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.
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.
Over a third of the entire movie was shot on the new Arriflex 235 system. In July 2004, director Michael Bay bought one directly from the Arri camera company before it shipped. After filming he called it the smallest and the lightest camera ever used since it allowed fast pans. The camera weighs 7.7 lbs, exactly half the weight of the 435 series camera. 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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I liked "The Island" quite a bit due for two reasons: a depiction of the future which wasn't too "over the top", which was refreshing, coming from Bay, and that the leads were very effective at portraying their characters. McGregor, from his acting, and Johansson, from her open, fresh expression. There could have been a little more exploration of the cloning question, and I felt the action was, while visually beautiful, mundane. The score was outstanding, the theme beautifully matching the opening to the film. Pity there wasn't more of it. Sean Bean, to those used to his villainous work in "Patriot Games", and "Goldeneye", was a little weak, but due to writing, not his thespian skills. And what's a Micheal Bay or Cohen Brothers movie without Steve Buscemi? His character was relatively weak, with no real motivation behind his actions in the film. Djimon Hounsou has a pretty good part. Nice to see him carry a substantial role. One good reason to see the film: great visuals, good looking people with consistent positive ideals. Pretty to watch.
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