Transformers is a series of American science fiction action war films based on the Hasbro toyline of the same name. The series began with Transformers: Robots in Disguise in 2007, continued in 2009 with Transformers 2: Rise of Unicron and in 2011 concluded with Transformers: War For Two Worlds. In late 2014, the fourth installment, Transformers 4: Predacons Rising, was released. The first three films were directed by Zack Snyder, who was replaced by Rupert Wyatt for the fourth film. Hans Zimmer scored Snyder's films, with Michael Giacchino providing the score for Wyatt's.
The first film in the series revolves around the discovery of the Autobots and Decepticons have arrived on Earth fairly recently and on purpose, operating undercover for at least four years.
The story opens with Verity Carlo, a young drifter, and Sari, her younger sister, stealing a businessman's briefcase on a train, that contains (much to their dissapointment) an iPad. Soon after they find themselves stalked by a police car, who turns out to be a transforming alien robot called Barricade, who had been seeking the confidential information the iPad contained.
They are rescued by Arcee (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Bumblebee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), members of the Autobot faction. At the Autobot base, Arcee and Bumblebee are dismissed by their superior, Prowl, for unauthorised contact. Meanwhile, the Decepticon unit, led by Starscream engage Siege Mode, in order to protect the discovery of a new, super-powerful, energon variant called Ore-13.
The Decepticon leader, Megatron (Stephen Lang) arrives on Earth to get his house in order. Starscream charges himself up to immense levels with Ore-13, intending to defeat him and take leadership of the Decepticons. A fight ensues. Megatron wins and blasts Starscream at point-blank range, seemingly killing him.
Zack Snyder directed the first film, with Hans Zimmer doing the score. Michael Cera stars as the nerdy protagonist Daniel Witwicky, and Emma Stone plays his love interest Carly Spencer. The Autobot leader, Optimus Prime, is voiced by Liam Neeson. Bumblebee`is voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, with other Autobots such as Ironhide, Ratchet and Jazz being played by Tom Hardy, Roger Moore and Arsenio Hall respectively. The film's main antagonist Megatron is voiced by Stephen Lanf. His second in command and, Starscream is voiced by Jemaine Clement. Aaron Eckhart plays the US President James Keller while Bryan Cranston plays a government agent named Seymour Simmons.
In the second film, Daniel heads off for college while the Autobots work in conjunction with human soldiers under the name MECH. Meanwhile, the Decepticons use a stolen shard from the One to ressurect Megatron. However, a new enemy appears in the form of Unicron, who seeks to steal the Autobot Matrix in order to activate a machine, buried in Egypt, which can absorb Earth's sun. During the course of the film, Megatron kills Optimus but he is later ressurected. The film builds to a climax set in Egypt, with Optimus flying to the peak of a pyramid and kills Unicron while badly wounding Megatron. Megatron and Starscream escape, however, with plans to take revenge against Earth.
Zack Snyder and Hans Zimmer return, as does Michael Cera, Emma Stone, Bryan Cranston, Liam Neeson and Michael Clarke Duncan amongst others. Arsenio Hall is the only one who does not reprise his role as Jazz from the first film, as Jazz was killed during the film's climax. Unicron is portrayed by James Earl Jones in the film.
The third film sees the Autobots recovering a crashed ship, the Ark, from the moon and reviving the comatose Autobot Ultra-Magnus (Patrick Stewart). It isn't long before Magnus turns out to be a traitor, having secretly made a deal with the Decepticons. The Decepticons invade Earth and exile the Autobots, who are forced to fake their deaths in a shuttle explosion. They return to Scramble City and a massive city-wide battle ensues. Daniel must rescue Carly from his new boss, Prometheus Black (David Bowie), who is a Decepticon conspirator. The battle culminates in the eventual deaths of Ratchet, Black, Starscream, Megatron and Ultra-Magnus.
Zack Snyder returned to direct for the final time, as did Hans Zimmer. Michael Cera and Emma Stone both reprise their roles, along with Liam Neeson, Michael Clarke Duncan and Bryan Cranston. Aaron Eackhart makes a cameo appearance. Ultra-Magnus, the main villain, is voiced by Patrick Stewart. Two new Decepticons appear, Shockwave and Laserbeak, are voiced by David Warner and Jeremy Irons respectively. David Bowie plays the main human antagonist, Prometheus Black.
This fourth film takes place ten years after the defeat of Megatron, and humanity has turned against the Transformers. Optimus Prime has gone into hiding and the surviving Autobots and Decepticons are scattered across Earth. A new human group, the Machination, has been assinged with hunting down and terminating these remaining Transformers. Unbeknowst to the world's governments, they are secretly collaborating with a group of unaligned Transformers, the Predacons. Led by Razorclaw (Djimon Hounsou), these Transformers hunt Autobot and Decepticon alike, only pledging loyalty to a mysterious paymaster. Single father and struggling inventor, Dominic "Rad" White (Dwayne Johnson) along with his daughter, Alexis White (Jennifer Lawrence), and her boyfriend, race car driving Jack Darby (Andrew Garfield) ends up plunged into this battle, when he finds the de-activated Bumblebee.
Despite the intention for the third film to be the last, a fourth film was announced. Zack Snyder announced, after the sequel was announced, that he would not return to direct, saying that "I'm done with the franchise. It's time to have someone else to put their own spin on it". Soon after, Rupert Wyatt was confirmed as his replacement. Hans Zimmer announced that he would not return to score the film, with Michael Giacchino providing the score in his place. The film was initially intended to be a reboot, but was confirmed that this may not be the case.
For the film, John Hurt replaced Liam Neeson as Optimus Prime. Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar reprised their roles as Ironhide, Bumblebee and Arcee respectively. New Autobots included John Goodman as Bulkhead, David Mitchell as Wheeljack and Sara Canning as Chromia. Djimon Hounsou voices Razorclaw, leader of the Predacons and the main Transformer antagonist. Dwayne Johnson plays the main human protagonist, Dominic "Rad" White, with Jennifer Lawrence playing his daughter, Alexis White, and Andrew Garfield playing her boyfriend, race car driving Jack Darby. Kevin Bacon plays the main human villain, Silas Arkeville, leader of the Machination.
Transformers 5 (TBA)
Shortly after the fourth film's release, director Wyatt expressed interest in doing a fifth film, saying that "There were some really interesting ideas that we could use in the future". Elaborating, Wyatt commented that the fifth will focus more on the "power vacuum" created after Megatron's death and will be more "Decepticon vs Decepticon". Wyatt also stated that the film will explore the dynamics of Decepticon loyalty and the inevitable power struggle created. Michael Giacchino will return to provide the score.
All of the previous film's cast will reprise their roles. Bludgeon has been confirmed to appear in the film, leading a new group of Decepticons who come to Earth to challenge Starscream's leadership. Starcream and Soundwave have been confirmed to return, sporting more "battle-worn" designs. With the announcement of Bludgeon, fans have begun to speculate that Pretenders will feature heavily in the plot. Ken Watanabe has been rumoured to voice a Decepticon. David Mitchell has confirmed that he will be voicing an Autobot, but didn't state the name of the character he would be playing.