Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Bean, Djimon
Hounsou, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan
Released by: DreamWorks
Short: Science and technology go haywire
in "The Island," a fast-paced futuristic
adventure that boasts some amazing action sequences.
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really didn't sound that interesting, going to see a movie
about cloning. Even worse, with Michael Bay at the helm,
"The Island" had the potential to be squirmingly
bad, like his "Pearl Harbor" debacle. But happily,
"The Island" hearkens back to "The Rock,"
one of Bay's best films, and is a pretty good summer popcorn
futuristic story of a huge controlled community of people
living underground, in what seems to be the aftermath
of a global contamination, the film begins as a mysterious
drama. All the residents, including stars Ewan McGregor
and Scarlett Johansson (who looks absolutely gorgeous
throughout the film), are hoping to win the coveted chance
to go outside, to the only uncontaminated spot left in
the world, the place known as "the island."
as their utopian, highly controlled lives roll along,
things begin to go haywire, lies are uncovered, the pair
escapes into the outside world, and the chase—led
by our favorite actor, Djimon Hounsou—begins. The
car-flying motorcycle-truck sequence alone is worth the
price of admission. Incredibly brutal and realistic it's
just one in a string of action scenes that will make you
literally jump out of your seat. It's hard to believe
that no one got seriously injured in the course of the
shoot; but there's no doubt some great cars got wrecked.
has wisely cast a bunch of good actors in key roles, which
really helps make this more than just a dumb action flick.
Sean Bean is terrific as a ruthless scientist and (as
usual) Steve Buscemi's performance as a slightly hapless
techno geek is spot-on perfect. McGregor shines, too,
especially when he's playing himself twice.
best thing about "The Island" is that the plot
never gets stupid, creating a world that is believable
all the way through to its final moments. Sure, there
are sequences where most mortals would end up dead and
our heroes escape with barely a scratch, and there's a
bit too much product placement (Puma must have paid big
bucks), but it is the movies, after all, not real life.