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Michael Bay “Recycles”

a shot-by-shot comparison of 'Transformers 3' and 'The Island'

You’ve heard of limited animation, right? Like in old Hanna-Barbera cartoons, when Scooby-Doo and the gang run in terror past the same tree five times? (To be fair, Filmation did this a lot, too.)

Guess who else has been reusing old frames!

Don’t really guess; I’ll just tell you. It’s our old pal, MTV Movie Award-winning director Michael Bay!

Man. I’ve always had this sneaking suspicion I’m being tricked into watching the same movie over and over.

On the one hand it’s a little surprising that Michael Bay would employ a traditional cost-cutting technique, considering Transformers: Dark of the Moon‘s budget of $195 million. On the other, it explains how Bay pumps blockbusters out so quickly, and anyway, once Michael Bay is in love with an explosion, maybe he doesn’t want to mess with perfection? Maybe he said to himself, “This scene from The Island could really only be improved with robots.”

I mean, at least he’s just cribbing from himself.

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