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Plot: Lincoln Six Echo is just like everyone else - he's waiting to go to the Island, the only place left in the world to actually live a life. Thousands of people stay at a facility waiting to ... Runtime: 136 mins Release Date: 22 Jul 2005
The Island is the first Michael Bay movie I have seen and I really enjoyed it. Far more entertaining than War Of The Worlds for example, which I found quite boring. The story is pretty standard issue Sci Fi. Fine by me I wasn't expecting Bladerunner . It's a story of cloning and bad scientists up to no good. It's a quest movie and a chase movie. It looks fabulous, some nice toys to enjoy. The chase scenes maybe improbable but who cares? It's not Hotel Ruanda great by the way - love Don Cheedle!! .You know, I actually found it quite touching and was definitely invested in the <more>
well being of the main charactersEwan McGregor is excellent, he is really fun to watch, he takes the movie seriously and it works. He's a really good actor, why haven't I noticed that before? Easy one the eye too which is always good. Scarlet Johanson is also good, she is lovely to behold and she also turns in a good performance though never with out lip gloss no matter what darned makeup people!. Djimon Hounsou doesn't have as much to do as the above they are on screen pretty much the whole movie , however,he holds our attention when he is on screen, another fine actor.If you want some fun, nothing too deep, that looks good and acting that is entirely entertaining. If you enjoy the adrenalin rush of a good chase and some epic destruction like I do this is your movie. Go. 10/10 for FUN.
The last few Michael Bay movies that I saw were not that great, but after seeing this movie today I have only one word to describe it, Amazing! When I first saw the previews for this film I thought that it looked cool, but I never expected it to be as good as it was. Don't be surprised if this movie wins any awards by the end of the year. This movie is very unique while at the same time reminds you of Logun's Run. The score is well-paced and really sets the tone for the movie. The chase sequences are absolutely incredible and will have you on the edge of your seat. Ewan McGregor and <more>
Scarlett Johansson are perfect in their roles and make the movie movie seem very real. Overall, this is by far one of the best movies that I have ever seen and I advise anyone who has not yet seen it to drop everything you are doing and go to the "Island!"
I, and also my whole family, found this movie extremely enjoyable and very underrated. I have to admit that I had't even heard of this movie and almost passed it by, as soon as it started, I was glad that I didn't. Because of the content of a lot of movies ie. graphic sex and/or violence it can sometimes be hard to find a movie that the whole family can enjoy without feeling uncomfortable or falling asleep . I found that "The Island" has everything I want in a movie, action, adventure, comedy, and an extremely well written plot line, without an overabundance of sex or <more>
violence.I feel that this movie is well worth watching and highly recommend it.
Why were the critics so harsh on the film? (by Smells_Like_Cheese)
I thought "The Island" was fantastic and just was a movie worth watching. Ewan and Scarlett were just great together in this on the seat thriller, the story was just very exciting. Especially since cloning is such a huge debate right now, I know that it is going to get more intense in the future. That's the story's main plot, cloning and wither it's right or wrong of playing God.The story itself just keeps you guessing and thinking with some very great effects. I would without a doubt recommend "The Island" for your viewing pleasure. It's a lot of fun, <more>
it's got excitement, romance, action, and a plot that actually worked coming from Michael Bay. :D My only complaint is the ending, which I choose not to give away, but it leaves some room for questioning. Other than that, enjoy! 9/10
The Island Is A Mighty Fine Movie. (by BigHardcoreRed)
The Island is about the possibility, in the not too distant future, of a clone farm, for lack of a better term. When dealing with clones, especially in the movies, problems usually arise due to the lack of knowledge in the area. In this particular movie, it does not give away that they are clones too soon unless you saw the preview . We are eased into their predicament slowly, although something is quite different and not right. At the beginning, I got sort of a Truman Show kind of feel to the movie, as they are always being watched, either by computers or cameras, and their lives are <more>
controlled in just about every detail.The clones are told that the outer world is contaminated and that the only safe place left is "the island". The only way to get to the island is through random lotteries where the lucky winner is whisked away to their new paradise.Lincoln Six Echo Ewan McGregor is the first of the "harvested beings", as they put it, to start asking questions and even has distinct memories that were not embedded by the corporation. While wandering around, he soon discovers they have all been lied to. Meanwhile, one of his closest friends, Jordan Two Delta Scarlett Johansson , has just won the lottery! Just as she is getting ready to leave, Lincoln grabs her away and starts running.The rest of the movie is pretty much a chase scene. One scene in particular closely resembles the one from Bad Boys II. That is not a bad thing, as it was still unique and fun watching the mass destruction.Both Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson did a fine job in their roles. Somehow, I do not remember Scarlett being as hot as she was in this film but maybe that is just the movie magic. Either way, she has a new