Someone, somewhere in Hollywood signed off on the contract that allows Michael Bay complete and utter control over the length of his movies.
That person has a shitload of answering to do.
The ‘Transformers‘ series which, for one reason or another, continues to insist on existing, has never exactly been an exercise in economic storytelling.
The 2007 “original” clocked in at a hefty 2 hours and 23 minutes, and every film since has progressively gotten longer.
2009s ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen‘? 2 hours, 24 minutes.
2011’s ‘Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon‘? 2 hours, 34 minutes.
And ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction‘ in 2014? The longest of the lot at a whopping 2 hours, 45 minutes.
Already sitting down to watch the whole lot will chew up well over 10 hours of your day.
But the fifth film, the ominous and Gotham-sounding ‘Transformers: The Last Knight‘ looks like eclipsing all of them by a wide-ass margin, if the blessed Google is to be believed.
For whatever reason, Googling the phrase ‘Transformers: The Last Knight runtime‘ returns a result that is as hilarious as it is terrifying.
THREE HOURS AND TWO MINUTES.
That’s 182 minutes overall.
182 minutes of giant CGI robots blowing up and a plot so thin it could hide behind a toothpick.
For what it’s worth this isn’t even remotely official confirmation, and there’s a little ways to go yet before the movie hits cinemas later this month.
But even still, this is shaping up to be a freakin’ marathon. Even by Michael Bay’s usual long winded-standards.
There’s gonna be some sort butts coming out of cinemas this month, folks.
‘Transformers: The Last Knight‘ is due to hit Australian cinemas from June 22nd.