I really gotta be careful with what I wish for.
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” opened in cinemas islandwide in Singapore yesterday, 26 June 2014. I was just thinking in the morning that I wanted to watch “Transformers” and was considering which group of friends to suggest this show for a movie date. Within an hour of the thought, my friend called me up and said that he has a couple pair of tickets for the movie and asked if I wanted a pair.
That said, if you haven’t watched the movie, do realise that it is 168 minutes long so be sure that you empty your bladder and not drink so much in the movie.
There were a couple of scenes in the movie which I thought was quite redundant and should have been cut so that the action in the movie moves a bit faster at some parts.
Also, I have read quite a few reviews which panned the movie, I thought that it was alright and not as bad as the critics say it is. Sure that the fight scenes didn’t have as much bite as I like, it wasn’t to say that the movie wasn’t watchable.
In fact, I thought the movie was a little too family friendly and not dark enough. We are talking about an “Age of Extinction”, I would have thought that fights for survival would be a little bit more gritty and the plot to destroy the world could be a bit more sinister.
Also, Hangeng and Fan Bing Bing made an appearance in the movie. However, contrary to prior reports, both their appearance were redundant and was less than 30 seconds of the big screen time.
Casting Hangeng and Fan Bing Bing as high-profile extras and the blatant product placement in the movie was a clear signal that the movie is very serious about capturing the China market at the box office.
All that said and done, I thought that the CGI in the fight scenes look amazing and that in itself is worth watching the movie on a weekend price. And of course, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are the only reason you need to catch this movie. They’re awesome as always.
The joven.at.heart verdict: Worth the weekday price ticket. Mark sure that the cinema you are patronising has the surround sound and enough bass. It’s subtle but it really can totally affect the overall feel of the action scenes in the movie.