Bay announced that filming had begun on May 28, 2013, in Monument Valley, Utah. Detroit, was used as a stand-in for Hong Kong while McCormick Place in Chicago, was re-dressed to portray a city in China. The movie was the first feature film to be shot using smaller digital IMAX 3D cameras. It also was shot in various other formats, including IMAX 70mm film cameras, digital stereo 3-D, and anamorphic and spherical 35mm film. From May 28 to June 24, 2013, Michael Bay uploaded photographs of several cars featured in the film, all apparently Autobots, to social networks including Facebook and Flickr. The film featured two unknown Autobots that transformed into a black and blue 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse (going by production name \"Drift\"), and a green 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray concept (going by production name \"Slingshot\"). Also revealed was a truck from Western Star Trucks as Optimus Prime's new alternate mode. The Dinobots and Lockdown were confirmed to appear. On October 29, Michael Bay's Official Twitter Account tweeted that principal photography of Transformers 4 had been completed in Hong Kong, and the cast and crew were heading to the Chinese mainland. (According to previous reports, crews would be filming there for one week.) Additional filming in Detroit began in early 2014; a pair of steamships (Columbia and Ste. Claire) which had once traveled between Detroit and Bois Blanc Island's amusement park were partially restored and used as props for the film. General Motors allowed film crews access to two of their facilities to be used during filming. Several scenes were filmed at the General Motors Technical Center with scenes being filmed at the Design Center and the Wind Tunnel Facility at the complex. Film crews also were given access to the Milford Proving Grounds where highway chase scenes were filmed.
Industrial Light & Magic's VFX supervisor Scott Farrar, who had also supervised the three prior films in the Transformers franchise, rendered the visual effects. He said the film contains about ninety minutes of visual effects (out of the movie's 165-minute length). Farrer said it was the biggest project, using the largest crew, of his career, and noted that over five hundred people had worked on it, using various facilities.
Steve Jablonsky composed the film's score, marking his sixth film collaboration with director Michael Bay, four of which are Transformers films. The soundtrack album sold more than 15,000 units worldwide. It is also the first Transformers film for which rock band Linkin Park did not contribute an original song, though their single \"Until It's Gone\" is included in the soundtrack of the video game based on the movie.
International openings of over $5 million occurred in South Korea ($21.7 million), Brazil ($16.5 million), Germany ($11.2 million), Australia ($9.6 million), France ($8.8 million), Taiwan ($8.1 million), Malaysia ($6.7 million), Japan ($6.4 million), the Philippines ($5.7 million), India ($5.35 million), Hong Kong ($5.1 million), and Italy ($5 million). In Russia, the film opened to number one with $21.7 million from 1,100 screens, which is the second-largest in the territory for which 3D accounted for 80% of the total gross. IMAX comprised $2.6 million of the total gross from 34 IMAX screens. Its biggest opener outside the U.S. was in China, where it scored one of the biggest non-North American openings of all time with $91.2 million from 4,400 screens, which was once the second-biggest opening of all time there. The film set an all-time IMAX opening record with $9.7 million. After five days of its release, Age of Extinction surpassed its North American run with $134.5 million. In China, the film earned an additional $50.9 million in its second weekend for a total of $212.8 million. In only 10 days of its release, it became the highest-grossing film in China with $222.74 million, thus overtaking Avatar's previous record. Adding to the film's revenue and popularity were product placements of Chinese brands edited into the movie specifically for Chinese audiences.
Richard Roeper gave the film a \"D\", saying that \"the longer the movie goes on, the less interesting it becomes; it just wears you down. As we were finally reaching the 165-minute mark, all that noise and fury was about as exciting as the special effects in an Ed Wood movie.\" Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film zero out of four stars, calling it \"the worst and most worthless Transformers movie yet.\" Kyle Smith of the New York Post gave the film one-and-a-half out of four stars, commenting that \"This series was never good, but it was once fun, or at least flashy. Now that its gears have gone rusty, it's time for an Alien vs. Predator-style rethink.\" A. O. Scott of The New York Times said in his review that \"The story is scaffolding for the action and like every other standing structure, it is wrecked in a thunderous shower of metal, glass, masonry, and earth.\"
We recently spoke with ILM's visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar, who has overseen every single \"Transformers\" film to date. He tells Business Insider the fourth installment of the franchise was the most difficult film to work on yet with the crew working until nearly two weeks before the movie's release date to perfect the film.
