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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
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'Bumblebee' Cast Dream Up '80s Action-Movie Duos

Hailee Steinfeld and her Bumblebee co-stars pair the lovable Autobot with their favorite '80s movie characters to create some potential action-movie duos.

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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:

Brighton Falls See more »

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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Cena is the third wrestler to appear in a "Transformers" feature, after Dwayne Johnson (who played Cliffjumper in Transformers Prime (2010)) and Joe Seanoa (who played Predaking in Transformers: Power of the Primes (2018)). Cena is also the third wrestler to appear in a Michael Bay feature, after Johnson (who was in Bay's film Pain & Gain (2013)) and Stephen Farrelly (who played Rocksteady in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)). See more »

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Agent Burns is shown with the rank insignia on his shoulders (05) that do not match his collar devices (06). See more »

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[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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An Overrated Generic Film
13 December 2018 | by Yee_ReviewsSee all my reviews

Good: The relationship between Hailee Steinfeld & Bumblee has its charm and the scenes showing Bumblebee adjusting to the environment are great. Some action scenes are entertaining. Some nostalgia references. The pacing is fine and workable. Hailee Steinfeld is the only actress to do a decent job...

Bad: John Cena does not add anything special to the movie and is too dramatic, only used for his huge figure and loud shouting. I prefer Mark Wahlberg over John Cena. The love interest and family dynamic feel forced and is not handled well with a lack of chemistry. The dialogue is basic and most of the jokes are what you would expect from a Transformers movie. The villains are generic.

Overall: The whole film is generic and basic with its plotline and characters. Hailee Steinfeld was the best part of the movie, but she did do a better job in "The Edge of Seventeen." Although it is not as action packed as the previous Transformer films, the movie lacks an interesting storyline to carry the movie. Travis Knight did a decent job with what he was given. Just look at the writer, Christina Hodson's, history, nothing imaginative or creative. The reasons for its rave reviews are because of its fresh take on the Transformer's franchise and nostalgic references, but the high score is not justifiable as "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" is a much better movie and "Stranger Things" has enough 80s references.

2.7/5


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