Wolverine and Kitty Pryde travel to mysterious Mount Wundagore to seek a cure for Logan's bestial rages from the High Evolutionary. But they soon discover they are Earth's last hope against the ravenous hordes of the Evolutionary's most fearsome creation -- the rampaging Man-Beast! Spotlight editions are printed on high-quality paper and with reinforced library bindings specifically printed for the library market. Grades 2-6.
When he is gifted a Talisman by a dying Transformer knight, Cade Yeager finds himself pursued by both the Decepticons and the Transformers Reaction Force. He is soon recruited along with Viviane Wembly by Sir Edmund Burton, last of the Order of the Witwiccans, to once again save the world from a new impending threat.
It is the year 484 in England. A medieval battle rages. King Arthur and his knights are looking down the barrel of defeat at the hands of the Saxons, and their only hope lies with the magician Merlin. Elsewhere, Merlin (in reality merely a drunkard), rides up to a long-crashed alien ship and beseeches the occupants for help. He has kept their secret, but now needs their help. The other knights are losing hope, but Arthur believes Merlin will come through. Merlin manages to convince a giant metal red-armored knight at the ship to help, and it presents him with a staff, allowing him to return to the battle with a giant metal dragon. The battle is won in favor of Camelot.
Cade's plane lands at Sir Burton's castle, where he and Bumblebee are shot at by a tank Transformer. Sir Burton apologizes and takes a look at the Talisman. Hot Rod arrives carrying Viviane, who is unhappy at being kidnapped. Once things calm down, Sir Burton explains he's the last of the Order of the Witwiccans. Cade's boorish behavior towards Viviane results in him being assaulted by Cogman. Sir Burton shows off portraits of his family tree and the Witwiccans, and relates how the Transformers have been helping humans for centuries, such as when Bumblebee and Hot Rod took part in World War II. They head to another building which houses the original Round Table used by King Arthur and his knights when they teamed up with the twelve Guardian Knights. Further there is a legend that a last knight would be found and thanks to possessing the Talisman, that's Cade. Only Merlin's DNA can unlock the power of the staff, which is where Viviane comes in as a direct descendant of Merlin. She has no idea where the staff might be though. Further discussion is halted as MI6 and TRF forces arrive to assault the castle. Despite one of the elderly Autobots attempting to defend the castle only to power down as a result of his aging, Hot Rod's time stopper weapon gives the group enough time to escape.
Simmons makes an irate call to Sir Burton, who is currently being pursued through London and is late for the appointment at Trinity Library. Bumblebee arrives at Viviane's house with her and Cade, and the pair start rifling through her father's study in search of a clue. Sir Burton's dropped off at the library, but Simmons demands to be inducted into the Order of Witwiccans before he'll point Sir Burton to the book, which reveals Earth is Unicron and points them to Stonehenge. Cade and Viviane find a clue in an old popup book which points them to the HMS Alliance at a naval museum. The TRF arrive at the house. Meanwhile, Sir Burton and Cogman switch cars and a high-speed chase through the streets of London ensues. Cade and Viviane, now also making a getaway in Bumblebee, let them know about the navy museum. Cogman manages to shake his pursuers while Bumblebee manages to shake Barricade by blasting the Decepticon.
Sir Burton arrives at Number 10 to see the Prime Minister, but is turned away. Cogman returns to the sub with a couple of fish he's caught. Viviane and Cade share clumsy sexual chemistry until Cogman reveals he's made sushi as a "last meal". Sir Burton takes a secret back entrance into Number 10 to talk to the PM, holding off security by threatening to release the watch that killed Hitler. Sir Burton tells the PM to mobilize the military to Stonehenge. The Alliance zeros in on a vast undersea Transformer ship, which lights up as they approach. The pursuing TRF subs also spot the ship, but have to make their own way in after the airlock doors close behind the Alliance. The Alliance surfaces beyond the airlock, and the group starts exploring.
