July 29, 2012

Transformers 4 is a Reboot?

Oh Michael Bay. A director that you either love him or absolutely despise. His filmography is the very definition of uneven. He has some great action movies under his belt (The Rock mainly), but for the majority of the time, he just caters to the teenagers. Nothing is more true to that fact than the Transformers trilogy. Now there is word that Transformers 4 has been confirmed to be a reboot of sorts with Michael Bay once again at the directing helm.


The movies made bank each and every time. The only reason to go forward is for money because enhancing the story is probably not the primary reasoning for this movie. Truthfully, I enjoyed the first movie. It was a fun summer blockbuster that knew what it was and contained itself where it needed to be. A good balance between the human stuff and the robots tearing shit up. However, once the sequels rolled around, it seems like Bay was given free rein to do whatever the hell he wanted and that led to the overblown and overlong pieces of dung called Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon. Great special effects and action, but they are so over bloated with stupid humor, uninteresting and dumb characters, and scenes that go on for FAR too long that it ultimately becomes more of a chore than a fun summer movie. Now we get this fourth movie that is supposedly “starting over” and for that I have assembled a few guidelines if Mr. Bay ever stumbles upon this blog.

1. Michael Bay can direct action and knows how to blow something up real good. However, keep the movie under two hours or less. Fitting too much action in one movie is like giving a kid a whole truck full of unlimited candy. It’s great for the first five minutes, but then it just gets tiresome and painful. Keep the action consistent, but not at a point where it gets boring.

2. Concentrate on the Transformers. That’s the main focus point. No need for job hunting subplots, pot brownies, or racial stereotypes. Just concentrate on Optimus and his fight against the Decepticons. We don’t need humans to connect with these events.

3. Cut the dumb humor. I like jokes in an action movie and it is supposed to be light-hearted fare, but seriously I don’t need to see moms high on pot, robots humping legs, robots peeing on each other, robots saying “My bad”, or robots that are just plain annoying (Skids and Mudflap)

4. Make the humans likable and somewhat important to the story, but not much to overshadow the Transformers.

5. Calm down on the editing.

6. Try and hire an actual actress this time. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was super hot, but if I want a model, I’ll go watch Victoria’s Secret commercials. There are plenty of good actresses that can look pretty. Hell, that’s mainly your job. Make things look good.

Phew! Well that’s all I got. Transformers have such great potential for some good sci-fi action, but Bay needs to find some middle ground. Try talking to Spielberg Bay. That’s why he’s there in the first place.

About the Author

My name is Omar and I love action movies. I grew up loving action films thanks in part to my father who would deliver a healthy dose of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Seagal in my movie diet. Ever since then, I continue to love the genre more and more and go along perfectly with my love for the horror genre. What other movie genre can specialize in giving you pure adrenaline and excitement in every turn?



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