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Blu-ray 3D Review: Transformers: The Last Knight

September 27, 2017

By John Corrado

★★ (out of 4)

The fifth film in Michael Bay’s blockbuster franchise that started a decade ago, Transformers: The Last Knight finds our world facing a devastating war between Autobots and Decepticons.  Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) has been made to turn against his human allies, determined to save his home planet Cybertron, even at the expense of Earth.

When struggling inventor and junk yard scavenger Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) is bestowed with an artifact that links him to a prophecy dating back to the Dark Ages, he has to work with young professor Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock) and old historian Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins) to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the Decepticons.

This is a series where every subsequent entry has neither delivered the same dumb fun as the first film, nor been as bad as the trainwreck that was the second.  So continuing in this pattern, Transformers: The Last Knight brings nothing new the series, with another muddled and convoluted plot that serves merely as a backdrop for the clanging metal set pieces, yet it also delivers exactly what any remaining fans of this series would want.  There are some fun moments and cool visuals here, and the 3D presentation is solid, still offering a bright enough image and making the action pop a little more.  If you’re going to watch it, this is probably the way to go.

Everything about this film is the very definition of mediocre and mindless, clearly crafted by a talented team of visual effects artists, but not offering much of anything substantial beyond that, and running way longer than it needs to.  If you are a fan of the series, Transformers: The Last Knight offers more of the same, and if you hate these films, then I doubt this is going to be the one to convert you.  It’s that simple, but still mildly worth a look on Blu-ray if all you want is some 3D eye candy.

The 3D Blu-ray set also includes a whole extra disc of bonus material, including the featurettes Merging Mythologies, Climbing the Ranks, The Royal Treatment: Transformers in the UK, Motors and Magic, Alien Landscape: Cybertron and One More Giant Effin’ Movie.

Transformers: The Last Knight is a Paramount release.  It’s 154 minutes and rated PG.

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