Michael Bay, Movement, and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Michael Bay's next film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi just got a trailer and it definitely has Bay's fingerprints all over it. No matter what you think about Michael Bay as a director, there's something to be said about the way he crafts his action sequences. I think it's easy for audiences to write him off as a hack but, honestly, there's an art to what he does.
Like I said earlier, it's easier to hate Michael Bay than it is to find reason to believe that there is some artistry to his work. Personally, I am not a fan of most of his movies (the only one I really enjoy watching repeatedly is The Rock) but there is definitely something about the way that Bay uses movement in his films.
From the trailer alone, there's a scene where a character is running to tell another character about the explosions that are happening (or something). Instead of just filming the actor run in one direction, Bay has the camera move laterally while his actor runs towards the camera. There's also a lot going on in the scene in terms of the environment, so the audience gets a sense of depth in about two seconds.
Even though I don't particularly enjoy Michael Bay's films, I'm probably going to end up watching this movie because of the sheer spectacle of it. Bay definitely has a knack for creating epic set-pieces within his movies and I'm (unfortunately) excited to see what he does in this one.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi will be in theaters sometime in 2016.