UPDATE: TRAILER REMOVED AT STUDIO REQUEST.
This summer of superheroes, sci-fi, and everything in between, brings with it new live-action installments in two franchise born in the 1980s: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot and Transformers: Age of Extinction, the latter being the fourth in the modern Transformers movie series. Interestingly, TMNT only features Michael Bay in a producer capacity, while Age of Extinction was directed by Bay; yet, both films bear more than a passing resemblance to the other, in terms of both their individual parts and the overall “Bay-esque” aesthetic.
All three of Bay’s previous Transformers movies also bear the hallmarks of his past directorial work; that includes slick action sequences with an emphasis on capturing movement, as well as set pieces that set the stage for much destruction and explosive mayhem. And what Bay movie would be complete without some humor injected into the proceedings – typically juvenile, often over the top, and (unfortunately) occasionally the type that’s just flat-out based on insensitive stereotypes.
Thankfully, there’s none of the latter type of comedy to be found (as far as humans go, anyway…) in the new international trailer for Age of Extinction. However, in addition to the same material that made the cut in the U.S. version of the film’s latest (final?) theatrical preview, this new clip features some extra footage showcasing robot-caused city wreckage and a brief taste of the film’s humor.
So, don’t worry – just in case you started to believe all this talk about Age of Extinction being a turn for the darker for the Transformers franchise, there’s still room for Mark Wahlberg to pause in the middle of a robot battle and argue with a cartoony side character about insurance.
That’s not to say that Age of Extinction really should be dead-serious or turn the eye-popping visual lever down a notch – it’s just that this installment looks to be pretty much more of the same, rather than a change of pace. Sure, now it’s Wahlberg leading the way instead of Shia LaBeouf; not to mention, there does seem to be a relatively stronger connection between humans and Transformers (compared to, say, Sam Witwicky’s career hardships in the last film, Dark of the Moon). However, when all is said and done, Ehren Kruger’s script work here doesn’t exactly look to break the mold.
Still, in the column of what does seem promising about this Transformers film – Age of Extinction expands the Transformers live-action universe mythology in a manner that could lead to somewhere interesting (see our trailer video analysis). The film should also offer some of the best-staged spectacle that we’ve seen in this franchise to date, which could be worth the price of admission alone. So… that’s something, right?
Transformers: Age of Extinction opens in U.S. theaters on June 27th, 2014.