‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Trailer 2: A New Robot Army

Published 3 months ago by , Updated May 15th, 2014 at 6:27 am,

At this point, most moviegoers know what to expect from Michael Bay’s live-action Transformers movies. They’re big, colorful, and loud – with explosions and eye-popping visuals that take precedent over nuanced character drama. Even though the approach has been an affront to many longtime Transformers fans, casual moviegoers continue to line-up for Bay’s Robot in Disguise – which have raked in more than $2.6 billion (so far) at the global box office. For that reason, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see that the latest entry, Transformers: Age of Extinction, isn’t dramatically altering the core formula – using giant cybernetic dinosaurs (along with a new cast of Decepticon foes) to once again up the ante.

In a summer where filmgoers have been inundated with spoiler-filled marketing, Paramount Pictures has been surprisingly restrained with Transformers 4 footage. The film’s Super Bowl teaser offered-up an unforgettable image of Optimus Prime riding dinobot leader Grimlock, while the first full length trailer provided a solid mix of story set-up and robot vs. robot action. Now, the studio has unveiled the second (and presumably final) theatrical trailer for Age of Extinction – revealing new Autobot and Decepticon characters.

Check out the trailer at the top of the page and a new character poster below (click for full size):

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Bay has previously indicated that Transformers 4 will set up a fresh direction for the series, as the first entry in an all-new trilogy. In addition to paving the way for new directors to helm future entries, Age of Extinction also resets lingering plot arcs that no longer fit with the evolving scale and tone – mechanical engineer Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) replaces Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) as the main human protagonist, while new robot heroes and villains step onto the battlefield to replace Autobots and Decepticons that never made a strong impression in the first three movies.

After little more than brief glimpses in scattered trailer or TV spot footage, the new trailer finally provides a clear glimpse at several key additions to the robot cast – including Autobot Hound (voiced by John Goodman) along with several clear shots of Grimlock fighting alongside Optimus Prime (and another clip of Dinobot Strafe with Bumblebee).

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As we’ve previously speculated, the video also hints at the larger story set to unfold over the course of (at least) two more installments – a story that, if early plot details are to be believed, could turn the core heroic Autobots vs power-hungry Decepticons plot on its head. As evidenced by the trailer, Lockdown (aka “Gun Face”), who many viewers originally mistook for Galvatron, isn’t a typical Decepticon – meaning the character is actually a hint of an even bigger threat on the horizon.

Still, while Transformers movies have struggled to marry impactful human drama with Cybertronian warfare, Age of Extinction has all the necessary components to deliver a film that includes, at the very least, some intriguing exploration of Transformer mythology. The initial premise, Optimus Prime hiding (or unconscious) in G1 truck form, should be an interesting foundation to build from – along with the idea that humanity has begun to develop their own Transformers for personal use after discovering what Cybertronians are “made of.”

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Hopefully, the choice to take the series back to basics, while also highlighting escalation in the greater fictional world, opens-up new ideas and fresh storylines to explore. As digital effects become easier and less expensive to produce, summer blockbusters must offer more than just slick CGI creations. Certain moviegoers are already desensitized to CGI destruction – meaning that if the Transformers series is to continue pulling in more money with each installment, the filmmakers will need to find a balance between bigger action and better story.

Will Transformers: Age of Extinction be that turning point in the franchise?

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MORE: Transformers: Age of Extinction Trailer 1 Analysis

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Transformers: Age of Extinction will be in theaters on June 27, 2014.

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  1. I guess I am the minority here but I actually think the movie looks good.

    Plus, I didn’t mind the original trilogy. I thought #1 was great. #2 I liked after multiple viewings and #3 was meh.

    Now for the Trifecta….

    I think Shia Lebeouf is a darn good actor

    BOOM!!! Said it!

    • Finally someone said it! I realize I may have lower expectations in cinema, and action spectacles at that, but gosh darn it Michael Bay take my money!!

    • Well, I agree with you partly. I really liked the original trilogy with 1. AWESOME! 2. Less Awesome. 3. My favorite! I like Shyla but I never liked him as Sam in Transformers except for the third movie. I think this movie is going to be great, people constantly keep saying that the movie series focuses too much on action and that’s why it sucks but they obviously set their bar too high. Transformers has always been about Autobots and Decepticons fighting each other and that’s what Michael Bay always delivers. Not deep human characters, not an amazing love story but he gives us the Robot Vs. Robot action Transformers has always been about. And that’s fine by me.

  2. I want a transformers movie that the whole movie is based on the war between the Decepticon and Autobots in Cybertron, and has no humans characters at all.

    • You will most likely never get it; for no other reason than it being too expensive to make. Add to that the fact that for the casual moviegoer it becomes un-relatable, and you get a sense of why the studio would never go for it.

    • I’d kind of love a Transformers movie based on the original animated one. Megatron exiled floating helpless through space, Unicron creating Galvatron, Prime Dying…etc.

      • No one wants a rehash of already-seen material.

        • Except for me and the guy you just replied to yeah?

          • If you want the G1 movie, watch the G1 movie. There’s no reason to recreate it.

            • Yea, because an updated live action version of the G1 animated movie wouldn’t be awesome…you sound ridiculous, Scooby.

              • G1 is it’s own universe and it needs to stay that way. It’s okay to homage it or reference popular and iconic moments from it, but to recreate it entirely is stupid.

    • It was still suppose to be that, it’s just that Bay changed it. Now light years a whole army of Decepticons are here at Earth. Yea, ok, whatever. And again, where are the additional autobots? That scene where Cybertron was brought near Earth via the wormhole should have destroyed the planet if not left it it cut when it close.

