Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

logoDirector: Michael Bay

Writer: Ehren Kruger (Screenplay)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, T. J. Miller

 

Plot: Autobots must escape sight from a bounty hunter who takes control of the human serendipity: Unexpectedly, Optimus Prime and his remaining gang turn to a mechanic and his daughter for help.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Headache

 

Story: Transformers: Age of Extinction starts by showing the elimination of the dinosaurs by an alien race. We move to the discovery of a frozen Dinobot. With little time through the first two scenes we get to meet our protagonist Cade (Wahlberg) a scrap fixer along with his employee Lucas (Miller) and his teenage daughter Tessa (Peltz). The three struggles for money but Cade is working his hardest to make sure he gets Tessa through college. The film picks up after the first three where the Autobots are granted asylum on Earth. We learn that Autobots have gone into hiding from the government where Harold Attinger (Grammer) arranges black ops missions to hunt them down. Cade discovers he has one of the hidden Autobots Optimus Prime, which puts him in the middle of a new battle against the government. The Autobots must reunite to put a stop to the plan which involves them being hunted down and used by the humans to make a new defence system. All while an old enemy is waiting for his chance to rise to power again.

optimusWell what was meant to be a reboot turns into a sequel without any of the annoying bad acting cast (LeBeouf, Huntington or Fox). The idea of an over protective father putting his teenage daughter in the most possible danger he can comes off rather funny and the over used generic hate towards the boyfriend does attempt to offer laughs. The core idea that we as humans are now the problem does work well because let’s face it if we got that power we would use it and mess it up big time. We have the same problem we always get while watching Transformers film of not being able to tell them apart during the fight apart from Hound (Voiced by John Goodman) who is an overweight Autobot. In the end we do get a better cast, but we get the same old crap we are used to. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Mark Wahlberg: Cade a mechanic who is struggling to support his daughter but wants to make sure he can put her through college. He finds an Autobot which leads him to have his daughter put in great danger. Cade joins the fight with the Autobots while risking his life over and over again. Mark does well in the action sequences but struggles to convince outside of them. (6/10)

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Stanley Tucci: Joshua mastermind behind KSI a technology company who was started to make their own transformers by using the Autobots technology. He learns the errors of his way but spends more time screaming during the action scenes. Stanley makes for a good ambitious businessman but wastes his talent with the final acts. (6/10)

 

Kelsey Grammer: Harold Attinger man behind the tracking down of the Autobots but under the cover of Decepticons hunting. He is the villain of the piece and uses his position of power within the government to cover everything up. He has a deal with an Transformer bounty hunter to help continue on the research being done by Joshua. Kelsey makes for a great villain and really is the shining light on the acting side. (8/10)

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Nicola Peltz: Tessa daughter of Cade who wants to have a normal teenager’s life but after Cade refuses to let her date before college, she has a whole other life behind his back. She never listens to her father and ends up in dangerous predicaments throughout. Nicola does up the lead actress acting but never really gets a chance to do anything except run, scream, argue or piss of her dad. (6/10)

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Jack Reynor: Shane boyfriend of Tessa who is also a race car driver. He joins in on the fight and ends up spending nearly the whole film trying to one up Cade to prove his love for Tessa. Jack does what he can with what is a very boring character. (5/10)

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Support Cast: Transformers: Age of Extinction is filled with plenty of supporting cast members usually used for attempted comic relief which is fair enough but known of them offer anything to the main story.

 

Director Review: Michael Bay – We know what Michael does with his direction, he makes popcorn films where you need no intelligence to enjoy, for that he does well again. (7/10)

 

Action: Transformers: Age of Extinction has plenty of action scenes, but knowing what the hell is happening is a different matter. (7/10)

Sci-Fi: Transformers: Age of Extinction uses the idea of future technology from space that has created the Earth look interesting and it shows how reckless we would be with it. (7/10)

Settings: Transformers: Age of Extinction used a range of settings but they all become a blur with the action going on. (5/10)
Special Effects
: Transformers: Age of Extinction uses some great special effects to create the transformers. (10/10)

Suggestion: If you want a brainless action film Transformers: Age of Extinction is for you. (Try)

 

Best Part: Lucas

Worst Part: Lucas gets killed early on.

