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|Originaltitel:||Transformers: The Last Knight|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 150 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
After Lockdown's attack on Earth, people seem to have had enough of Autobots and Decepticons. A special unit has been formed whose task is to find and destroy all Transformers on Earth. Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) has taken the side of the Autobots and is on the run from the government as an outlaw. When he once again tries to save an Autobot, it hands him an old medallion. And all of a sudden, events start to roll: Cade is brought to England by the mysterious Lord Edmund Burton (Anthony Hokins), where he learns not only surprising things about the history of the Transformers, but also about his own destiny. But there is not much time left to process this. Optimus Prime has unleashed an evil force in his attempt to save his home Cybertron, which could lead to the destruction of Earth. Together with Bumblebee, Lord Burton and the young professor of history Vivien Wembley (Laura Haddock), Cade must now try to find an old mystical power to save the earth…
Although the critics have largely snatched it from the box office, Michael Bay's first four "Transformers" films worldwide were able to collect a total of more than 3.7 billion dollars. And so it wasn't surprising when "Transformers: The Last Knight" announced part 5 of the franchise. And it's also not surprising that this fifth film again offers exactly what made the first four films so successful for fans and so bad for critics. The story is completely overloaded, the characters are changing clichés and the dialogues are more than flat - even though Michael Bay once again seems to think that this isn't noticeable when he lets his actors scream out loud most of the time. The humor is very infantile and will probably only amuse very young fans.
But of course there are positive aspects again. The effects are simply grandiose, even though they don't really come into their own in the hectically cut action sequences. Anthony Hopkins, who is actually only there to tell Mark Wahlberg alias Cade the story of the Transformers on Earth, actually manages to make even some very weak scenes absolutely worth seeing. So when Cade comes to England at the latest, the film gets a pleasantly high entertainment value. Of course, there are also many moments here that you can't exactly call great cinema. Nonetheless, the whole thing is a lot of fun and actually makes you forget some of the movie's many weaknesses. And somehow it's also funny that Michael Bay manages to get a little bit of "action" out of a dignified sport like polo.
In the last twenty minutes Bay is really crashing. It's just a pity that you have to endure really bad clichés, lame jokes and confusing elements of action for far too long before that. "Transformers: The Last Knight isn't the worst part of the series. But Bay again misses the opportunity to adequately exploit the potential of this franchise. Since this is supposedly his last "Transformers" film as a director, you can be curious whether a little fresh blood on the director's chair of the series will do you good - or whether Bay will also assert his very own style as a producer, which works financially, but unfortunately not artistically. And so the bottom line for "Transformers: The Last Knight" is: absolutely worth seeing for fans. If, on the other hand, you haven't been able to do much with the series so far, you won't change your mind about it - on the contrary!
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