Back at the junkyard, Izabella, Sqweeks, and Crosshairs look up at the approaching Cybertron. Elsewhere, NASA and ESA scientists give a briefing as the approaching planet scrapes the surface of the Moon. The doomsday news is broadcast on television around the world. The subs carrying the TRF teams led by Lennox and Santos emerge into an air pocket, and they move out. Daytrader arrives back at the junkyard with the Autobots' ship, and the group there prepares to head to England to help out. Cade and Viviane find a chamber holding motionless Guardian Knights. Cybertron moves into Earth's atmosphere, passing the International Space Station. Viviane touches a Celtic engraving which reveals Merlin's sarcophagus, inside which they find a wooden staff. As the TRF moves through the same chamber, one of the knights springs to life. Cade keeps it distracted as the TRF attacks it, eventually bringing it down. Viviane grabs the wooden staff which transforms into metal in her hands. Lennox and Santos attempt to get her to hand it over, but she reveals only she can use it. More knights revive and attack, however a short time later, Optimus kills them and forces Viviane to turn the staff over to him. Sending the others back to the sub, Cade, Lennox, and Bumblebee go after Optimus.
Cybertron makes touchdown on Earth, causing untold destruction. Megatron arrives at Stonehenge with the staff. Lennox contacts Morshower with the coordinates for the "end game", an ignition chamber which is part of one of the dangling pieces of Cybertron and military forces move in. Cade comes up with a plan to load Ospreys onto the Autobot ship so they can get close enough to the ignition chamber to land. NASA thinks this is a bad plan and works on an alternate idea. The massive ship continues towards Stonehenge where the Decepticons, along with Sir Burton and the military forces, are waiting. At Sir Burton's signal, the military opens fire on the Decepticons as the massive ship arrives directly overhead. The Autobots regroup with Cade and the TRF, and Optimus Prime gives a stirring speech before blasting off. Cogman manages to find Sir Burton, who had been blasted by Megatron sometime prior to the Autobots' arrival, shortly before he expires.
Megatron returns to the Ignition Chamber where Quintessa is waiting. She plugs the staff into the floor, and lightning starts arcing about. The pieces of Cybertron start moving about and joining, causing those on the ground to run for their lives. Massive worldwide destruction ensues. As the Autobot ship carries Autobots, knights and humans up to their fates, Cade asks Viviane out on a date. Jets soften up the defenses around the ignition chamber while the humans all board the Ospreys, and Cade has it out with Santos. Shamed, the TRF troops all rip off their insignias. The Ospreys launch, and Izabella and Sqweeks reveal they've stowed away on the one carrying Cade and Viviane. Covered by the jets and the giant three-headed dragon, the Ospreys head to the ignition chamber, and crash-land on the surface. The landing site is immediately a war zone as Megatron and his Decepticons stand in their way. Lennox spots the entrance to the chamber, but the team is pinned down by a gun emplacement. Izabella instructs Sqweeks to go blow the gun emplacement up. Infernocus forms under Megatron's orders and knocks Bumblebee and company out of the air.
The chamber tumbles down until it comes to rest on another part of Cybertron. Inside, chaos reigns as the Autobots and Decepticons fight and Viviane grabs the staff. Optimus kicks Megatron through a wall shortly before another impact sends the chamber tumbling out of the sky. Bumblebee kills Nitro Zeus and blasts Quintessa as Optimus manages to distract her. Quintessa vanishes in a flash of blue light. Viviane finally pulls the staff free, shutting down the Ignition Chamber just before it crashes to the ground. Optimus dramatically drives out of the cloud of debris raised by its impact, carrying Cade and Viviane. As everyone reunites, Optimus gives another stirring speech about how Earth and Cybertron are now joined as one before the Autobots depart for Cybertron alongside the guardian knights.
A 2015 Epic Medieval Action Drama movie by Kazuaki Kiriya and starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman, it's an adaptation of the Japanese legend of The 47 Ronin, only replacing the samurai with European-styled knights.
It takes place in a medieval post-apocalyptic setting where mankind is united under the iron rule of a massive multicultural empire and the story focuses on the remnants of an ancient order of knights led by Commander Raiden who serve a nobleman named Lord Bartok. When The Emperor's corrupt minister Geza Mott accuses Bartok of treason, he is sentenced to death with Raiden being forced to execute him no less, his domain is split and his entire clan scattered.
Tropes: Actor Allusion: In the Japanese dub, Raiden is voiced by Kenyuu Horiuchi, who already voiced another, more famous Raiden.
