Michael Bay directed both The Island and Transformers 3, so I guess it isn’t that surprising that he might have reused some footage. It’s pretty common to use “stock footage”. Of course directors probably got away with this more often before the advent of the internet and people with far too much time on their hands.
See the clip here for a comparison of two chase scenes – one from The Island and the other from Transformers 3.
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