Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures

There was a question for a brief while as to whether or not director Michael Bay would return to the Transformers franchise he helped create once the initial trilogy was complete. The answer came fairly quickly after his critically successful but lowest grossing film yet, Pain & Gain, came and went at the box office last year. The third film’s $1B+ haul probably had something to do with his return as well, but all of that is filler.

Bring on the transforming metallic creatures!

Transformers: Age of Extinction features a world where mankind has turned its back on the intergalactic visitors who’ve saved our asses three times now. An Earth without space-born threats is an Earth without a need for Transformers apparently, so our friends Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Snake Eyes, El Beardo, Yellow Stream, Racist Caricature, Ricardo Montalban and others are scattered and in hiding. An all-American farmer (Mark Wahlberg) finds Prime rotting in a junkyard, and soon the semi, the farmer and his “hot” daughter are racing to save the world from Stanley Tucci.

I may need to watch the trailer again.

The bit with Optimus riding atop the dinosaur reminds of something I saw in a Creationist Museum once, so if nothing else that bodes well for the film’s sense of humor. I already had high hopes in that department though as Wahlberg has fantastic comedic sensibilities — definitely better than that guy who played Sam Witwicky in the earlier films — and I can’t imagine him playing this role completely straight.

The first trailer focused more on Wahlberg and his family, but now we’re getting a look at the possible human foe (Tucci), the new mechanized threat borrowed from Thor and the “new army” that Optimus builds to fight the baddies. I don’t know my Dinobot lore, but I’m hoping the film explains their existence as more than just really old Transformers sent to Earth millennia ago to spy on the dinosaurs.

The official synopsis is here:

“The film begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history… while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.”

Transformers: Age of Extinction explodes into theaters on June 27, 2014.

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