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
22 January 2006. Warning: Spoilers. Michael Bay has made an action thriller based on a science fiction theme that is qualitatively impression. His ability to combine action and substantive drama with science fiction is improving the genre. The atmospherics, the set design, the collision between the supposed future and the present culture is fascinating. The director has incorporated more substance but not to the distraction of the action/thrills. The special effects are superior to "War of the Worlds," the highly touted science fiction special effects movie of the year (though admittedly the subject matter and sequences are different) and more effective in their realism and impact. The performances are sound and the later events are dramatically viewed. The humor of Steve Buscemi was classic and added a very nice layered density to the movie.
Still there is room for improvement particularly with the storyline and character development, especially with Scarlett Johansson's role.
Scarlett plays two roles as does Ewan McGregor and Scarlett's counterpart or authentic, original identity is not given any screen time as compared to Ewan's and we are left hanging as to what becomes of her and her son. Considering the time constraints and everything, this omission is understandable, but still the opportunity for a more intimate dramatic sequence was possible and left out.
The ending is reasonable but not completely satisfying in its ultimate, convenient explosive climax, though it was thrilling and overall the whole sequence was entertaining and exciting.
The mix of drama and science fiction as with "Aeon Flux" is becoming more established of this genre and the improvement in such movies is continuing to raise the bar. Both movies show great promise for future directions of science fiction films. Seven out of Ten Stars.
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