War is raging between humans and Transformers. With Optimus Prime missing, it's up to hunted inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) to step in and help save mankind. Joined by Bumblebee and some friendly Autobots, Yeager seeks out the reason why they keep returning to Earth. Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins), an authority on the history
of Transformers, and Oxford University professor Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock), who unknowingly has ties to the metal monsters, join in the quest for answers. The secret to salvation lies in a coveted powerful artifact from the days of King Arthur.

A constant barrage of battles and effects makes this latest chapter exhausting to sit through. Goodness gracious! The movie starts right out with great balls of fire raining down on King Arthur's army and the action never lets up until the end. Director Michael Bay spent millions on this project but, to his credit, it looks like every cent is on the screen. Unfortunately, silliness and confusion dominate the simplistic plot - with screenplay/story by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Ken Nolan and Akiva Goldsman (story). Only the hardest of the hardcore fans will applaud this effort. One fan that I spoke to was extremely disappointed. Humor and witty banter are injected to lighten things up. Some of these bits are funny and some are not. The cast gets through this adventure with their careers intact. Mark Wahlberg gives another credible performance as the hero. Although he doesn't have much to do, just the presence of Anthony Hopkins raises the bar (only a little). Laura Haddock, Meredith Quill in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" series, is a convincing and beautiful new heroine. She looks a bit like Megan Fox. Is this intentional on the director's part? Josh Duhamel returns as Colonel Lennox, now a reluctant member of the military's Transformers Reaction Force. Also back is John Turturro as former agent Simmons. His role seems tacked on (he phones in brief assistance from Cuba). Stanley Tucci appears as a very familiar Magician. But the Transformers faithful want to see the Bots. They are all here - both good and bad. With all of the right ingredients, Mr. Bay's latest epic should have been much better. Total Bayhem, this bombastic event is a knight to forget. (2 CAMS)

Rated PG-13 (violence and intense sequences of sci-fi action, language, and some innuendo)
Running Time: 149 minutes

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