When it comes to making the most of the cinema experience, there aren't many franchises that can match Transformers for sheer popcorn-munching excess. Michael Bay is an aficionado of action, a don in destruction, a connoisseur or cars beating the metallic shit out of each other.
Despite the success of the original Transformers in 2007, the subsequent movies have failed to receive critical acclaim, but when it comes to feuding alien robots, acclaim is immaterial. After all, the enjoyment factor has always been at top gear for fans.
With that in mind, cast your eyes over the trailer for the fifth installment, Transformers: The Last Knight. Watch it. Drink it in. Listen to the rich tones of narrator Anthony Hopkins. And tell me -- after it gets through all the slow-burn heaviness and that electro-mournful Flaming Lips cover -- that this doesn't look like it will still be the ultimate annihilation fest worthy of a gluttonous 3D IMAX viewing:
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Another Addition To The Billion Dollar Franchise
To date, the franchise is the ninth highest grossing of all time. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) and Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) both grossed over $1 billion. Sometimes, the critics don't get it right in terms of bankability.
Transformers 5 will unfortunately be Michael Bay's final furore into the world of Autobots and Decepticons, but he looks set to go out with a bang. The A-list cast includes Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci (who both appeared in 2014's Age of Extinction) as well as Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro, who appeared in the first three installments.
Transformers: The Last Knight is due for release on June 23, 2017.