fan. Also, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Clarke Duncan, Steve Buscemi and Sean Bean did fine jobs with their roles. Duncan's role was pretty small but his performance was very strong and relevant to the story.I was reminded of many movies while watching this one. One scene, while showing the harvesting, was closely resembling The Matrix. Also, one of the reasons I liked this movie so much was the ingenuity involved with inventions of the future. From innovated trains to literal desktop computers that was awesome to cars and even to an X-Box, those little things sprinkled all through the movie kept my eyes on the screen. Similar to I, Robot.Although I would not have considered myself a fan of Michael Bay, after seeing this movie and realizing what other movies he is also responsible for minus Pearl Harbor , I can say that I like his work and am looking forward to his upcoming Transformers project. 8.5/10
"The Island" is a great must see flick (by naberry44)
"The Island"It is baffling why the movie industry is off the mark this season in regard to sales. There are a lot of really great movies out there this year. The latest summer blockbuster is Michael Bay's "The Island." Having created his reputation with such excellent efforts as "Armageddon" and "The Rock," Bay is a perfect fit for this movie. His darkly rich while at the same time crude and seamy settings in tandem with his excellence in the "everything blows up" action sequence create a perfect match for this movie. If one is looking for <more>
a non-stop action thriller, this is the movie for them. In combination with decent writing, great cinematography, and some very fine performances, Michael Bay's talents are well utilized in a frenzied "locomotive-out-of-control" ride through the not so far in the future world of "The Island."There is a compelling aspect to this movie from the very beginning. Ewan McGregor is Lincoln-Six-Echo one of the postage stamp residents of this brave new world. Indeed, one cannot help but remember "Brave New World", "Logan's Run," and even Woody Allan's "Sleeper" when visiting this post Armageddon existence in 2019. It is an antiseptic world where all the residents dress the same, act the same, and live their lives in the same "perfect" existence. There, every activity is controlled by some unseen computerized "god". What they eat, where they work, when they rest, and even when and where they play are controlled. The reason, according to the ex positional narrative, is that the earth has been destroyed and they are the last remnants of an otherwise decimated population. The only inhabitable place left on earth is "The Island" and their lives revolve around waiting to be picked in a lottery to go live on the island. All would be fine in this "flawless" existence were it not for the presence of some persistent inquisitiveness that exists in the mind of Lincoln-Six-Echo. We soon find out that all is not as it seems. With the appearance of a butterfly in the catacombs where Lincoln visits his computer geek friend, McCord Steve Buscemi , Lincoln is convinced that there is an outside world and he is destined to discover where it is. This is where the movie takes off. We follow the Lincoln character through a series of discoveries that eventually lead him to the truth. So as not to spoil the film, those "truths" will not be discussed here. Suffice it to say that the journey is grand. Taking recent lottery winner Jordan-Two-Delta Scarlet Johansson with him, we frenetically experience one cataclysmic event after another so that we are literally worn out in the end. Some of the crash and action sequences in this film will go down in filmdom as the greatest ever filmed. Throughout it all we receive glimpses of the truth and the ending is enjoyable, mind boggling, grandly cinematic, and entirely satisfying. There is something about McGregor's puppy dog look and his devil-may-care bad boy demeanor that are incredibly endearing. From the very beginning he has the ability to make the moviegoer become part of his existence, his inquisitiveness, and his ultimate adventure to find the truth. He is an actor who brings deeply etched characters to the screen; the type of characters that make us want to be a part of their lives. This is a crucial quality in the success of a film that could easily rely on action sequences to make its mark. Having an actor who has the talent and capacity to "pull" the audience along is a tremendous benefit. Because his character is the quasi narrator of the film, it falls on McGregor's shoulders to bear this burden. He does so brilliantly. Not to be outdone, Scarlet Johansson holds her own in her characterization. Because of the nature of their characters, they have to maintain an childlike innocence that is done very well. Except for a portion of McGregor's performance no spoilers here both actors are able to portray a realistic naiveté that is vitally important to the success of this film. There are other fine performances as well. As Merrick, the "psychologist" running the show, Sean Bean is deliciously evil through and through. Michael Clarke Duncan turns in a short but entirely satisfying performance as a lottery winner quite possibly a "show stealer." Steve Buscemi is, as always, down and dirty but lovable all at the same time in his turn as McCord, a worker from the outside world who helps the two escapees on their quest. Lastly, one must not overlook another solid performance by Djimon Hounsou as a futuristic bounty hunter. He makes the most out of a small part by instilling heart and soul into his portrayal. Bottom line is, this is a great flick. If you like blow-em-up action, you will love this film. If you like man-against-the machine, you will love this film. If you like happy endings, and a little romance, you will love this film. Go see it, you won't regret it.
