Everyone’s favorite Autobots are back in Michael Bay’s latest action packed outing, Transformers: The Last Knight. Based upon the 1980s animated series and popular Hasbro toy line, The Last Knight is the fifth installment in the Transformers film franchise. SPOILERS AHEAD!
Picking up mere months after the previous film, Autobot leader Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) arrives on the desolate remnants of the Transformers’ home world, Cybertron. There he meets Quintessa, the creator of all Transformers both Autobot and Decepticon. Quintessa, a sworn enemy of the astral being Unicron, wishes to destroy planet Earth for housing her foe in its core. To complete this task, she brainwashes Optimus into carrying out her wishes, re-naming him Nemesis Prime.
Meanwhile, on Earth, mechanic Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) is still on the run from the Government after the events of the previous film. After being given an ancient talisman from a Cybertronian Knight, Cade, Bumblebee and the others seek answers from Sir Edmund Burton (Sir Anthony Hopkins), the last of the Witwiccan Society.
Now, if none of that summary made sense, it’s safe to say that Transformers: The Last Knight may not be for everyone. It is very much a franchise piece that must be seen in conjunction with the other four films in the franchise and will probably do very little to entertain the unconverted. However, for those who are fans of franchise, this film is the perfect summer treat.
If one thing is made abundantly clear in this film is that Michael Bay certainly knows how to direct an action movie. The film clocks in at two hours and twenty-nine minutes and is jam packed with high speed car chases, explosions, and of course giant robot fights.
The performances in the film are quite stellar, with Sir Anthony Hopkins and young Isabela Moner being the standouts. Mark Wahlberg’s character Cade is also much more developed in this film, as we see the character’s daily struggle to live life as a fugitive, distanced from his daughter.
All in all, Transformers: The Last Knight is an action packed summer thrill ride that should be seen on the biggest screen possible, especially being that 90% of it was filmed in IMAX 3D.
Transformers: The Last Knight is currently playing in theaters everywhere.