      This movie is more about going big than anything. Bring in more robots, which is good, change their looks, and have them invade Earth because they are the only source of energy. Yea, ok, whatever. And lastly have humans create them and the next goal create God. Bay does a nice job of hiding how highly advance they are. The books don’t.

      Still, I think it’ll be a big hit simply because of the dinobots. That will attract kids like zombies. My nephews love Grimlock. For me I don’t like the direction of the movies at all. It is great to see them onscreen and done really, really well but the story, and characters, and settings…man, sweet, sweet memories destroyed.

      • Michael Bay doesn’t get to retcon your memories. It’ll be okay.

  3. “At this point, most moviegoers know what to expect from Michael Bay’s live-action Transformers movies. They’re big, colorful, and loud – with explosions and eye-popping visuals that take precedent over nuanced character drama.”

    You summed up my feelings about this franchise right there Ben.

    I’m on record with my feelings for Bay 10 times over and I highly doubt my feelings will change after another Transformers movie.
    After parts 2 & 3 I’ve just accepted that the plot won’t make sense and the humor will be about as mature as a Adam Sandler movie but boy oh boy will it be pretty to watch.

    Even though there are plenty of fans who want more from the franchise from the studios perspective it’s simple… If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And judging from what we’ve seen so far that’s pretty much the approach taken here.

    So this will make another BILLION dollars for the studio and 3 or 4 years from now there will be another.
    There’s no point in complaining anymore.

    • Ya, I feel like most people have understandably made up their minds – and everyone is just expressing the same delight/frustration they’ve had for years. I know some people are in the middle but most have dug in and aren’t likely to be swayed one way or the other at this point.

      Some love the movies for their visual spectacle, others just can’t handle how ridiculous they are. I get both sides.

      But Paramount has very little incentive to change the format when these films make more money with each installment. Maybe one day casual filmgoers will tire of the franchise and the studio will be forced to significantly overhaul/reboot but the moviegoers who love these films are jazzed about this one (and it looks to deliver to that group) – so I doubt this will be the turning point.

  4. It won’t be a dark knight, but will sadly be worth watching on the big screen. *sigh* they got me sold. At least no more LeBeouf.

    • “At least no more Lebeouf”. This is the best thing. I don’t have to hear him wine and shout at everything, and not just in this movie too.

  5. Slow motion. Cheesy shots of the American flag. Lots of GM cars. Yeah, this is a Michael Bay movie and will be as bad everything he has ever done. It could be good enough to download once it is out on DVD, at most.

    • It’ll actually be a blast to watch in 3D. At that point, plot won’t matter much.

      The movies are kind of like the Transformers Disney Land ride. It’s a super fun ride. and I do recommend that ride btw… best 3D ride I’ve ever been on.

      That said, once the studios rake in their billions, and 10-15 years from now maybe we’ll get something with a plot.

  6. I’m really skeptical. Although the trailer looked cool it did not look different from the older movies in any meaningful way. 96% sure this is going to be a slight improvement over 3 while still being utter s***.

  7. hmmmmm a lot of shia hate on the comments….I like him as am actor. I thought he was good in the first one. His weirdo quirkiness worked well.

    As far as the trailer goes I don’t see how its any different from the others….someone wants to destroy earth and the autobots…did we already see that 3 times?

    • It’s a war, so, obviously they’re going to want to destroy each other. But, if you actually LOOK beyond just seeing those ships in space (which no one knows what they are), you’ll know there’s much more to this film than the simplistic synopsis that you and tons of others seem to think we’re getting.

      We DID NOT see this the past three times. Humans creating Transformers? Don’t think so. Humans hunting Transformers into extinction? Didn’t see that in the original trilogy, either. One villain character who’s a bounty hunter? Not remembering it. DINOBOTS? Ha, okay. Definitely don’t recall that.

      Although, I do agree with you on the Shia comments. He is a good actor.

      • Could be but it seems you know more about transformers than me….Dinobots? Id never heard of them until now.

        • They’re longtime fan-favorites.

          The Dinobots are a rowdy, arrogant, and disobedient band of warriors. They were basically built to give the Autobots more muscle (with special thanks going to Wheeljack and Ratchet, of course).

          Most of them dislike Optimus, so whether or not they follow his orders depends on what those orders are. If it’s to destroy stuff, they’re down with that. If it’s to help people, it kinda depends on what the “weather is like”.

  8. WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!!

    Any reservations i had about seeing this movie disappeared when i saw the scene at the end with Optimus and Grimlock.

  9. That poster is… awful. Seriously, who approved that photo shop? This is a shame considering how much I loved the poster with Optimus and Grimlock, that poster looked fantastic.

  10. So Galvatron WON’T be in this?

    • Galvatron WILL be in this. He’s the ‘bot seen on the table in the laboratory at the beginning of the trailer, since he’s being created by humans.

  11. Can we expect less of the cheesy attempts and comedy in this film?

  12. Too many Bay trolls in this article
    Autobots : transform and roll out !

  13. Ok, well i just read that Galvatron has been cast in the film so…

  14. I’m glad what’s his face with a weird name isn’t in this movie, this movie has become manly with Wahlberg. I’m watching this just to see the Dinobots even if it’s only 10 minutes in the movie. Those things were cool toys.

  15. Can’t wait for this film, I’m a huge fan, ever since I was kid

  16. optimos prime your freak

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