The man behind the Bad Boys and Transformers series, Bay has churned out popcorn classics for the last twenty years with almost mechanical efficiency. How has this quiet man figured out how to make an entire filmography that meets success at the box office? Because he basically only makes one movie, over and over and over again.
Michael Bay has concocted a series of diverse(ish) films about everything from killer comets to giant robots to surly soldiers.
You’ll notice that there are some things you can absolutely count on seeing whenever you sign up for a Michael Bay flick.
A ‘NETWORK’ IS GOING TO GET HACKED
One thing is sure, though, somebody’s vague computer thing-y isn’t secure and someone else is going to make them pay for it, hacker-style.
SOMEONE IS GOING TO RUN DIRECTLY AT THE SCREEN (AND PROBABLY IN SLOW MOTION)
It happens in The Rock when Nic Cage blows up the last virus canister. It happens in 13 Hours like five times, and it happens in Pain & Gain at the beginning of the movie when Mark Wahlberg is tackled by cops.
SOMEONE IS THE BEST BLANK IN THE WHOLE DARN WORLD
At some point in every Michael Bay movie some character is going to call in the best something in the world to handle their problems. Bruce Willis is the best oil driller in the world in Armageddon.
ONE PERSON WILL HAVE A FUNNY FOREIGN ACCENT
His absolute favorite is using Peter Stormare as an outlandish Eastern European fellow who either uses caveman-like strategies to save the day (a la Armageddon)
THE CAMERA WILL SPIN AROUND THE HERO (OR HEROES) AT SOME POINT
The director inevitably resorts to the same camera technique: a full 360-degree spin. See: both Bad Boys films, The Rock, etc. It’s always there.