“ Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Science Fiction / Theatrical Release: 2005 / Director: Michael Bay / Actors: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson ... / DVD released 09 January, 2006 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: Dubbed, PAL „
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In the near future a deadly contagion means that almost all humans now live in a containment facility, the only escape is by winning a lottery to be taken to the promised land of "The Island". However, one of the inhabitants of the facility starts to ask questions, and some things don't seem to add up. There's a lot more going on than there first seems.
The story here is not perhaps the most original ever. The first half of the film had me thinking about the Truman show. The second part of the film becomes in effect a chase, you can definitely see in the second part that it's a Michael Bay film, who is probably most famous for the Transformers franchise. There are certainly some very predictable moments.
The biggest problem with the plot from my point of view is that there are some scenes where in reality nobody would survive but they effectively brush themselves off and walk ok. It reminds me of the scene in blues brothers where Carrie Fishes blows up the building, but that was comedy.
Michael Bay is at the helm and anyone who knows his work will not be surprised with what they're watching. Lots of action is what he does. His most famous work is probably Transformers. I preferred this to those films. The least said about Pearl Harbour the better.
The acting talent on show here is one of the main reasons I watched. Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson have very good on screen chemistry. Sean Bean pays almost the opposite role to his part in Equilibrium.
Djimon Honsou, everyone's favourite gladiator after Russell Crowe is cast against type as a hired gun. He is always very watchable but I wish he would be given bigger roles.
Steve Buscemi has another bit part to add to his many. He is as always excellent, he makes it look effortless even if he does come across similar in most roles. Sean Bean also doesn't seem to get starring roles, but what he does he does well and he is basically acting being an actor in a sense.
The supporting cast are all more than adequate.
Visuals and Sound
The visuals in the film draw many comparisons with futuristic films both old and new. The white suits the survivors wear reminded me of Logan's Run. The CGI visuals are very much in the Minority Report mould, or even iRobot. Sometimes is can become a bit too much visually, especially in the chase scenes.
Despite the obvious comparisons with many other science fiction films I did enjoy The Island a lot more fun than I was expecting. It's not going to win any originality awards but for all out fun with a little something to think about then you can do much worse.
The idea of being in a prison but not knowing definitely draws parallels to the Matrix. "How can you be in a prison but not know you're in a prison, if you're born In the prison" The Truman show also is also the same premise.
McGreggor and Johansson work well on screen together and despite some unbelievable action sequences manage to pull it off very well indeed.
On the whole It's well worth a look if it comes of TV.
The Island is a futuristic movie that delves into the world of cloning and all its benefits and drawbacks. Lincoln Six Echo played by Ewan McGregor is an inhabitant of a controlled elaborate world but after discovering he is a "mere" clone and is only being kept alive for spare parts he and a fellow resident makes an escape, only to discover a world of mistrust and danger. He and Jordan Two Delta played by Scarlett Johansson have to learn about the new world in which they have found themselves in order to survive and escape the mercenaries that are employed by the facility in which they have escaped and are desperate for them to be captured.
The film itself deals with very complex issues like cloning and what people are capable of in order to survive but I found the film to be somewhat lacking in depth for my taste. The movie itself is an easy to watch film but I would have liked a more fervent storyline given its topic. The actors themselves play their parts well given the lacking depth of character development. Ewan McGregor is great as always and Scarlett Johansson complements him well and the connection between the two is clear. The two main characters were well cast and both actors played their parts with amazing believability.
The movie is an uncomplicated film that is enjoyable to watch and that you don't have to think about. The film has a certain amount of intrigue and definitely has excitement and entertainment and the atmosphere and action scenes were incredibly executed and certainly give you a "buzz" of excitement which you would expect and the special effect were fantastic. The location for some of the filming was amazing and some of the scenery was incredibly beautiful.
The story is not terrible and does try to intrigue the audience and the film is definitely worth seeing, but in my opinion the concept could have developed into something amazing. The story line had so much more potential with possibilities of more elaborate and complex plots. It is a shame that the story was less developed because as much as I enjoyed the movie , I was a little expectant for more right up until the end and my expectation was never extinguished. For a thriller it was somewhat tepid for my taste, enjoyable but simple plotline. I will definitely watch it again and again because as far as enjoyment and entertainment go it ticks all the boxes and is very good movie but if you`re expecting a mind blowing complex movie then look again.
The director Michael Bay has done a great job in his execution of the material at hand and to highlight the films action and adventure side which I believe many people will thoroughly enjoy.
I bought this DVD some time ago but it is available on amazon for £3.36 including free delivery which is fantastic value.
The DVD is rated 12 and these seems perfectly acceptable considering the content and the questions it could invoke.
Overall I enjoyed this movie but when I read the write up I was expecting a little more than what the movie gave me. The movie was simpler than I was expecting but not un-enjoyable, in fact as a film for pure entertainment it gets my vote.
