“Transformers” series director Michael Bay has vowed that the upcoming fourth film, “Transformers: Age of Extinction”, will try and steer away from the “goofy” tone of the previous entry “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”. He tells Yahoo:
“I wanted the first Transformers to be very suburban and less cool. This is a much more cinematic one. I focused on keeping this one slick. There won’t be any goofiness in this one. We went a bit too goofy [on the last one].
It feels like a new chapter, this movie. But it’s not a reboot. This movie lives in the history of the Transformers movies, and this one starts three years after the last. It feels fresh… I’m feeling really good about this one. I love my cast. There’s a huge scale to this, but also huge soul.”
One thing Bay is proud of is employing visual effects specialist John Frazier to deliver as many practical effects on screen as possible:
“It’s kind of a dying art in Hollywood – nobody does anything for real. John is one of the grand masters of physical effects. He can’t hear right because he’s done so many explosions. We still hold the Guinness World Record for Pearl Harbor: John rigged 350 bombs in seven seconds. Nowadays I think you would fake a lot of it.”
There’s also some new plot details. The Earth has been left scarred after the events of the first three movies, with humanity picking up the pieces after the Transformers disappeared.
Mark Wahlberg’s Cade Yeager is an inventor who discovers a buried Transformer, which sets the stage for the Autobots and Decepticons’ return.