The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - View From The Couch -

The “Trans­form­ers” se­ries gets a new it­er­a­tion with this sci-fi ad­ven­ture fo­cused in the ti­tle char­ac­ter (voiced by Dy­lan O’Brien), which looks like a Volk­swa­gen but ac­tu­ally is ... well, some­thing else. It gets a new owner in a trou­bled teen (Hailee Ste­in­feld) who, in re­ac­ti­vat­ing the ve­hi­cle, un­wit­tingly helps lure en­emy De­cep­ti­cons to Earth and causes the fa­mil­iar “Trans­form­ers” brand of may­hem to en­sue again. Pamela Ad­lon (“Bet­ter Things”) plays the girl’s mother, with John Cena and John Or­tiz as gov­ern­ment agents. Fa­mil­iar faces Len Car­iou (“Blue Bloods”) and Fred Dryer (“Hunter”) also are in the cast, but as usual with a ven­ture like this, the mem­bers of the spe­cial-ef­fects team are the real stars here.

★★★ (PG-13: P) (Also on Blu-ray and On De­mand)

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