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“MB: Once more, with feeling!” @Paramount Pictures

Director Michael Bay is all set to unleash Transformers: The Last Knight, his latest vision for the  live-action franchise that he launched all the way back in 2007. We are at the threshold of the 10th anniversary of Michael Bay destroying our collective childhoods.

To commemorate such a momentous occasion, we decided to take a closer look at what we must have in this outing of our favourite robots in disguise!


Desert Boom ©Paramount Pictures

What would a Michael Bay movie be without senseless explosions? He’s been dubbed the maestro of mayhem (or ‘Bayhem’) for a good reason: because no one makes things go ‘boom’ like Michael Bay.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction – Explosions ©Paramount Pictures

2360° Pans

Bad Boys II (2003) – Haitian Gang Shootout ©Columbia Pictures

One of the things that Michael Bay pioneered is his insane 360° panning action shots. He used it a couple of times in earlier Transformers films as well as his other forays into police drama i.e. Bad Boys, which I feel should make a comeback.

3Crazy CGI

The Visual Effects of ‘Transformers Age of Extinction’ ©ILM

I’ve always wondered if the Transformers movies were considered live-action movies with CGI elements in them or CGI animated movies with live-action elements thrown in. Either way, they still look bloody amazing on an IMAX screen.

4Beautiful People

©Paramount Pictures

You can fault Michael Bay for a lot of things but he sure knows how to pick a beautiful cast. Be it Megan Fox, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nicola Peltz or Li Bing Bing, you can bet your last dollar that the movie will have a really good looking host of actors.

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“Quick, Optimus Prime! You can hide in my cleavage!” ©Paramount Pictures

5Super Sloooow Motion

Transformers Dark of the Moon Super Slow Motion ©Paramount Pictures

I have this theory: Michael Bay shoots for a one-hour movie and then just adds slow-motion to every possible scene to reach his allotted run-time of 180mins.

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This is actually an animated .gif that is moving so slowly it is almost stationary… ©Paramount Pictures

6Product Placement

Product placement at its blatant best ©Columbia Pictures

CGI can be quite expensive and Michael Bay has a great way of defraying the cost of his productions: corporate sponsors.

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Transformers- Age of Extinction – Worst product placement ©Columbia Pictures

Transformers: Age of Extinction was by far the most guilty, with Mark Wahlberg cracking open a bottle of Bud Light for no apparent reason and Stanley Tucci forming a portable Beats speaker out of thin air.

Even IMAX® gets a mention in Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen ©Paramount Pictures

It has become a necessary evil in Michael Bay movies and a running joke amongst cinephiles. Beer games, anyone?

And now, just like a post-credits scene, we have one last honourable mention below.

7Convoluted Plot

Director Michael Bay with Sir Anthony Hopkins ©Digital Spy

The story and plot for the Transformers franchise has never aspired to be Academy Award-winning fare. And it looks like Transformers: The Last Knight is all set to carry on the tradition as explained by Sir Anthony Hopkins who plays Sir Edmund Burton, the 12th Earl of Folgan, who studies the ancestry of humans and Transformers.

“Because it’s so very complicated and there’s the whole mythology of four previous films that come into play. I have to admit, I don’t quite get all of it.” ~ Sir Anthony Hopkins

Transformers: The Last Knight opens in Singapore theatres and in IMAX® 3D on June 22. I can’t wait to watch it.

Do you have any other Michael Bay tricks to add to the list? Be sure to drop a comment below!