Transformers: The Last Knight Movie (2017):
Transformers: The Last Knight is an American science fiction action adventure film directed by Michael Bay from a screenplay by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Ken Nolan. In the movie, Mark Wahlberg reprises his role from Age of Extinction, while Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, and Glenn Morshower also return to their roles from the previous three films. The cast also includes fresh faces such as Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner, Jerrod Carmichael, Santiago Cabrera, and Anthony Hopkins who have joined the franchise. Based on Hasbro’s Transformers toy line, the film is the fifth installment in the Transformers film series and the sequel to Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014).
On May 17, 2016, Michael Bay revealed the official title of the film to be Transformers: The Last Knight on his Instagram account, where he also posted a production video showing a close-up of Optimus Prime’s face with purple eyes instead of blue, and his face mostly discolored. Principal photography for the film began on May 25, 2016, in Havana, Cuba, with a few scenes shot by a “small team”. Filming continued on June 6, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona, and on June 19, 2016, in Detroit, Michigan, under the working title E75, with additional filming taking place in Chicago, Illinois. Principal photography wrapped on December 4, 2016.
Transformers: The Last Knight premiered on June 18, 2017, at the Odeon Leicester Square in London and was released in the United States on June 21. It was a box-office bomb, grossing $605 million worldwide against a production budget between $217–260 million, with an estimated loss of over $100 million for both Paramount and Hasbro after marketing and distribution costs. A spin-off prequel titled Bumblebee, was released on December 21, 2018, to critical and financial success, with Bay as a producer.
Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Information:
|Movie Name||Transformers: The Last Knight|
|Release Dates||June 18, 2017 (Odeon Leicester Square)|
June 21, 2017 (United States)
|Running Time||2hr 35min|
|Based on||Transformers by Hasbro|
|Directed by||Michael Bay|
|Screenplay by||Art Marcum|
|Story by||Akiva Goldsman|
|Produced by||Lorenzo di Bonaventura|
|Cinematography by||Jonathan Sela|
|Edited by||Mark Sanger|
|Music by||Steve Jablonsky|
|Production Companies||Paramount Pictures|
di Bonaventura Pictures
The Weying Galaxy
The H Collective
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box Office Collection||$605.4 million|
Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Trailer:
Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Storyline:
A deadly threat from Earth’s history reappears and a hunt for a lost artifact takes place between Autobots and Decepticons, while Optimus Prime encounters his creator in space.
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Movie Review:
The film received generally negative reviews for its runtime and screenplay. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 16% based on 256 reviews and an average rating of 3.5/10, giving it the lowest rating of the six films in the Transformers series. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film a zero-star review (as he did to the previous films), saying “Every time Michael Bay directs another Transformers abomination (this is the fifth), the movies die a little. This one makes the summer’s other blockbuster misfires look like masterpieces.” Mike Ryan of Uproxx gave the film a negative review, criticizing its running time and incoherent plot, writing: “I have no proof Transformers: The Last Knight will kill your brain cells, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it does and I’d proceed with caution just in case. But I can say with absolute certainty that after watching, your head will hurt.” Emily Yoshida of Vulture.com gave the film a negative review but wrote: “I feel slightly worried about how little I hated it.” Yoshida thought it was marginally better than the previous film: “The Last Knight remains barely coherent. But it’s more fun than “Age of Extinction,” though both movies are so drunk on money and effects they accidentally go weird.” Yoshida grudgingly praised the “visual and sonic imagination” shown by the filmmakers.
Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Cast and Characters:
- Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager: A single father and inventor who helped the Autobots during the events of Age of Extinction.
- Josh Duhamel as William Lennox: A former NEST commander and U.S. Army Ranger who partnered with the Autobots prior to the events of Dark of the Moon, and now a Colonel and reluctant member of the Transformers Reaction Force (TRF).
- Stanley Tucci as Wizard Merlin: A wizard who helped the Guardian Knights. He previously portrayed Joshua Joyce in the Age of Extinction.
- Anthony Hopkins as Sir Edmund Burton, 12th Earl of Folgan: An astronomer and historian who knows about the history of the Transformers on Earth.
- Laura Haddock as Viviane Wembly: A professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and a polo player, who turns out to be a descendant of Merlin. Minti Gorne portrays a younger Viviane.
- Isabela Moner as Izabella: A street-wise who was orphaned by the Battle of Chicago in Dark of the Moon and now lives in the city ruins with Sqweeks and Canopy, her only friends, until meeting Cade.
- Jerrod Carmichael as Jimmy: A young man from South Dakota whom Cade hired through a want ad.
- Santiago Cabrera as Santos: A former Delta Force operative an commander of the TRF, who seeks to eradicate every Transformer and their human allies regardless of faction. He also tries to capture or kill Cade Yeager as he knows he’s working with the Autobots.
- John Turturro as Seymour Simmons: A former government agent of Sector 7 and NEST turned successful writer who hides out in Cuba, and was allied with the Autobots prior to the events of Dark of the Moon.
- Glenn Morshower as General Morshower: A former leader of NEST in Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon who now supervises TRF operations.
- Liam Garrigan as King Arthur: The legendary knight who first fought with the Knights of Iacon.
- Grimlock: The leader of the Dinobots, who transforms into a mechanical horned, fire-breathing Tyrannosaurus.
- Slug: The savage Dinobot destroyer who transforms into a mechanical spiked and bestial Triceratops.
