Transformers: 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 (Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (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.
2117, Color, 2160p with HDR10/Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, Rated PG-13
2 hours and 20minutes, 2.39:1 Aspect Ratio
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner, Peter Cullen, Jerrod Carmichael, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins
Directed By: Michael Bay
What an interesting film. It has an inane plot that mixes King Arthur and robots from outer space, non-stop action with a gun, bomb or laser going off every 21.4 seconds and an all-powerful magic staff that can stop an interplanetary invasion…of other robots. So, in other words, it’s a typical Transformer movie. Going into this review, you must transform your mind to that of a 12-year-old boy and strap in for an amusement park ride.
My boys, when they were young, got to buy the toys and watch the cartoon on Saturday mornings (Remember those days?). I get it. Explosions = fun. Some things I will never understand though; Sir Anthony is this movie. Why? One robot sports a beard and smokes a cigar (a leading mortality rate amongst older robots is lung cancer, I might add.), since Transformers were around during the middle ages, why didn’t knights drive around in Ferraris? -I know, I’m over thinking it.
Despite the mindless action from start to finish, I will say this one thing in the movies favor. The movie looks gorgeous in 4K and the sound is incredible! And I mean demo quality picture and sound. Some of the long shots of England’s countryside and the Arizona desert are simply stunning. Sure, the last 20 minutes are shot with a sunset that never ends, but it looks fabulous. The film was actually shot in 6 and 8K, but the DI was in 2K and then upscaled. Still, it looks super fine. Will this be the final film in this series? I’m sure if another can be made, it will be made. In the meantime, I’ll never look at a used car lot in the same way again.
As I mentioned before, the picture and sound are excellent. The WCG really makes for some greatly pumped-up colors of vibrant reds, yellows and blues. Contrast is very good, with velvety blacks and eye piercing whites. Specular highlights are intense and details are remarkable, especially the intricacies of the internal workings of the robots. Maybe the plot is silly, but this is a movie that will keep your ear and eye engaged from start till finish. Put a rock on your sub, because it will rattle during the battle scenes.
Along with a BD disc, you get over 80 minutes of extras: Merging Mythologies – Explore the secret TRANSFORMERS history, Climbing the Ranks – Military training, The Royal Treatment: Transformers in the UK, Motors and Magic, Alien Landscape: Cybertron and One More Giant Effin’ Movie.