Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman
So, are these popcorn films like Transformers 2
bad? I mean in the so-bad-and-stupid-it's-insulting kind of way?
It was like Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg were laughing at the audience the whole time and thinking: as long as it has Megan Fox wearing very little and all oiled up and shiny (I don't mind that, since I am a red-blooded American male and freely admit that, but for the fact she has zero
acting abilities and is as annoying to listen to as finger nails on a chalk board), big robots going BOOM!
, 2 hours+ of MTV glamor shots, 5 second ADHD friendly edits, and shaky-cam styled photography then they'll lap up any inanely crude drivel we throw at them and come back for more.
So, are these two films cut from the same cloth?
No, definitely not the same style at all.
It's hard to say if Alex Proyas peaked with The Crow and Dark City, as he appears to be going more mainstream with I Robot and Knowing, but I think he has more artistic talent and respect for the audience intelligence than Bay does. Knowing's budget is probably only 20% of the new Transformers movie, but still managed to pull off very impressive effects.
I recommend Knowing as a rental, and if you are as impressed with the disaster scenes as I was, you may end up owning as a demo disc for friends and family.