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Starring: Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, Luna Lauren Vélez, Tobe Nwigwe, Peter Cullen, Pete Davidson, Liza Koshy, Cristo Fernández, John DiMaggio, Ron Perlman, David Sobolov, Michelle Yeoh, Cheetor, Peter Dinklage, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, David Sobolov
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Action adventure sci-fi sequel directed by Steven Caple Jr. Set in the ’90s, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023) goes through a globetrotting adventure as the Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons join the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons on Earth. Noah (Anthony Ramos), a sharp young guy from Brooklyn, and Elena (Dominique Fishback), an ambitious, talented artifact researcher, are swept up in the conflict as Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) and the Autobots face a terrifying new nemesis bent on their destruction named Scourge (Peter Dinklage).
Optimus Primal: There’s a legend that precedes the dawn of our civilization. A vile god, so large and so powerful that it consumed entire planets as fuel.
Apelinq: It is now your time to lead the Maximals, Optimus Primal.
Airazor: [referring to Apelinq] His sacrifice will be our oath. To preserve the key, no matter the cost.
Breanna Diaz: [to Noah] Good luck on the interview. Don’t forget to laugh at all their jokes. White people love that s**t.
Kris Diaz: Ma, language.
Noah Diaz: You fighting this alone, or we fighting it together?
Kris Diaz: Together.
Noah Diaz: Home team?
Kris Diaz: Home team.
Reek: I choose not to purchase cable. It’s my own personal way to protest the vampiric nature of modern-day capitalism!
Noah Diaz: Okay, what are the rules?
Kris Diaz: Bros before hos. “Don’t be a problem. And don’t go looking for a problem.” Or else we’re going to…
Noah, Kris: Have a problem.
Bishop: Listen, I can’t have someone like you mess up what I’ve built.
Noah Diaz: Someone like me? You don’t know anything about me!
Bishop: I know you don’t know how to be part of a team.
Kris Diaz: Hey, look. Superman went on a bunch of interviews before he got his job on the Daily Planet. But he never gave up.
Noah Diaz: I’m not Superman, Kris. Life ain’t a comic book.
Kris Diaz: I’m just saying. You’ll get the next one.
Noah Diaz: Yoh, there is no next one. No one’s coming to save us. We’re alone in this.
'Life ain't a comic book.' - Noah Diaz (Transformers: Rise of the Beasts) Click To Tweet
Reek: [to Noah] Your energy is really affecting my chi.
Noah Diaz: You got a robbing mixtape?
Reek: No. I got a liberating mixtape.
Reek: Hey, well, to error is divine.
Reek: [to Noah] Alright, now just like brother Reek showed you. Down the window, a little wiggle, feel that snag, and, yeah. Now we making money.
Elena Wallace: [as the ancient statue starts to break] I’m going to lose my job. I’m going to go to jail.
'I'm not following you. I'm just escaping in the same direction.' - Noah Diaz (Transformers: Rise of the Beasts) Click To Tweet
Optimus Prime: Calling all Autobots!
Bumblebee: Yippee-ki-yay, mother…
Museum Guard: Get out of the car!
Noah Diaz: I’m trying! The car started by itself, I promise! Look, it’s not working!
Museum Guard: Get out now!
Reek: Now, that’s top-tier manifestation!
Noah Diaz: The car’s driving by itself!
'If you keep your eyes and your ears open, life will show you everything you need to know.' - Elena Wallace (Transformers: Rise of the Beasts) Click To Tweet
Reek: You might want to slow down.
Noah Diaz: It’s not me, it’s the car! It’s possessed!
Reek: No, no, no, no. You’re just on an adrenaline high.
Mirage: [to Noah] Whoo-hoo-hoo! That felt good! Get some oil pumping, you know? Damn! I’ve been cooped up forever, dude. I can’t tell you how old it gets. “Mirage, stay hidden. Mirage, don’t draw any attention to yourself! Mirage, Big is just a movie. You’ll never be a real boy.” But that was fun, man. You’re fun, dude.
Mirage: Oh, right. This is probably a lot for you, huh?
Noah Diaz: Back up!
Mirage: [as Noah picks up a pipe to hit him] Hey. Woh. Woh. Woh. What’s with the aggression? I thought after the car chase, we were boys. Are you going to hit me?
Noah Diaz: Maybe.
Mirage: It’s like that? Tough guy. I like that. I like it a lot.
Noah Diaz: What are you? Some sort of possessed car or something?
Mirage: No. That’s not real, man. I’m an alien.
Noah Diaz: Like E.T.?
Mirage: E.T.? The little ugly guy in the basket? Look at this face! The name’s Mirage.
Mirage: [to Noah, offers his fist to bump] Give a little tap. Give me a little tap. There you go. Now we’re friends!
'Evil can never be vanquished completely.' - Optimus Primal (Transformers: Rise of the Beasts) Click To Tweet
Mirage: Oh, great. The gang’s here.
Noah Diaz: There are more like you?
Mirage: Like me? No. But be cool so they don’t crush you.
Noah Diaz: What?
Mirage: Yeah, I’d put that pipe down if I were you.
Optimus Prime: [to Mirage] You brought a human here?
Mirage: [referring to Noah] But he’s cool, so it’s cool. Cool?
Optimus Prime: Not cool. Who are you, human?
Noah Diaz: I’m nobody. I ain’t even seen nothing. I’m not even seeing anything right now.
Arcee: [referring to Noah] Huh. He’s a soldier.
Optimus Prime: He does not look like a soldier.
Noah Diaz: I mean, you looking pretty rough yourself.
Mirage: [referring to Noah stealing the Transwarp Key] He could slip in right through one of them little doors, grab the key, leave a nice IOU, and peace out. He’s perfect.
Noah Diaz: Look, I’m not breaking into a museum for some space robots.
Mirage: Well, but what about for friendship? Or, or, or, what about for cash?
Noah Diaz: So all I got to do is walk in and out?
Mirage: All you got to do. We’ll take care of the rest. Cross my spark and hope to die. Wow! That was corny when I said it out loud.
Noah Diaz: So, y’all are robots that transform into cars, even though you’re from way out in space. But now there’s this key that opens a portal back to your home? Oh, and you know this because there’s a beacon light in the sky that I can’t see because I’m human.
Mirage: You say that like it’s weird.
Noah Diaz: It’s super weird.
Mirage: You know what’s weird? Marky Mark is leaving the Funky Bunch! I heard he’s just going to pursue acting now. That’s crazy!
Optimus Prime: The humans will always protect what is theirs. We can only trust our own kind.
Bumblebee: You can’t handle the truth!
Optimus Prime: I do not want you going to that drive-in theater anymore.