FILM REVIEW: Robots do battle in Boredom Bay

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TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (12A)SHOWCASE CINEMA DE LUX PETERBOROUGH, OUT NOWCAST: MARK WAHLBERG, LAURA HADDOCK, ANTHONY HOPKINS, JOSH DUHAMEL, ISABELA MONER, JOHN TURTURRO, JERROD CARMICHAEL, SANTIAGO CABRERA, STANLEY TUCCI & THE VOICES OF NICOLA PELTZ, OMAR SY, STEVE BUSCEMI, JOHN GOODMAN & PETER CULLENRUNNING TIME: 2 HRS 29 MINSDIRECTOR: MICHAEL BAY

Michael Bay has literally transformed this fifth instalment into one of the worst movies of all-time.

After the initially promising first film, the last four films have been an absolute slog – and this is even more dreadful than 2014’s Age of Extinction which was rated 1.5/5 to make that the worst reviewed film in Miller Time that year.

And after a terrible franchise low opening in the States – despite Chinese audiences lapping it up – director and producer Bay has finally got what he deserves after releasing film after film of brainless trash based on Hasbro’s famous ‘robots in disguise’.

Bay – who to be fair has provided us with a few guilty pleasures like Armageddon, The Rock and Bad Boys – simply should have walked (along with Mark Wahlberg and the returning Josh Duhamel) before this latest film, with the series being semi-re-booted to compliment a planned extended universe to potentially include a solo Bumblebee movie spin-off.

But no. He couldn’t leave well alone. And had to fire out another long and arduous slice of incoherent big-budget drivel. The money spent on this could have gone to seriously help world hunger for Pete’s sake.

This time humanity is at war with the alien robots – not really caring if they’re Autobots or Decepticons – hunted by the Transformers Reaction Force (TRF), who have formed a multi-national army to eliminate the threat.

We are told of the Transformers existence since medieval times – cue humourless performance from Stanley Tucci’s Merlin – and a brainwashed Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) has been ordered by sorceress Quintessa to find an ancient artefact that will change the planet into the now-destroyed Cybertron, which is advancing on Earth.

In the meantime former inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) has gone rogue to hide some of his Autobot pals – including Bumblebee and Hound (John Goodman) – and he’s gotten involved with a truly annoying and unfunny side-kick Jimmy (Jerrod Carmichael), and then fearless orphaned girl Izabella (Isabela Moner), who seemed like a pivotal character, then disappears for most of the film.

Yeager then teams up with the Autobots and Laura Haddock’s Oxford professor Viviane Wembly, at the behest of Anthony Hopkins’ Sir Edmund Burton – the last surviving member of a centuries-old Transformers brotherhood – to try and save the world, with Megatron and the Decepticons standing in their way.

There’s no doubting the quality of the special effects (when you can work out what’s going on) again, but the storyline and embarrassingly basic script are such a mess – and why it had to be this long is beyond comprehension.

Rating: 1/5 Gavin Miller

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