Two things, straight from Bay's mouth about realism: michaelbay.com | news The visualizations looked real, yes, but come on, they've been doing this since Jurasic Park. Making the characters "real", was the real challenge here and at every turn Bay does something to undermine this, and the biggest culprit is his horrible comedic timing. He has no clue when to go for that cheap laugh or when to just let it be. Funny he mentions the Skorpinok scene, that's one of the biggest reality breakers in the whole movie. The help desk credit card guy on the phone was a cheap, throw away joke and did nothing but detract from the otherwise great action going on. It simply takes you out of the scene, out of the realism, and reminds you that you're watching a movie rather than being immersed in it. Then you have characters like Turturro, Jazz, the Twins, Jetfire, etc. who are nothing more than walking, talking cliches. Chances are you don't know anyone in real life who acts like any of them. They're over the top and undercut any relate-ability you might have with the movie for cheap laughs. That's not to say the movie should be 100% serious, but there's a time and place to putting humor in a movie....it's an art, and it's completely lost on Bay. In the first movie, the buying the car scene with Bernie Mac...that was fine. It was it's own thing, self contained and wasn't out of place. You don't need one liners in EVERY scene.