Tag Archives: Michael Bay

The Rock

ALCATRAZ. ONLY ONE MAN HAS EVER BROKEN OUT. NOW FIVE MILLION LIVES DEPEND ON TWO MEN BREAKING IN.  When a group of rogue Marines threatens to attack San Francisco from Alcatraz with chemical weapons, the FBI puts the only man who ever broke out of the prison and survived in charge of a Navy SEAL … Continue reading The Rock

Transformers: The Last Knight

RETHINK YOUR HEROES. Optimus Prime and Megatron are long gone, but new Transformers keep coming back to Earth; Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) finds new allies in his quest to learn why. The fifth and worst of the franchise (so far) relies on a lot of comedy that falls flat (including a butler bot voiced by … Continue reading Transformers: The Last Knight

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

WHEN EVERYTHING WENT WRONG, SIX MEN HAD THE COURAGE TO DO WHAT WAS RIGHT. Director Michael Bay took a break from his robots and turned his attention to a real-life event that became a political hot potato for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – the attack on a U.S. base in Benghazi, Libya that killed … Continue reading 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Pain & Gain

THEIR AMERICAN DREAM IS BIGGER THAN YOURS. In 1995, ex-con and personal trainer Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) talks two other bodybuilders (Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie) into helping him kidnap and extort a wealthy gym member. Michael Bay’s stab at a “simpler” film between his Transformers epics was based on a series of newspaper articles by … Continue reading Pain & Gain

Transformers: Age of Extinction

PREPARE FOR EXTINCTION. Five years after the battle that almost destroyed Chicago, a CIA unit is hunting both Autobots and Decepticons; Optimus Prime finds refuge in a barn owned by an inventor (Mark Wahlberg). The fourth film in the franchise is a reboot in name only. Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci (as a Steve Jobs-type corporate … Continue reading Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

When Optimus Prime’s old mentor is pulled out of a wreck on the moon and brought back to life, the Decepticons unexpectedly find another chance to strike at mankind. The third chapter in this series boasts the finest 3D effects since Avatar (2009)… but little else. Michael Bay once agreed that he had made mistakes with the second … Continue reading Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

REVENGE IS COMING. As Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) prepares to go to college, the Decepticons are planning their revenge on both mankind and the forces supporting Optimus Prime. The sequel continues the battle between the machines, and it goes on and on and on; the final showdown in Egypt takes up the full last hour. LaBeouf … Continue reading Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen


THEIR WAR. OUR WORLD. Two warring, intergalactic clans of robots have infiltrated Earth; one of them is here to take over it, the other one is here to save the humans. Director Michael Bay’s blockbuster version is based on the cartoon and the toys and won’t disappoint the geeks. It’s his usual formula; big, loud and … Continue reading Transformers

Pearl Harbor

DECEMBER 7, 1941 – A SURPRISE ATTACK THAT CHANGED THEIR LIVES FOREVER. Hawaii, 1941; the attack on Pearl Harbor is coming, and two fighter pilots (Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett) are at odds over an attractive nurse (Kate Beckinsale). This was meant to be director Michael Bay’s own Titanic (1997), a lauded epic with grand visual effects and a … Continue reading Pearl Harbor

The Island

THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE. The year is 2019 and Earth is a contaminated place; few have survived the disease and they’re hoping to get to The Island, a paradise… but does it really exist? The screenwriters warn against cloning humans and a future society where cameras watch every move we … Continue reading The Island

Bad Boys II

In this sequel the story is even less memorable (something about smuggling Ecstasy in corpses), but the action is good enough, especially a chase sequence where cars are thrown off a truck against the traffic. Unfortunately, several other astonishingly tasteless scenes make one wonder what director Michael Bay thinks is the stuff of good entertainment. … Continue reading Bad Boys II