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A man goes on the run after he discovers that he is actually a "harvestable being", and is being kept as a source of replacement parts, along with others, in a Utopian facility.

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In an updated version of Logan's Run 1976 (which was just an updated version of the Bible's Eden story), two clones leave the relative safety & tranquility of their utopia to find the truth about what's outside their gilded cage. And although they find a hostile world, they return to free the rest of the prisoners. So this could have been called "Lincoln's Run". Written by Steve83

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$126,000,000 (estimated)

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$93,311 (Turkey) (16 September 2005)

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$620,872 (South Africa) (16 September 2005)
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A 45-minute preview of the film was shown to the press at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »

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While Lincoln and Jordan were running through the conditioning room (where it was pouring water) they were both wet and dirty, yet when they ran into the next room, they were perfectly dry and clean. See more »

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God-Like Man: You're special. You have a very special purpose in life. You've been chosen. The Island awaits you.
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Just a little better than pretty good, but also just a little unoriginal
20 March 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

Michael Bay has had his directoral ups and downs, but here in the big budget action realm, the director of the excellent The Rock seems right at home. This time, Bay welds the action to a solid, if somewhat unoriginal sci fi plot - which blends elements of Logan's Run, THX-1138 and Gattaca.

Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johanson are an attractive couple living in a completely medically regulated community designed to repopulate a world decimated by a mass extinction. Ethan Phillips, Djimon Hounsou and Sean Beam all provide excellent support. Beam is miraculously transformed into his clever, arrogant and suspect character. Phillips is also particularly memorable as their slightly unhinged pal.

Life in an enclosed, sterile environment, with all of their needs taken careof - including neatly arranged and identical uniforms, jobs, and three square can be a great bore, so - once a week or so - the sponsoring corporation gives away a one way ticket to the only place in the outside world which isn't lethal - The Island.

McGregor's Licoln Six Echo and a number of his cohorts are becoming increasingly agitated and curious about their home. All the while, his platonic relationship with Jordan Two Delta (Johanson) grows. But then, she wins her ticket to the island.

I have described the basic set up, and sci-fi fans will probably understand that this film actually sits among Logan's Run, gattaca, THX-1138 and other intelligent dystopian sci films. What may be a little harder to visualize is how stylistically indebted to Gattaca and THX-1138 this film is. Ewan McGregor doesn't really look like Ethan Hawke, and Scarlett Johanson is certainly not easily mistaken for Uma Thurmond, but between the cinematography, the themes, and the overall prettiness of the cast, the homage is obvious. The camera work is excellent, and the pace is spot-on, though it does become a little breathless toward the end.

Nevertheless, The Island stands on its own as a nice example of big budget sci fi which does not insult its audience's intelligence and uses its budget to tell an interesting story - not just to show off a lot of special effects and highly improbable action (though there is quite a lot of both here anyway). Recommended for serious and semi-serious sci fi fans.


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