Colonel John Cena Takes on the Autobots in 'Bumblebee'

John Cena stars in the "Transformers" spinoff movie "Bumblebee." (Paramount)

"Bumblebee" (out now on Digital, coming to 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on April 2) injects new life into the "Transformers" series with a smaller scale that emphasizes plot and character over Michael Bay's explode-o-rama approach to the story.

Director Travis Knight previously made the Oscar-nominated animated movie "Kubo and the Two Strings," and "Bumblebee" shows he's got a gift for directing human actors as well as CGI creatures.

"Bumblee" is another '80s throwback movie. Optimus Prime sends autobot B-127 (aka Bumblebee) to scout Earth as a potential landing space if the resistance loses out to the Decepticons. B-127 makes friends with Charlie, a teenaged girl played by Hailee Steinfeld.

Of course, there's a military guy who thinks B-127 is leading an invasion and that guy is Col. Jack Burns, played by John Cena. We've got an outtake of the scene where Burns/Cena first encounters Bumblebee with a special intro by Cena.

There's not a lot of suspense for viewers who know the other Transformers movies. You have a good idea of how this should turn out, even if you're not exactly sure how the movie's going to get there.

If you thought "Transformers" movies were getting a little tired after "Transformers: The Last Knight," "Bumblebee" should kickstart your interest before the series picks again.

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