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270 out of 379 people found the following review useful:
The Popcorn Action Sci-Fi Thriller for summer 2005, 24 July 2005
Author: MovieManMenzel from United States
I worked at Eworks when I first saw the trailer for "The Island." I
wasn't blown away by the trailer and neither was anyone I worked with,
mainly because we couldn't figure out what the hell the movie was
about. Several trailers and TV spots later, I still felt the same way
about it. The only thing about the film that interested me was the
cast. I really like Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor, and Steve
Buscemi. So considering that there was nothing else out this weekend I
decided to give "The Island" a chance.
"The Island" is basically about the end of the human race or so we think. The movie's basic storyline for the film is this: the human race gets contaminated and there is this compound that rescues people and decontaminates them. So all of the world's survivors live in this compound with the ultimate goal of going to the Island, where everyone can live a safe and happy life. However, Lincoln (Ewan McGregor) finds that this compound doesn't make much sense and begins to question the whole idea of the island. It isn't long before Lincoln finds out the truth behind the island but just when he does his best friend Jordan (Scarlett Johansson) gets selected to go to the island. It is now up to Lincoln to save Jordan and the rest of the people in the compound from going to the island and ultimately finding out the truth of their existence. An intense and action packed film ensues
Like I said earlier this film never really interested me but since this summer is really lacking in films, I gave it a chance and I am glad I did. This movie may actually be Michael Bay's move from all action to action and story. While there are still some plot holes in the film and the script could use a little fixing up, the majority of the film was well done especially for someone like Michael Bay. The story was very interesting and seemed pretty realistic. Sure it had a few far-fetched action scenes but what's a summer action movie without them? But on the whole it was action packed, entertaining, interesting, and thought provoking film(wow who would believe that one day I could say that about a Michael Bay movie).
I also never thought I would see Scarlett Johansson play in a Hollywood action/thriller and from her scenes in the trailer it looked like I never wanted to either. However I was pleasantly surprised by how she pulled it off. She seemed to fit the role and was very good at it. But if you ask me would I rather see her in big budget popcorn flicks or independent films, I would still pick the independent films. Ewan McGregor was actually good as well, and again I never thought I would see him pull off a role like this but I guess that proves that both McGregor and Johansson are good actors. It's was also fun to have Ewan and Scarlett giving the film a few chuckles here and there. Steve Buscemi is our comedic relief guy as well as the guy who basically explains the whole island thing to us. He was good but I felt was cut out of the film awfully fast.
Bottom line is that I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of "The Island." It was a lot better then "War of the Worlds" which basically had all action and no story. This film doesn't have a perfect story, but it still has one and has an interesting concept at that. This film isn't going to win best picture any time soon but it's a good summer blockbuster. The basic premise of the film to me seems very believable in the near future. I just suggest buying the biggest popcorn and soda at the theater and enjoy! MovieManMenzel's final rating for "The Island" is a 7/10
260 out of 366 people found the following review useful:
Underrated!, 3 August 2005
I found The Island to be highly enjoyable - a great Summer blockbuster
that isn't quite mindless. It raises a number of very interesting
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?
200 out of 297 people found the following review useful:
Exciting and intense, 15 July 2005
Author: radrdff from United States
I got to see an advance screening of "The Island" on 7/12, and I definitely enjoyed it. Although trailers and plot summaries gave away a lot of the story, I was still surprised by its intensity. An early scene involving two of the lottery winners continues to haunt me, as does a later discussion of what it means to be branded "less than human". The action sequences had me gripping the arms of my chair. I thought Jordan and Lincoln's innocence was very well-done and appropriate for the life they had led. Parts of "The Island" reminded me of "Brave New World", other parts were similar to "Logan's Run" and I was even reminded in a small way of "The Matrix" - but none of the similarities seemed like cheap imitations, more like an expansion of an older theme. Overall it was a very good movie. I can't wait to see it again when it's released on the 22nd!
148 out of 206 people found the following review useful:
Original, Intriguing and Scary View of Science, Ethic and Future Society, 10 December 2005
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In 2019, Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) and Jordan Two Delta
(Scarlett Johansson) are best friends in a repressive and intriguing
society, where everybody expects to win the lottery. The prize is to
move to a paradisiacal island outside the domes that protect the
dwellers against the contaminated environment. Jordan wins the lottery,
and Lincoln accidentally finds the scary truth behind the utopist
"The Island" is an original, intriguing and scary view of science, ethic and society in a near future. Using elements of "Logan's Run", "Matrix", "Gattaca" and "The Thirteenth Floor", among other sci-fi movies, and non-stop action, it is a surprisingly great film. I liked very much the amoral behavior of Dr. Merrick (Sean Bean), with a total lack of ethic, and the possibility of replacement parts raised in the story. Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor shows a good chemistry, and watching this sci-fi / action movie is worthwhile, even to think how cloning process shall be discussed by the society and controlled through well-studied laws. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "A Ilha" ("The Island")
255 out of 430 people found the following review useful:
""The Island" Is What Gives Them Hope", 3 August 2005
Author: Mr_Sensitive from THAILAND, BANGKOK
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I have every movies of Michael Bay, and I got to say this is probably
his best. Though the story is nothing new and it has a lots (loads) of
resemblances of his previous work; I really enjoy watching it. But it
actually the actors (Ewan and Scarlett) who made this movie so
Without this two actors I don't think I could enjoy it this much. They are perfect with each other (though they're like 10 yrs apart). The story is very believable and it also got great flows; though many parts are just too brief and too many actions scene. I have to warn you the movie has a lots of gruesome scenes.