Original, Intriguing and Scary View of Science, Ethic and Future Society (by claudio_carvalho)
In 2019, Lincoln Six Echo Ewan McGregor and Jordan Two Delta Scarlett Johansson are best friends in a repressive and intriguing society, where everybody expects to win the lottery. The prize is to move to a paradisiacal island outside the domes that protect the dwellers against the contaminated environment. Jordan wins the lottery, and Lincoln accidentally finds the scary truth behind the utopist award."The Island" is an original, intriguing and scary view of science, ethic and society in a near future. Using elements of "Logan's Run", "Matrix", <more>
"Gattaca" and "The Thirteenth Floor", among other sci-fi movies, and non-stop action, it is a surprisingly great film. I liked very much the amoral behavior of Dr. Merrick Sean Bean , with a total lack of ethic, and the possibility of replacement parts raised in the story. Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor shows a good chemistry, and watching this sci-fi / action movie is worthwhile, even to think how cloning process shall be discussed by the society and controlled through well-studied laws. My vote is eight.Title Brazil : "A Ilha" "The Island"
It is Michael Bays Best Ever! and most of it makes sense! (by demonracer999)
The island is a futuristic action thriller. Set in the year 2019, residents the the last human city live sheltered lives after a disease has contaminated most of the globe. They know the ocean, grass, insects, and all of the worlds wonders only from pictures and looking outside the window. None of them have ever smelled fresh air. The only drive in their lives is that some day they could move to the last habitable island in the world. The Island is pretty solid as an all around movie. Michael Bays visual sense actually completely fits the movie. The movie is down and gritty, which is why Bay <more>
was tapped to direct in the first place one would assume. As Far as the cast goes, Ewan McGregor did a great job. He performed above his usual standard. Especially in his scenes with himself although during one of the car chases his Scottish character was played a bit BIG, but i think that was intended . Scarlett Johansson shows a new side in this film. She performs action, drama, and suspense perfectly. Michael Clarke Duncan gives the performance of the movie, although its a short one. Steve Buscemi and Sean Bean are also great, but take a back seat in the story. While Djimon Hounsou is under used and given a character arc most wont care about.As far as the action cheese goes. Nothing was THAT cheesy. Although the part when two people fall off a skyscraper with a helicopter exploding like 3 feet away from them and they survive with tiny scratches will bother some. The joke that follows it makes it forgivable.Over all it is a unusually solid movie, with more plot and character development than all of Bays other movies put together minus pearl harbor . So Watch And Enjoy This Surprising Summer Delight!
Michael Bay's best film to watch for the audience (by Jimstev1)
I'm not a Michael Bay fan, but I love a lot of his shots and style sometimes but he can tend to get cheesy. In his latest film " The Island" he has finally put together an entertaining, intense film that will put the audience with great satisfaction of action and some storytelling. Most of his films are just about the action. Bad Boys 2 was just nonstop action with some humor that made the film last too long but still a very well put together summer film. Although, The Island had a slow start but finally adapted to getting you into the story and got a bit suspenseful. From there <more>
on your hooked into the film and like the characters more and adds some humor mixed in with the action. I recommend seeing The Island with a group of friends because it's not a film to just sit by yourself and have no one to turn to and say "thats so cool". I had the pleasure of saying that with my group of friends when we attended the sneak preview screening this Saturday night. It's a wild ride of good suspense, action and some funny humor. Michael Bay has made something that's worth the time to sit through this two hour film. Two thumbs up!