Prior to the inevitable 90 minutes of special-effects set pieces, this fourth installment in the Transformers franchise might represent Michael Bay's most mature filmmaking to date. The editing, far less frantic than usual, maintains a sense of spatial coherence unprecedented in his work, and Mark Wahlberg, the most focused and modest leading man of his generation, brings a much-needed human dimension to the grandstanding visuals. Even during the digitized mayhem, Bay demonstrates greater appreciation for real locations than almost any director in the Marvel Studios stable; much of the fun here comes from seeing how the filmmakers use places as varied as Monument Valley, a Beijing apartment complex, and Chicago's Uptown Theatre. In the end, though, this is still a movie about giant robots fighting each other, which is to say it's nearly impossible to take seriously on a narrative level. With Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer.
Director: Michael Bay
Producer: Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Ian Bryce, Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Li Bingbing, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, T.J. Miller, Sophia Myles, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver, Peter Cullen, Robert Foxworth, John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, John DiMaggio and Reno Wilson
Transformers: Age of Extinction