An intriguing action adventure set in the near future, The Island
finds those who survived a mass global contamination living in a contained and highly controlled world. Their actions are controlled, their lives are routine, and the only hope is to win lottery and be sent to a mysterious island, the so-called last surviving, uncontaminated paradise on the planet.
Naturally enough, things are quite what they initially seem, at least in the eyes of Ewan McGregrors Johnny Two Alpha. Along with Scarlet Johansens Jordan Two Delta, they soon find out what happens when you dont fully comply with the rules of this deeply controlled world, and the stage is thus set for some action-packed cinema.
Given the films disappointing box office returns though, you could be forgiven for thinking that all is not well with The Island, and truthfully, its a movie with problems. Its pacing feels a little off, and there are moments when the script does the film no favours at all.
Yet take The Island as a popcorn flick, and youll more than likely find yourself enjoying a good couple of hours of solid entertainment. Sure, ultimately they could have made more of the premise, and produced a tighter movie. But whats on screen usually works well enough, and the two stars dont do badly with the material at their disposal.--Simon Brew
Thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. Lincoln Six-Echo (McGregor) and Jordan Two-Delta (Johansson) are among hundreds of residents of a contained facility in the mid-21st century. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully controlled environment, everything about their day-to-day lives is monitored, seemingly for their own good. The only way out is to be chosen to go to The Island, reportedly the last uncontaminated spot in the world. Recently plagued by unexplained nightmares, Lincoln is restless and increasingly questioning of the restrictions placed on his life. But he is unprepared for the truth when his growing curiosity leads to the terrible discovery that everything about his existence is a lie, that The Island is a cruel hoax, and that he, Jordan and everyone they know are actually more valuable dead than alive.