Transformers: The Last Knight (12A)



Action (2017)
149mins US

Starring: Gemma Chan, Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel, Sir Anthony Hopkins
Director: Michael Bay
Writer(s): Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Ken Nolan
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Optimus Prime has left Earth in search of the Autobots' creators, leaving behind fellow machines including Bumblebee and Hound to protect humanity from the continuing onslaught of the dinobots. It transpires that there is a long history between humans and robots stretching back to the rule of King Arthur. Esteemed historian and astronomer Sir Edmund Burton knows about a dark secret buried in time and he issues a rallying cry to save Earth from destruction.

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Transformers: The Last Knight (12A)

For his final tour of duty in the Transformers director's chair, Michael Bay doesn't go out with just one bang, he unleashes a barrage of ground-shaking booms. Transformers: The Last Knight is the cinematic equivalent of giving a four-year-old a drum kit for Christmas then subjecting us to two-and-a-half hours of the excitable tyke pounding the toms, bass and snare to oblivion. Apparently, there are more than 10 prequels, sequels and spin-offs featuring the "robots in disguise" in development. That's a lot of headache medication...

Transformers: The Last Knight. Copyright: 2017 Paramount Pictures. Caption: Megatron (voiced by Frank Welker) and Josh Duhamel as Lennox in Transformers: The Last Knight, directed by Michael Bay. All Rights Reserved. No one orchestrates apocalyptic destruction with self-indulgent swagger quite like Bay. For this fifth picture in the series, he takes a thunderous tour down memory lane, incorporating action elements from Armageddon and The Island with a ridiculous origin story tethered to Arthurian legend. Three scriptwriters overload the picture's flimsy circuitry with robots great and small including an army of new evil Decepticons - Dreadbot, Mohawk, Nitro Zeus and Onslaught - plus a comical sidekick called Sqweeks fashioned out of spare parts. It's impossible to distinguish these mechanised characters in the heat of battle as metal fists pummel metal faces or metal hands tear metal limbs from armatures. Somewhere in the digitally augmented melee, Sir Anthony Hopkins lazily chews scenery in a thankless supporting role and Mark Wahlberg takes his working class hero to risible new heights as the saviour of the human race.

In 484 AD, King Arthur (Liam Garrigan) leads his knights into battle, flanked by 12 robot warriors summoned by Merlin (Stanley Tucci). The magician's staff is buried in time, forgotten until the present day when the revitalised Decepticons, led by Megatron (voiced by Frank Welker), hunt for the precious artefact in order to bring about the end of the world. Alas, Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) cannot lead the fight: he is tumbling through space, bound for planet Cybertron and his creator, Quintessa (Gemma Chan). Thus, fugitive inventor Cade Yeager (Wahlberg) answers the battle cry, aided by a plucky 14-year-old orphan called Izabella (Isabela Moner) and Autobot comrades Bumblebee, Hound (John Goodman) and Drift (Ken Watanabe). Esteemed historian Sir Edmund Burton (Hopkins), his sociopathic robo-butler Cogman (Jim Carter) and spirited Oxford university professor Viviane Wembly (Laura Haddock) become Yeager's guides to salvation. Meanwhile, US Army Lieutenant Colonel William Lennox (Josh Duhamel) and the Transformers Reaction Force led by Santos (Santiago Cabrera) track Yeager's movements.

Transformers: The Last Knight is unlikely to win new fans to the franchise, hanging spectacular yet soulless special effects-laden calamity on a gossamer thin quest for Merlin's staff. Throwaway subplots about parenthood, self-sacrifice and unity are tossed into the melting pot, without any purposeful design. Bay's directorial brio elevates the preposterousness to coolly detached watchability. "Without sacrifice, there can be no victory," opines King Arthur. We sacrifice 149 minutes for Bay's film and there is no sense of triumph. Just blessed relief when it's over.

- Sam Cannon

Transformers: The Last Knight. Copyright: 2017 Paramount Pictures. Caption: Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager in Transformers: The Last Knight, directed by Michael Bay. All Rights Reserved.


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- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
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- Cardiff, Chapter
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- Castle Douglas, The Fullarton Theatre
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
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- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
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- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
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- Poole, Cineworld Poole
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- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, Vue York
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- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hertford, Hertford Theatre
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Stockport, Cineworld Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stornoway, An Lanntair Arts Centre
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- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
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