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Transformers: The Last Knight - The Secrets Behind the Artifact

Transformers 5: The Last Knight - Everything You Need to Know

If you are a fan of giant robots, epic battles, and thrilling action, you might have watched or heard of the Transformers movie series. Based on the popular toy line by Hasbro and Takara Tomy, the Transformers movies have been entertaining audiences since 2007 with their spectacular visual effects, explosive soundtracks, and charismatic stars. The fifth installment in the series, Transformers: The Last Knight, was released in 2017 and marked the end of director Michael Bay's involvement with the franchise. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about Transformers 5, including its plot, characters, features, reception, and legacy.


What is Transformers 5 about?

Transformers 5, also known as Transformers: The Last Knight, is a science fiction action film that continues the story of the war between the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, two factions of alien robots that can transform into vehicles and other objects. The film also explores the hidden history of Transformers on Earth, dating back to the times of King Arthur and Merlin. The main plot revolves around a mysterious artifact that can restore Cybertron, the home planet of the Transformers, but at the cost of destroying Earth. The film also features the return of Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots, who has been corrupted by a sinister force and turned against his allies.

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Who are the main characters and actors?

The film features a large ensemble cast of human and robot characters, some of whom are returning from previous films and some of whom are new additions. Here are some of the main characters and actors in Transformers 5:

  • Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, an inventor and ally of the Autobots who lives in a junkyard with his robot friends.

  • Anthony Hopkins as Sir Edmund Burton, an astronomer and historian who belongs to a secret society that knows about the history of Transformers on Earth.

  • Laura Haddock as Vivian Wembley, a professor of English literature at Oxford University who is revealed to be a descendant of Merlin.

  • Isabela Moner as Izabella, a teenage orphan who lives in a war-torn city with her robot companion Sqweeks.

  • Josh Duhamel as Colonel William Lennox, a former NEST commander who now works for the TRF (Transformers Reaction Force), a paramilitary organization that hunts down all Transformers.

  • Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime / Nemesis Prime, the leader of the Autobots who has been brainwashed by Quintessa, a Cybertronian goddess who wants to use him to destroy Earth.

  • Frank Welker as Megatron, the leader of the Decepticons who wants to obtain Merlin's staff to revive Cybertron.

  • Gemma Chan as Quintessa / The Great Deceiver / The Prime of Life / The Goddess / The Creator / The Destroyer / The Benefactor / The Harbinger / The Chaos Bringer / The Maker / Liege Maximo / Alpha Q / Unicron's Herald / Nemesis Prime's Master / Optimus Prime's Creator / Megatron's Savior / Cybertron's Savior / Earth's Destroyer / Allspark's Destroyer / Matrix Of Leadership's Destroyer / Primus' Sister / Unicron's Lover (voice), a Cybertronian goddess who is the main antagonist of the film who manipulates Optimus Prime and Megatron to do her bidding.

  • John Goodman as Hound, an Autobot commando who transforms into a Mercedes-Benz Unimog military truck.

  • Ken Watanabe as Drift, an Autobot tactician and former Decepticon who transforms into a black and red Mercedes-AMG GT R.

  • John DiMaggio as Crosshairs, an Autobot paratrooper who transforms into a green 2016 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray.

  • Jim Carter as Cogman, a human-sized robot who serves as Sir Edmund Burton's butler and chauffeur.

  • Omar Sy as Hot Rod, an Autobot scout and brother-in-arms of Bumblebee who transforms into a Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4 and speaks with a French accent.

  • Steve Buscemi as Daytrader, an Autobot scavenger who transforms into a Mercedes-Benz LK Model 1920 garbage truck.

  • Tom Kenny as Wheelie, a former Decepticon drone who now lives with the Autobots and transforms into a blue radio-controlled toy monster truck.

What are the new features and elements in Transformers 5?

Transformers 5 introduces some new features and elements that make it different from the previous films in the series. Some of these are:

  • The film is the first in the series to be partially shot with IMAX 3D cameras, which provide a more immersive and realistic viewing experience.

  • The film is also the first in the series to feature a writers' room, which consisted of several screenwriters and comic book writers who brainstormed ideas for the film and the future of the franchise.

  • The film incorporates elements from various sources of Transformers lore, such as the Generation 1 cartoon, the comics, the video games, and the animated films. For example, the film features Quintessa, who is based on the Quintessons, a race of alien judges who created the Transformers in some continuities.

  • The film also expands the mythology of the Transformers by revealing that they have been involved in various historical events and legends, such as King Arthur, Merlin, World War I, World War II, and the Apollo 11 moon landing.

  • The film also introduces some new types of Transformers, such as Infernocons, who are fiery minions of Quintessa that can combine into a larger beast called Infernocus; Knights of Iacon, who are ancient Transformers that guard Merlin's staff and can transform into a three-headed dragon called Dragonstorm; and Steelbane, who is a knight Transformer that transforms into a mechanical dragon.

Plot Summary

The history of Transformers and the secret of Merlin's staff

The film begins with a flashback to the Dark Ages, where King Arthur and his knights are fighting against the Saxons. Arthur's wizard ally Merlin is actually a drunkard who has no magic powers, but he has befriended a group of Transformers called the Knights of Iacon, who have crashed on Earth. The Knights give Merlin a powerful staff that can control Dragonstorm, a giant three-headed dragon Transformer. With Dragonstorm's help, Arthur and his knights win the battle.

In the present day, most of the Transformers are hunted down by the TRF (Transformers Reaction Force), a global paramilitary organization that sees them as threats. However, some humans still ally with the Transformers, such as Cade Yeager, an inventor who lives in a junkyard with his Autobot friends; Izabella, a teenage orphan who lives in a war-torn city with her robot companion Sqweeks; and Sir Edmund Burton, an astronomer and historian who belongs to a secret society that knows about the history of Transformers on Earth.

The return of Optimus Prime and the threat of Quintessa

Meanwhile, Optimus Prime, who left Earth at the end of the previous film to find his creators, arrives at Cybertron, which is now a dead planet. He is captured by Quintessa, a Cybertronian goddess who claims to be his creator. She tells him that Cybertron can be restored by draining the life force of Earth, which is actually Unicron, an ancient enemy of Cybertron. She also tells him that he must retrieve Merlin's staff, which is hidden on Earth. She brainwashes him and renames him Nemesis Prime.

On Earth, Megatron, the leader of the Decepticons, also learns about Merlin's staff from one of his human collaborators. He negotiates with the TRF to release some of his De cepticon allies, such as Barricade, Onslaught, Dreadbot, Mohawk, and Nitro Zeus. He then leads them to find the staff.

The alliance of Cade, Vivian, and Sir Edmund Burton

Cade Yeager is contacted by a dying Transformer knight who gives him a talisman that can lead him to the staff. He is also visited by a Transformer messenger named Cogman, who invites him to England to meet Sir Edmund Burton. Cade travels to England with Bumblebee, an Autobot scout and his best friend, and Hound, an Autobot commando. There, he meets Burton and Vivian Wembley, a professor of English literature at Oxford University who is revealed to be a descendant of Merlin. Burton explains that they are the only ones who can stop Quintessa from destroying Earth, as Cade is the last knight of the Witwiccan order and Vivian is the only one who can wield Merlin's staff.

They also learn that the staff is hidden in a Cybertronian spacecraft that is submerged under Stonehenge, which is actually a portal to Unicron's horns. They decide to go there with the help of Cogman, Hot Rod, an Autobot scout and brother-in-arms of Bumblebee, and several other Autobots. However, they are pursued by the TRF, Megatron and his Decepticons, and Nemesis Prime, who has arrived on Earth under Quintessa's orders.

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