A long time ago, far away on the planet of Cybertron, a war was being waged between the noble Autobots (led by the wise Optimus Prime) and the devious Decepticons (commanded by the dreaded Megatron) for control over the Allspark, a mystical talisman that would grant unlimited power to whoever possessed it. The Autobots managed to smuggle the Allspark off the planet, but Megatron blasted off in search of it. He eventually tracked it to the planet of Earth (circa 1850), but his reckless desire for power sent him right into the Arctic Ocean, and the sheer cold forced him into a paralyzed state. His body was later found by Captain Archibald Witwicky, and before going into a comatose state Megatron used the last of his energy to engrave a map, showing the location of the Allspark, into the Captain’s glasses, and send a transmission to Cybertron. He is then carted away by the Captain’s ship. A century later, Sam Witwicky, nicknamed Spike by his friends, buys his first car. To his shock, he discovers it to be Bumblebee, an Autobot in disguise who is to protect Spike, as he bears the Captain’s glasses and the map carved on them. But Bumblebee is not the only Transformer to have arrived on Earth – in the desert of Qatar, the Decepticons Blackout and Scorponok attack a U.S. military base, causing the Pentagon to send their special Sector Seven agents to capture all “specimens of this alien race,” and Spike and his girlfriend Mikaela find themselves in the middle of a grand battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons, stretching from Hoover Dam all the way to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, within the depths of Hoover Dam, the cryogenically stored form of Megatron awakens… —IMDb
With his knack for staging visually flashy blockbuster mayhem, Michael Bay became the commercial leader among a new, 1990s generation of advertising-and-MTV-bred directors. Hollywood to the core, Bay has claimed that he was the illegitimate child of a popular director of the 1970s — although he won’t reveal who — and was given up for adoption at birth. Raised in Los Angeles, he spent his childhood staging Super-8 action movies. He studied film at Wesleyan University and the Pasadena Arts Center, where a Coke commercial he shot as a student project attracted offers to make the real thing. His Coke, Nike, Budweiser, and award-winning “Got Milk?” ads resulted in a 1994 Director’s Guild nomination for Best Commercial Director. He was then tapped by producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer to make the kind of slick escapism that defined their 1980s heyday; Bay’s directorial debut, Bad Boys (1995), became a star-maker for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
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Michael Bay may found the ultimate outlet for his "pouty lips and explosions" aesthetic in TRANSFORMERS, and indeed he spent three entire films playing with the concept. While it may be based on a line of Hasbro toys, TRANSFORMERS is actually a solid action adventure film. Don't come looking for anything intellectual, but Bay knows how to craft a killer action sequence.
Compared to the later adventures with Optimus and his band of goofy, insensitive overtoned humans who have more time than what we actually want to watch, the first "Transformers" live-action film gets things right. Sets up the feud between Autobots and Decepticons, introduces the human characters and the action is well handled and is fun to watch. If you watch this one, well you'll essentially see the rest of em.
F.T. Marinetti and Paul Virilio walk into a bar, which turns out to be the set of a Michael Bay movie and it explodes. No one is hurt. PG-13
Updated through 6/30. "No, I don't think Bay can direct actors," concedes Bilge Ebiri in an entry he posted yesterday entitled "In Defense
Je me souviens avoir été voir ce truc au cinéma. J’en étais ressorti avec un petit mal de crâne, dû aux affreuses vingt dernières minutes. Comme on a tous une petite part de sado-masochisme (quoique… read review
One would think that Michael Bay would be in the pocket with this movie, as it would require for him to do only what he is good at. Unfortunately Bay isn’t content with constructing effects-heavy… read review