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Tonka: Revelation
Directed by David S. Goyer
Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Michael Bay
Stephen Sommers
Jon M. Chu
Written by The Wachowski Brothers
Screenplay by
Story by
Based on Tonka
by Hasbro
Starring Pete L. J. Dickson
Missy Peregrym
Kendall Schmidt
Enuka Okuma
Dwayne Johnson
Mark Wahlberg
Jeff Bridges
Robert Downey, Jr.
Don Cheadle
Ben Bass
Breckin Meyer
Peter Weller
Music by Bruce Broughton
Cinematography
Editing by
Production company(s) Skydance Productions
di Bonaventura Pictures
Hasbro
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) February 26, 2015(Premiere)
February 27, 2015(United States)
Running time
Language English
Budget $135 million
Gross revenue $597,674,024
Preceded by
Followed by
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Tonka: Revelation is a 2015 American science fiction action film directed by David S. Goyer and written by The Wachowski Brothers based on Hasbro's Tonka toy trucks and video game series by Square Enix. It is a sequel to 2009's Tonka: Infinite Ultimatum.

Tonka: Revelation features an ensemble cast, with Pete L. J. Dickson, Missy Peregrym, Ben BassEnuka Okuma, Dwayne Johnson, James Maslow, Carlos Pena, Jr., Eric Johnson, Breckin Meyer and Peter Weller reprising their roles from the first film with Kendall Schmidt, Mark Wahlberg, Jeff Bridges, Robert Downey, Jr., Don Cheadle, Gregory Smith, Charlotte Sullivan, Travis Milne, Peter Mooney, Logan Henderson and Priscilla Faia. The film marked the final appearance of Robin Williams who passed away on August 11, 2014.

Originally slated for release in August 2014, the film was delayed in order to rework the film. It was eventually released in North America on February 27, 2015 and in Europe on March 1, 2015 in 3D. and received generally positive reviews, and gained box office success with over $597 million worldwide.

Plot

Set four years after the battle of Beijing, Tonka Joe (Pete J. L. Dickson) and Axle (Kevin McKidd) now lead the Tonka Office of Tier 1 Projects stationed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with Suzy Sparks (Missy Peregrym), Tex (Kendall Schmidt), Pops (Carlos PenaVega), Blaze (James Maslow), Dan, Luke, CS, and Steel serving in Joe's human team with Roach, Ghost, Slice, Digger, Gator, Rally, and Fins on Axle's truck team.

After completing a mission in Qatar, the Tonka Team is attacked by an unauthorized air strike, killing Suzy, Blaze, Pops, Steel and Luke in the process. Joe, Tex, Snipe, Dirk, Jenny, Doug Haul, Knocks, Crash Tony, DK, Rose Montana, Kiara, Dan are the only survivors. Realizing they were set up, the remaining Tonkas travel to London, England to find leads.

The team meets up with former Air Force Lieutenant Colonel V Donald Condon who supplies them intel on WAR planning to launch a nuclear warhead around the world.

Cast

Tonka

WAR

Others

Trucks

Tonka

  • Kevin McKidd as Axle
  • Graig Fairbrass as Roach
  • Carlos Ferro as Ghost
  • Robin Atkin Downes as Slice
  • Lester Speight as Gator
  • Fred Tatasciore as Digger
  • Nolah North as Rally
  • Troy Baker as Fins

WAR

  • Roman Varshavsky as General Matrox
  • Robert Baker as Fireblade
  • Sung Kang as Trial Period
  • John Ortiz as Arturo

Production

Development and script

Casting

In January 2012, it was confirmed that Missy Peregrym, and Eric Johnson would reprise their roles as Suzy Sparks and Luke. Pete J. L. Dickson, Carlos PenaVega and James Maslow also returned to the film as Tonka Joe, Blaze, and Pops respectively.

Michelle Rodriguez, who played Niko in the first film stated that she and most of the other members would not return, except for the five mentioned actors.

The full cast of Rookie Blue joined the production in September 2012 after finishing Season 3. In April 2012, Kendal Schmidt was cast as Tex and Logan Henderson as Snipe.

Filming

Principal photography began in the beginning of March 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia, with a casting call issued. Toronto, Ontario was confirmed as a filming location. Filming got halted near the end of August 2013 to rework on some scenes. At that time, Pete J. L. Dickson, the actor playing Tonka Joe, left to participated in Fast & Furious 8 which was halted following the death of lead actor Paul Walker on November 30, 2013.

On February 27, 2014, The Hollywood Reporter has reported that filming of the film resumed on February 12, the cast and crew have headed to Atlanta for about six to eight more weeks of shooting. Principal photography ended on June 14, 2014.

Music

The film's score was composed by Bruce Broughton, replacing James Newton Howard from the previous film. A soundtrack from the film was released on January 31, 2015.

Release

Previously slated for release on August 15, 2014, Paramount announced in May 2012 that they were delaying the film's release until February 27, 2015, in order to rework the movie and boost interest in international markets.

Home Media

Tonka: Revelation was released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 14, 2015. A Blu-ray "Extended Tier 1 Cut" was released on a day later. It included additional 12 minute footage.

Reception

Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 82% approval rating with an average rating of 4.5/10 based on 161 reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 39%, indicating "mixed or average reviews", based on 31 critics, which was higher than the first film's 32% average score.

Box office

Tonka: Revelation grossed $300,573,699 in North America and $610,100,225 in other territories for a worldwide total of $910,674,024. It is the highest grossing film of 2015, the highest grossing Hasbro film and the highest grossing film in the Tonka film series.

The film opened at #1 at the U.S. box office with $70.10 million on it's Friday opening. It eventually made $131.10 million on it's first week of release, taking down Fifty Shades of Grey. In it's second week, the film retained the top spot grossing $93.3 million. The film set the record for the highest opening week in March, before being beaten out by Fast & Furious 8 which made $147 million in it's first week.

The film's international release was also positive earning $202.9 million on opening week. In the United Kingdom, the film made $20.3 million. In China, it totalled with $192.6 million.

Sequels

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In 2012, Dickson said in an interview with MTV that Paramount has expressed interest in future instalments for the Tonka franchise; "YES! There's more Tonka where that came from". He also stated that he signed on for further entries. On April 3, 2012, Paramount Pictures chairman Rob Moore stated that at least two more films would happen, starting with Tonka 3, set for release in 2019.

In May 2015, Dwayne Johnson said in an interview with TMZ that Goyer would not return to direct. On May 29, Paramount announced that Tonka and M.A.S.K., another Hasbro film franchise, would crossover in 2017.

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