The Battle of Chicago has left a rift between humans and auto–bots. Inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) discovers an old truck that he thinks he can strip and sell for parts; and make a cool profit. Lo and behold, the truck is a transformer. . . one Optimus Prime.
The CIA comes busting down Yeager's door looking for the transformer. That sends Yeager and his daughter (Nicola Peltz) on the run, along with her boyfriend (Jack Reynor). Meanwhile, the director of the CIA (Kelsey Grammar) is up to some nefarious doings; using metal recovered from evil transformer Megatron to create his own transformers. He's also in cahoots with an alien transformer, to help track down Optimus Prime.
If this plot seems like a jumbled mess, I assure you. . . it is much worse than that.
Nobody expects the story to be "Casablanca", but left turns are made that make zero sense, there are plot holes galore and it's all stretched out over nearly three hours. At one point in the movie, I thought "thank goodness this is almost over", only to look at my watch and realize there was still an hour and a half left. An hour of explosions and effects easily could have been left out, and that money could have gone to pay a better screenwriter.
But for anyone who is a fan of director Michael Bay's films, you'll be right at home. An hour long battle scene at the end of the film, dinosaur robots and a female lead that makes Megan Fox seem deserving of an Oscar nomination.
"Transformers: Age of Extinction" is worse than bad, it's something else. With no engaging plot, but too loud to take an extended nap, it offers zero redeeming qualities.