Transformers is one of Hollywood’s biggest movie franchises, but which movie is better? With the addition of the most recent entry, Bumblebee, there are now six live feature films about the war between the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons since 2007. Including the 1986 animated film The Transformers: The Movie, the franchise has so far earned more than $ 4.3 billion at the global box office.
Development on the first Transformers The live-action film gained momentum in 2004 when Steven Spielberg signed a contract with executive producer Don Murphy. Michael Bay signed on as a director a year later and would remain, for better or worse, the franchise’s lead author for more than a decade, also directing the next four sequels. Embodied as the human hero Sam Witwicky, Shia LaBeouf starred in the first three films alongside Megan Fox as co-responsible for 2007. Transformers and 2009 Transformers: Revenge; Fox was then replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in the third film, 2011 Transformers: The Dark Side of the Moon, the highest-grossing entry in the saga, which grossed over $ 1.1 billion worldwide. Mark Wahlberg then took over as the franchise’s new lead character, Cade Yaeger, and the upcoming film, 2014. The Transformers: Age of Extinction became the second Transformers to over $ 1 billion in gross revenue. But the fifth film, that of 2017 Transformers: The Last Knight significantly underperformed, ranking as the least profitable live stock Transformers.
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the Bay Transformers the films are criticized for emphasizing boisterous action, inconsistent plot, and youthful humor at the expense of character and story. After ten years and five films, Michael Bay finally resigned his directorial post (he had claimed every film since the third would be the last, but he kept coming back) and allowed the Transformers franchise to take a new direction. The planned Transformers 6 was canceled and instead everything fell on Bumblebee, directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the two strings). Located in 1987, Bumblebee stars Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld and serves as both a prequel and a soft reboot for the series. Now let’s assess the entire franchise and determine which Transformers the movie is the best of all.
7. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Set and released two years later Transformers: Revenge introduces a new evil Decepticon threat: the Fallen, an ancient Prime who wants to use a device called the Sun Harvester, which he hid on Earth in 17,000 BC, to destroy the sun in order to create Energon. Now working together under the Non-Biological Extraterrestrial Species Treaty (NEST), the Autobots and the human army are hunting down the remaining Decepticons on Earth. Meanwhile, Sam Witwicky begins college but finds out that he is the Chosen One who holds the key to discovering the Autobot Leadership Matrix, the one thing that can destroy the Fallen, who come to Earth to activate the Sun Harvester. Sam reunites with his girlfriend Mikaela Banes and Bumblebee, but Megatron is resurrected and kills Optimus Prime. It all ends with a battle between the Autobots, NEST, and the Decepticons at the Pyramids of Giza where the Sun Harvester is almost activated. Sam dies but receives a vision from the Primes that he is the chosen one; Returning to life, Sam uses the Matrix to resurrect Optimus Prime, who then kills the Fallen and destroys the Sun Harvester as Megatron escapes.
Transformers: Revenge ‘The script was hastily drafted ahead of the 2008 writers’ strike and it shows. While the film featured fan-favorite characters like Jetfire and the Constructicons, who merged to form Devastator, the story is an illogical mess with Sam and Optimus Prime dying and resurrected. However, the film is best known for its sophomoric humor, such as the Decepticon Wheelie bumping Mikaela’s leg, a close-up of Agent Seymour Simmons stripping down to his tight whites, and downright racist depictions of Skids and Mudflap, both. Autobot comic book characters that accompany Sam and Mikaela (but were thankfully never seen again on the show). Revenge of the Damned would be Megan Fox’s last appearance in the Transformers franchise after calling Michael Bay “Hitler” in an interview. Finally, the visual of Devastator climbing the Great Pyramid while displaying wrecking balls that double as testicles contributes to the second Michael Bay. Transformers fit in as the franchise’s early nadir, at least creatively.
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To be fair, Revenge of the DamnedThe franchise’s $ 402 million is the franchise’s highest domestic gross, although it ranks third in global revenue behind The darkness of the moon and Age of extinction, respectively.
6. Transformers: the age of extinction
65 million years ago, aliens called the Creators seeded Earth with Transformium, a programmable metal that Transformers are made of. The main film is set five years after the Battle of Chicago in The darkness of the moon; the humans have turned on the Transformers and Optimus Prime is in hiding in Texas where he is discovered by a struggling inventor named Cade Yaeger. A government task force called Cemetery Wind arrives to kill Optimus, who is resurrected and escapes with Cade, her daughter Tessa, and her boyfriend Shane. As Optimus rallies the Autobots, including Bumblebee, the plot expands to involve a company using a device called Seed to build artificial Transformer drones, one of which, Galvatron, is possessed by the spirit of Megatron. Meanwhile, a Transformer bounty hunter named Lockdown is on the hunt for Optimus Prime. After another battle in Chicago, the Autobots travel to Hong Kong to stop the Seed from exploding and terraforming Earth, with Optimus resurrecting Grimlock and the Dinobots to help him. With the seed and lockdown destroyed, Optimus leaves Earth to hunt the creators, prepping for the next movie, Transformers: The Last Knight.
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165 grueling minutes, Age of extinction is the longest Transformers movie, and really don’t know how to use it. While Age of extinction finally introduced the Dinobots (and his marketing sold it with the image of Optimus Prime riding Grimlock), the fan-favorite Autobots didn’t appear until nearly two hours after the movie began. Instead, audiences had to endure the embarrassing family drama of the Yaegers, especially Cade’s outrage at Tessa with much older Shane and Shane discussing the legality of her dating a minor. In addition to starting the Mark Wahlberg era, Transformers: Age of extinction is also known for Lockdown, the Transformer whose face turns into a gun, Stanley Tucci as a human villain (Tucci would return in the next movie, The last knight, as a totally different character), and for being shot in China, with the Chinese co-financing the production. Despite its bad reviews, Age of extinction was nonetheless the highest grossing film of 2014 and the second Transformers film to earn $ 1 billion worldwide.
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- Bumblebee (2018)Release Date: December 21, 2018
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