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Is it real?
The Island  (DVD)
Member Name: metbebe
The Island  (DVD)
Advantages: Great story and directing
Disadvantages: The very long car chase sequence
In this action sci-fi thriller you will experience love, panic, excitement and disturbance amongst a whole lot of other feelings. The Island is a film for those who are not afraid to see what Michael Bay thinks might happen in the future of the science world, but do not fear because this film will also make you question your own thoughts of the matter it concerns.
The earth has been contaminated and the survivors are brought to an underground facility to repopulate the planet. It has been 7 years and the scientists have been able to find an island that hasn't been contaminated like the rest of the earth. Every day there is a lottery and the one who wins it gets to go to the Island to live in paradise. New people are found each day and one morning Lincoln six Echo wakes up after a nightmare and can't help to wonder if there is something more than the world he lives in. There are all these unanswered questions in his head. Who cleans his clothes and gives him new ones every morning? Who decides what he is allowed to eat? Has the earth really been contaminated? Is the Island real?
My first thought about the film was that it is a typical Michael Bay film. The car chases, the action, the manhunt. It is also not predictable. You do get surprised over what is happening and you can't figure out what is happening before it is spelt out to you. In films like this you need to have this excitement for it to work and that is exactly what the Island has. It is also funny and if you like Ewan McGregor or looking at Scarlett Johansson then this is the film for you. Ewan McGregor has been in better films, my opinion, like 'Moulin Rouge' but he is great in this one and so is his co-star Johansson. In fact, the acting in general is great and very convincing which always is a good thing, otherwise you might loose interest in the film and turn it off after 30 minutes.
Michael Bay has made the film exciting, intriguing and you are also not left with any unanswered questions in the end. You don't have to be nailed to the television either to understand this film. Some plots are so complicated that you have a hard time following the story where there are so many variables and explanations to all the questions regarding the story. Despite the fact that The Island has a lot of variables and characters, it is not difficult to follow or understand which is an advantage for this kind of movie. Because the one thing you don't want with a complex plot is to confuse the viewer even more by making it hard to follow, so in my opinion the directing is excellent.
The one thing I thought could have been different is the very long car chase but on the other hand this is an action film as well as science fiction and thriller, so I guess a car chase is on order. I recommend this film to those who like Michael Bay's earlier work such as; The Rock, Armageddon, Bad Boys 2 and Transformers. But every time you watch a film, you should always watch it and make up your own mind.
This is, on the other hand, one film that is not and will not be in my collection even though I have seen it twice.
Ewan McGregor - Lincoln Six Echo/Tom Lincoln
Scarlett Johansson - Jordan Two Delta/Sarah Jordan
Sean Bean - Dr. Merrick
Djimon Hounsou - Albert Laurent
Steve Buscemi - James McCord
Michael Clark Duncan - Starkweather Two Delta
Summary: Watch it