Not the most Michael Bay of Michael Bay movies, and certainly not my favorite, but easily his most slick and accessible picture, to the point that you could screen it for most casual action fans and they would be entertained rather than egregiously offended. And then in the midst of this mainstream studio assembly, Nicolas Cage is giving another one of his idiosyncratic, off-kilter turns you can't take your eyes off.
The final watchable action movie Sean Connery did before he retired and a sort-of comeback to his old 007 persona again (but with a different name) giving his role a great full circle. Ed Harris play one of the more sympathetic villains I have seen and the excellent movie score by Hans Zimmer pulls me into the movie at once. Some of the humor falls flat though and the film is short on logic. A guilty pleasure.
A big, dumb, relentless thriller that is most likely Bay's best film to date. The salvation of the film comes from Cage & Connery, whose performances and back-and-forth banter are entertaining on their own. But when they're absent, the film sinks into stupidity and cliche.