Saban’s Power Rangers (or simply Power Rangers) is a 2017 American superhero film based on the team of the same name, directed by Dean Israelite and written by John Gatins. It is the third film of the Power Rangers film, and is a reboot that features the main characters of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers television series, portrayed by a new cast. The film features Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks.
It is the first blockbuster film to feature LGBTQ and autistic superheroes. Franchise creator Haim Saban returned to produce the film under his investment firm. The film premiered at Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles on March 22, 2017 and was released in the United States on March 24, 2017. The film received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed $134 million worldwide.
Warriors on pre-historic Earth, the Power Rangers, are tasked with protecting life on Earth and the Zeo Crystal. However, the Green Ranger, Rita Repulsa, betrays them. The Red Ranger, Zordon, takes the Rangers’ power source, the Power Coins, and hides them, while ordering his assistant Alpha 5 to perform a meteor strike that kills Zordon, sends Rita to the bottom of the sea, and results in the dinosaurs’ extinction.
In modern Angel Grove, football star Jason Scott is dismissed from the team and placed under house arrest after a failed prank. In detention, he encounters Billy Cranston and Kimberly Hart. That evening, Billy deactivates Jason’s ankle monitor and the two head to an abandoned gold mine. Jason leaves to explore and encounters Kimberly. Billy detonates explosives to destroy some rock, attracting the attention of Jason, Kimberly, and nearby students, Trini and Zack. The five discover the Power Coins, each taking one. Mine security show up and chase them. While escaping, their car is hit by a train. The five find themselves at home the next morning, and discover they have been granted superhuman abilities. Elsewhere, Rita’s body is found. Upon awakening, she goes on a rampage, hunting pieces of gold that she can find in order to raise her minion Goldar to find the Zeo Crystal.
The five teenagers return to the mine, discover an ancient spaceship, meet Alpha 5, and Zordon’s consciousness. They inform the teenagers about the original Rangers and about Rita, warning them that they have eleven days until Rita has her full power, finds the Zeo Crystal, and uses it to destroy all life on Earth. The five leave the ship with no intention of returning until Zordon pleads with Jason to convince the team to prepare for Rita’s oncoming attack.
The five return to train the next day, but they cannot morph. They spend the next week training against simulated Putties and unsuccessfully trying to morph. In an attempt to inspire the Rangers, Alpha reveals the Zords. Zack takes his Zord out for a joyride, and almost kills the other Rangers when he crashes it into the cave where they train. This angers Jason and they get into a fight. In trying to separate the two, Billy spontaneously morphs. However, when Billy becomes conscious of it, the armor disappears. Angered at their lack of progress, Zordon dismisses the group. Jason returns to the ship to confront Zordon and discovers that once the Rangers morph, it will open up the Morphing Grid and allow Zordon to restore himself in a physical body. Feeling betrayed, Jason accuses Zordon of using the team for his own benefit. That night, the team camp out at the mine above the ship and bond with each other.
Later that night, Rita attacks Trini in her home and tells her to bring the Rangers to the docks. The team go to fight Rita, but are quickly defeated. Rita forces Billy to reveal the location of the Zeo Crystal, kills him, and releases the others. The Rangers take Billy’s body to the ship and ask Zordon to resurrect him, but he tells them that he cannot. The Rangers admit that they’d give their lives for each other and resolve to defeat Rita. In doing so, they unlock the Morphing Grid, and Zordon revives Billy at the sacrifice of ever being able to restore his physical self. With the team restored, and with new confidence, the Rangers are able to morph into their armor.
Rita creates Goldar, raises an army of Putties, and attacks Angel Grove to find the Zeo Crystal. The Rangers battle the Putties, and head to Angel Grove in their Zords. After the Rangers destroy the Putties, Goldar pushes the Rangers and their Zords into a fiery pit. In the pit, the Zords combine, forming the Megazord. Rita merges with Goldar. The Rangers battle and destroy Goldar. After refusing Jason’s offer to surrender, a defiant Rita tells the Rangers that more will come for the crystal and leaps at the Megazord only to be slapped into space. The Rangers are praised as local heroes.
In a mid-credits scene, in detention, the teacher announces that Tommy Oliver will be joining them, but his desk is empty, save for a green jacket.