In this fourth sequel evil Transformers battle humans and autobots to conquer the Earth. To save Earth a mechanic (Mark Wahlberg), a little girl (Isabela Moner), and a professor (Laura Haddock) ally with autobots and a mysterious old man (Anthony Hopkins) to apply the secrets of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table to their situation. Also with Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci and the voices of John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Omar Sy and Peter Cullen. Directed by Michael Bay. A few phrases are spoken in French and an alien language without subtitles. [2:28]
SEX/NUDITY 2 - A woman wears skin-tight blouses, dresses, and leggings that accentuate her breasts, hips and buttocks and reveals some cleavage; she wiggles slightly as she walks away from the camera with a slit to above the knee in her skirt. A woman wears a sports bra under a tailored blouse and the outlines of her nipples are seen briefly. A man raises his shirt to show his abdomen and a woman looks embarrassed. A shirtless man is seen briefly.
► A man and a woman kiss passionately for several seconds. A man and a woman hold hands on a plane. A man and a woman hug briefly.
► A robot tells a man and a woman eating dinner, "No canoodling." A robot says, "Look at the junk in her trunk" (we see a laptop screen displaying a car's trunk full of packages). Four women tell a younger woman to find a man or a woman to date in the personal ads. A woman says that an ad describes a man with his own dungeon. A man tells a woman that there must be a reason she is always single. When a man insults a woman's dress, she offers to take it off and he says OK but he is saving himself; she says, "For what, old age?" A man asks another man, "No whoopee?" and a woman asks the man, "How long?" but the man refuses to reply. A man says that he would advise a daughter to stay away from male band members, especially drummers. A butler robot tells a man that a message came from a woman wanting to snuggle and the man says that he does not snuggle.
VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - An extended violent battle scene among large and small transformers, civilians and US soldiers takes place; all sides are armed with axes, swords, grenades, rocket launchers, automatic rifles, and giant handguns and robot dragons breathe fire as ancient deactivated transformers come back online and join the fight; a huge alien ship rises from the ocean with transformer robots, humans, and metal parts sliding across its surface, while robots and humans fight with swords, punches, and kicks (we see no blood), a few robot heads fall off, and a few planes crash land in smoke and fire (we see no injuries). A man is thrown off-screen in an explosion from a robot weapon; a butler-bot rushes to his aid, only to watch him gasp and die on the ground.
► A large sphere-like matrix drifts down from the sky and breaks apart for several minutes as jet planes fire missiles and part of the matrix catches fire and falls to Earth; many jet planes fly overhead and shoot machine guns, causing flames and smoke while men and women fly to a robot planet and jump over a cliff to safety. The Great Pyramid of Giza falls to pieces under a matrix and large statues of transformers are seen lying on the ground. A man and a woman fall inside the matrix twice, but are caught by a robot's large hand and then by a stasis bubble; and they reappear later in the cab of a large Transformer truck. A fistfight occurs between two giant Transformers and a man releases a magic sword that stops the fight with its presence. A small robot threatens a large robot and a man, is shot apart by army rifles and dies (we see no blood or other fluids). A man and a woman fly through the air when a shock wave explodes, but hang onto a cliff and are saved by a large robot.
► Many scenes feature sentient transformer robot entities in a range of shapes and sizes; several are large evil warriors (Decepticons) about 100 feet tall and of the appearance of dark gray rock, while other giant robots are blue, red, yellow, or green with glowing eyes and faces like metal helmets that clank when jaws open and close and they shout and growl. Other entities are the same size and some are smaller, all able to take the shape of cars that have a range of human voices. Another set of robots are small humorous creatures with high-pitched voices or no voices, like cat-sized dinosaurs, some large dragons that breathe fire, and a short beeping robot. A female robot is short and has 100 tendrils making a skirt and no legs.
► A flashback to WWII shows the US Army and several huge transformers shooting down Nazis (several fall dead without blood flow) and destroying Hitler's main headquarters. Two flashbacks show battles with large transformers using medieval weapons against the enemies of King Arthur; all the humans are grimy and streaked with oil and dirt as they sweat; and one man has bloody scrapes on his face and some blood on his chest armor. A large robot grabs a magician by the throat, causing screaming, but then gives the man a magic staff that glows. Catapults toss balls of flame that hit the ground with smoke and fire and ignite two men, who fall; dirt flies into the sky. A crowd of men fighting is so dense in the background that we cannot see the attacks while in the foreground, we see robots and men swinging swords and axes with loud shouting and we see a few men fall off-screen; one man is dead and a long staff through his stomach and back holds him in a crouching position on the ground (we see very little blood), and some horses fall, but are unhurt.
► A man fights with a butler robot in a glass elevator, falls through a window, grabs a flag pole, falls again and hits the ground with only a few facial scrapes. A shock wave explosion throws a few large robots amid flames as a T-Rex slaps at them and knocks one's head off.
► Two large robots swing swords without doing damage to each other and the voice of one robot causes the other robot to come out of a trance and stop fighting. Robots beat a robot that was in a trance, but stop when they see he has recovered from the trance that made him evil.