About the film
The Island is a thriller/ science fiction film that was released in 2005 and was directed by Michael Bay. The film has a run time of 136 minutes and is rated 12A.
Lincoln Six Echo lives in what seems to be a wonderful Utopian contained facility in the year 2019. Anyone living in this facility are entered into the 'lottery' with a chance to go and live on 'The Island', a place which is described as paradise as it is the last uncontaminated place on the planet. However, Lincoln Six Echo realises that everything is not as it seems and his whole life is a lie. He's a clone. Along with another clone, Jordan Two Delta, Lincoln Six Echo escapes the facility, determined to find his human sponsor and live a normal life. However, their makers are also determined to bring them back and put right what has gone incredibly wrong.
Ewan McGregor as Lincoln Six Echo
Scarlett Johansson as Jordan Two Delta
Sean Bean as Dr. Merrick
Djimon Hounsou as Albert Laurent
Steve Buscemi as James "Mac" McCord
Michael Clarke Duncan as Starkweather Two Delta
Ethan Phillips as Jones Three Echo
Brian Stepanek as Gandu Three Echo
Noa Tishby as community announcer
Siobhan Flynn as Lima One Alpha
Kathleen Rose Perkins as Laurent team member
Phil Abrams as Obgyn
What I thought
Somehow, before watching this not too long ago, I had managed to watch the end of this film a few years back. I only realised this though once it got to that part and I thought 'Oh, I must have seen this already'. I'm glad I didn't remember this though before sitting down to watch it!
Ewan McGregor stars as Lincoln Six Echo. I'm not really a fan of McGregor but I didn't mind him too much in The Island. His character, Lincoln lives in a contained facility due to the contamination on the outside world. He goes about his life as normal until he realises that something is wrong. He witnesses something happen which definitely shouldn't have and realises that his whole life is a lie. Although he doesn't exactly know why, he knows he has to escape. McGregor is convincing as Lincoln, a slightly confused but brave guy living in a really strange world. I found his character to be quite likable and I did actually care what happened to him.
Lincoln also gets his friend Jordan Two Delta played by Scarlett Johansson to go on the run with him. As characters, they have gotten closer than they were supposed to be allowed to and he doesn't want to leave her behind, especially as she has just won 'the lottery' to go to The Island. Johansson quite obviously the token love interest and beautiful woman to attract more men to watch this film. However, I didn't hate her in this either and normally I don't like her at all. Okay, her acting was a little wooden at times but for the most part, I thought she did really well. I liked how her character was always conflicted, wanting to do what she was supposed to while fighting the urge to break free and follow Lincoln.
This is not normally something I would comment on for films like this but the sets were fantastic. A lot of thought had gone in to the sets in the contained facility, with everything being thought of. As the film is set in 2019, some things appear to be a bit more futuristic but not so much that it becomes unbelievable. This goes for the outside world too. As Lincoln and Jordan head out to find their human sponsors, they have to go to L.A. Not having been there myself, I obviously couldn't tell any difference apart from the fact that some technologies are more advanced. However, I do think that these types of sets made the film more realistic for me. It made me think that in only a few years, this is what life could be like.
I loved the idea of the plot from beginning to end. Although at the beginning of the film, you're not quite sure about what exactly is going on, it doesn't take long for things to be explained. I liked the fact that we get to know what is happening quite early on and from there, the whole film becomes a big adventure. However, there weren't enough twists and turns for me. As things did happen quite early on, I felt like the surprises were all let out too early. The rest of the film was a bit predictable and I wasn't really shocked by anything that happened. That being said, it was still exciting at the same time. The Island has some fantastic chase scenes and some more general action scenes which were definitely needed to make things more exciting.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Island, despite it starring two actors who I normally can't stand. The plot is interesting, it's exciting and more importantly, it's really entertaining.
[Film Review] During some never-ending marking over half term, I came across this film in the Science Movies folder. Having heard of it before, and never got round to watching it, I decided to take the opportunity! Now, usually I tend to pop on something I've seen before so I can mark with background noise - this ended up with me glued to it at times, and at other times I just lost a bit of interest, got my head down and worked.
The film is set in an isolated, futuristic compound, where everything in the community is closely monitored - from communication with the other sex, down to nutrient content in their urine. Everything is very clean and very ordered, and there are strict rules to follow. The inhabitants of the facility have been told that they are survivors of a global contamination, meaning that life outside the facility is impossible. Impossible, except for a little island that has managed to escape the contamination - and where the facility inmates can win a place through a weekly random lottery. Too good to be true? Perhaps. The story focus' on Lincoln Six-Echo (Ewan McGregor), who seems to be a bit of a non-conformist from the start, who begins to experience dreams that don't match his memory. This leads him to question his life in the facility - and even the existence of the fabled Island. Along for the ride is Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johansson), who gets picked to go to the Island - until Lincoln decides to intervene. The pair soon discover the real purpose of the facility they are in, and set out to try and expose it. All the while, they are dodging henchman sent by the head of the facility, Dr Merrick (Sean Bean). Will they be able to escape the facility and expose the truth? Or will they get sent to the Island?
