(2017) (Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Sci-Fi: A disparate and desperate group of humans and sentient, shape-shifting robots must contend with a threat that could mean the literal end of the world.
- In this fifth installment of the "Transformers" franchise, humans are at war with the sentient, shape-shifting robots that arrived on Earth long ago. The leader of the good Autobot ones, Optimus Prime (voice of PETER CULLEN), has left in search of his now devastated home planet of Cybertron, while the leader of the bad Decepticon ones, Megatron (voice of FRANK WELKER), has disappeared.
No longer trusting any of them, the humans have created a military force known as the TRF (Transformers Reaction Force) that's seeking out to find and destroy all of them, but not all humans share that mindset. There's failed inventor Cade Yeager (MARK WAHLBERG) who's sided with a number of good ones, including Bumblebee (voice of ERIK AADAHL) and Hound (voice of JOHN GOODMAN), while his new "employee," Jimmy (JERROD CARMICHAEL), isn't sure what to make of being around such beings.
Orphaned 14-year-old Izabella (ISABELA MONER) has no such qualms, but watches as TRF forces kill one of her Autobot friends, and that Transformer imparts a powerful talisman to Cade. That's of particular interest to historian Sir Edmund Burton (ANTHONY HOPKINS) who has a special reason to bring Cade and Oxford professor Vivian Wembley (LAURA HADDOCK) together to help him and his sociopathic robot assistant, Cogman (voice of JIM CARTER). And that's because they've ended up directly related to events involving King Arthur, Merlin the magician and a Transformer back in the Middle Ages.
With Optimus Prime's planet headed toward Earth and his creator, Quintess (GEMMA CHAN), wanting to gain control of that talisman and the long-hidden and powerful staff that once belonged to Merlin, Cade, Vivian, and Edmund try to beat her to that, all while military types including Colonel William Lennox (JOSH DUHAMEL) must not only contend with the pending arrival of the alien planet, but also the return of Megatron and a number of Decepticons who are also desirous of the staff.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- They probably will if they're fans of any or all of the previous "Transformer" films.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For violence and intense sequences of sci-fi action, language, and some innuendo.
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