► A robot spews fire from one hand and burns all the debris in an alley. A T-Rex robot eats a police car, spits it up and burps loudly. A robot smashes a small insect-like robot. Dozens of drones fly through a building and shoot at humans, but miss, and a few drones crash. A young girl beats a drone with a large stick and breaks it into pieces. A man is thrown off-screen by a laser beam gun and thinks he is dying, but he is unharmed while another man has a few charred holes in his shirt. A sentient car locks a woman inside it, drives her away, and she breaks a window with a squeegee handle; the car flips its back seat down and locks her in the trunk as she screams.
► Several young boys explore a bombed-out part of a city and find a charred space capsule and a giant robot that chases them as the kids yell; a boy says, "Shoot 'em all and let God sort them out" and "I almost had a heart attack!" Two law enforcement droids that are two-legged with a rectangular box on top chase several boys and shoot automatic cannons, but miss; a giant robot is shot apart, dying, as a young girl cries and a man throws hand grenades at the droids and drives the children to safety. A flashback shows King Arthur's men carrying a heavy stone sarcophagus to an unseen tomb. A man and a woman open a coffin and find a skeleton.
► Several robots join to make a super-giant robot; another robot jumps onto its back and stabs a large sword into the top of its head and down through the face (no blood/fluids flow). A three-headed dragon-bot flies breathing fire. A very small robot pulls out a huge handgun and shoots a cannon to pieces. Three large robots slap at each other in a street. A car becomes a robot that kicks and punches three men out of the frame. In a polo match, riders shove one another and a man pushes a woman off her horse (she is uninjured). A horse snaps at a man's fingers. A man pushes a man away in exasperation. A man and a woman trash a home library as they look for clues to a device.
► A large horn formed by a matrix of metal appears in a desert and we hear that five other such horns appeared around the world; a woman says that she can show researchers how to kill it and the scene ends.
► A butler robot says, "Rip an arm off a human and they'll do whatever you want," a much larger robot attacks him and the first robot grabs its hand and flips him to the ground, saying, "Don't kill the messenger or the messenger will kill you." A man speaks of robot dementia and a butler-bot makes a "crazy" gesture at his own head and then points at the man. A man says that someone drank sewer water and committed suicide. A butler-bot jumps onto a man in a chair, knocking it over, and says he wants to crush the man's windpipe (he does not do so). A man says, "If I could find his neck [a robot's] I'd strangle him." A police robot has the letters "Punish" across its knuckles and on its car the words "...to punish and enslave." A man asks an obstinate boy, "You want to get punched in the face really hard?" Two large robots wrestle and one growls, "I love violence." A character says, "I will kill them all." A character says, "This is what the end looks like." A woman says, "Shoot me!" (no one shoots). A little girl says she wants to fight against huge robots that are planning to kill all humans.
► Cars speed through a London street, causing some property damage and we see dirt and debris rise. Two cars collide at two intersections (no one is harmed). A wheel flies off a car and rolls down the street as the car crashes its nose into the pavement with creaking metal. Two large cars flip several times each, crashing loudly in sparks and some smoke (we see and hear metal crunch). A man yells at WWII submarine visitors to leave the museum ship; a man and a woman board and the sub jumps its mooring and lands in the Thames River, and then proceeds to the ocean with soldiers following and firing two torpedoes at the sub (they miss).
► A medallion on the ground grows four legs to walk as a spider, then it climbs up the man's arm and hooks around his bicep.
► A butler robot takes two large fish by the tails and kills them by slamming them onto the floor of a submarine; he then cooks them and serves them for dinner. A robot vomits or coughs up green fluid that looks like antifreeze in three scenes.
PROFANITY 4 - 2 incomplete F-words, 2 obscene hand gestures, 32 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 31 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, stupid, wusses, skank, ivory-towered princess, stripper dress, rubbish, dumbest, idiot, ridiculous, old man, fuss-pot, dirt bag, 4-foot metal psychopath, ninja butler, fat, tin can, ugly mess, worthless troll-head, liar, charlatan, weird, maggot, blind rat, hobgoblins, knucklehead, bubblehead, thickhead), exclamations (sucks, bloody, bugger, wow, shut-up, shut it, be quiet, it's none of your business), 17 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, God, Thank God, Holy [scatological term deleted], Christ Alive, Godspeed, Good God, God Forbid). [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - Four women sit with glasses of untouched sherry, a woman picks up a carafe of sherry and chugs half of it, a man chugs from a wine bottle for several seconds twice, and a man holds up a short glass with a little liquid in it and says that a Mojito needs ice. A giant bearded robot that can become a semi-truck chews a large lit cigar throughout the film.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Magic, advanced technology, science vs. magic, extraterrestrial life, legends, myths, heroes, villains, military law, saving the world, finding a home, families, teamwork, diversity, challenges, death, loss, destruction, genocide, courage, sacrifice, relationships, friendship, love, honor, justice.
MESSAGE - Magic may be advanced technology or the truth behind many legends.