Josh Duhamel on 'Transformers: The Last Knight' and Training with Navy SEALs

Posted June 26, 2017

Transformers: The Last Knight begins with a very different opening to what we have come to expect from the series.

Rated: PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of sci-fi action, language, and some innuendo.

Bottom-line: Is the "Transformers" franchise in decline, or is it bigger than ever?

Bay's last film in the franchise is Transformers: The Last Knight (TLK), which opens here tomorrow. Anyone? Paramount? Spielberg? Oh who are we kidding, Steven is cashing all those checks from the worldwide ticket sales from the last Transformers film. We'll say 2009's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" still is the worst, but it's close. These movies are pretty critic-proof.

The Last Knight, the last of the franchise to be directed by Michael Bay and potentially the last for star Mark Wahlberg, is set to redefine the franchise by exposing the hidden history of the Transformers on Earth.

While it's an entertaining spectacle, "Transformers: The Last Knight" drags on far too long. It aims to answer the question why the Transformers keep on coming to Earth.

It goes without saying that the Transformers franchise has never been a critical darling. Cade is working with a collection of Autobots to help good Transformers in need.

In the film, the Cybertonian Goddess of Life, Quintessa, uses her power to transform Optimus Prime into Nemesis Prime.

Somehow all this leads to a climactic, planet-saving battle at Stonehenge (is nothing sacred?) in which we're pounded with so much clanking noise and mind-crushing action.

The first two acts build up the plot and the world nicely.

Thanks to Hopkins' performance though, the other actors don't quite shine.

While three writers are credited with the screenplay and a fourth person is given a story-by credit (the other three are, as well), this is, as were the others, Bay's show.

An event held by Smyths Toys, the initiative was part of the on-going celebrations around the cinematic release of Transformers: The Last Knight. And, without question, Bay gives a ticket buyer his or her money's worth. "The movie is shorter (by about 15 minutes) than the last one, though, and considerably more bearable".

Director Michael Bay went with his signature style of filling the screens with elements that do not necessarily take your attention away from the subject and the lovely computer graphics and effects.

Incoherent mess or more-than-meets-the-eye attention-deficit masterpiece?

Well, here we go again.