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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising is a 2013 production from Hasbro, which also markets and manufactures Transformers toys. Unsurprisingly, there is no shortage of battle scenes in this one; Transformers of all kinds fight, battle, fire lasers, cause explosions, and knock each other down. For younger children, the demonic voices of the characters could be problematic, and for everyone but the most dedicated fans of the Transformers franchise the story could be difficult to follow, as this film picks up after Transformer Prime's third season on television.
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What's the story?
TRANSFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS: PREDACONS RISING picks up where the third season of the animated series Transformers Prime left off. A Unicron has come back from the dead and taken over the body of Megatron (Frank Welker) to seek revenge on the Autobots, with the help of cloned Predacons, and to destroy Cybertron. Meanwhile, Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) is in search of the AllSpark to complete the revitalization of Cybertron. To protect Cybertron, an unlikely alliance forms among the Autobots, Decepticons, and Predaking, who must find a way to stop Unicron and ensure Cybertron's future survival.
Is it any good?
This is a difficult movie to follow if you haven't seen the previous three seasons of Transformers Prime and if you're someone who doesn't quite know Decepticons from Predacons. Although the fight scenes are enjoyable on their own terms, the complicated histories and backstories make this best for the most die-hard of Transformers fans. For everyone else, it isn't easy keeping track of what's going on.
This is also the conclusion of the Transformers Prime television series. Although some of the scenes stand on their own, without the context of the previous three seasons it isn't always easy figuring out what the characters are trying to do and why. That said, series fans will find lots to enjoy.
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