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  • Dec 26, 2005
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I wasn't very sure if I wanted to see "The Island" when it first came out. Sure, it looked like a really cool action yarn, but something about it was holding me back. Well, I finally got up the courage to check this film out and I have to admit that it was a rather good movie. Directed by Michael Bay, who's directed such action fare as "Armageddon" and "The Rock," the viewer is insured that there will be plenty of explosions and gunplay.

The story is rather compelling. In the near future, a doctor (played sinisterly to perfection by Sean Bean) develops a way to create clones that match the age and makeup of an actual person. These clones supply spare parts for their respective "clients." Think of it as a sort of biological auto shop. One of the clones, Lincoln Six-Echo (Ewan McGregor), starts to question the alternate reality that he and his fellow clones are residing in. As the days go by, clones win the "Lottery" and are sent to the Island. In other words, lottery winners are sent to a medical unit where they are basically gutted for livers, hearts, kidneys, etc. Some of the female clones are used for breeding so that their client won't have to go through child labor, nursing, or any of the other pains of motherhood. McGregor's character is also drawn to Scarlett Johansson's character, Jordan Two-Delta. When she wins the lottery, McGregor escapes with her to learn the ugly truth of what is actually going on. Of course, in true Michael Bay style, explosions and countless chases ensue.

With a cast packed full of stars such as Djimon Hounsou, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Steve Buscemi, you expect solid acting. You get that in this film. McGregor and Johansson are a likeable pair, and McGregor takes on two roles as the film unfolds. As stated before, Sean Bean is stellar as the doctor who is unrelenting in his attempt to capture the escaped clones and protect his investment. There are also some recognizable faces from televison with rather brief but valuable contributing roles.

This film is really plot driven, which is a departure somewhat for Bay. However, he really shines with the action sequences. From heart-pounding car/jetbike(WASP) chases to good ol' shoot'em ups. Bay covers all territories nicely. Most of the action is flawless, though a few of the CGI sequences can be picked apart.

Overall, this is a really good film worthy of multiple viewings. If you enjoy films such as "Equilibrium" (also starred Sean Bean), "Minority Report," or "The Rock," you're sure to love this film. If you like action films in general, this one will take your breath away. Definitely a purchase for the sci-fi and action fan. Highly recommended.

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review by . October 13, 2010
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MAY BE BAY'S BEST FILM, BUSCEMI IS GREAT
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The 1st hour of THE ISLAND is inspired filmmaking. But once our heroes leave the Island, you'll wish they'd never left.
review by . March 21, 2009
I have seen Star Wars III, Batman Begins, War of the Worlds, and The Fantastic Four. While all those movies were excellent, The Island outshines them all. Scarlett Johansen and Euwene MacGregor are excellent as clones who have lived in an enclosed city with the promise of an ultimate trip to "The Island." This is supposed to be the ultimate reward for their service and those that get chosen to go, do so via a lottery.     MacGregor starts to get haunted by a dream where he is …
review by . June 30, 2007
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review by . March 06, 2007
I had the opportunity to watch this film the other day and though it was okay. I've took it as another movie that has something desperately to say along with a long line of other frustrating Hollywood thrillers. There are a number of things that is good here but the bad brings down the entire experience. The underlying problem with this movie is Michael Bay. He has missed the mark yet again. The Island starts out as an engaging, entertaining Sci-Fi film. Then, about halfway through, it gets Bayified. …
review by . March 27, 2006
I don't know what took me so long to watch this movie, well yes I do the shaky reviews and the fact that it's a longer movie ( over two hours) but I'm very glad I did! I felt like I didn't want to write a review, since so many people before me have explained it so well, yet I felt like I wanted to show my love and support for the enjoyment it brought me and everyone else who saw it with me.    I loved how the characters did things that you wanted them to do; they reasoned, they …
review by . February 18, 2006
I wonder if Michale Bay has ever heard the phrase, "more is not always better"? "The Island" is defintely a case-in-point.... More/longer chase scenes... more mini-climaxes (I thought the movie was ending 30 minutes prior to the actual ending)!     Don't get me wrong, "The Island" is not a terrible movie - it just isn't great. In fact, I knew that I had to write the review immediately or I would forget about it- it is that forgettable.    I am also a little …
review by . January 21, 2006
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Pros: Explosions, Steve Buscemi     Cons: EVERYTHING ELSE     The Bottom Line: Just don't waste the time, money, or effort at loading the DVD player; spend those few calories scratching.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. Let’s see.      1 cup THX 1138   1 cup The Matrix semi-clarified (skim it but do not remove all confusion)   ½ cup The Running Man   …
review by . January 03, 2006
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When you add up all the best things aboutThe Island, you might just conclude that there's hope yet for Hollywood's most critically reviled hit-maker, Michael Bay. Recruited by Steven Spielberg to direct this lavish and often breathtaking sci-fi action thriller, Bay rises to the occasion with an ambitious production that is, by his standards (and compared to Bay's earlier hits likeThe RockandArmageddon), surprisingly intelligent as it explores the repercussions of cloning in a sealed-off society where humans are cultivated for spare parts, surrogate parenthood, and full-body replacements for wealthy clientele. But when two of the clones (Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johanssen) begin to question their fate and the motives of their keepers, they escape into the real world andThe Islandbecomes just another Michael Bay action extravaganza, albeit an impressively exciting one. With elaborate chase scenes and a high-tech feast of CGI to dazzle the eye,The Islandrecycles much of the plot from 1979'sClonuswhile borrowing elements fromLogan's Run,GattacaandMinority Report, and while it's not as smartly conceived as those earlier films, there's no denying that, in many ways, it's Bay's best film to date.--Jeff Shannon
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