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Lots of Action And Little Else, But That’s Okay

  • Jan 3, 2006
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Pros: Good script, action and acting.

Cons: Perhaps a little too much violence.

The Bottom Line: The Island is a great movie to loose yourself in because there is not a lot of mind-strain involved, which makes the film perfect for a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot.

I have a growing fascination, bordering on infatuation, with Scarlett Johansson. And no it’s not the blonde hair. She has this look of innocence that draws one in, a sweetness that make you want to watch and see if she’ll ever shed her little girl skin and turn into a full fledged woman. And so, while I would not ordinarily watch a movie like The Island, I decided to rent it over the long New Years Weekend because she was staring in the female lead.

Directed by Michael Bay (Bad Boys, The Rock, Pearl Harbor), The Island is a movie with a very contemporary theme: cloning human beings for profit, vanity, and convenience. The year is 2050 and the world hasn’t changed much, but in an abandoned missile silo somewhere in the western United States the year is 2019 and there has been an “infection” that has wiped out most of mankind—and animal kind for that matter. The people living in the missile silo and adjacent areas do not know they are there, thanks to a highly sophisticated hologram they believe they are in the only remaining city left on Earth. The only other place left with human habitation is The Island, a paradise where one can go and live if your number is called in the Lottery.

But when the inhabitants of this city—who wear white all the time—win the Lottery, they are taken instead to be harvested for their spare parts. They are in fact clones of people living in the real world, grown as “insurance policies” in case their better halves have an accident or become ill. Their clone is then used to provide then the part they need.

Ewan McGregor (Star Wars Episodes I-III, Black Hawk Down, Eye of The Beholder) portrays Lincoln Six Echo the clone of Tom Lincoln and he is beginning to think for himself, to ask questions. And, well, he is not supposed to since he has been brainwashed and all. He and a fellow female clone, Jordan Two Delta, the replica of one Sarah Jordan, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson (Eight Legged Freaks, Lost in Translation, The Horse Whisperer) super model, have formed a friendship that has deepened into something more, even though clones are not supposed to present with romantic and or sexual feelings towards one another.

While visiting with his technician friend McCord portrayed by Steve Buscemi (Ghost World, Con Air, Fargo), Lincoln Six Echo finds a moth which only server to deepen his curiosity since all incest were supposed to be dead, wiped out by the infection. So he follows the moth and stumbles upon the truth about the place he has called home for the last three year. Around this time Sarah Jordan becomes ill in the real world prompting Jordan Two Delta’s name to be called in the Lottery. Knowing all to well what her fate will be, Lincoln Six Echo plans a escape with Jordan Two Delta in tow, an so begins an hour or so of non-stop Michael Bay type action sequences including no less then two car chases with plenty of exploding vehicles of all description, and a plentitude of bullets, blood, and dead bodies.

Final Thoughts

Make no mistake; The Island is not an actor’s movie; that is there are no Oscar worthy lines uttered in a quest for anything larger then the movie itself. This is an action movie, one in which the principle character have very little to say. Instead they run…a lot. But that does not make The Island any less enjoyable; indeed this a great movie to loose yourself in because there is not a lot of mind-strain involved, which makes the film perfect for a rainy Saturday afternoon.


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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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. …
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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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