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The Island (2005)

PG-13 | | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 22 July 2005 (USA)
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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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Michael Bay

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Caspian Tredwell-Owen (screenplay), Alex Kurtzman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Lincoln Six Echo / Tom Lincoln
Scarlett Johansson ... Jordan Two Delta / Sarah Jordan
Djimon Hounsou ... Albert Laurent
Sean Bean ... Dr. Bernard Merrick
Steve Buscemi ... James McCord
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Starkweather Two Delta / Jamal Starkweather
Ethan Phillips ... Jones Three Echo
Brian Stepanek ... Gandu Three Echo
Noa Tishby ... Community Announcer
Siobhan Flynn ... Lima One Alpha
Troy Blendell ... Laurent Team Member
Jamie McBride ... Laurent Team Member
Kevin McCorkle ... Laurent Team Member
Gary Nickens ... Laurent Team Member
Kathleen Rose Perkins ... Laurent Team Member
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Storyline

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 grantss

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They don't want you to know what you are. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros [France]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Island See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$126,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,409,070, 24 July 2005

Gross USA:

$35,818,913

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$162,949,164
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Spielberg felt he missed the beat where Lincoln and Jordan first exit the tunnel and see real sunlight. Bay agreed but felt the tunnel setup prevented him from finding that opportunity. See more »

Goofs

McCord tells Lincoln and Jordan that the numbers in their names refer to states in America. Lincoln's number is 6 (Lincoln 6 Echo), so his sponsor lives in LA. When they are at the directory in LA, Jordan asks for," Sara Jordan" and a little boy answers, however Jordan's number is 2 (Jordan 2 Delta), so her sponsor should not live in LA. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Welcome Home (2006) See more »

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Siboney
Written by Ernesto Lecuona & Dolly Morse (as Theodora Morse)
Performed by Connie Francis
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A direct rip-off
5 August 2005 | by StanleyStrangeloveSee all my reviews

This movie is a direct rip-off of the 1979 film The Clonus Horror. Here is the IMDb plot summary of that movie.

"Plot Summary for The Clonus Horror (1979) A young man escapes from a government run project called Clonus only to find out that Peter Graves (Jeff Knight) a candidate for Presidency is a conspirator to keep Clonus a secret. Top government officials are aware of it and support the super secret project, because they are cloning themselves to live longer and better lives, at the expense of their clone counter-part, who is no more than a "slave" as far as human rights are concerned. The ethical and moral values are explored as the escapee (Tim Donnelly) known as Richard returns full circle back to Clonus, only to find his girlfriend lobotomized for government security purposes."

It is surprising the creators of The Clonus Horror have not filed a lawsuit. The Island also rips off heavily from The Matrix and Logan's Run, both of which are much superior films.

Directed by Michael Bay, The Island stars Scarlett Johansson (LOST IN TRANSLATION) and Ewan McGregor (STAR WARS) as Lincoln Six Echo/Tom Lincoln and Jordan Two Delta/Sarah Jordan.

Unlike the Clonus Horror, this movie has product placements for the following products, and they are VERY OBVIOUS: Aquafina, Puma shoes, Cadillac, MSN, X-Box, Johnny Rockets. Much of the movie has the philosophical depth of a commercial.

You may remember the joke in This Is Spinal Tap about the amplifier with a volume knob that goes to 11. The volume on this movie is 49.

There are the obligatory car chases and the two stars are wasted in this bombastic mess.


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