Just when you think that blockbuster movies have matured and filmmaking has graduated to another level, Michael Bay’s Transformers return. 2017 is jammed with potential hit movies full of smart writing, high production values, and gifted talent on both sides of the camera, such as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Alien: Covenant, and Thor: Ragnarok. However, no movie is as likely as Transformers: The Last Knight to make a billion dollars.
In 2015, Paramount hired a team of in-demand Hollywood writers headed by Akiva Goldsman, who managed Steven DeKnight, Robert Kirkman, Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, Zak Penn, among others. The brain trust charted an entire interconnected Transformers universe, full of sequels and spin-offs, such as the upcoming Bumblebee film. The idea for the fifth chapter, Transformers: The Last Knight, inspired Michael Bay to come back to direct his fifth movie in the franchise.
For good or bad, Bay is guiding yet another chapter in the intergalactic saga. Yup, the trailer is cringe-worthy at times and it’s hard to take the empowerment message at face value, without a cynical thought of a Mountain Dew machine transforming and firing soda cans. This is Michael Bay after all. This franchise is a billion dollar bastardization of something that could be even greater. However, it appears we are getting more of the same. Enjoy the trailer, but don’t get fooled by it.
Transformers: The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).
There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.
Transformers: The Last Knight arrives on June 23.