Michael Bay not entirely happy with the CGI work in Ambulance

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The director has openly criticised the quality of the CGI work in his newly-released action movie Ambulance, whilst simultaneously praising the practical effects. 

Michael Bay isn’t known for mincing his words, whether on set or in the real world. In typical Bay fashion, the filmmaker has issued a frank evaluation of some of the CGI work in Ambulance, his latest action movie, calling it ‘shit’.

The film, which released last week has been earning a positive buzz and you can catch our review here. Bay has clearly tried to confine as much of film’s spectacle to practical work as his $40m budget would allow, but where CGI has been necessary, he seems less than satisfied with the results.

A report in Variety first published Bay’s comments, with the director stating “all those explosions and cars flipping, that’s all real. That’s all live, real, ratchets. It looks very dangerous [and] it could be very dangerous if you don’t know what the hell you’re doing. Most of it is real stunts. There’s very few blue screenshots on the movie. There’s not a lot of CGI. Some of the CGI is shit in this movie. There’s a couple shots that I wasn’t happy with, okay? Alright.”

The film itself seems to be doing decent business with its opening weekend bringing in a reported $15m for Universal, whilst some critics are declaring it Bay’s best movie in some time. Despite often being parodied as a filmmaker who deals solely in big, crunching effects shots, it’s really kind of sweet to see how much he really cares about those big, crunchy effects shots, even to the point when he’s still chuntering about after the film’s release. It’s less sweet how he throws his CG team under the ambulance, though…

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