Transformers: The Last Knight
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Bay|
|Music by||Steve Jablonsky|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$496.5 million|
Transformers: The Last Knight is a 2017 American science fictionaction film based on the Transformers toy line created by Hasbro. It is the fifth installment of the live-actionTransformers film series and a sequel to 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. Directed by Michael Bay, the film features Mark Wahlberg returning from Age of Extinction, with Josh Duhamel, Glenn Morshower and John Turturro all reprising their roles from the firstthreefilms and Anthony Hopkins joining the cast. Bay and Wahlberg have stated they will not return for another sequel.
The film premiered at Odeon Leicester Square in London on June 18, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on June 21, 2017 by Paramount Pictures, in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D. It received negative reviews and, with an approval rating of 15% on Rotten Tomatoes, is the worst reviewed film of the series. The film has grossed over $496 million worldwide against a budget of $217 million, making it the eighth highest-grossing film of 2017.
A spin-off, entitled Transformers Universe: Bumblebee, is scheduled for release on June 22, 2018. A sequel to Transformers: The Last Knight, Transformers 6, is set to be released in 2019.
In 484 AD, King Arthur‘s wizard Merlin forges an alliance with the Knights of Iacon, a group of twelve Transformers who have hidden on Earth. The Knights give Merlin an alien staff, and combine into a huge dragon to help Arthur triumph over the Saxons.
In the present day, most of the governments on Earth have declared Transformers outlawed, and the multinational Transformer Reaction Force (TRF) has been formed to destroy the alien robots. Despite the absence of Optimus Prime, who left the planet to search for his creator, new Transformers continue to arrive regularly; the newest ship to arrive crash-lands in the half of the ruins of Chicago, where it is found by a group of children. When a TRF mecha confronts the kids, they are saved by Izabella, a survivor of the Battle of Chicago and her Transformer companions Sqweeks and Canopy, but Canopy is killed by the TRF in the process. Bumblebee and Cade Yeager arrive and help them escape, but Yeager is unable to save the Transformer in the ship. Before he dies, the knightly robot attaches a metallic talisman to Yeager’s body—an act observed by Decepticon scout Barricade, who reports this to his leader, Megatron.
On the far reaches of the Solar System, Optimus discovers that the Transformers’ homeworld, Cybertron, now disassembled into pieces, is heading directly for Earth. He finds the being in control of Cybertron’s movement, the sorceress Quintessa, who professes to be the maker he is searching for. The staff which the Knights gave to Merlin was stolen by Quintessa, and using her powers, she places Optimus under her control, dubs him “Nemesis Prime” and charges him with recovering it. Earth, she reveals, is actually Cybertron’s “ancient enemy” Unicron and she intends to drain his life force so that Cybertron can be restored.
TRF member and former Autobot ally William Lennox brokers a deal between the TRF and Megatron, releasing from their custody a squad of Decepticons that will help Megatron recover the talisman from Cade. Megatron hunts Yeager down and follows him to his junkyard hideout in South Dakota, where he and many of the surviving Transformers are holed up. After the Decepticons retreat, Yeager is approached by Cogman, a Transformer envoy of British Lord Sir Edmund Burton, who takes him and Bumblebee to England to meet his master. There, Burton arranges a meeting between Yeager and Viviane Wembly, an Oxford professor. Wembly has just been kidnapped by the Autobot Hot Rod, using his long-term disguise as her Citroën DS. Burton explains that he is the last living member of the “Witwiccan” order, an ancient brotherhood dedicated to guarding the secret history of Transformers on Earth. He also reveals that Viviane is the last descendant of Merlin, and that she must find and use his Staff to prevent the impending destruction of Earth by Cybertron.
I suppose if you are invested in this series it was great, but I have only watched a few Transformer movies, and those after they made it to cable. It is just too unrealistic. A Camero that changes into a car sized robot is cool, and possible, but a Camero that changes into a robot the size of a jumbo jet, is out of proportion. The staff of Merlin, when it is in the human girl’s hand, is maybe four feet tall, and then when Optimus Prime holds it, it is taller than the girl. These little things didn’t take away from the awesome transformation effects, or the semi-cool plot, but I noticed them. Kids and fans of the franchise will love it. I give it 3 stars for being entertaining but unrealistic even for a sci-fantasy flick. – MR