Once again Michael Bay unnecessarily makes an additional film for the Transformers franchise, and Age of Extinction is slightly better than the rest.

After the much maligned and incredibly lazy previous Transformers film, it was almost impossible for Transformers: Age of Extinction to be worse than its predecessor.

As with any franchise that is in its fourth installment, reinvention and recasting reinvigorate the story and premise of the Transformers. Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), Mikaela Banes (Megan Fox), Captain William Lennox (Josh Duhamel), Agent Simmons (Tyrese Gibson) and even Robert Epps (John Turturro) are nowhere to be found in Age of Extinction. Instead there is a new family that becomes entangled in the Autobot siege.

Mark Wahlberg plays the tech savvy Cade Yeager who is a single father to 17-year old Tessa, Nicola Peltz. After the world-changing battle that leveled most of Chicago, America’s relationship and partnership with the Autobots is significantly changed. Government agencies struggle to find the remaining aliens in hiding in an attempt to increase security. The Yeagers become caught in the middle of the crossfire when they themselves find and aid the damaged Optimus Prime.

There is nothing new at all with Michael Bay‘s fourth Transformers film so it’s almost incomprehensible that the movie stretches over two and a half hours. Viewers have seen three movies worth of action sequences using CGI-ed robotic aliens and there is absolutely nothing new in this film. The only exception is we get to see a transformer dinosaur. In my opinion Bay thought having an Autobot dinosaur fight scene would be pretty rad and catered the rest of the story to allow for it.

Maybe as an act of redemption, the production company once again brings to life Ehren Kruger‘s screenplay, the same writer responsible for all previous sequels to the Transformer’s original. It is overcomplicated and attempts to cram far too much sub-plotlines in order to revitalize interest in the waning franchise.

Age of Extinction caters to the audiences that just want to get lost in a mindless summer blockbuster. The character dynamic between father and daughter is cheaply overplayed, exacerbated by mediocre acting from Wahlberg. And yippie, we get another Transformers film slated for 2016…