Now I must admit, I only really wanted to see this film because it has two of my favourite actors in it (Ewan McGregor and Sean Bean). From the trailers, it seemed like your typical action movie - lots of running and lots of explosions. I don't mind that too much, but at one point it seemed that all that was going on was a great big chase, a heck of a lot of explosions and shooting - and a lot of marking from me. I perhaps should have expected it, but it felt like a little too much and a little pointless in the end. What I did enjoy (which I'm sure a few people would agree with me on this) is the twist in the story. It does occur relatively early on, but there are a few smaller twists to keep you guessing throughout the film. If you've heard anything about the film, like I had, you may roughly know what part of the twist is - but you will still get a bit of a surprise, which is good. It almost makes up for the overload in action, but not quite.
The casting is pretty typical. A beautiful woman (Scarlett Johansson), who isn't bad at the action, and an equally good-looking Scotsman in the other lead (okay, the Scottish part may not be as typical). There is some good chemistry between them, but for most of the film the boundaries of a strong friendship stay in place, and the chemistry just seems like part of their friendship, rather than an attraction (which will make more sense when you watch the film and understand why it is like that). Sean Bean is (unfortunately - sob) the 'bad guy' of the film. I always find myself hoping he may be a good guy, but 9 times out of 10 (unless watching Sharpe), he isn't all that wonderful. His role is a lot less action, and a lot more administrative and calm. He plays it awfully well, and it was a refreshing change to the rest of the film - he preferred to get hired guns do the work than him. And it's nice to see that the Yorkshire accent survives the end of the world!
The acting from the lead characters is as I expected really - well portrayed, and your a-typical heroine, hero and bad guy. There is some incredible acting from Ewan McGregor that goes beyond the usual lead in a movie - but unfortunately I can't say more about it without spoiling it! The only thing I will say is that his lovely Scottish accent makes an appearance (as you may be able to tell from this, I have a thing for certain accents!).
Overall, I think that the initial plot of this film is really clever. There are twists and turns, some perhaps expected, some not so much. Also, the underlying plot to the film is quite relevant to today and progressions in science, and could raise some really interesting questions and debates. It is just a big shame that it is padded with so much action - I don't mind action, but like I said, it felt like padding. It wasn't really necessary, and the first half of the film (almost) was much more of a thriller; this worked so much better in my opinion. If the film had stuck to this theme, I'd happily include it in a science lesson on ethics (oh yes), but it just gets too carried away and off the topic it seemed to start with. I'll give a warning that there are some gruesome parts, which probably gives it its classification of 12. I would recommend watching it before showing it to a 12 year old, just because I feel some of the themes or scenes may be a little too disturbing.
The films by Michael Bay can usually fall into two categories, either very good like the first Transformers film or going to the opposite extreme like the second Transformers movie, I find he does tend to go all out on the action sequences with little substance in-between that slows the film down immensely to such an extent that the film has a number of peaks and troughs throughout. One film of his that I did enjoy was The Island; the story is fresh with a twist that Bay takes to the logical extreme.
Set in the future, The Island sees the human race surviving on the brink of extinction due to a catastrophe taking place some years earlier which means the human race is living inside a singular complex. Life seems easy for the population which easily totals a 1000 in size, they are well looked after with their heath being the key focal point in their lives, although they seem to live day to day and have little recollection of life anywhere else. It's quite a strange environment that is sterile in nature, the main thing that is promised is relocation to The Island, and this is done by a lottery being held where a certain person is chosen to take the revered journey. The population gather in the an area that acts like a Town Square with the names chosen, however when the chosen ones are never seen again one of the population begins to suspect that something is a foot and begins his own investigation that leads him to discover a dark secret and a quite horrifying revelation as to who he is and what his destiny actually is.
The lead of the film is Ewan McGregor and he plays a character called Lincoln Six Echo, when you get over the fact that he is speaking with the limpest of American accents the actor does genuinely become part of the story. With the background that the population is kept in tip top condition McGregor does fit the part well. It's just strange to see him in a film of this type that in parts could be considered part horror for what is discovered throughout the film as it progresses. Co starring with McGregor is Scarlett Johannsen, I love this actress, in the film she plays McGregor's female companion, Jordan Two Delta. With her looks and her stature Johannsen has that screen presence that works well with McGregor. Due to the background of the characters they play both have that childish curiosity and ambience to them that is a vital characterisation in the story and therefore is an important part of the plot.
