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8 Subtle Ways Michael Bay's Movies Are Even Worse Than You Thought

8. Massive Alterations To History

This is one of Michael Bay's most peculiar quirks. Not happy with creating his own brand of cinema, inspiring a host of imitators and changing how projects get green-lit (explosions and toys equals success), he wants to activity rewrite written history while he's at it. Obviously each Transformers movie worked the robots-in-disguise into our past (the reason behind the building of the Hoover Dam, the creators of the pyramids, the real goal of the Moon Landing mission and wiping out the dinosaurs respectively), but it's when you get into the rest of his filmography that you realise he's not just playing cute. Pearl Harbour pulled a Titanic and told a major tragedy from the point of view of fictitious characters, but, unlike Cameron, Bay actually let that bleed over into the telling of the true story (say what you will about Titanic, but its representation of the sinking outside of Jack and Rose is pretty accurate), retconning the event because apparently it wasn't tragic or rallying enough. 13 Hours is a little less extreme, but is clearly stirring up a fuss also, with events realigned to make an incredibly confusing, possibly-but-probably-not political point. At worst ill-informed, this is a brash, offensive trait that attempts to give his movies a sense of being informed, educating on the "truth", when in fact they're painfully oblivious.
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Film Editor (2014-2016). Loves The Usual Suspects. Hates Transformers 2. Everything else lies somewhere in the middle. Once met the Chuckle Brothers.