The fourth film in the Transformers Film Series
, directed by Michael Bay
and released on June 27th, 2014. The film is intended to be the start of a new trilogy with a new mythology arc to it.
Some time after the events of Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
, the Decepticons had left Earth and the Autobots were driven into hiding by anti-Transformer sentiment and paramilitary action. Life has, more or less, returned to the way it was before the Cybertronians battled on their planet. Mark Wahlberg
plays an inventor named Cade Yeager who happens upon an old, dilapidated semi-truck that turns out to be Optimus Prime. This in turn attracts the return of the Autobots and Decepticons into the public sphere, and a new human conspiracy unfolds. Nicola Peltz
plays his daughter Tessa with Kelsey Grammer
, Stanley Tucci
, Sophia Myles
and Jack Reynor all in major roles.
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This film provides examples of:
- 3-D Movie:
- Aesop Amnesia: Humanity has decided they don't need the Autobots anymore... the same sentiment they had at the beginning of DOTM, which didn't work out too well for them.
- Art Evolution: Every returning character gets some radical new designs, based off mostly new vehicles. Justified because they had left Earth for a time (likely taking on new forms wherever they went to) and need new alternate modes when they return. It's still recognizably the same character, just with new armor design based on their new form. Optimus is shown in a cab-over semi design reminiscent of his classic G1 form, already different to his long nose Peterbilt. He later turns into a snub nose Western Star. Each having a new robot mode design.
- The general look of the robots in this film seem to be slightly less complex and "gritty" and more sleek and stylized, moving closer to the art style of the Aligned continuity (such as Transformers Prime), though it's still recognizably the Movie-verse.
- Badass Longcoat: New Autobot arrival Crosshairs (the green one parachuting into Chicago in the trailers) has a trenchcoat.
- Big Bad Ensemble: New Decepticons arrive. A team of government agents, lead by Harold Attinger, is also after the protagonists and the Autobots.
- Big Fun: Hound is shaping up to be this, by the look of his design and comments from the crew calling him a jolly, bearded fat guy.
- Canon Immigrant: Lockdown makes his debut as a seemingly major antagonist.
- Cerebus Syndrome: Bay has made it clear he's making this installment less 'silly'.
- Continuity Nod: Posters are seen reminding people about the Decepticon occupation of Chicago from DOTM.
- Composite Character: Hound has the name of a classic G1 character, but was a military jeep that made him among the smaller Autobots. The larger assault vehicle and heavier build he has in this film makes him look more like Bulkhead from Transformers Animated and Transformers Prime.
- Darker and Edgier: Note Cerebus Syndrome, the trailer alone hints that none of the "joke" bots will be showing up, and the series is taking a very dark, IDW-Comics-ish turn on the series.
- Expy: Hound rather obviously takes the place of Ironhide as The Big Guy of the Autobots.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The Dinobots make their first appearance in the live action films. Optimus even rides Grimlock.
- Fantastic Racism: Harold Attinger.
- Five-Man Band: So far, the Autobots seem to be forming one, given from what we've seen of trailers and toys.
- Guns Akimbo: Optimus and Crosshairs.
- Heel-Face Turn: Drift pulled one prior to the events of the film, defecting to the Autobots.
- Humans Are Bastards: Optimus Prime himself has started to gain this sentiment, after spending so much time building them as allies and trying to protect them only to be hunted down out of fear and Fantastic Racism. He's aware not all of them are bad, but is more than ready to fight when they pull guns on him.
- Jerkass: Titus Welliver's character, if throwing an innocent girl to the ground and holding a family at gunpoint to find Optimus is any indication.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Optimus and Grimlock go at each other, in general mythology Grimlock has a history of butting heads with Optimus and the trailer and merchandise shows them as allies, with Optimus riding Grimlock into battle.
- Lightning Bruiser: Technically applies to all Transformers, given they're usually around two stories high and can fight with martial arts like nothing, but special mention goes to Grimlock, an absolutely massive Dinobot big enough for even Optimus to ride. His size doesn't seem to slow him down one bit.
- Missing Mom: Tessa's mother died sometime before the events of the film.
- Mythology Gag: Optimus starts out in the film with a form that whilst very similar to his previous design in the trilogy, is essentially a Movie-fied version of his G1 appearance.
- Old Hero, New Pals: Optimus Prime not only has the Yeagers aiding him in place of the Witwicky family, but is leading a brand new team of Autobots as well, with only Bumblebee and Ratchet returning.
- The Dinobots (Grimlock, at least) join forces with the Autobots at some point as well.
- Overprotective Dad: Cade is this towards his daughter following the death of his wife.
- The Purge: The Autobots were driven into hiding, and some killed, by human forces after the Chicago occupation in DOTM, blaming all Cybertronians for the destruction rather than just the Decepticons. It is especially harsh because the Autobots spent the last three movies training human military how to defend against the 'Cons using themselves as "sparring" partners (an almost sacred trust) and with it being turned against them.
- Put on a Bus: The entire previous human cast is nowhere to be seen as well as the Decepticons, only a few Autobots like Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Ratchet return.
- Retool: Given the Grand Finale tone of Dark of the Moon, the only way to continue in the same continuity would be to do something of fresh start. This involves introducing new human characters and new Decepticon villains, as well as an aesthetic revamp.
- Trilogy Creep: Dark of the Moon was intended to be the last of the live-action films under Bay, with a lot of wrapping up character arcs and a rather conclusive victory. But the movies made so much money and everyone involved had so much fun making them they almost immediately started production of a new trilogy. Bay surprised himself by returning, saying that it felt like letting a child go.