Anyway, I like the movie. And I highly recommended for you to watch. Don't trust the US Box Office. As far as I concern it have done really well around the world. This might not be the best sci-fi movie, but it surely keep the audience ask for more pop-corn.
Recommendation: Michael Have Done It Right This Time.
Rating: 7/10 (Grade: B-) Please Rate My Review (Yes or No) After Reading It Thanks
95 out of 126 people found the following review useful:
Why were the critics so harsh on the film?, 30 January 2006
Author: Kristine (email@example.com) from Chicago, Illinois
I thought "The Island" was fantastic and just was a movie worth
watching. Ewan and Scarlett were just great together in this on the
seat thriller, the story was just very exciting. Especially since
cloning is such a huge debate right now, I know that it is going to get
more intense in the future. That's the story's main plot, cloning and
wither it's right or wrong of playing God.
The story itself just keeps you guessing and thinking with some very great effects. I would without a doubt recommend "The Island" for your viewing pleasure. It's a lot of fun, it's got excitement, romance, action, and a plot that actually worked coming from Michael Bay. :D My only complaint is the ending, which I choose not to give away, but it leaves some room for questioning. Other than that, enjoy!
123 out of 184 people found the following review useful:
The Island Is A Mighty Fine Movie., 4 August 2005
Author: BigHardcoreRed from Calimesa, California
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The Island is about the possibility, in the not too distant future, of
a clone farm, for lack of a better term. When dealing with clones,
especially in the movies, problems usually arise due to the lack of
knowledge in the area. In this particular movie, it does not give away
that they are clones too soon (unless you saw the preview). We are
eased into their predicament slowly, although something is quite
different and not right. At the beginning, I got sort of a Truman Show
kind of feel to the movie, as they are always being watched, either by
computers or cameras, and their lives are controlled in just about
The clones are told that the outer world is contaminated and that the only safe place left is "the island". The only way to get to the island is through random lotteries where the lucky winner is whisked away to their new paradise.
Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) is the first of the "harvested beings", as they put it, to start asking questions and even has distinct memories that were not embedded by the corporation. While wandering around, he soon discovers they have all been lied to. Meanwhile, one of his closest friends, Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johansson), has just won the lottery! Just as she is getting ready to leave, Lincoln grabs her away and starts running.
The rest of the movie is pretty much a chase scene. One scene in particular closely resembles the one from Bad Boys II. That is not a bad thing, as it was still unique and fun watching the mass destruction.
Both Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson did a fine job in their roles. Somehow, I do not remember Scarlett being as hot as she was in this film but maybe that is just the movie magic. Either way, she has a new fan. Also, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Clarke Duncan, Steve Buscemi and Sean Bean did fine jobs with their roles. Duncan's role was pretty small but his performance was very strong and relevant to the story.
I was reminded of many movies while watching this one. One scene, while showing the harvesting, was closely resembling The Matrix. Also, one of the reasons I liked this movie so much was the ingenuity involved with inventions of the future. From innovated trains to literal desktop computers (that was awesome) to cars and even to an X-Box, those little things sprinkled all through the movie kept my eyes on the screen. Similar to I, Robot.
Although I would not have considered myself a fan of Michael Bay, after seeing this movie and realizing what other movies he is also responsible for (minus Pearl Harbor), I can say that I like his work and am looking forward to his upcoming Transformers project. 8.5/10
116 out of 177 people found the following review useful:
Excellent, 2 December 2006
Author: kmahaffey from United States
I, and also my whole family, found this movie extremely enjoyable and
very underrated. I have to admit that I had't even heard of this movie
and almost passed it by, as soon as it started, I was glad that I
Because of the content of a lot of movies (ie. graphic sex and/or violence) it can sometimes be hard to find a movie that the whole family can enjoy without feeling uncomfortable (or falling asleep). I found that "The Island" has everything I want in a movie, action, adventure, comedy, and an extremely well written plot line, without an overabundance of sex or violence.
I feel that this movie is well worth watching and highly recommend it.
137 out of 226 people found the following review useful:
loved it, 31 July 2005
The Island is the first Michael Bay movie I have seen and I really
enjoyed it. Far more entertaining than War Of The Worlds for example,
which I found quite boring.
The story is pretty standard issue Sci Fi. Fine by me (I wasn't expecting Bladerunner). It's a story of cloning and bad scientists up to no good. It's a quest movie and a chase movie. It looks fabulous, some nice toys to enjoy. The chase scenes maybe improbable but who cares? It's not Hotel Ruanda (great by the way - love Don Cheedle!!).
You know, I actually found it quite touching and was definitely invested in the well being of the main characters
Ewan McGregor is excellent, he is really fun to watch, he takes the movie seriously and it works. He's a really good actor, why haven't I noticed that before? Easy one the eye too which is always good.
Scarlet Johanson is also good, she is lovely to behold and she also turns in a good performance (though never with out lip gloss no matter what) darned makeup people!.
Djimon Hounsou doesn't have as much to do as the above (they are on screen pretty much the whole movie), however,he holds our attention when he is on screen, another fine actor.
If you want some fun, nothing too deep, that looks good and acting that is entirely entertaining. If you enjoy the adrenalin rush of a good chase and some epic destruction (like I do) this is your movie. Go. 10/10 for FUN.
127 out of 215 people found the following review useful:
A fun ride...., 23 July 2005
Author: pekjr4 from United States
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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