It’s been a couple of years since Michael Bay unleashed his last filmic atrocity upon us in the form of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. An overlong, numbing, and mildly racist abomination, Revenge of the Fallen nonetheless went on to make one quadrillion dollars at the worldwide box office during its theatrical release.

I was pretty certain that we’d never ever get a good film out of Bay again, and certainly not very hopeful for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which hits theaters this week. After all, when audiences not only accept your complete creative failure, but financially reward it generously, it probably doesn’t inspire much desire to change your style. Amazingly, Bay actually ended up acknowledging some of that film’s shortcomings, and early buzz from the film was fairly positive.

So, is Transformers: Dark of the Moon Michael Bay’s redemption? Or is it the nail in his creative coffin? Leave your thoughts on the film and assume SPOILERS lie after the break in the comments.

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