‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Viral Video Remembers ‘The Fall of Chicago’

Published 11 months ago by

Although it may seem that many of this summer’s blockbusters release a good portion of the film before fans can see it in theaters – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 uploaded the first 20 minutes of the movie before hitting theaters and How to Train Your Dragon 2 has made the opening sequence available before it premieres in June. However, while there have been two trailers for next the installment in Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Paramount Pictures has released notably less footage than some other major franchises this year.

With Age of Extinction about a month away from release, marketing for the film has been stepped up to include a viral video and website reminding us that Transformers are dangerous.

Titled “The Fall of Chicago,” the video (above) displays murderous Decepticons and the resulting destruction from the final battle in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Spliced over mock news clips of the battle and photos of the decimated city of Chicago is a clear message: “Three years ago the Transformers attacked, it’s a day we can never forget.” The whole theme of the video is reinforcing the idea that Transformers are dangerous to humans, and that humanity must fight back in order to survive.

Along with the legacy of loss video on the Transformers Are Dangerous website, humans looking to learn more about the threat to our species can find newspaper clippings from major cities around the world including San Francisco, Barcelona, Tokyo and Sydney, as well as posters urging everyone to report alien activity and the well known public safety motto: if you see something, say something.

keepearthhuman Transformers: Age of Extinction Viral Video Remembers The Fall of Chicago

While the video largely reuses previously seen footage from that last Transformers film – meaning there were no new scenes or characters teased from Age of Extinction – these bits of fake news coverage, clips and posters all set the stage for Earth’s mentality toward the Autobots when the new film kicks off.

Specifically, Paramount’s viral campaign should offer insight into how humans have reacted to the battle in Chicago as well as why Optimus Prime has been disillusioned about the goodness in humans (though Mark Wahlberg will try to convince him otherwise) that we saw in the initial trailer for Age of Extinction.

Fans looking for new, unseen footage from the upcoming Transformers film may be disappointed by this video, but those whose interests are piqued by the propaganda-style view into this world may be more excited and less spoiled in the long run.


Transformers: Age of Extinction rolls out in theaters on June 27, 2014.

Source: Transformers Are Dangerous

Follow Molly Freeman on Twitter @mollyrockit
Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. I prefer marketing campaigns that attempt to keep some mystery to the movie.
    I would rather see tons of “viral” videos like this that hint at the tone and plot of the movie over Trailers that flat out explain the movie all while showing you most of the best scenes.

  2. Definitely happy that TF4 isn’t basically being shown through trailers like most of the other summer blockbusters so far.

  3. uuuhhh…no comment.