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
The action scenes are well directed and the acting is good. Ewan and Scarlet have great chemistry and provide some comical moments, Sean Bean is on top form and Steve Buscemi delivers as usual.
The look of the film is great and the special effects dont overshadow the script, which raises some interesting questions about humanity.
If youre looking for an enjoyable action film this is for you, dont be put off by its poor show at the box office, this is a big, expensive film that delivers when and where it should.
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