Monday, June 8, 2009

Michael Bay: “Haters Beware”

In a June 7 post on his website, Shoot for the Edit, Transformers director Michael Bay boasts that the upcoming sequel, Revenge of the Fallen, will feature 42 robot characters in all, with a level of animation detail far surpassing that of the 2007 original.

“…you can really feel empathy for them,” Bay writes of the computerized Autobots and Decepticons populating his latest blockbuster. “What is also very different is the sheer scale of the movie. We have been very tight holding back much of the best imagery in commercials and trailers.”

That’s great, as a major problem with most summer films these days is that they put their best moments front and center in the promotional materials.

Bay adds that the best way to watch Revenge of the Fallen when it hits theaters on June 24 is on an IMAX screen.

“For IMAX, I created a slightly longer cut with more robot fighting,” Bay says. “Four scenes were shot on IMAX cameras so the screen will fill the full IMAX screen for these scenes.”

He ends the post with a parting shot at his detractors: “Haters beware.” Undoubtedly, the filmmaker’s latest ode to product placement and explosions won’t be for everyone. However, if you love giant robots that fight each other while occasionally turning into cars and trucks, Revenge of the Fallen should be an awesome time at the movies.

I’ll see ya there.

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