On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. On the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, Charlie Watson discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

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Travis Knight
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hailee Steinfeld ... Charlie
Jorge Lendeborg Jr. ... Memo
John Cena ... Agent Burns
Jason Drucker ... Otis
Pamela Adlon ... Sally
Stephen Schneider ... Ron
Ricardo Hoyos ... Tripp
John Ortiz ... Dr. Powell
Glynn Turman ... General Whalen
Len Cariou ... Uncle Hank
Kollin Holtz ... Craig
Gracie Dzienny ... Tina
Fred Dryer ... Sheriff Lock
Isabelle Ellingson ... Mean Girlfriend
Mika Kubo ... Mean Girlfriend

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Storyline

On Cybertron, the Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, are on the verge of losing the Great Cybertronian War to their enemies, the Decepticons, had begin making preparations to leave the planet. The Decepticons led by Shockwave, Soundwave and Starscream ambush them during the evacuation, and Optimus sends a young scout, B-127, to Earth in order to set up a base of operations where the Autobots can regroup. B-127 reaches Earth alone in 1987, crash-landing in California and disrupting a training exercise being conducted by Sector 7, a secret government agency that monitors extraterrestrial activity on Earth. Sector 7 agent Colonel Jack Burns presumes B-127 to be a hostile invader and attacks, driving B-127 into the forest, where he is then ambushed by the Decepticon Blitzwing. When B-127 refuses to reveal Optimus' whereabouts, Blitzwing spitefully tears out his voice-box and damages his memory core. B-127 manages to destroy Blitzwing before collapsing from his wounds. Before entering stasis,... Written by Paramount Pictures

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence | See all certifications »

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In this film, Transformers take on a more classic look of the original cartoon series. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie first turns on Bumblebee in its VW Beetle form at her uncle's scrapyard, she's wearing shorts. Then she's seen driving it home from there, but when she exits the car in her garage, she's wearing ankle length jeans. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ratchet: [the Autobots are taking heavy fire from the Decepticons] They've broken through the front lines!
Arcee: I've lost contact with the Capitol!
Wheeljack: There's too many of them!
Brawn: Stand fast!
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Crazy Credits

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Alternate Versions

The Australian release was censored; after the film initially received an M classification for "Action violence" from the classification board, the distributor (Paramount) decided to re-edit the film in order to obtain a more lucrative PG rating. Following some changes made to the film, a modified version of the film was submitted to the board, however, the modified version also received an M classification for "Action violence. Following an appeal from Paramount, the modified version of the film was issued a PG classification on December 11th with the consumer advice now stating that the film contains "Mild science fiction violence and mild themes. Some scenes may scare young children". Both versions were approved for theatrical release. See more »


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Things Can Only Get Better
Written and Performed by Howard Jones
Courtesy of Cherry Red Records Ltd.
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Heartwarming prequel, but the writing was too amateurish and childish
19 January 2019 | by Top_Dawg_CriticSee all my reviews

Heartwarming story, but seems tailored to be more enjoyable to the 8-12 year old's as an upgrade from the 80's animated series. It's not your expected typical adult action filled Transformers installment. You can tell this was written by an inexperienced amateur writer, Christina Hodson. The directing was fairly decent, considering this was Animator Travis Knight's first live action film he's directed. Not sure why the producers (especially Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg) decided to cheap out on these key elements, and then have to pay for pretty much every fake 10/10 review this film has on here. The film's soundtrack was a good throwback to some good 80's songs. Hailee Steinfeld was perfect as always, but pairing her up with Jorge Lendeborg Jr. and his banana seat bike, made them both look like they were 12 years old. Although still enjoyable, I expected more. Would I recommend it? Yes for kids, not really for adults. Would I see it again? Nope, but I'm sure my 8 year old nephew will. It's a 7/10 from me.


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Country:

China | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brighton Falls See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$135,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,654,047, 23 December 2018

Gross USA:

$127,195,589

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$467,989,645
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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