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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.

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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

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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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:

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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Bay claimed that one of the challenges of production, was that the scenes set in the compound were filmed on factory floors noisy with machinery. Sometimes it would be so loud, that the crew actually had to wear hearing protection. See more »

Goofs

The real Tom Lincoln didn't have the cut over the right eye, and plenty of video was captured of the clone, who did have the cut, enough to identify the real from the fake. See more »

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[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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Just a little better than pretty good, but also just a little unoriginal
20 March 2007 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

Michael Bay has had his directoral ups and downs, but here in the big budget action realm, the director of the excellent The Rock seems right at home. This time, Bay welds the action to a solid, if somewhat unoriginal sci fi plot - which blends elements of Logan's Run, THX-1138 and Gattaca.

Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johanson are an attractive couple living in a completely medically regulated community designed to repopulate a world decimated by a mass extinction. Ethan Phillips, Djimon Hounsou and Sean Beam all provide excellent support. Beam is miraculously transformed into his clever, arrogant and suspect character. Phillips is also particularly memorable as their slightly unhinged pal.

Life in an enclosed, sterile environment, with all of their needs taken careof - including neatly arranged and identical uniforms, jobs, and three square can be a great bore, so - once a week or so - the sponsoring corporation gives away a one way ticket to the only place in the outside world which isn't lethal - The Island.

McGregor's Licoln Six Echo and a number of his cohorts are becoming increasingly agitated and curious about their home. All the while, his platonic relationship with Jordan Two Delta (Johanson) grows. But then, she wins her ticket to the island.

I have described the basic set up, and sci-fi fans will probably understand that this film actually sits among Logan's Run, gattaca, THX-1138 and other intelligent dystopian sci films. What may be a little harder to visualize is how stylistically indebted to Gattaca and THX-1138 this film is. Ewan McGregor doesn't really look like Ethan Hawke, and Scarlett Johanson is certainly not easily mistaken for Uma Thurmond, but between the cinematography, the themes, and the overall prettiness of the cast, the homage is obvious. The camera work is excellent, and the pace is spot-on, though it does become a little breathless toward the end.

Nevertheless, The Island stands on its own as a nice example of big budget sci fi which does not insult its audience's intelligence and uses its budget to tell an interesting story - not just to show off a lot of special effects and highly improbable action (though there is quite a lot of both here anyway). Recommended for serious and semi-serious sci fi fans.


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