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Bumblebee (2018)

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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

Writers:

Christina Hodson, Christina Hodson (story by)
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Cast

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, and 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

China | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$127,195,589, 7 March 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$467,705,125, 7 March 2019
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Dolby Surround 7.1 | IMAX 6-Track | DTS (DTS: X)| Dolby Atmos | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)| 12-Track Digital Sound (IMAX 12 track)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point in the film, a certain eager Sector 7 agent has some news for Agent Burns. Burns refers to him as Agent "Simmons," a younger version of John Turturro's character from earlier movies in the series. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie, Shatter enables a hologram of the International Space Station from her wrist. The ISS was not launched until 1998. 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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The Paramount Pictures, Allspark Pictures, dB Pictures and Tencent Pictures logos are accompanied by a series of robotic sounds. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Australian release was censored; after the film initially received an M rating 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 this modified version was still seen as being too strong originally and received the original M rating given to the film, however following an appeal from Paramount the film was lowered to PG 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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Performed by Sam Cooke
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Finally the Transformers movie we deserve.
30 December 2018 | by kevinxirauSee all my reviews

In 2007, Michael Bay showed the world that today's technology could bring the famed Transformers to life on the big screen. Sadly, he has the finesse of a brick to the face as his subsequent films for the most part are rusted pieces of scrap due to his crude style of filmmaking, lack of focus, and narrow demographic, leaving fans with only the 80s animated movie as the true "good one", that is until now.

Plot: Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), a teen girl struggling to move on after her father's untimely death, encounters the fugitive Autobot Bumblebee and the two form a heartfelt bond, which will be tested as they are hunted by both the secretive Sector 7 and a couple of Decepticons.

Knight knows what makes a film truly stick with people and that is in the story and how one tells it, something he excels at. He gives his films heart, thus the relationship between Charlie and Bumblebee feels natural. The central focus is this friendship with many scenes that are charming, funny, and hit hard in the feels. Unlike the stuttering and super uptight Sam Witwicky, Charlie has a lot of spunk and pathos. While having a predictable character arc, John Cena did a nice job with his role. I love that this film is not only set in the 80s (when the show came out), but lives and breathes pop cultural references and classic songs from that era (including a great callback to Stan Bush). While Bay's action focuses on huge zany explosion-fests that push believability and heavily involve the human military, here the action is smaller and much more personal, strictly Autobot vs Decepticon as it should be since it was what the franchise was built on. In fact, the portrayal of the Decepticons has improved; not only can I tell them apart this time thanks to their varied designs and color schemes, but they're given more personality and actually live up to their name.

The only thing that has me puzzled is the continuity as there's confusion over whether or not this is a reboot or a prequel given some conflicting elements. That being said, this is, in many ways, the Transformers movie I've been itching to see for a long time. I'd like to see more directors present their takes on the franchise and go to places both familiar and new as long as Bay stays out of the directing chair. To sum it up, Bumblebee's got the Touch.


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