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What Can We Expect from Transformers: The Last Knight?

March 18, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson

Michael Bay’s fifth and final franchise installment as director, Transformers: The Last Knight stars franchise veterans Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro, joined by newcomers Isabela Moner, Liam Garrigan, Jerrod Carmichael, Mitch Pileggi, Laura Haddock, Santago Cabrera and Anthony Hopkins.

At this point, we all know what to expect and the trailers are almost an afterthought. Paramount Pictures released a new trailer for the movie and reaction has been split. Which is usually the case when it comes to the Transformers franchise.

This installment “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 (Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).”

This trailer gives us a good look at newcomer Isabela Moner, who takes center stage in the trailer. The young actress debuted the trailer on her Facebook page with the message, “Seeing ‘Beauty and the Beast’ this weekend? You may see a familiar face in a cool new preview for Transformers…”

The Last Knight sets the stage for the planned expansion of the Transformers franchise that includes a “Bumblebee” spinoff slated for 2018, another Transformers sequel in 2019, and a possible origin movie that covers the conflict between the Autobots and Decepticons.

When it comes to Bay’s Transformers, you either love them or hate them. No matter what, the franchise has made over $3.7 billion world wide. This franchise isn’t going anywhere and the director they get after this one will be sure to be given the blueprint to keep everything on track.

Back to the trailer. This felt very…safe, You had a bunch of kids running around with the focus on Moner, who is playing a young girl orphaned by the Battle of Chicago in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. While usually this would be a pass/fail for most movies, even if the young actress can’t act, audiences aren’t there to see her. They are there for the massive explosions and over-the-top action scenes. Which this trailer shows plenty of.

Transformers has earned its reputation and while it has plenty of detractors and issues from critics, that means nothing when it comes to getting people in the seats to watch a two-hour spectacle.

When Bay leaves, I expect that to continue.

What did you think of the trailer?