Backing up the lead actors are Sean Bean, who plays his character in his usual menacing style, that evokes a dangerous personality. Although given his role in the proceedings it does warranty a question as to what he is doing is ethical in nature. Also starring in the film is Steve Buscemi, a character who acts as a conduit and a guide as well as a confident to Lincoln. The film is split into two parts, the first being set inside the utopian society and the second being the consequences of Lincoln's investigations that see's him taking a journey of epic proportions that every step is epiphyses in nature with new discoveries taking place at nearly every turn. What surprised me was that the film started out at such a slow pace and yet managed to build up in tension and suspense till your literally on the edge of your seat siding with the right team to go the distance. Again I'm not felling happy saying much about the plot as the "discovery" made in the first third really does change the gravity of the film and turns the story on its head. I personally found the story to take on a greater scope and go up a gear with the early stages being the foundation, and it does answer all the questions as to why the population is being wrapped in cotton wool as well. The manner in which the questions are answered are spectacularly done in slow motion and yet quite gruesome to watch on-screen given who the witnesses are at the time it occurs.
Even though the film is set less than 10 years in the future, the future is depeicted in a rather positive manner that suits the story very well. Things do look different and they are more stylized than what we have at the moment, although its interesting to note that the product placement that is obvious at various parts of the film still relate to modern day products. Although this doesn't detract from the film itself, you do find that your eyes are led away at various points in the film and I tended to just catch a glimpse of some form of advertising. In some cases its done subtly, in other its completely full on and I suppose this depends on what that brand has paid to be included in the film and as you go through the film there are quite a few brands that get a mention or a visual tag, on the credits list at the end I was surprised to see as many as I did. However I think this is simply just a facet of modern cinema.
There are a number of action sequences that as Michael Bay is directing comes as an obligatory exercise involving high rise building and vast explosions. As the film proceeds these get bigger and bigger in nature and thankfully the climax that happens is a rather low key event, yet this is suspenseful to the extent that some old fashioned principals have been aired to bring the story back down to earth in quite a fascinating manner, although this has been done in everything from The Man From Uncle to Star Trek, its refreshingly presented given the different angles that Bay uses to project the tension. Bay has used a significant amount of lighting to make a bright film that seems to capture a lot of detail, especially in the close up where you see the reflection of the lights in the leads eyes. In fact this is a generic thing throughout the film as the colours are bright and stand out; it may seem a silly thing to say but the film does genuinely benefit from this. Especially with the soundtrack that has been added that compliments all parts of the story to emphasis the various pace of the respective scenes. The purists could easily compare this to the seventies release of Logan's Run, fair play as it does tend to have a rather large amount of comparisons and coincidental plot lines. However the film is taken to another level with the twist that has been placed in the second third of the film. However with this being a film by Michael Bay, reality has to be held back at the door and you just have to simply sit back and enjoy the ride and watch the story that is playing out in front of you. As I said earlier it does make you think as to where the Human Race may be going to elongate our lifetime.
Extras wise the disc has a lot less than I would have expected to have been made available. A singular documentary about the production of the film with sound bytes from the director and members of the cast talking about exactly why the film interested them and so on. This is the kind of stuff that you see on the TV and it's simply something that doesn't back the film up as much as I would expect it have. Although the film is the main thing that I bought it for anyway and just seeing the effort made to get the film looking very polished in nature of the presentation and is just a pleasure to watch, funnt thing is this is the same for extras on Blu-ray as well!
Overall the story is quite horrific in nature and by the end of the film you'll be asking yourself questions over the ethical points of whether the film is depicting a future where the services that have been shown in the film are science fiction or just the way the future is panned out to happen. Either way this is an ultimate pop corn movie that needs to be watched in one viewing rather than the elongated manner that this film is shown on ITV2 with commercial breaks every 20 minutes, and in a film that is 136 minutes in length means that a mandatory 40 minutes of adverts will be broadcast taking the running time up to nearly 3 hours!!
I've had this film on DVD ages and can't remember why it was added to my DVD collection but when searching for something to watch the other night I found myself putting this in the player.
Released in 2005 and directed by Michael Bay, The Island is the story of Lincoln Six Echo and Jordan Two Delta. They believe they belong to a colony of survivors living deep underground due to the surface being contaminated. They have mundane lives and their only source of hope is to win 'The Lottery' which will transport them to the only paradise left on earth. When Lincoln starts to question the world he finds some proof that all is not what it seems and when Jordan wins the lottery he has to save her before she's taken to 'The Island'.
I found the film started well, it asked questions of ethics and provoked thoughts about how people would react to living in a regimented society where no choice was their own. However, once Lincoln and Jordan tried to escape the plot moved very quickly and the action became non-stop. Although some scenes were necessary for the movie I felt they took away from the story and almost lost sight of why the characters were there.
Much of the action was far fetched and unbelievable. The characters fall from a great height with no bruises and get shot at without being hurt. I think this is probably down to the director who seems to favour mindless explosions over thought inducing encounters.
