According to former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 7 is a date that lives in infamy because of the events that happened in 1941. This was the pivotal day that Japan attacked the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii, which catapulted the U.S.’s involvement in World War II. Throughout Hollywood’s long and lush history many directors have tackled the various wars that this country has fought. It’s almost a rite of passage for some, therefore in 2001 we shouldn’t have been surprised when Bad Boys helmer Michael Bay grabbed Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett, and traveled to Hawaii to make a movie and blow some sh*t up!

The film was aptly called Pearl Harbor and it was a war film wrapped in a love story filled with bad accents and a huge cast. Even though the film was heavily criticized for various inaccuracies, the one thing that was notable was the portrayal of the actual Pearl Harbor bombing. Great shots, great reactions, and great sound. So in honor of that visual feast let’s take a look at that fateful day in 1941 — Michael Bay Style.

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What did you think of Pearl Harbor? Did you love or loathe the movie?