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The Island (2005)

A man living in a futuristic sterile colony begins to question his circumscribed existence when his friend is chosen to go to the Island, the last uncontaminated place on earth.

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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.

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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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22 July 2005 (USA)  »

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$126,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,409,070 (USA) (22 July 2005)

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$35,799,026 (USA) (2 September 2005)
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The phone used by Tom Lincoln is the Nokia 8800/8801 model. At the time of the movie filming this was merely a concept phone; it was subsequently mass released. See more »

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(at around 7 mins) The elevator doors open twice when the guards go to see the disturbance that Gandu 3 Echo caused. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Bashiri / Hansen / Hasenohrl
Performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of Extreme Production Music USA
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Underrated!
3 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I found The Island to be highly enjoyable - a great Summer blockbuster that isn't quite mindless. It raises a number of very interesting questions...

Plenty of eye candy in every form, the two leads, the scenery, explosions, action sequences, the cinematography, everything you would expect from Michael Bay and Co.

The pacing to begin with is somewhat slow as the premise is set up (though disappointingly the trailers give it all away), but once it launches into the first action sequence it doesn't let up for some time. Yes the story has a number of plot holes but you can easily overlook them and get swept away in the fun. I've never seen Johansson on film until now and WOW, now I know what all the fuss is about. Her and McGregor display enough chemistry to make their relationship believable but only just. I'm sure this will only propel them onto bigger and better things.

My one and only gripe was with the ending scene complete with cheesy choral accompaniment - blech! Maybe Bay just couldn't help himself. I suppose no film is perfect..

7 out of 10, solid, fun entertainment, what more can you ask for?


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