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Michael Bay's fourth installment of the 'Transformers' franchise is starting to come together. 'Transformers 4,' or 'Trans4mers' as I prefer to call it, is set to star Jack Reynor and Mark Wahlberg, who will first be appearing in Bay's 'Pain and Gain' with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Ehren Kruger will be returning to write the screenplay for 'Trans4mers.' However, that's about as much information as has been released up to this point. The only thing we know about the plot is that it will no longer center on Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), but it will also feature enough continuity with the previous three films as to not be considered a reboot. Today however, in a report relating to the production securing tax incentives to shoot in Michigan, comes new plot details...
"Transformers 4 picks up after the end of Transformers: Dark of the Moon after a battle left a city broken, but the world was saved by the Autobots. In Transformers 4 Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his cross-hairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues."
So...almost exactly the same plot as any of the other 'Transformer' sequels? The Earth is recovering from an epic battle between the Autobots and Decpticons, who are absent for a bit, and then a new alien robot threat appears on our planet? Yeah, really thinking outside the box here, guys. The one thing that may keep this from being total white noise is the rumor that Unicron will be appearing in the new movie. It would make sense, given this plot description, that Unicron would be the ancient, powerful menace, but then again that could be a reference to anything. Without a wildly creative plot synopsis, it will be the specifics of the story that provide the fourth film's unique qualities; allowing it to stand apart from the rest of the franchise. The problem, as I see it, is that Ehren Kruger is far from an outstanding screenwriter. I don't have a lot of faith that he will be able to take this rehashed concept and infuse enough creativity as to establish 'Trans4mers' from the rest of the woeful sequels.
What do you guys think? Does this plot sound a tad familiar? Do you think Unicron will show up?