“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” (Paramount)
By OSV News
A duo of human characters (Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback) get caught up in the struggle between heroic and wicked factions of the titular car/robot shape shifters (the former group’s leader voiced by Peter Cullen, the latter’s by Colman Domingo).
Directed by Steven Caple Jr., this seventh installment in the franchise features lessons about cooperating as a team and the importance of sacrificing personal ambitions in order to save the lives of others. But there are too many sonorous monologues about the clash of good and evil while the battle sequences go on so long as to be numbing. The intensity of these dustups makes the film a poor choice for youngsters.
Robot violence, automotive mayhem, a fleeting glimpse of nonhuman gore, a couple of coarse words. The OSV News classification is A-II – adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 – parents strongly cautioned. Some material may not be suitable for children.