Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

In the year 1994 the Transformers stuck on Earth detect a beacon of hope that might lead the way back their home of Cybertron. Unfortunately, the same beacon has captured the attention of a planet swallowing robot god. It’ll take the union of humans, Noah and Elena (Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback), the Transformers, and the Maximals a new breed of transformers to overthrow Scourge (Peter Dinklage) and the powers of evil. Written by Joby Harold, Darnell Metayer, and Josh Peters and Directed by Steven Caple Jr. This prequel and sequel in the long running Transformer franchise sets itself up with an impossibly moronic and bone headed premise, so rough at times it almost hurts with the low bar intellect and exposition of Snidely Whiplash and Saturday morning cartoons. Furthermore, since this is a prequel, we pretty much know who’s going to make it out alive, offering little emotional investment required (read that as none). And yet, the robots still shine, this time with ample room cinematically to really “do their thing.” Bottom line, you already know what you’re in store for for two hours and seven minutes, with the exception of the last 5 minutes, that may be the most promising transformation yet to come, maybe not, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is rated PG-13.