\"Optimus is supposed to be about 30,000 pounds, but if you have him lumbering around like a big, slow robot like you see in old movies it's not very interesting,\" he adds. \"A big factor, especially with Michael Bay, is you got to make things look cool.\"
\"We did a live transmission almost daily, sometimes more than once with him,\" Farrar explained. \"[Bay's] in his office down in Santa Monica. We're up here in San Francisco. We don't all have to be in the same room, but he can call us up and say 'Transmission in 10 minutes, okay' We go to our room and ... at any given moment we can pull up any shot that we're working on any piece of a shot, any part or artwork or anything and pull it up. We can look at it and talk about it. We both see it. We see him on camera, he sees us on camera, and we do this live feed every day. Without that, I don't know how we would get this movie done.\"
The screenplay was written by Ehren Kruger. Age of Extinction was the first feature film to be shot on smaller digital IMAX cameras, as well as various other film formats, such as IMAX 70mm film cameras, digital stereo 3-D, and anamorphic and spherical 35mm film'. Transformers: Age of Extinction received negative reviews from critics for its runtime, performances, screenplay, and direction. Some praise was given for the editing and soundtrack. The movie was a box office success, grossing over $1.104 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2014, the second-highest-grossing film in the Transformers series, the 19th film to gross over $1 billion, and the 29th-highest-grossing film of all time. It was the sole film to gross over $1 billion in 2014. It was followed by The Last Knight.
Our theatrical review will weigh in on whether or not this new release is worth your time, while this column will focus solely on the film's use of 3D. Considering seven separate categories, To 3D Or Not To 3D evaluates the full scope of the 3D viewing experience. Think of it as a consumer's guide for your movie-going, complete with a viewers poll where you can weigh in on how you plan to see Transformers: Age of Extinction yourself.
This is a very simplistic way of seeing how much 3D you're getting in a given scene. Remove your 3D glasses; observe the blur, and you can see just how many levels of depth the movie is employing at any given moment. Running this rudimentary test a couple of times in Transformers: Age of Extinction, I did observe a good amount of blur, but as there's a lot of smoke, and blank backgrounds of open sky, the 3D often felt cut off by Bay's aesthetic.
This is a brilliant piece of writing, regardless of whether or not the movie was any good. Perhaps Bay could take a lesson from this kind of prose and put in a good word for some decent writers and the movies might not be so pedestrian.
Imagine that. A movie based on kids toys being targeted towards kids. What more did you want Seriously, when is the last time you either received or, less likely, purchased anything that involved the Hasbro Corp
I enjoyed the movie. There was cohesion between the US and China portions of the movie. I just saw the gross for the weekend. Not bad for your poor rating. Why should we read and listen to your reviews in the future Pretend you are a normal human being just going to the movies for enjoyment.
Back to the topic of his ego. His ego, drives him to actually want to spite everyone. This is the terrible film makers defense. When like hacks like George Lucas, or Uwe Boll defend their movies. Nothing in the series has evolved, or grow, or actually get better. They just get longer runtimes and more advertising placements. Bay just sits on his piles of money showing his critics he can shart anything on to film, then have his CGI team do their magic and just sit back and roll in the dough. Money is his sole justification at this point.
I agree. Anyone who is a fan of transformers series will love this movie. Product placements and all. The acting was as good of not better than the first transformer movie. It was long but the story made sense.
This film delivers much more in the way of fan service than any of the previous films. Some of it is subtle, some quite overt (Galvatron transforming into a cannon and Optimus spending some time looking much like his G1 alter ego in truck form are notable examples). The movie is peppered with a lot of little touches that would probably be lost on people new to Transformers, but that had me clapping the screen at stages. Some people actually applauded the movie when it ended. 59ce067264