Preview: Transformers: The Last Knight

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Who would have thought the Transformers franchise would end up here? Here being Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England, of course.

The premise for the fifth Transformers movie is that there’s a secret history of the massive robots here on Earth and it’s up to Mark Wahlberg, with the help of Sir Anthony Hopkins’ Sir Edward Burton and Laura Haddock’s Oxford University Professor Vivian Wembley, to get to the bottom of it and save the universe.

The previous movies have already hinted that the Transformers have been on the planet a long time, but until now, we didn’t know that they’ve played an important role in history.

To get to the bottom of it, the action goes back to Medieval times (yes, Newcastle can pass for a town in the 1300s, and not just because of the locals) to meet the dragon-cons and knight-bots (or something like that). Cue a lot of clanging and banging.

Anyone who has seen the trailers will know that despite the change in setting, fans will know exactly what to expect. But why change anything?

Despite critical maulings for the previous sequels, the Transformers series is monstrously successful. However, The Last Knight marks the end of an era. Both director Michael Bay and star Mark Wahlberg have announced that this will be their last hurrah, with both quitting the franchise after this instalment.

“They take a lot out of you,” Bay said. “I’m going out with a bang with this one, and I feel like you’ve got to go out while you’re ahead.” Wahlberg told The Graham Norton Show, “I get my life back.” With a Bumblebee spin-off and Transformers 6 already green-lit, viewers won’t, just yet.

The bottom line
Not a Palme d’Or winner, but you knew that.

By Paul Clifford
Time Out Doha,

Transformers: The Last Knight

  • Duration: 148
  • Released: Thu, 15 Jun
  • Language: English
  • Director: Michael Bay
  • Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Gemma Chan

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