The Island (2005), dir. Michael Bay.
When people finally come back around on Michael Bay, do I get bonus points for never once apologizing or qualifying a single Bay film I enjoyed?
I loved the Island.
I enjoyed his films up until Transformers (even Pearl Harbour & Armageddon). Transformers killed my enjoyment of him. I’m not sure if it was just the interpretation of something I’d enjoyed since childhood, or just that it was a terrible, terrible film that felt like a caricature of his other word. The Transformers movies amplify one of his worst aspects that afflicted Bad Boys II and Armageddon to a lesser extent: bad comedy. Spike’s parents, the great John Turturro’s agent. Sometimes I think Bay didn’t understand what worked about Bad Boys, so Bad Boys II became a slight parody.
I haven’t seen Pain & Gain, so I don’t know if somehow that was a return to form, but I’d really love to see him making a film like The Island, or The Rock.