This Week In Theaters - June 27, 2014

Published: Jun 26, 2014 15:46pm EDT
By Bob Phelan, Movie Critic for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated Jun 26, 2014 @ 03:46pm EDT


Last week was a dull affair at the box office and its kind of been that way in general all year. There still hasn't been an opening weekend over $100 million and definitely not last weekend when 'Think Like A Man Too' opened at $29 million. That was good enough for first place over '22 Jump Street' and 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' which both fell about 50% to about $27.5 million and $25 million respectively. Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' flopped into fourth with just over $13 million. Apparently musicals aren't ready to make a comeback.

We could very well have our first $100 million opening weekend of the year on our hands this week. 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' comes out, the fourth installment of the cartoon/action figure adaptation directed by Michael Bay. This time Shia Lebouf and his model girlfriends are gone and Mark Wahlberg enters the picture, presumably with his model girlfriends. Optimus Prime and the Autobots are back to save the world only this time it looks like they're up against Dinobots. Thats right, weaponized robots that can turn into dinosaurs. I'm sure it'll be as stupid as it sounds like most Michael Bay movies.

All of Bay's movies are dumb, filled with ridiculous action and juvenile offensive attempts at humor, but some can still be enjoyable despite that. I'm not a big fan of any of his movies but I enjoyed 'Pain & Gain', 'The Island', 'Armageddon', and 'Bad Boys' to an extent. As for the 'Transformers' series I actually did like the first one a bit but both of the sequels are terrible. Some of the special effects look good but they don't carry any weight so theres no sense of danger to anything going on. The stories are nonsensical, the acting is awful (I'm sure the scripts didn't help), the "humor" is mostly homophobic or racist, and the women are only there to be exploited. You don't care about any of the characters and lastly they're just too damn long. Maybe Mark Wahlberg can lend something new to the series to breathe new life into it but I'm not hopeful. Early reviews are not good at all.

There aren't any other wide releases this weekend but there is an interesting indie sci-fi thriller coming out called 'Snowpiercer'. Its South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho's english language debut starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton. In a post apocalyptic world set on a train that seemingly never stops, something makes things get out of control. The only movie of Joon-Ho's that I've seen is 'The Host' which was a pretty good monster movie. Evans can be a good actor when given good material and Swinton is pretty much always good. With an interesting concept and great reviews (currently 90% on Rotten Tomatoes) it seems like good counter programming to the massive blockbuster that is 'Transformers'.

Best Bet: I can't recommend 'Transformers' and still look at myself in the mirror so I'll have to go with 'Snowpiercer'. But if thats not playing in your area there are plenty of movies to catch up on like 'How To Train Your Dragon 2', 'Edge of Tomorrow', 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', etc.


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