By Angie Raphael
Has a blockbuster ever had such a convoluted and incomprehensible plot? Probably not. Aside from the original film in this franchise, the others have been woeful, but this latest instalment takes it to an even lower level of ridiculousness. This time the screenwriters have decided the Transformers back story should include Merlin, the Knights of the Round Table and Nazis. I spent half the time concentrating to try to follow the nonsensical and overly ambitious narrative, and the other half laughing at the terrible dialogue and one-liners. Transformers: The Last Knight introduces audiences to Sir Edmond Burton (Anthony Hopkins), who is desperately searching for a mystical talisman that ends up in the possession of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), who is hiding in a junk yard with the Autobots, minus Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen), who has disappeared. Joining Yeager on his transformer adventure is 14-year-old orphan Izabella (Isabel Moner) and stereotypically stuck-up Oxford professor Viviane (Laura Haddock). There are some good action sequences but the film is excruciatingly long at about two-and-a-half hours, and I actually left early. Director Michael Bay has what should be another flop on his hands, but it remains to be seen whether fans will heed reviewer warnings or make up their own minds.