Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins
Release Date: September 26, 2017
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
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.
The fifth entry in the ongoing ‘Transformers’ film saga, ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ rejoins heroic inventor and single father Cade Yeager (Wahlberg) in a more terrifying time than ever. With Transformers of all kinds branded enemies, Cade and his team of renegade humans and Autobots continue to fight for what they believe to be right. But when Optimus Prime is twisted by a sinister force from his home planet of Cybertron and Cade is faced with a legend and potential destiny that he simply can’t ignore, the war for the survival of planet Earth begins and only a select group of heroes may stand any hope of saving our world before all is truly lost.
Directed yet again by Michael Bay (who has helmed all five films in the series thus far) this time from a screenplay by Art Marcum (Iron Man), Matt Holloway (Punisher: War Zone) and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), Bay does a more than competent job at the helm of ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ and clearly knows precisely what he wants to do with these films at this point and has no trouble managing to accomplish just that time and again. The latest installment also includes a notable cast that features numerous new and returning individuals to the franchise including Mark Wahlberg (Pain and Gain), Josh Duhamel (The Show), Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Laura Haddock (TV’s Da Vinci’s Demons), Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada), Jerrod Carmichael (TV’s The Carmichael Show), John Turturro (Barton Fink) and more, nearly all delivering capable and fitting enough performances in each of their respective roles that are pretty much on-par with the franchise’s previous entries.
‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ once again delivers all of the explosive, action-packed and visually breathtaking spectacle that fans of the series have come to expect and it will likely come as no surprise that the fifth and latest entry in the ongoing film series definitely manages to offer some of the most stunning and complex action sequences yet. While continuing ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’s’ focus on Wahlberg’s character Cade Yeager, the latest entry also features some returning favorites from the human character lineup that weren’t present for the fourth film, along with some new and returning Transformers as well naturally. ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ definitely isn’t one of the best entries in the franchise, but it’s also far from terrible for anyone who enjoyed the previous four and should have zero trouble keeping fans thoroughly entertained and likely with a grin plastered on their face throughout the majority of the intricate action sequences which never cease to amaze. As with every installment in the franchise it definitely has its issues and the terrible humor can be a bit tough to endure at times, but that’s not to say it isn’t still one incredibly enjoyable ride. ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ is once again guided along its spectacular and visually stunning course by director Michael Bay (maybe actually for the last time?) and featuring a solid cast led by Mark Wahlberg. Anyone who enjoys the ‘Transformers’ film franchise but didn’t have a chance to catch ‘The Last Knight’ during its theatrical run will definitely want to give it a watch when you have the chance. It’s not the best entry in the franchise but still manages to deliver plenty of the visually outstanding action and goofy fun that fans of the series have come to expect; being a fan of these movies myself who just finished my second viewing for this review I can honestly say that it should have no trouble proving itself well worth your time at the absolute least.
The fellow 3D fans out there such as me who are still holding onto the format should also be quite thrilled with the 3D experience offered, and with the movie being the first film ever shot largely in IMAX 3D it should come as no surprise that this is one gorgeous, smooth, detailed and just overall impress 3D experience that is not to be missed by fellow fans of the format. While the Blu-ray 3D presentation may not be quite as visually outstanding as experiencing it in IMAX 3D (and what an experience that was) it still holds up remarkably well and the stunning depth combined with numerous pop-out effects that appear to leap straight out of the screen and into your face certainly make ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ one impressive and insanely enjoyable 3D ride and without question the best possible way to experience the film for anyone who enjoys the format and has the capability to enjoy it at home.
Overall, ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ is another insanely fun, visually gorgeous and action-packed entry in the ongoing Transformers film saga. It may suffer from another unnecessary collection of unoriginal and largely unfunny humor and has a tendency to drag in spots as well as contradict previous films in the franchise, but it still brings all of the goods fans expect to the table and yet again manages to up the ante in the visually groundbreaking action sequences. These may not be spectacular films in many aspects, but they continue to prove themselves to be incredibly enjoyable at the very least and ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ is no exception. The latest entry certainly isn’t going to attract anyone who wasn’t already a fan of the franchise, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone that is. While not one of the most notable entries thus far, it still provides heaps of silly fun and visually stunning action that fans definitely won’t want to miss out on. The fellow 3D fanatics out there will also want to make a point of giving this one a watch if possible as it’s by far one of the most impressive 3D experiences in recent memory.
The Blu-ray 3D release of ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ features a full 1080p High Definition MVC encoded 3D presentation utilizing a varying Aspect Ratio which jumps between approximately 1.90:1, 2.00:1 and 2.40:1 throughout. This 3D presentation looks outstanding for the most part and aside from a few brief instances of crosstalk it provides an immersive and absolutely breathtaking 3D experience that is certain to thrill fans of the franchise. It delivers impressive levels of depth, along with various pop out moments that have guns and other elements appearing to leap directly out of the screen and nearly touch you. It constantly retains a sharp, detailed presentation that looks absolutely gorgeous and holds up impressively even during the fast moving and darkly lit sequences throughout. Overall, this is quite the fantastic 3D high definition video presentation that any fans of the format and this franchise will definitely want to get their hands on.
The 2D Blu-ray release which is also included in the 3D Blu-ray combo pack features an AVC encoded full high definition video presentation also featuring a varying Aspect Ratio that jumps between 1.90:1, 2.00:1 and 2.40:1 throughout. Based on the scenes I was able to check out on the standard 2D disc it also provides a sharp, detailed and overall gorgeous high definition video presentation in its own right that should easily satisfy those who aren’t fans of the 3D format or simply don’t have the capability to enjoy it at home.
The Blu-ray release (both the 3D & 2D disc) features a Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack. Please note that this review pertains solely to the lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentation. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds simply phenomenal and delivers a crisp, clean and wildly aggressive audio presentation throughout. It constantly takes full advantage of all seven available channels in order to immerse you within the action and assault you with a barrage of gunfire, stomping robot feet, vehicle activity, plus plenty of explosions and debris (which also offers another opportunity for the bass to get notably aggressive) and much more, while always making certain that any dialogue or additional auditory activity that may be occurring simultaneously remains clean and fully audible at all times. Overall, this is a truly outstanding and insanely fun Dolby Atmos (TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that delivers the goods in spades and is nearly guaranteed to impress.
The Blu-ray release(s) of ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ includes some notable bonus content in the way of behind the scenes Featurettes that take you deeper into bringing various aspects of the film to life and include tons of behind the scenes footage, interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus more; all of which can be found on the dedicated Special Features disc. The included Featurettes are: ‘Merging Mythologies’ (running approximately 20 minutes in length), ‘Climbing the Ranks’ (running approximately 9 minutes), ‘The Royal Treatment: Transformers in the UK’ (approximately 27 minutes), ‘Motors and Magic’ (15 minutes), ‘Alien Landscape: Cybertron’ (7 minutes) and ‘One More Giant Effin’ Movie’ (7 minutes).