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
Michael Bay stated: "The Island opened to the lowest opening in my career. All my movies have been smash hits. They all made a fortune at the box-office for what they cost, and The Island did a pitiful $35 million." He says there were numerous reasons for that. "One, a very big summer. Two, The Island, just the title itself, it's a very complicated title, it's something that's very hard to market because instantly you're thinking of something it is not." The marketing ended up being the biggest failure in his view, and while Warner Bros. did very well with it internationally the domestic advertising never nailed down a tone. "We should have sold it more as an action movie," he says, adding that they instead tried going a more intellectual route. He takes partial blame as he did like some of the ads, but he says Dreamworks ignored his repeated suggestions that they use WB's campaign from overseas. He polled 500 people just a few weeks after the film opened, and roughly 450 of them didn't even know the movie had been released. "The ball was dropped, big time." See more »
At the end of the freeway chase, when Laurent steps out of the passenger side of his car, a camera and several crew members are reflected in the car's door approaching the vehicle. 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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