When most people think of Michael Bay’s films, one of the first things that springs to mind is “explosions.” If those explosions happen to be on a highway and send cars flying, even better. It should come as no surprise then that Transformers: The Last Knight will contain more of the same.
A new video from the set of the latest Transformers film shows off the first day of filming on the road. The scene being filmed is setting up some of the explosive action that fans will see in the movie, though it may look a bit different when we finally catch it on the big screen.
The video, which was posted to the official Transformers movie Facebook page, shows the crew setting up their first scene on the open road. The crew is setting up explosives, preparing to send some cars flying. Once the camera starts rolling, the video gives fans a close-up look at the stunt as what appears to be military vehicles in the scene are tossed around and shrapnel go flying against the pavement. Take a look at the video:
Given how the vehicles are being knocked around for no obvious reason, it’s all but assured that there will be CGI added to this scene later on. It’s unclear whether it will be Autobots or Decepticons doing the damage, but when the movie hits the big screen there will likely be giant robots mixed up in there somewhere. The safe bet would be Decepticons if the military is moving against them, but given the general anti-Transformer sentiment that was present in Age of Extinction it’s possible that they could be moving against the Autobots as well.
It will be interesting to compare the final version of the scene to this behind-the-scenes clip once the movie is finished. CGI can add a lot to scenes in movies, including a lot of small things that are much easier to miss than giant robots. While there will likely be some major action in this particular scene, it’s possible that more will be added than just a robotic antagonist. Even if there isn’t too much added to the final scene beyond the source of the explosions, it’s still neat to see the work that goes into bringing a scene like this together.
Of course, some Transformers fans will complain that this just showcases one of the biggest complaints of the franchise to date: A focus on human characters and their actions instead of keeping the spotlight on the Transformers themselves. Without context, though, it’s hard to say just how much this scene is focusing on the humans. If Bay could find a balance in what is supposedly his final film of the franchise, then he just might make the best Transformers movie yet.
Transformers: The Last Knight opens in U.S. theaters on June 23, 2017, followed by the Bumblebee spinoff on June 8, 2018, and Transformers 6 on June 28, 2019.