A resurrected Unicron has taken over the now lifeless body of Megatron to seek vengeance on the Autobots and ultimately, the destruction of Cybertron. The formidable enemy forces are an unlikely team the Autobots, Decepticons, the Predaking and two new Predacons, who come together in epic battle to help protect the newly restored planet.
In the vein of the Animated Transformers movie between Seasons 2 and 3 of the original Transformers series comes a new direct to DVD-Blu-Ray movie. The dreaded foe Unicron unites with Megatron for the purpose of trying to destroy the newly revived world of Cyberton and Unicrons archenemy Primus, the core of Cybertron. This epic battle between good and evil is seen through the lens and back drop of some exciting graphics and great story telling. With the voice of Peter Cullin who played the voice role of Optimus Prime revising his voice over role as Prime in this series, lending his voice talents to this creative masterpiece.
“The struggle between creation and destruction is an eternal one,” Ratchet
The movie starts with Primes quest to re-conquest the All-Spark to allow Cyberton to create new life. In this story arch we see the usual cast of characters starting with Optimus Prime, Bumble Bee, Megatron, Starscream, Ultra Magnus, Ratchet, RC and the destroyer of worlds and bringer of chaos Unicron. Starscream, as usual presents the humor as his banter back and forth with the Predacon “Dark Metal” and his partner in crime Decepticon “Shockwave” provides the comic relief. Full of heroism and gallantry this movie is an item you want in your collection.
The scout leader Bumble Bee is Knighted a warrior by Optimus and rises to the challenge of this battle, defending the wellspring of all life the All-Spark, in the valley between the living and undead coalesces around defending the Well of All-Sparks as Optimus through help from the Matrix of Leadership seeks to bring back the All-Spark. With new powers such as phase-shifting and opening ground bridges between space and time, the Autobots rise to the challenge of defeating Unicron (in Megatraons advances body) against the world of the Undead.
In an age when dragons and demons seem to be central to most movie epics and the good guys, it is good to see them portrayed as the enemy and not the friend. This all out battle is against the demon hoards of undead Predacons brought to life through the dark energy of Unicrons anti-Energon. The battle between good and evil is played out in a fictional world were the undead bodies of the Predacons are seeking to destroy the newly revived Cybertronian planet. It is good to see the demon hordes, dragons and magic to be the enemy.
The battle lines between the good and evil is locked in the very foundation of Cybertron, it tells the of the Eternal struggle between good and evil. In the end Prime uses the container that held the All-Spark to capture the essence of Unicron. The beauty of this epic is that even Megatron, Predaking and others can choose to do good. That jux of the story is that even those who have chosen to do evil and choose to do good. This is a beautiful story that teaches morality in a way that is fun, epic and speaks to youth in their language. Yes, as odd as it may seem to some I find that the story of Transformers speaks more to my sensibilities than does “the Chronicles of Narnia.”
This is where I feel that the Chronicles of Narnia failed in that “Deep Magic” was used by the good side to raise Aslan from the dead, in contrast the metaphor plays out and the battle is against “dark energon,” the undead demon horde “dragons” (or Predicons) and the lord of Chaos are the enemy not the forces of good. Evil should not be used for good however if one who did evil choose to do good this is a metaphor I can appreciate.
The concept that that being bound to Unicron and his anti-spark through dark energon has bound to a fate separate from being one with the All-Spark that plays out in an epic fashion. The story of good and evil plays out in an epic of biblical proportions. As Unicron upgrades and possesses Megatron we find that as Megatron is trapped inside that he seeks to undermine Unicron because being used as a pawn of another is repulsive to him. Multiple races of sentient robots join forces, the Predacons, Autobots and Decepticons, unite forces to banish their common foe.
The bonus features include an interesting “Look Behind The Scenes” at the making of “Predacon Rising.” It is always fun to see the process in which studios go through in making cinematic masterpieces.