The film is set in the not too distant 2019. The characters end up in LA and I think the film makers have done a good job at setting the scene. Although this is the future they haven't gone overboard and this makes it realistic and believable.
The story of interaction between the two leads was slightly dubious. When they are in the confines of the facility they aren't allowed to have physical contact even though it is obvious their friendship is progressing. When they are no longer under the watchful eye of their controllers they don't explore their feelings towards each other further.
Ewan McGregor plays Lincoln Six Echo and Tom Lincoln. I think he does a great job as Echo, the chink in the chain but I really enjoyed his performance as Tom his sponsor. He cannot comprehend why Echo has turned up in his front room but has no interest in finding out either. He becomes sneaky and devious and McGregor captures this well.
Jordan Two Delta was played by Scarlet Johansson. She looked great and brought feeling and innocence to the role. I believed her portrayal of a character that has her world turned upside down and everything she believes blown out of the window.
Sean Bean plays Dr Merrick convincingly and he is ideal as the man behind the scheme. I found his character quite creepy and his lack of ethics in such a position of power quite frightening.
A notable performance came from Steve Buscemi who plays a McCord, a slightly creepy guy who works in the facility. He hesitantly helps Lincoln and Jordan and I did find him strangely likeable and he provided some amusing scenes.
This is a really interesting idea and could have been made into a much better film. I think the makers have tried too hard to make this appeal to a wider audience by adding so much action and ultimately this is the films downfall. Although entertaining the unbelievable action goes too far and despite a great premise a great film wasn't produced.
This film is currently available on Amazon for £4.18 which is pretty reasonable.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Michael Bay may get a lot of criticism for how often dumb and vacuous his films are, but love him or hate him, it's hard to deny that his films are visually stunning, which somewhat makes up for the inanity of his narratives. The Island, from its gorgeous opening shot, makes for a visually sumptuous offering, and while the narrative is overly familiar, it is still a fairly entertaining and fluffy sci-fi film.
The film revolves around Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor), who lives in a controlled society whereby the humans there are all waiting to go to The Island, the last beautiful place on Earth. However, there is a far darker truth to this, and in fact the people picked to go to The Island are having their organs harvested for other versions of themselves, who are generally rich and have bred their own clones in case they get ill. When he learns that Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johansson), his friend, will soon be harvested, he stages an escape, and the two attempt to get out of their dystopic environment with their lives, although this will be harder than they anticipate, as Dr. Merrick (Sean Bean), who oversees the operation, sends a mercenary, Albert Laurent (Djimon Hounsou) along with various other goons, to hunt down and kill the two before they can let everyone know the secrets of The Island.
As far as Bay's films go, this has to be one of the best in as much as balancing visuals with some fun thematics. It's still glossed over and full of product placement, but the initial idea is undeniably interesting and, despite some hokey acting from McGregor, this film hits more than it misses.
In this action sci-fi thriller you will experience love, panic, excitement and disturbance amongst a whole lot of other feelings. The Island is a film for those who are not afraid to see what Michael Bay thinks might happen in the future of the science world, but do not fear because this film will also make you question your own thoughts of the matter it concerns.
The earth has been contaminated and the survivors are brought to an underground facility to repopulate the planet. It has been 7 years and the scientists have been able to find an island that hasn't been contaminated like the rest of the earth. Every day there is a lottery and the one who wins it gets to go to the Island to live in paradise. New people are found each day and one morning Lincoln six Echo wakes up after a nightmare and can't help to wonder if there is something more than the world he lives in. There are all these unanswered questions in his head. Who cleans his clothes and gives him new ones every morning? Who decides what he is allowed to eat? Has the earth really been contaminated? Is the Island real?
My first thought about the film was that it is a typical Michael Bay film. The car chases, the action, the manhunt. It is also not predictable. You do get surprised over what is happening and you can't figure out what is happening before it is spelt out to you. In films like this you need to have this excitement for it to work and that is exactly what the Island has. It is also funny and if you like Ewan McGregor or looking at Scarlett Johansson then this is the film for you. Ewan McGregor has been in better films, my opinion, like 'Moulin Rouge' but he is great in this one and so is his co-star Johansson. In fact, the acting in general is great and very convincing which always is a good thing, otherwise you might loose interest in the film and turn it off after 30 minutes.
Michael Bay has made the film exciting, intriguing and you are also not left with any unanswered questions in the end. You don't have to be nailed to the television either to understand this film. Some plots are so complicated that you have a hard time following the story where there are so many variables and explanations to all the questions regarding the story. Despite the fact that The Island has a lot of variables and characters, it is not difficult to follow or understand which is an advantage for this kind of movie. Because the one thing you don't want with a complex plot is to confuse the viewer even more by making it hard to follow, so in my opinion the directing is excellent.
The one thing I thought could have been different is the very long car chase but on the other hand this is an action film as well as science fiction and thriller, so I guess a car chase is on order. I recommend this film to those who like Michael Bay's earlier work such as; The Rock, Armageddon, Bad Boys 2 and Transformers. But every time you watch a film, you should always watch it and make up your own mind.
