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)