Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates.
Jerry and Rachel are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations, using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move.
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 go to the Island. It all sounds like paradise, but Lincoln Six Echo soon discovers that there's actually a sinister purpose going on at that facility and that he must escape - but not before stopping the sinister plan.
The Calvin Klein poster, the Calvin Klein spot and some of the photos at Lincoln's house are authentic. See more »
McCord explains to Lincoln Six-Echo and Jordan Two-Delta that by their naming, Lincoln (being an "Echo") would have been from the third generation, and Jordan (being a "Delta") would have been from the fourth. Following the actual military naming of the clones' generations in alphabetical order (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Gulf, etc.) would have, in fact, placed Lincoln in the fifth generation, not the third. However, Lincoln had asked how old they were, not what generation. McCord was telling them their age. Lincoln was Echo generation and is 3 years old, Jordon was Delta generation and is 4 years old. See more »
You're special. You have a very special purpose in life. You've been chosen. The Island awaits you.
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Advertising master Michael Bay releases another product to grace our screens, more popcorn aimed at young teenage boys. His previous moneymakers include: Bad boys 1&2, Pearl Harbor, The Rock and Armageddon.
Its post-apocalyptic days 15 years into the future, the few survivors happily reside in a seemingly Utopians facility. They are all waiting for their chance to go to the last uncontaminated spot on Earth- The Island.
Despite what others view as the perfect lifestyle, Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) is perplexed by the controlled paradise. He asks the big questions: "Why can't I have bacon and what is tofu anyway?" The catalyst for his suspicions is a surreal dream where weird bald men drag him under water followed by Lincoln falling backwards into bed, featuring cinematography similar to Michel Gondry's.
After an hour long set up and two inmates dying the Island becomes less enticing and Lincoln escapes with Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johansson). It is later revealed by friend McCord (Steven Buscemi) "you are clones of people out in the real world". From here onwards the rest of the film can be described in two words: Chase Movie. The Actors make sure to remind you by repeatedly shouting 'run'.
Despite some impressive action sequences this movie is progressively boring. Although you cannot expect a lot from Bay this is his worst movie to date. The script is fruitless when conveying any drama or suspense and there are also those irritating comic cameos courtesy of Bay's strange jocosity. This is where he uses black actors to strike you with a witty one liner to give the bone crushing action that humorous spin. However praise is due for managing to utilize product placement to contribute to the storyline; Johansson's Calvin Klein ad helps the flustered character confirm that she is a clone.
The issue of human cloning is barely toyed with and as though biting back at the Americana he loves an extreme view is taken and the finger is pointed at the new American Dream: to remain forever young. However this is a change from Bay's usual films where America triumphs over adversity and prevents a cataclysmic disaster- again.
His infamous policy of 'style over substance' is already trivial; the film just feels like a 2-hour advertisement. Where the token slow motion effect, heavily edited shots and metal tracks cover for the absence of a story. No amount of loud sound effects and distorted guitar is going to badger anyone into mindlessly enjoying this. Even Bay admits that this film might be his first flop as it fails to attract the box office millions he is used to.
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