Aerith and Bob: We have surreal names like Raiden, Geza and Bartok alongside Hannah, Naomi and Maria. And that is not even counting the foreign ones like Auguste, Ito and Cortez.
The Alcoholic: Raiden's backstory was that he was a violent drunken thug before being taken in by Lord Bartok. After Bartok dies, he starts drinking again as a way to throw off Geza Mott's spies watching him.
After the End: The setting appears to be post-apocalyptic according to the narration, which mentions a series of wars has destroyed civilization as we know it leaving it vulnerable to The Empire's influence.
Aristocrats Are Evil: Geza is the most prominent example for his sadism and cruelty, and to a lesser extent, the Emperor as well (he is cold and harsh, but still capable of reason).
Asshole Victim: Geza after Raiden is finally killed. While no one is particularly sad to see him dead given he treated everyone around him like crap and was considered an general annoyance by his peers and even his boss, this is somewhat mitigated by the Emperor insisting that his killers be punished for defying his authority, but is convinced by the nobles to spare them (except Raiden) because he'd trigger a rebellion by turning them into martyrs.
To a lesser extent, Lilly's pimp is killed offscreen by Raiden shortly after he already dealt with Geza.
Best Served Cold: It takes one year and a lot of planning and diversion, but the knights plan to restore their clan's honor by assassinating Geza.
Big Bad: Geza Mott triggers the plot when he arranges Lord Bartok to be accused of treason for attacking him in self-defense, seizes his domain and sends Bartok's family, servants and knights into exile.
Bittersweet Ending: The knights have fulfilled their quest, avenged Bartok's death with Raiden personally beheading Geza which earns them the people's approval, and restored his clan's honor. Knowing that they could become martyrs, the Emperor decides to not punish them for killing his chancellor but still has Raiden executed at the end.
Damsel in Distress: Lilly after her father is killed.
Domestic Abuse: Geza mistreats his wife and it's show that he occasionally hits her. This is enough reason for her father Auguste to betray him and conspire with Raiden to bring his downfall.
Drowning My Sorrows: After being forced to kill Bartok, Raiden hits the bottle so hard that he sells his own sword for beer, which is considered a severe act showing he has forsaken his honor as a knight. It's all an act to get Geza to think he is harmless.
The Emperor: The absolute ruler of the world is something of an harsh autocrat, but still somewhat reasonable. He chides Geza for his paranoia and later is convinced to spare the knights out of pure pragmatism to not alienate public support.
Even Evil Has Standards: Ito is very disgusted with the thuggish behavior of his boss' soldiers that he kills one of them for unnecessary brutality.
The Emperor is an autocratic ruler who expects his will to be obeyed at all costs, but even he doesn't seem fond of Geza, and if anything is exasperated by him specially due to his paranoia towards Raiden which he finds excessive. Even so, he orders Raiden's execution since an attack on his minister constitutes as an attack on the Emperor himself.
Gory Discretion Shot: Bartok's death; Raiden is forced to decapitate him, but the camera cuts away before the blade can even descend. Raiden's execution is also played this way.
Face Death with Dignity: When brought before his treason trial, Bartok knows his fate and already accepts it, admitting in front of everyone that his only regret is that he didn't succeed in killing Geza Mott. Considering that he was already dying of his pre-existing decease, he made peace with himself and preferred to die this way rather than wait it out.
Raiden himself qualifies at the end of the movie.
Feudal Future: The story takes place in a uncertain future that is dominated by a empire that functions like a typical medieval European setting, with an absolute monarch, aristocrats and knights abound.
Happily Married: Raiden and Naomi at the start of the movie before things really go south.
Hated by All: Geza is loathed by the population at large whereas the nobility doesn't particularly care for him, even the Emperor himself. The only friend he has is his father-in-law Auguste, and even then he treats him like a blackmail victim and ends up losing himhe loses him when he finds Geza has been abusing Hannahh. When Raiden kills him, the people approve it so much that the ruling council opts to not punish the knights out of fear of turning them into martyrs.
Heir Club for Men: Even though Bartok has a biological daughter, he intended to pass his domain to Raiden, who is merely his knight whom he has no relation to.
