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Finally, we have the director whose career epitomizes all that's wrong with modern movies. An abundance of special effects sequences, weak characterization and scripts that seem to have been written on a Speak & Spell. However, before Bay became synonymous with Hollywood excess, he was a respected director who could be relied on to deliver heart-pumping, summer season blockbusters. Bad Boys took the cop-buddy movie formula and injected it with adrenaline. The Rock gave us an endlessly quotable Sean Connery and some palpable thrills. And say what you will about Armageddon, it delivered laughs, unbelievable action and the right amount of schmaltz. Then came Pearl Harbor, which is where Bay lost his ability to balance story and action. Pearl Harbor is a sprawling mess of a movie anchored around one amazing action setpiece. The Island suffered a similar fate of too much action in service of an incomprehensible story. But it wasn't until Michael Bay's brand of carnage imagery was distilled into the Transformers trilogy that we all got sick of him. The first Transformers had the gift of novelty going for it, but the second two installments were little more than a demo reel for the various FX houses who helped bring them to life. Last year's Pain and Gain marked an interesting attempt at a return to form for Bay, but Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson couldn't begin to muster the chemistry shared between Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the Bad Boys movies. Since Bay's next two projects are yet another Transformers movie and a potential third Bad Boys movie, we'll go ahead and say his best days are behind him.