This is, on the other hand, one film that is not and will not be in my collection even though I have seen it twice.
Ewan McGregor - Lincoln Six Echo/Tom Lincoln
Scarlett Johansson - Jordan Two Delta/Sarah Jordan
Sean Bean - Dr. Merrick
Djimon Hounsou - Albert Laurent
Steve Buscemi - James McCord
Michael Clark Duncan - Starkweather Two Delta
2005 brought us a film that I don't recall seeing advertised as 'coming soon' to the cinema. So I missed that boat unfortunately but ended up watching part (the very end) of the movie on TV a couple of years ago. Since then I picked it up from a bargain bin since it looked interesting and watched it how it should be watched, on a 50" Plasma with full surround sound.
The film's scenes are classic Hollywood with the 'wow' factor in place, Michael Bay did a great job in filming and directing what would seen a 'tricky movie concept'. Because there aren't that many different locations in the movie what they manage to bring to the screen really draws you in and keeps you interested. I know this sounds a little bizarre as this is a modern action/sci-fi movie.
There is a Hollywood cast too with Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, and Sean Bean leading the way. They play their roles perfectly and work well together. Sean Bean is excellent in the role of Dr. Merrick.
Without giving the plot away the movie has you following the lives of the above and many more in what would seem a self contained complex offering salvation from a infected planet.
They are lucky to be alive or so they think and even though they are stuck where they are doing daily mundane chores they are given the chance to be set free from this place and be sent to 'The Island' where they will live the rest of their life in paradise.
The story continues from there with one of the inhabitants becoming more and more interested and aware with the frequent finding of other survivors. Where are they coming from? Surely no one would survive the contamination outside of the complex.
It is an immense film and the camera captures the emotions perfectly. You are shown material and you do question how can this happen. Hostel springs to mind. What a world we 'could' live in.
If you are a fan of any of the actors you will appreciate this film, they do get a lot of screen time. I think this is my favourite film that Ewan McGregor stars in. Johansson plays a totally different role to her usual that is nice, and as you would expect their screen presence together works well.
The only thing I didn't like about the film is that some scenes seemed to drag, more so in the parts that involved action. I loved the sci-fi and the concepts used were great. Funny, entertaining, and clever (minus a couple of plot holes).
Amazon currently has the film on sale for under a fiver. It is a bargain.
3.5 out of 5.
The Island is my favourite film in many ways. Firstly, it has a great thought-provoking message. Secondly, it is full of action, suspense and thrilling scenes, and finally it has the lovely, beautiful and talented Scarlett Johansson!
The story is about these clones who are being made to keep rich people happy, used to replace needed body parts, grown for that specific use. Ewan McGregor has flashbacks of his real life and aims to find the truth, whilst Scarlett Johansson has been chosen to go to "the island" which is actually when they need to use that person!
Both these clones rely on each other to escape and discover the real world, and attempt to bring down this facility, and on their way, realise human passion, corruption and true life.
It also boasts some special features such as the making of including cast interviews and so on.
This can be watched again and again and still be as thrilling as ever, it is a great action thriller (the action scenes are great!) This can be bought for under £5 at major stores such as HMV, play.com and amazon!
The Island is a future science fiction movie set in 2019. I was mainly interested in this movie because of Ewan McGregor (plays Lincoln Six Echo) and Scarlett Johansson plays a very good part also, supporting McGregor well.
The strongest aspect of this movie is the storyline. It's gripping and most importantly... original. That's what I look for in movies; something new and different. Both leads are in a facility where the "aim" is to reach the Island by winning their version of the lottery (basically a random person is selected each time and everyone is entered).
Lincoln Six Echo discovers and questions throughout the movie and it is extremely entertaining to watch the plot unfold. This movie isn't plagued with action like so many directors think to seem necessary but instead choses its scenes carefully and more precisely. There is action when it's needed and it's not over the top.
The Island should be watched for the sheer fact that it is unique. It's refreshing to watch movies which haven't been done a hundred times before and the Island is successful in this.
When I first saw this movie I bought it for what I thought it was worth. £2.50 seemed like a reasonable price for an ex rental movie that looked like quite a cheap wanna-be blockbuster. I saw the car, the helicopter, and Scarlett Johansson on the front and that was enough for me to give it a go. The film looks from the outset as something that has been pushed together pretty quickly, and from reading the back of the box, the description of Ewan Mcgregor and Scarlett Johansson as clones living in a containment facility does sounds a little odd. However, after giving it a chance, it appeared to be the opposite of all of my expectations.
The film is split into two parts. The setting of the first of which is a cloning facility in the near future, in which the clones of rich and significant people are grown in order to supply the 'clients' with spare parts if need be. However, from the clone's perspective, they are simply people living in containment due to radiation outside which has caused them to lose their memory.
