I don’t think it’s possible to find something more completely and utterly “not my thing” than this movie for three main reasons.
First off. i’m not big on biopics or “based on a true story” type movies. These are always more about what the film maker thinks about the films subject rather than giving us a real look at who ever the film is about. This is an issue because too many of us tend to either deify or demonize great figures, and real people are much more complicated than that.
Secondly: Pretty Much all of America’s Post World War 2 military operations have been…hard to root for, to put it charitably. While i have no issue with most soldiers, the bravery of these men and women doesn’t negate the fact that for the last 70-odd years the US militarily has done some really messed up stuff. Because of this, anything that simply indorses the military unquestionably isn’t the kind of thing i’m interested in. And how do i know this movie is going to be an unironic “‘Merica, F**k Yeah” kind of movie? Becuase it’s…
#3:…Directed by Michael Bay. I don’t think you can truly understand how fast those three words can suck any enthusiasm right out of me. Bay just isn’t a good director. He has yet to make a movie i liked or even really tolerate.
I will say this for the film though: Bay does have a clear affection for the military. That affection is why the Transformers movies suck so much: while we want to see giant robots beating the crap out of each other, he’s more interested in showing off military hardware. So maybe by just allowing him to focus on what he’s really interested in will inspire him to make a more comprehensible film.