher

Good flick! Action, story, awesome effects, great actors, and an engaging story. All the things I need to crush a large popcorn. Really liked the performance by the new Magneto. That guy nailed it. Also had a few good strategic laughs tossed in there that brought it all together. There’s also a “after credit” scene, which is the standard these days I guess, so stick around if interested. Be advised, it's at the end of ALL the credits. Gross.

8/10rob_ontario18@ - 125 reviews
2.6.2014 - age: 36-49

25.10.2014 ·

Rod Wareham

I wasn't expecting much from this movie and I got exactly what I expected. The plot was ridiculous. I have to say though that the young actors in the movie did a terrific job with the little they had to work with. If the acting was not as good as it was I would given this turkey a 3/10.

6/10rodneywareham@ - 218 reviews
24.10.2014 - age: 36-49

24.10.2014 ·

Romona Nelson

Absolutely loved it! It grabbed me right away and held me till the very ending. I would encourage everybody to see this.

10/10oatmon@ - first review
29.3.2014 - age: 50+

22.10.2014 ·

Mike Whalen

Very charming comedy with a fun group of characters. A story about true friendship and a unique way to cash a winning lottery ticket. A great cast with two funny old farts leading the way.

7/10mwhal@ - 198 reviews
20.10.2014 - age: 50+

18.10.2014 ·

Manuel Miles

This is a story that should be known everywhere in the world. It shows how otherwise decent people can be manipulated by governments into doing extraordinary evil, and how it destroys many lives at a time."They lied to us..." is so very true -- then and now. You cannot forget some things, but we must try to forgive because," Somewhere the hating has to stop."

9/10kapt_kan@ - 102 reviews
11.5.2014 - age: 50+

17.10.2014 ·

John Steed

As Barbed wire was for Pamela Anderson, Lucy is for Scarlett Johansson. More footage from nature documentaries than original thought. Could have been so much better.

2/10movies@ - first review
25.7.2014 - age: 36-49

15.10.2014 ·

David Anderson

This movie is good... great performances and action and effects. However you pretty much have to be a fan of the previous X-Men movies to understand the personalities and relationships. It's not as good a stand-alone as either the Wolverine movie or Captain America.

7/10dtander@ - 154 reviews
24.5.2014 - age: 50+

11.10.2014 ·

Mel Brown

In David Cronenberg's strange world, science fiction is far more fiction than science. The main character's ability to morph into a killing machine in the sleaziest manner just wasn't impressive. Debbie Harry's role was less than I was expecting, and I really felt that James Woods was attempting to impress the movie industry in a style that belonged to Tom Cruise. A horror film for people who like horror films.

6/10m.j.brown@ - 319 reviews
25.11.2013 - age: 50+

10.10.2014 ·

Kenny Rogers

Best racing movie I've seen in a long time. Anyone who says this movie is not worthy of a ten star rating should have their rear end removed.

10/10kennyrogersemail@ - first review
23.3.2014 - age: 26-35

8.10.2014 ·

John Lovell

Coogan and Brydon are very good together... they play off each other throughout the film. Great scenery, interesting food and hotels... many laughs... it's a fun road trip. Enjoyable.

7/10jlovell@ - 15 reviews
18.8.2014 - age: 50+

7.10.2014 ·

Impi Sood

4.10.2014 ·


Not much originality here, the year 1973 was the same year President Salvador Allende in Santiago, Chile was assassinated by foreign Jets that bombarded the Presidential Palace and nobody could save him. It is reminiscent of "Back to the Future". Unfortunately the whole plot is given away at the start. So we follow the Plan set forth by the X-Men: Days of Future Past to change the course of History in a non novel fashion. The rest is Special Effects, futuristic landscapes and Heroes. Mostly eye candy and an attractive mutant, Mystic/Raven played by the new teen Queen Jennifer Lawrence. Very original transformation of the protagonist of better thrillers in the Sci-F genre like The Hunger Games. X-Men: Days of Future Past is a total bore and absolutely predictable.

