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Transformers The Last Knight (2017) | Michael Bay’s Epic Failure

I went in with zero hopes to watch Transformers The Last Knight after being one of the victims to 2014’s epic debacle. I thought maybe Michael Bay might have learnt from his mistakes and upgraded himself even to a certain extent based on how bad the flick was. But I was dead wrong. I can’t believe how impossible it is for some people to change, or even try to bring in the winds of change.

Direction of Transformers The Last Knight

Michael Bay seems to have challenged himself on how bad he could go with the franchise and this is by far the worst. Transformers The Last Knight is all about Kabooms and twelve-year-old humour just like the last part was. The story is a complete dud trying its best to prod into our history to deliberately build up things that don’t make sense. And we come up with a nonsensical transforming jargon that has stopped to appear cool now. And Bumblebee fist bumping his chest has become so lame that it makes you want to abhor the guy who is even thinking stuff like that. I am going to just point all my fingers at our old friend Mikey here.

In a glint of seriousness, Michael Bay chooses to make a cheap shot at humour as if that’s what the audience was looking up to. To scathe the Merlin tale by choosing Stanley Tucci again in a different avatar, (oh! please he’s beginning to get on our nerves), is just outright pathetic.

still from transformers the last knight movie

Also, Bay decides to go with a sling at the father-daughter angle yet again by introducing Isabela Moner as Izabella into the tale. Her addition was like the most pointless thing ever. She doesn’t do anything in the entire flick. And is plainly there to remind Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) of how he used to be a father too.

The saddest thing probably is the number of times Optimus Prime reminds us of who he is.

I am Optimus Prime.

At one point you begin to wonder if he is indeed the smart ones in the whole Transformers unit.

Milked Enough?

Bay chooses to shoot the movie in all spheres from lithosphere to hydrosphere to atmosphere. You realize that and you know for certain that he must have come up with the idea when he couldn’t think of anything else. To make things more interesting of course. But that’s just as stupid as it sounds.

You can’t help but wonder if they will ever run out of stories to tell. But these stories have become so boring and monotonous that it’s pointless to even try. Every single movie we have seen the Transfomers talking about not coming back, or leaving for good but they always come back. Aarrrrgh……I think the transformers need to just really relax for good and leave us alone for a while.

Transformers The Last Knight like every other movie in the franchise is still miles away from ‘focus’. It is running forward with all the weird camera angles that Bay just loves to exploit.

I can’t believe why Mark Wahlberg has been still nodding to this franchise. Oh! Wait…the money. Almost forgot the fuel for every human being. That also explains why Bay can’t concentrate on his other projects like for instance last year’s 13 hours. It was pretty okay-ish if not good.

And why did Anthony Hopkins even sign up for this? That’s just too beneath him. His presence is pointless and he does all these pointless things that’s just hurtful to watch.

The Love Interest

It is funny how Bay never misses out on the spices that constitute his movie. It is like a formula he works upon in his lab where he always keeps the hotness quotient close by. This time playing the love interest of our protagonist is Laura Haddock who is every hot girl replacement ever. And you see, he chooses not to repeat these lovely ladies (except for Megan Fox) for the mere fact that audience would want something new. Hey! What about the protagonist?

Haddock is also primarily chosen so as to recreate that fun British-American cute rivalry so that people who haven’t somehow still heard such jokes a thousand times before could guffaw loudly in the theatre while you are trying to make sense of the flick.

You can watch it for the mere fact that you wish to stick loyal to the franchise if not to what Bay ended up making it. If not the story then at least the action would enthuse you.

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13 Hours Review (2016)

13 Hours is without focus, a little bland but high on action!

13 HOURS: MICHAEL BAY AFFAIR

Michael Bay is back at it again. His favourite pastime – Explosions, bullets, fire, and shaky cameras! So, with a head full of kabooms he walks in with a true story that promises goosebumps by its plot. But the question is, is he able to deliver?

As the movie progresses, there are unfulfilled instances deliberately left at weird junctures. These don’t come to fruition and you are often left with a sour taste wondering things might be related, and that they might get taken up. But No! Bay plays with your adrenaline like a bad DJ, and chops off frames when you don’t see anything coming. You wish there was a proper tension shown with time to bide by, but the editing is really poor to have given it a thought.

FOCUS ISSUES IN 13 HOURS

13 Hours doesn’t let you focus. It keeps storming through frames that you soon become indifferent toward. The first half goes on like that; the second half suddenly goes for a change of tactics. You are hosed up with focus out of the blue and suddenly people start talking with time in their hands. Then you realize the movie has slowed down awkwardly and is trying to bring home the feels. You are fed some drama in 13 Hours that basically tries to pass on with its bad screenplay, like two people having a conversation when facing the dilemma of death. So, basically a cliché that every soldier movie carries.

THE FIGHT IN 13 HOURS

But then the action comes to the rescue and you are suddenly woken up again. There are some brilliant shots taken, some exquisite slo-mo explosions in the backdrop that extrapolates the work Michael Bay puts in. Isn’t that his favorite job? Bullets fire like lasers which are downright appalling and thrilling to watch. Headshots, grenades and mortars they add up to the bucket of some cool violent action, that will hurl you back home as if you were playing Call of Duty unperturbed.

So the key players play the cool fiddle, and are witty with their talks. They try to engage you in a little laugh hither and thither, and keep you riveted to a bland setup that has nothing much to offer. But then we are rushed in to the key plot, the one Bay milks properly, and the cow starts to moo! The holed up soldiers and a world of haters are basically it.

SPOILER BULLETS AHEAD

Watch out for one cool kill wherein a guy with a rocket launcher gets hit and friendly fires on the ground. Also, there were some pretty dope sniper kills in 13 Hours that will reset your mood.

What miffs you is the fact with all the chaos mortar annihilation brings in, they suddenly stop out of the blue, which was totally uncalled for. It would make you think that either the guys ran out of shells, or they decided to stop with just 3-4 shots. But the Bay-head will tell you that he decided to focus on the damage done rather than depicting what was happening in the enemy territory, which again raises some serious questions to the direction enclave.

THE FINAL VERDICT

13 Hours ends up paying tribute to the real people who were entailed in such a covert scenario, which lets you pay heed. 13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is slightly above the average meter owing to that quotient and the fact that it manages to hang things through eventually.