Back in 2007, we saw the release of the film TRANSFORMERS which was an adaptation of yet another comic book that told the story of mechanized sentient life forms. Now almost a decade later, the films have developed into a franchise with the fifth instalment hitting screens this Friday. But will the fifth edition titled TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT transform into a success story at the box office is what we analyse.
Starting off from where the previous film TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION ended, the latest in the series TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT follows the journey of Optimus Prime who eventually finds his dead home planet, Cybertron, in which he comes to find who was responsible for its destruction. Convinced by a higher power to bring Cybertron back to life, Optimus sets out on a mission to find an artefact that is on Earth. From here the film switches to the past, it is 484 AD, King Arthur’s wizard Merlin forges an alliance with the Knights of Iacon, a group of twelve Transformers who have been hidden on Earth. The knights give Merlin an alien staff, and combine into a dragon to help Arthur triumph over the Saxons. The years pass and the staff is lost to history. In the present day, the governments on Earth have declared Transformers illegal, and the multinational Transformer Reaction Force (TRF) has been formed to eliminate 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 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. Bumblebee and Cade Yeager arrive and help them escape, but Yeager is unable to save the Transformer, Steelbane, in the ship. Before he dies, Steelbane attaches a metallic talisman to Yeager’s body—an act observed by Decepticon Barricade, who reports to his leader Megatron. From here on starts a struggle between the remaining Autobot transformers along with Yeager and the Decipticons to acquire the staff that will save Cybertron.
Coming to the performances, though most of the characters are CGI developed, the live action actors viz. Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, Josh Duhamel as Colonel William Lennox, Laura Haddock as Vivian Wembley and Isabela Moner as Izabella are decent. However, the inclusion of Anthony Hopkins as Sir Edmund Burton though only in a cameo is pretty entertaining. Given the fact that Hopkins’ character acts as a link between the past and the present, the actor who has in the past held up films on his more than capable shoulders does yet another magnificent job with his limited role.
On the whole, despite its weak story line, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT is a visual treat for the fans of the franchise. Also, given that there is no prominent release at the Indian box office this week; this is a good big screen experience for action movie lovers.
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