If Transformers means little more to you than your old, childhood Hasbro toys and Shia LeBouf yelling “Optimus!” into an orange sunset, you might be surprised to know that “Transformers: Prime” is a successful, Emmy-winning, computer-animated show that aired on the Hub. Moreover, you might not know that this week the drama continued on the small screen in the feature-length, 90-minute film, “Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising.” Is it more than meets the eye, or a cash grab in disguise?
The story follows our transforming heroes, the Autobots, as they attempt to restore their home planet of Cybertron. Meanwhile, super baddy/agent of chaos/destroyer of planets, Unicron, has all but possessed former oppressor Megatron— using his corporeal body to do evil far worse than even he could imagine. To defeat Unicron, the Autobots must team up with their former foes, the Decepticons and the beastly Predacons.
Predacons Rising actually had quite a lot to offer. Fans of the Transformers franchise will be pleased to hear that Peter Cullen reprised his role as the voice of the wise and noble Autobot leader, Optimus Prime. Children, specifically, will be amused with the dramatic fight sequences that incorporate slow motion and first person points of view. One particularly amazing scene to look out for includes the ZOMBIE-CONS, un-dead Predacons who have arisen from their graves. Meanwhile, an older audience can appreciate the themes of good vs. evil vs. REALLY evil. As Megatron muses, “Who to root for? The lines have certainly blurred.”
The Blue-Ray + DVD Combo Pack is unfortunately quite light on special features, only including a look behind the scenes of Predacons Rising. However, the spotlight on the animation team, Polygon Pictures, was quite enjoyable and added a real-life element to the robotic and sometimes bland world of Transformers.
Over all, I would recommend Predacons Rising to fans of Transformers and children. As someone who hasn’t watched the Prime series, it was easy to follow. Unfortunately, I wasn’t terribly invested in the story line. While there were enough cool fight scenes and dramatic quotes to hold my attention, it was fairly forgettable. Much like the toys of my youth and the Michael Bay popcorn flicks that filled my summers, Predacons Rising is an adequate way to spend a rainy afternoon, but that’s about it. I give this one a 6/10.