Secrets of the past key to Transformers: The Last Knight

The Last Knight: Actor Mark Wahlberg in a scene from Transformers: The Last Knight which is screening at the Plaza Theatre. Pic: supplied
The Last Knight: Actor Mark Wahlberg in a scene from Transformers: The Last Knight which is screening at the Plaza Theatre. Pic: supplied

Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone.

The Transformers Facebook page And Screen Rant says this year marks a decade of Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise.

In 2007 the robots-in-disguise made the leap from toy shelves and nostalgic memories of the eighties cartoon to the big screen, becoming one of the biggest movie series of all-time in the process.

The films receive typically negative notices from the critics but clearly tap into the audience psyche, with each one making eye-watering grosses at the box office (the most recent two both passed $1 billion worldwide).

The anniversary will be marked by the release of the fifth film in the series, Transformers: The Last Knight.

The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone.

The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.

A lot of these are standard Transformer movie elements – two worlds at war, the key lying in some ancient involvement, a small group becoming humanity’s only hope – but it does give a better idea of what the limited narrative of the action spectacle will be, with Wahlberg’s returning hero teaming up with Hopkins (who it seems isn’t playing a villain for once).

The most intriguing idea in the synopsis, though, is that the film “shatters the core myths”, which ties into comments that The Last Knight will be different from other films in the series.

Of course, we’ve heard that before on previous entries, so it’s fair to expect classic Bayhem all the same.

Also showing:

The Zookeepers’ Wife; Wonder Woman; Guardians of the Galaxy 2; Neruda; A Dogs Purpose; Vice Roys House; A Case For Christ; and, The Shack.

Sunday afternoon – two movies for $12 – check the advertisement for details.