5/10blackcat401@ - 61 reviews
16.8.2014 - age: 36-49

1.10.2014 ·

Adam Foidart

[ATTENTION: This review reveals content of the movie.]
I’m not going to pretend that “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is a good movie but I’m glad I saw it on the big screen, in 3-D. It’s dumb, loud and way too long. On the other hand, it also contains a scene where Michael Bay and writer Ehren Kruger prove that they’ve lost their god-damned minds and have Optimus Prime riding into battle on a fire-breathing mechanical Tyrannosaurus Rex. Before we get too much into the positive and negative aspects of the film, let me tell you what it’s about. The film is set 5 years after the events of “Dark of the Moon”. Megatron is dead, Starscream is dead, Ironhide is dead, the majority of Chicago is dead. Everyone is dead! Well, not everyone. The United States Government, outraged by the attack on Chicago has dissolved their peace treaty with the Autobots. Now, any lone Autobots remaining on Earth and any still-living Decepticons are being hunted down. Our main character is Cade Yeager (Mark Whalberg) He’s a down-on-his luck inventor that stumbles upon an old, beaten-up cab-over truck... which turns out to be Optimus Prime himself (voiced by Peter Cullen) Cade knows he should turn in the Transformer for a huge reward from the government, but he sympathizes with the alien. Next thing you know, Cade, his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) and Optimus Prime are on the run. It turns out that the Transformers are being hunted down, but not to protect the citizens of Earth. Scientists are after the metal they are made of in order to create their own army of super advanced, shape-changing robots. Our heroes will have to join up with the rag-tag surviving transformers and find a way to clear their name by exposing the actions of the film’s main baddie, Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci) If that wasn’t difficult enough, he’s allied with a ruthless transformer named Lockdown (voiced by Mark Ryan) He’s an intergalactic bounty hunter with a particular grudge against the Autobot leader. Oh, and we’ve got some robotic Dinosaurs thrown in there too, the Dinobots! I’m just going to start by naming the bad elements in this film. Despite everything I’m going to list however, I want to remind you that I’m actually glad that I saw this fourth instalment and while I acknowledge that it’s probably the dumbest action movie I will see all year (and I pray that’s the case), there’s some fun to be had with “Dawn of Extinction”. Even as a Transformers film, this movie seems at certain points to make absolutely no sense whatsoever. I don’t care what anyone says, it is more obvious than ever before that there is no clear plan for these films, and certainly no “Bible” that the people in charge can refer themselves to because with every new story, developments contradict each other every time we explore the Transformers’ past. In this case, information we get about these aliens is inconsistent from scene to scene. The most obvious example is a quick explanation we get of how a Transformer’s memories are stored. Apparently, they are stored within the head of the robots. We are also told however, that the personalities of the Transformers are stored within their sparks, the thing that differentiates them from random machines built by humans, and that is located within their chests (as was established in the first two films) As we learn more about the army of robots being created by the villains, you will see that only one of these revelations turn out to be true, or at least is true within this story. It might also dawn on you, while you’re watching this chapter (if you’ve been paying any attention with these films) that the Allspark, that cube everyone was running after in the first movie way way back in 2007 was what created all life in Cybertron. How is it possible, then, that the Transformers have been created by another alien race, if the cube existed before time itself? Maybe that’s a technical detail, nowhere near the biggest problem, but it demonstrates that there is no grand vision or overarching story at work here, just one chapter after another until the people will stop coming to the theatre. Anyway, let’s move on. The biggest problem with the movie is that it’s impossible to get emotionally attached to the characters at this point. Every film introduces new batches of heroes for us to care for and endless ranks of flat, nameless villains for them to annihilate. Sure we get Bumblebee back, but there must be dozens of characters that have appeared in the previous films that are never mentioned and do not appear in this film. You might say that this is because the Autobots have been hunted down to extinction, but if that’s the case, why do all of the Autobots that join Optimus (save for Bumblebee) turn out to be new characters we’ve never heard of before? It’s not like we are re-introduced some Cybertronian that had a small role in the previous movie with a new body; it’s a slew of brand new characters. You don’t know who Drift, Crosshairs or Hound are they’re just there to sell toys. That explains why the villains get so little characterization as well. Heroes sell better than bad guy toys so the Autobots get all of the character development (well, not really but in theory they do) and the villains get none at all. Each evil robot in this film is basically the exact same character except that he looks different. Yes I realize that there are two exceptions, but for the most part, every bad guy is a drone, simply there to be killed in increasingly ridiculous ways by the heroes. The action sequences end up meaning nothing at all because the villains are in no way a threat. It’s a huge missed opportunity because with each film we waste time introducing new allies for Optimus Prime and new villains for them to fight and kill, and it is never as obvious or crippling as it is in this movie because at this point, every character you might have been attached to from the original film are all gone. Instead, we get new heroes who only get the tiniest bit of character development, just enough to make them easily identifiable so you can pretend to yourself that you’re relieved when they don’t end up getting shot in the face. Even then, shortcuts like accents and catch phrases are used in all instances so that you can identify who is who. Another way you can tell this is a brainless action movie is that none of the action done by any of the characters has any real impact on the story whatsoever. The setup