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Set in a dystopian future, a group of people work in a facility, essentially as slaves. They do have an incentive though - a regular lottery is held and one of them gets to leave the facility and its restrictions and move to The Island, a paradise. Lincoln Six Echo is one of the workers in the facility and he is infatuated with Jordan Two Delta. His life is fairly uneventful and mundane until Jordan Two Delta gets selected to go to The Island. Then Lincoln starts to discover the truth about the facility and The Island.Written by
Four actors reunite in this film that appeared in Michael Bay's Armageddon (1999): Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris Ellis, and Shawnee Smith. See more »
If a body can be cloned, so can an organ. There would be no need to kill a clone by harvesting something like its liver, when a liver could just be grown.
The sponsors might not know what will ail them, and organs take time to clone, so it makes sense to clone the entire body. 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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Written by The Prom Kings, Michael Carney & Andrew Duncan
Performed by The Prom Kings
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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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