- Mini-Dinobots: The Mini versions of Grimlock, Slug, and Strafe named: Sharp T! (mini Grimlock), ‘Tops (mini Slug), Pterry (mini strafe with only one head)
- Trench: An Autobot who resembles Constructicon Scrapper and transforms into a Cat 320 excavator.
- Dreadbot: A Decepticon thug who transforms into a rusty 1960 Volkswagen Type 2.
- Infernocons: Quintessa’s demonic guardians who combine to form Infernocus.
- Unicron: A giant planet-destroying Transformer appearing as Planet Earth and six of his mechanical horns are seen.
- Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime / Nemesis Prime: The leader of the Autobots, who is searching for the truth about his Creators. In this film, he transforms into a blue and red 2014 Western Star 5700 Custom semi-trailer truck.
- Frank Welker as Megatron: The leader of the Decepticons, who possessed a KSI Drone in Age of Extinction and transforms into a Cybertronian jet.
- Gemma Chan as Quintessa: A Cybertronian Sorceress, the “Prime of Life” and the creator of the Cybertronians who wants to destroy Unicron (and Earth) and rebuild Cybertron through whatever way possible. Chan appears on-screen briefly as Quintessa in a disguised human form, at the end of the film.
- Erik Aadahl as Bumblebee / ZB-7: An Autobot scout and Optimus Prime’s second-in-command, who transforms into a custom-built yellow and black 2017 Chevrolet Camaro with a body kit.
- Jim Carter as Cogman: A polite but sociopathic, human-sized autobot. He serves as the faithful butler to Sir Edmund Burton, and while despite not having a larger robot mode, he transforms into a 2017 Aston Martin DB11 in the toyline.
- Omar Sy as Hot Rod: An Autobot who transforms into a 1975 Citroën DS, before upgrading into a 2017 Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4.
- Ken Watanabe as Drift: A Samurai-motif Autobot tactician and former Decepticon who transforms into a black and red 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R.
- John Goodman as Hound: A trigger-happy Autobot commando and field medic who transforms into an olive green Mercedes-Benz Unimog military tactical ambulance.
- John DiMaggio as:
- Crosshairs: A cocky Autobot paratrooper and sniper who transforms into a green and black 2017 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray, equipped with a custom split-spoiler. His ego lends him a misplaced belief in his future command of the Autobots.
- Nitro Zeus: A showboating Decepticon hunter who transforms into a JAS 39 Gripen Fighter Jet.
- Reno Wilson as:
- Sqweeks: A small Autobot and Izabella’s closest friend who can’t transform into a blue Vespa and only says “Chihuahua” due to prior damage.
- Mohawk: A talkative and psychotic Decepticon foot soldier who transforms into a Confederate P51 Combat Fighter Motorcycle. His spark is in his head due to his body being skinny.
- Jess Harnell as Barricade: A Decepticon scout who was thought to have been killed in Dark of the Moon. He now transforms into a 2016 Ford Mustang police car, featuring a new, sleeker robot mode.
- Tom Kenny as Wheelie: An Autobot and former Decepticon who survived the Chicago battle in Dark of the Moon and transforms into a remote-controlled monster truck.
- Steve Buscemi as Daytrader: An Autobot scavenger who transforms into a cloaked rusty Mercedes-Benz LK Model 1920 dump truck.
- Steven Barr as Topspin: An Autobot Wrecker who resides in Cuba with Simmons that once transformed into a #48 Hendrick Motorsports Lowe’s/Kobalt car. In the film he is credited as “Volleybot” and grew a metallic beard that resembles his fallen comrade, Leadfoot.
- Mark Ryan as:
- “WWII Tank”: An Autobot veteran of World War I and World War II, and a sentry for Burton’s castle, who transforms into an army green Mark IV tank and suffers from ‘robot dementia’,
- “Lieutenant”: An elderly Autobot that transforms into a Hawker Hurricane fighter plane that cameos at Burton’s castle.
Interesting Facts About Transformers: The Last Knight Movie:
- After Transformers: Age of Extinction, director Michael Bay had decided not to direct any future Transformers films. But in early January 2016, in an interview with Rolling Stone, he stated that he would return to direct the fifth film, and that it would be his last Transformers film
- This was the first movie to be filmed almost entirely with IMAX 3-D cameras with two ARRI Alexa IMAX cameras mounted onto a 3-D rig with an astounding ninety-eight percent of IMAX footage in this movie.
- This movie was released ten years after Transformers (2007). This is also the most expensive movie in the franchise, but the lowest-grossing film of them all.
- Steve Buscemi voiced Daytrader in this movie. Michael Bay had wanted Steve Buscemi to play Agent Simmons in Transformers (2007), but he was unavailable.
- While shooting in England, Mark Wahlberg spent time at St. Aidan’s Church incognito, and made donations. No one knew anything until afterwards. Reverend Father Des McGiven said, “It’s great that we had him in for the service, and we appreciate his generosity towards our church.”
- This is the second Hollywood movie to be shot in Cuba after The Fate of the Furious (2017). Many of the scenes were filmed in the northeast of England, with several streets in Newcastle upon Tyne brought to a standstill, while scenes were completed.
- This is the second Michael Bay movie to have a World War II setting, after Pearl Harbor (2001).
- There are 32 new robot characters in the film.