Action Scene Of The Film: Normal car chase escaping the farm.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Yes there will be one

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Might get some special effects and sound nominations.

Box Office: $1 Billion

Budget: $210 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 45 Minutes

Tagline: This is not war, it’s extinction

 

Overall: Boom, boom, boom, what just happened?

Rating 55

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Sex Ed (2014)

logoDirector: Isaac Feder

Writer: Bill Kennedy (Screenplay)

Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Laura Harring, Abby Elliot, Glen Powell, Matt Walsh, Lorenza Izzo, George Eads, Chris Williams

 

Plot: Eddie lands his first teaching gig at an inner city middle school and finds his highly pubescent pupils are receiving no form of sexual education. Eddie isn’t really equipped to teach them…he’s not exactly experienced romantically.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Smart Comedy

 

Story: Sex Ed starts by seeing our protagonist Ed (Osment) struggling to find a teaching job. He lives with an over horny womanizing roommate JT (Powell) who gets all the luck with the woman compared to Ed. Ed decides to go and confront the school board about not even being given an interview. Finding out the only job available is an after schools activity co-ordinator. Upon learning that there is no sex education in the school he decides to teach the students. While JT thinks it is a bad idea because of his lack of experience. Ed goes ahead anyway and starts to learn more about his students and himself. Ed has to overcome a Reverend who wants no sex education in the school but the student have fast started calling Ed their favourite student this leads to Ed trying his luck with Pilar a student’s sister.

Sex Ed comes off mixing two types of films, the first is the teacher who starts off unpopular by both student and parents, while the second is a romantic comedy about finding yourself. Both stories in Sex Ed play next to each other and work with nice balance. Sex Ed looks at the importance of teaching young people about sex one way or another and without the proper education they will end up unaware of the side effects. While on the romantic comedy side we look at how one man’s problem are over analysed by both him and his friends when it comes to mixing up sex and love. We get to see most characters go through life lessons which people are not always brave enough to face. Sex Ed is a good comedy and easily one of the better ones out this year. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Haley Joel Osment: Ed Cole the teacher who can’t find a job, but by taking the chance he gets a job looking at after school activity co-ordinator and starts teaching them about sex education. Even though he doesn’t have the most experience he gets the message across while he learns more about himself. Haley does give a good performance here showing he might have overcome his personal problems and getting his career back on track. (8/10)

 

Glen Powell: JT best friend of Ed who gets all the girls and is always around to stick up and pump him up whenever Ed gets down. Glen gives a good performance in the supporting role and usually has extra laughs. (7/10)

 

Lorenza Izzo: Pilar sister of one of his student who Ed takes a shine to and joins for dinner along with the family. She does go on a date with Ed but she only teaches him about the woman who mistreat a guy. Lorenza gives a solid performance which is only here for her looks. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: Sex Ed support cast includes the students, family members of the students and a very wise landlady who each learn and/or give advice to Ed as the story unfolds.

 

Director Review: Isaac Feder – Isaac does a good job to create a good romantic comedy that balance to focused stories very well. (7/10)

 

Comedy: Sex Ed uses smart jokes instead of lazy jokes which most sex based comedies do. (8/10)

Romance: Sex Ed tells us not everything is about sex while love is what it is really about. (7/10)

Settings: Sex Ed only uses a couple of settings but each one gives us good identity to which story we are following. (8/10)

Suggestion: Sex Ed is a romantic comedy that is worth a watch, I will suggest this to any who asks. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Haley Joel Osment shines.

Worst Part: Not enough people will see this when it is clearly better than other comedies out there.

Funniest Scene: Ed walks in on JT for a second time.

 

Believability: Sex Ed tackles very real issues and looks at the challenging issue that could stop the issues getting solved. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: Fake it till you make it

 

Overall: Funny Comedy Worth A Go

Rating79

Trailer Alert – The Cobbler

Plot – Max Simkin repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.

Release Date:  10th April 2015

Questions:

When it comes to Adam Sandler films we are not sure what to think, but this looks like a serious one without the clown work, will it work?

Will this be a touching film?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 70%

My Guess Rating – 70%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No