Okay, I know. Another Transformers movie! You either love them or you hate them. I have to admit they are a guilty (just a little bit guilty though) pleasure for me. However, I went into this movie with low expectations.
Most of us know the story of the Transformers by now. Robots in disguise, come to earth to wage an ancient and ongoing war between the Autobots and the Decepticons. (good and evil). The first three films introduced us to the main players, we had some neat battles that all tied things up in a pretty little bow at the end, but yet still had a call out to the universe for more possibilities of stories to come.
The last film Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, destroyed most of the city of Chicago and all but a handful of Transformers. When T4 starts, the United States and most of the world hate all transformers, even the good guys. Our main character, Cade, played by Mark Wahlberg, is a down on his luck inventory looking for scraps of any technology to create new inventions. He happens upon an old semi truck and starts pulling parts off it and quickly realizes there is more than meets the eye (yea, I went there) with the truck. Eventually Optimus Prime wakes up, hyjinks ensue and the world starts having masses of explosions. The governments of the world are not too happy that the Autobots are still around, and have given a lot of the technology they have reverse engineered to a government contractor that is building his own versions of robotic lifeforms, except the big bad, known as Megatron has been the blueprint for the code going into the new bots.
The film works well for me for one main reason. They don’t take themselves too seriously. Mark Wahlberg’s character is a single dad, with a hot almost legal daughter. He struggles with protecting her from the men of the world and then the government out to destroy his family and friends.
The humor that runs throughout the film is appropriate and even believable in otherwise unbelievable (although realistically portrayed) situations. The cast of actors appear to have fun and take their acting seriously enough to make this a very enjoyable film and story.