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The Island (2005)

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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.

Director:

Michael Bay

Writers:

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

Lincoln Six Echo is just like everyone else - he's waiting to go to the Island, the only place left in the world to actually live a life. Thousands of people stay at a facility waiting to go to the Island. It all sounds like paradise, but Lincoln Six Echo soon discovers that there's actually a sinister purpose going on at that facility and that he must escape - but not before stopping the sinister plan.

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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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Official Sites:

Warner Bros [France]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La isla See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$126,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,409,070, 24 July 2005, Wide Release

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

This is the first Michael Bay film not produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 18 mins) In several quick shots of the armored car smashing into the police car, the police car is clearly a mocked-up front half of a car with dummies in the front seats. Also, several cables and at least one Eyemo camera are visible next to, inside and under the gray SUV that the police car is pushed into. 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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Connections

References Minority Report (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Good Action Thriller
19 July 2005 | by DarDarDetroitSee all my reviews

I saw the movie at the Detroit red carpet premiere on Monday, July 18. In attendance were Michael Clarke Duncan and Djimon Hounsou.

The movie reminded me very much of Total Recall and The Matrix, not only with the plot line, but with its intensity. This was a very good summer action thriller. It was a little slow at first but once Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson's characters discovered that they were clones, the action picked up immensely.

I was a little surprise about the lack of time Duncan was in the movie. Hounsou did a fabulous job as the hired gun. I am not a Ewan McGregor fan but I think he did a great job as Lincoln Six Echo and Tom Lincoln, especially when both Six Echo and Lincoln were in the same scenes together. Johansson looked good on the screen but her dialogue was limited.

Steve Buscemi did an funny job in his supporting role as McCord, the human buddy of Lincoln Six Echo. The scene when Johansson's character, Jordan Two Delta, and McCord go through McCord's closet to find some normal clothes for Johansson is a riot.

As parts of the movie was shot in Detroit (See when Ewan and Scarlett arrive in L.A.), I was looking for shots of the Motor City. In this sense, the movie did an excellent job making Detroit and "L.A." look really snazzy. However, in two shots of downtown "L.A.", you will see on the side of one of the buildings, a giant mural of Stevie Yzerman in his Red and White Red Wings jersey. I don't know if this was a goof, but it was interesting to think of why Yzerman would be on the side of a building in L.A. forty years hence.

Overall, I give it a seven. If you are a giant action and science fiction fan, you should not miss The Island.


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