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Pop Rocks: Make Your Own Michael Bay Movie

Some controversy, if you want to call it that, popped up this weekend over Michael Bay's apparent use of old footage from The Island in his latest release, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which grossed a staggering $400 million over the July 4th weekend. We can infer two things from this revelation: 1) Bay figured so few people saw The Island he could probably get away with it, and 2) nobody cares.

A viral video has been doing the rounds in the last couple of days that suggests that the freeway chase in the latest "Transformers" borrows a couple of shots from the similar scene in Bay's 2005 sci-fi flop "The Island," with at least two shots of cars being destroyed or flipping over being duplicated. It's pretty clear from the video that Bay has indeed been doubling up (although YouTube detective Jermain Odreman is a video pirate, so deserves no credit whatsoever), leaving only one question: who, in the entire world, gives a shit?

I confess, I have a hard time telling one movie about giant robots beating the crap out of another from another, and it's probably doubly hard for the guy who actually directs them. What's needed, therefore, are even more people making Michael Bay movies, that way the guy won't be so hard-pressed to copy himself. I'm even providing a few pointers to get you started.

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Peter Vonder Haar writes movie reviews for the Houston Press and the occasional book. The first three novels in the "Clarke & Clarke Mysteries" - Lucky Town, Point Blank, and Empty Sky - are out now.
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