Transformers: The Last Knight has a pretty intriguing title, as one does not readily associate the characters and events of Michael Bay's Transformers movie franchise with Medieval Knights and their world. However, that's exactly the sort of bridge that Transformers 5 tries to build.
As we stated in our official review for Transformers: The Last Knight, the film's storyline is ridiculously convoluted and confusing, as it attempts to bring the story arc of Bay's saga to a close, and blow the movie mythos open into a much wider universe. Ironically enough, one of the story threads that is probably the hardest to follow in the film is the very same one put front and center in the title.
Who Is 'The Last Knight' in Transformers 5? Allow us to explain.
The expanded Transformers lore in The Last Knight reaches back to Medieval Times to chronicle how King Arthur and his legendary Knights of the Round Table defeated the barbaric Saxons in the Dark Ages... with help from the Transformers.
As the film tells it, Arthur's sorcerer adviser Merlin was actually a con artist drunk, who happened to know that a team of Transformers were stranded on Earth after their ship crashed. The Transformers team was comprised of twelve Autobots who patterned themselves after Medieval Knights, and could combine into a fearsome three-headed dragon. These Autobots became the secret members of the Arthurian Round Table, standing behind the famous Knights of Legend (Lancelot, Gawain, Percival, etc...).
After Arthur and Merlin's time ends, the twelve Transformers Knights go dormant in their ship, waiting for a "Thirteenth Knight" that will supposedly arrive to restore them.
In the opening of The Last Knight, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) stumbles upon a crashed ship in the Chicago quarantine zone - a ship containing the prophesied Thirteenth Knight.
With his dying breath, the Transformers knight gives Cade a Cybertronian talisman of great power; the talisman can help locate and unlock the powerful weapon the Transformers Knights were hiding on Earth - and it also acts like a sentient weapon, able to transform into armor, a sword or other weapons.
As Bumblebee and the Autobot allies discover, it is Cade who is in fact "The Last Knight" - chosen for his bravery, loyalty, and chastity (it becomes a running joke that Cade hasn't gotten any in "awhile"). Using his newfound power, Cade helps Merlin's descendant Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock) defeat Transformers creator Quintessa, before she can use Merlin's staff and the Knights' ship to drain earth (aka "Unicron") dry of its energy.
SYNOPSIS: In Transformers: The Last Knight, humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it's up to the unlikely alliance of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English
Transformers: The Last Knight is directed by Michael Bay. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci reprising their roles from Transformers: Age of Extinction, with Josh Duhamel, and John Turturro reprising roles from the first three Transformers movies.
Transformers: The Last Knight's voice cast includes Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, John Goodman as Hound, and John DiMaggio as Crosshairs. Other transformers appearing the film include Bumblebee, Drift, Hot Rod, Cogman, Canopy, Sqweeks, Grimlock, Megatron, Barricade, Onslaught, Hooligan, and Mohawk.
Transformers: The Last Knight is now in theaters.
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