One day though, one of the clones, Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan Mcgregor) finds himself remembering events relating to his client who supplied the DNA for his production. This causes him to begin to question the point of his existence, and what he is doing in the facility. After deciding that the world outside is not as unsafe as they are told it is, he attempts to escape, with his friend Jordan Two Delta (Johansson) as he is beginning to fall for her, something which is not permitted in the facility.
When the man running the facility, Dr Merrick (Sean Bean) realises that they have escaped, he hires a mercenary (Djimon Hounsou) to track down Lincoln and kill him. Lincoln however finds his real life client, and asks for his help in 'freeing' him and the other clones, which inevitably leads to a showdown between not only Lincoln and his client, but the clones and their captors.
The Island excels with regards to over the top special effects, which manage to effectively create a future world in which capitalism really does come before life. Michael Bay once again shows off his skills when it comes to effects which are overblown but greatly enjoyable.
The cast however is probably underused. With names such as Ewan Mcrgegor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou, Steve Buscemi, and Michael Clarke Duncan, this could have been up there with the best. However, the cast fill roles which really do restrict them from the best of their abilities, causing the film to suffer. The premise of the film though is fantastic, albeit not completely original, but it does leave quite a lot to work with, and many values such as identity and the meaning of existence are examined well.
At the box office, this film was a moderate flop, which is incredibly disappointing, as it deserved much more. Although I wouldn't have expected any Oscars to be won, this is an incredibly entertaining movie throughout, even with it being 130 minutes long. I would definitely recommend this to any fan of fantasy of sci-fi, as well as fans of most thrillers. It even passes well enough as a romance movie. Though, I believe that everyone should give this film atleast a chance, as it definitely is worth that at the least.
Directed by Michael Bay, The Island was released in 2005, and is a science fiction film that stars Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. The film tells of a large group of people who live together in complete isolation from the outside world. Everything from their clothing and food to their jobs are selected for them.
They are 'brainwashed' to believe that they are the only survivors from a global contamination. Their only chance of ever leaving isolation and on to the island - meant to be the last contaminant free zone in the world - is through a lottery. Some of the population however become curious about the outside world and start to investigate. What they discover horrorfied them, and they attempt to let the entire world know what's happening.
Throughout the film some good moral questions are raised, such as how far we would, and should go to preserve and extend our own lives. The film also has some has got some stunning chase sequences. Brought on by the escape of two people into the real world. It is set in the not to distance future (2019 if I remember correctly) and is generally believable for a film of this genre. The story itself was very interesting, and the acting for the most part was excellent. I also liked the 'things are not what they seem' undertone which is always enjoyable.
There are some problems with this film. Especially with the way it unfolds. The main twist in the film was revealed in the advertisements and some of the trailers. I think that this was a mistake as it would have otherwise have came as a shock to the viewer. A couple of scenes would probably have been better being rearranged with one and other to help the plot unfold, as it is a bit slow to start out. As I say the action sequences are impressive, by at the same time they quite unrealistic and perhaps a bit too over the top, some might even say unnecessary. Some of the dialogue is shockley poor and it's also too predictable for my liking.
Finally one thing that really did annoy me, was the time required to get the film to play in the first place. I did manage it, after navigating through page after page of language to select United Kingdom (surprising last on the list even know this is a Region 2 release), and after sitting through several overly long copyright warnings.
I didn't overly enjoy The Island, as films go it's decent enough and I've seen far worse this year. I personally would call it adverage at best. If there's nothing else on TV, or if you see it at a really good price, say sub four pounds, then fine go for it, just don't expect too much in return.
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Last night, after a de-stressing bath, I decided to settle down to watch a DVD. Given my limited DVD collection, I had only 2 options so I read up reviews of both and plumped for The Island, an action packed thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. The DVD case promised an all-star cast and an action-packed ride so I climbed into bed and hit the play button. Incidentally, it wasn't quite as simple as that since the DVD requires you to select your language and United Kingdom doesn't get a look in until about the tenth page of language options.
Nevertheless, I finally got the DVD playing and we are introduced to Lincoln Six Echo (McGregor), who lives in a strange futuristic facility where everyone wears white jump suits and Pumas. Following an electronic urine test each morning, his daily diet is dictated to him. Along with thousands of other 'residents', including Jordan Two Delta (Johansson), Echo's days are spent maintaining his optimum physical health in the hopes of becoming one of the lottery winners who earns a one way ticket to 'The Island' which is an idyllic sanctuary within the contaminated outside world.
Obviously, the addition of government type security officers brandishing guns and dressed in black gives us an inkling that things aren't all as they seem. Along with Echo, we soon learn that all the residents of the compound are in fact clones, in case you hadn't already guessed that from reading the DVD cover. The remainder of the film brings in the action element as Echo and Delta escape from the compound and fight for their lives.
