I guess I’m the closest thing CHUD has to the resident Michael Bay apologist. Devin unwaveringly supports Woody Allen, Nick is relentless in defending the collected works of Craig R. Baxley, and I’ll stand by Bay’s aggressively energetic movies as the shamelessly idiotic entertainment they strive to be.

Bay seems to be slightly maturing as a director, or at least making an attempt to not pummel you into submission with the “3-second edit rule”, with the sci-fi action tale The Island. Don’t get me wrong, he hasn’t abandoned his trademark “style” and obligatory shots (helicopters peeling off, guns with flashlights, etc.), which may actually be in his contract.

Likely to be mildly more cerebral than Bad Boys II (no promises), the futuristic movie features Ewan McGregor and bosom-blessed bottle-blonde Scarlett Johansson as artificial humans who become aware that they’re bred for spare parts. Steve Buscemi, Sean Bean, Djimon Hounsou and Michael Clarke Duncan are among the cast, and there’s also some jetbikes, slo-mo action and objects exploding with staggering immediacy, because it’s a Michael Bay Film.


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