of this film is that the battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons got so bad in the previous film that the entire city of Chicago was whipped out and the humans have said ENOUGH! You would think, therefore, that the Autobots would take real care to create as little collateral damage as possible. Not at all. There are scenes where the Autobots are having aerial battles and they casually shoot enemy ships out of the sky. Those ships, even though it’s off-screen, would end up crashing down below into buildings and probably end up killing tons of people. It moves quickly and it’s big and flashy though, so no one put more than a second’s worth of thought into it. Another scene that struck me as one in which the people putting this film together really didn’t think things through was later in the film, when the Autobots are infiltrating Lockdown’s ship. They see that Lockdown has captured all kinds of creatures, many of which are alien and some of which are Transformers, just like our heroes. You can probably theorize that none of these creatures are here willingly, since Lockdown has gone this whole film shooting down anyone in his path and generally not being a terribly nice guy. Anyway, Tessa passes by a cage and a weird multi-legged creature spits at her. An Autobot retaliates by shooting the thing and reducing it to a pile of goopy hamburger. Just think about that scene for a second. That creature was there unwillingly. How do the Autobots, who are supposed to be our heroes, know it wasn’t just crying for help, begging them to return it to its home world so it could feed its sick children? I guess if it doesn’t speak English, then it must be evil. Blow it up! Even from a character design point, it feels like the film is missing something. If you look at the robots as they were introduced in 2007 and on, they just seem to get progressively less interesting. Transformers used to come in all kinds of sizes. We had some that were shorter than people and some that were able to pick up cars and casually throw them over their shoulders like it was nothing. We had some that looked humanoid, some that looked like animals. They had one eye, four eyes, two eyes; characters had no mouths, multiple legs, wheels for legs or even a single leg they hopped around on. We had robots that really looked like alien robots because their proportions were not like human being’s at all. They turned into alien spaceships, jets, helicopters, tanks, motorcycles, human beings, insects, we even had a robot that was nearly invisible because it was a 2-dimensional dinosaur you could only see from the side and another that was so huge it transformed into a dozen vehicles that assembled themselves to build a mechanical giant. In “Age of Extinction”, each character is colour-coded differently, but they’re all basically the same. They all just look like robotic people. They have clothing, facial hair, two arms, two legs and basic human proportions. All I see here are mechanical people running around shooting at each other, not a race of advanced alien robots from a distant galaxy. It’s like these films don’t even fit in the same continuity because what you would expect to be consistent from one film to another, the Transformers don’t look anything like the ones from the first two films. For all of the faults in this film, this one does take some steps in the right direction. With the main female lead being under-aged, gone is the overabundant sexualisation that was constantly present with Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Gone also, for the most part, is the parade of comic-relief buffoons that you just wanted to see die. It’s not completely devoid of comedy, but the film is a lot more geared towards the action and, well “story” than it is the comedy. The human characters overall are also a vast improvement over the ones in the previous film. Here, they actually feel integral to the plot and relevant to the action. It’s a lot easier to care for a down-on-his luck inventor that is also a single dad and sympathetic towards Optimus Prime than it is to care about a bumbling young adult with a smokin’ hot girlfriend looking for a job (see “Dark of the Moon”) There are also some nice variations in the locations of the film, with some flashbacks to prehistoric times, the action travelling from the United States to China and some key scenes in the movie set inside of Lockdown’s ship. As usual, the special effects here are very good as well. Say what you will about this franchise, but it delivers when it comes to the spectacle and making the Transformers look very nice on-screen. It’s particularly impressive when Grimlock and the other Dinobots come into the film towards the end of the story. It’s hard to tell if they really are in the film that much, since the whole thing lasts nearly, if not more than two-and-a-half hours, but they’re easily the most memorable aspect of the film. If you struggled with being able to differentiate who was who in the fast-paced action scenes, you will also find that they are much more coherent than before, and if you see the movie in 3-D, the aerial dogfights and battle sequences offer a lot in terms of depth and moments that will make you jump. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is a polarizing film for me. It’s not really good, but I recommend it anyway. Not in an ironic way either, more of a recommendation with an asterisk. If you are interested in this film because you’ve seen the other movies and you thought they were genuinely good, or you just enjoyed them because sometimes you just like seeing shiny special effects jump around and stuff blow up, then you should see it on the big screen. If you’ve seen “Revenge of the Fallen” and “Dark of the Moon” and you thought they were flat-out bad and you didn’t like them, but you think that maybe this film will be a step in the right direction, you would be correct, but I still wouldn’t recommend you see it because it’s not that much of an improvement overall. The main reason for my asterisk here is that the movie is just so long. If a movie is big, loud and dumb but it features cool special effects and it clocks in at just an hour and a half, that’s not too much of a commitment, but at this length, there is simply no reason why this film has to be this bad. Once again, it’s faint praise but I was glad to have seen “Transformers 4: Age of Extinction”, even if it is a weak film. (Theatrical version on the big screen, July 19, 2014)

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30.9.2014 - age: 26-35