For some reason, I was actually quite looking forward to watching this film, despite the fact that is has remained in its shrink wrap since purchasing it a few months ago. Even though I'd read a couple of reviews, I didn't know entirely what to expect and although the film has been promoted as an action-packed thrill ride, I was hoping that the thrills and spills would be accompanied by an original and interesting story. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case and instead the film just seems like a poor mish-mash of more successful films. Even the special effects used to show the farming of clones could easily have been cut and pasted straight from The Matrix.
Yes, the special effects were impressive if you can suspend your belief long enough to believe that anyone, human or clone, can run faster than a lorry on a freeway. The chase scenes were good, if perhaps a little drawn out. But, for me, it takes more than a few impressive chase scenes to enjoy a movie and The Island didn't deliver. Some of the scenes and dialogue were cringe worthy but I can't detail them without giving away some spoilers. Not that there are many spoilers to be had since the film is so annoyingly predictable. It's filled with clichés and seems to assume that the viewer is a complete imbecile who is unable to follow even the simplest of plots. I appreciate I wanted to watch a film that wasn't too taxing, but this is simply patronising.
Another thing I found particularly irritating was the incessant flow of advertising and marketing throughout the film. Puma, Xbox, Calvin Klein and many more brand names are thrust in the viewers face. The camera lingers on the logos twice as long as required just to ensure the viewer doesn't miss out on this blatant promotion.
As for extras, the DVD features a 'Making of The Island Featurette' which I watched in its entirety. This made me rather irate and I began to hate the film even more when I saw how pompous the director, Michael Bay, really is. More extras are promised if you insert the DVD into your CDRom drive but, frankly, I don't have the inclination to watch any more of this dross.
So if, despite my scathing review, you still want to watch this, you can purchase the DVD relatively cheaply. I paid £3 in Tesco for mine which I personally don't think was worth it. If you're really keen to see it, I'd wait until Christmas when Channel 5 will probably premier it.
All the ideas of this film are taken from other places. The whole one story which we think is right and actually turns out to be the total opposite is taken from The Running Man. The whole being chased, once again The Running Man & Blade Runner, also Logan's Run.
Establishing that there has been some sort of pollution and people can't go outside apart from one place on Earth known as The Island is the first 20 minutes or so of the film. We learn about their lifestyle and characters, learn a little about The Island. You get there by winning the lottery. Everyone dressing the same and looking the same and not knowing anything about sex? Directly lifted from George Lucas' THX 1138.
The main character has weird dreams of drowning, being chased and killed or hurt. You totally know most of these things are going to happen or come close to happening which they do. Ewan McGregors character is lost in a sea of people who want to all live the same life and strive for the same dream. He wants to explore, learn new things and ask the difficult questions that he can't seem to get answers to. Very Blade Runner.
Scarlett Johansonn is pretty and nice to look at but her acting is utter garbage. I had no fun trying to watch her, she gave no assistance to the story at all. Her part could have been played by anybody. Steve Buscimi plays himself pretty much, but I felt his character could have been used far better. Killing him was pointless, especially after he'd just told the clones not to trust anyone. The whole point there could have set him up to finally be the person to betray them.
Sean Bean's character really seemed to me NOT to be the kind of person to get his hands dirty, so his fight scene near the end seemed pointless and tacked on. The last 20 minutes of the film were pretty pointless, these clones seemed intelligent. They had already escaped, they were free to live their lives. Why they thought their sponsors would help them puzzled me. Why they went back also seemed very tacked on at the last minute, the script writer thought perhaps he didn't have enough material. The "sex" scene was totally pointless, it was not needed.
On the whole the ideas behind this film were good, visuals were excellent and the plot ran fairly well except for a few strange ideas. The whole missing a shoe thing could have been resolved. Most people will enjoy this film, I personally felt it could have been a whole lot better and was left wanting more.
An intriguing action adventure set in the near future, The Island finds those who survived a mass global contamination living in a contained and highly controlled world. Their actions are controlled, their lives are routine, and the only hope is to win lottery and be sent to a mysterious island, the so-called last surviving, uncontaminated paradise on the planet. Naturally enough, things are quite what they initially seem, at least in the eyes of Ewan McGregrors Johnny Two Alpha. Along with Scarlet Johansens Jordan Two Delta, they soon find out what happens when you dont fully comply with the rules of this deeply controlled world, and the stage is thus set for some action-packed cinema. Given the films disappointing box office returns though, you could be forgiven for thinking that all is not well with The Island, and truthfully, its a movie with problems. Its pacing feels a little off, and there are moments when the script does the film no favours at all. Yet take The Island as a popcorn flick, and youll more than likely find yourself enjoying a good couple of hours of solid entertainment. Sure, ultimately they could have made more of the premise, and produced a tighter movie. But whats on screen usually works well enough, and the two stars dont do badly with the material at their disposal.--Simon Brew