The Hero Dies: Given the legend that inspired the plot, this is expected but it comes with a twist: all surviving knights are spared and only Raiden is executed by the authorities given his position as the leader and being the most renowned warrior among them, as most of the other knights are anonymous.
Honor Before Reason: The reason Raiden and his men choose to seek revenge against Giza is for their fallen masters honour. This is why Ito continues to protect Giza despite seeing how depraved, selfish and cruel he is.
Kick the Dog: As if forcing Raiden to personally execute his master wasn't enough, Geza abuses his wife and arranges for Bartok's daughter to become a prostitute. Geza even has a little lapdog which he kills to demonstrate his depravity.
Knight in Shining Armor: In an attempt to emulate the samurai bushido's code, the knights display the same characteristics usually associated with chivalry like undying loyalty to their lord.
Mexican Standoff: Occurs when Bartok draws a sword on Geza, Ito draws a sword on Bartok, and Raiden draws his sword on Ito.
Noble Top Enforcer: Geza's retainer and bodyguard Ito is a lot more honorable than his master, executing a mook for being needlessly cruel while displacing Bartok's property.
Non-Action Big Bad: The only times Geza gets physical is to physically abuse his wife Hannah or attack Lord Bartok (an dying old man). When Raiden finally confronts him, he tries to stand up against him only to be beheaded in one stroke.
Number Two: Lieutenant Cortez is Raiden's second-in-command and eventual successor.
The Order: Bartok's knights used to belong to one, but after the Empire conquered the world they became it's vassals. While they still cling to their tradition, it's noted their values eroded since they were dominated by the Empire.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Or rather, despair. Raiden merely pretends that he crossed the Despair Event Horizon with Bartok's death that he has nothing else to live for. This is a diversion to throw Geza's attention off so he can carry out his revenge much like the ronin ring-leader Oishi Kuranosuke Yoshio did in real life.
Off with His Head!: Bartok's death by Raiden's hands. This is also the manner that Geza and later, Raiden, die as well.
Papa Wolf: Auguste becomes so distressed to see that Geza physically abuses his daughter Hannah that he sides with Raiden and helps him in his plan.
Parental Abandonment: Raiden's family died of fever when he was very young, leaving him alone in the world.
Properly Paranoid: Geza is certain that Raiden still represents a threat to him and arranges extra protection for him all the time and Raiden to be spied at all times. It reaches a point even the Emperor himself finds it excessive. He is right to be afraid since Raiden is plotting revenge and the moment Geza is convinced he is no longer a threat, he begins to set his plan in motion.
Race Lift: The original incident that inspired the movie took place in Japan where all participants were obviously Japanese. Here, the characters are played by a diverse cast of backgrounds including Anglos, African-Americans, Iranians, Israelis and South Koreans with no Japanese in sight. It is mentioned that humanity was united under the Empire so it makes sense the characters are diverse.
Recycled IN SPACE!: It's almost beat by beat the tale of the 47 Ronin with the setting and characters radically changed, down to the leader faking depression and madness to make his enemies underestimate him to his plan.
The Rest Shall Pass: Raiden is executed in his men's stead.
Red Right Hand: Even a year later, the cut on Geza Mott's hand that Bartok gave him hasn't healed.
Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: It's this trope that sets the plot in motion: Being an Imperial representative, Geza flaunts his position to be corrupt as possible to gain influence and territory, and anyone who so much lifts a finger on him is given practically a death sentence (since any trial on their behalf will be a sham). Wanting to get a bribe from Bartok and attacking him when he refuses, Geza accuses him of treason when he fights back in self-defense, resulting in his death.
Spared by the Adaptation: Unlike the historical ronin who were ordered to commit sepukku, the surviving knights are spared by the Emperor because he knows he will turn them into martyrs if they are executed. Raiden requests to be executed in their behalf though.
Snow Means Death: Raiden's public execution takes place in a snowy field.
Would Hit a Girl: Geza is a domestic abuser that regularly beats Hannah, leaving nasty bruises in her face.
Bartok's daughter Lilly is made into a prostitute and also beaten up by her pimp.
You Are in Command Now: Raiden appoints Cortez to replace him as leader of their order when he is sentenced to death at the end of the movie.