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Island [DVD]

3.8 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Natalie Press, Colin Morgan, Janet McTeer
  • Directors: Brek Taylor, Elizabeth Mitchell
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Soda Pictures Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Aug. 2011
  • Run Time: 96.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VQCA70
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,523 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Starring Colin Morgan (BBC’s Merlin), Natalie Press (My Summer of Love, 5 Women) and Academy Award nominee Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds), Island is a psychological drama based on an acclaimed novel about a young woman abandoned at birth who is determined to track down her birth mother..and kill her.

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I watched this movie especially thanks to Colin Morgan and I adored his brilliant performance. He plays an adorable and intriguing Callum who was the character I understood the most in that story. The landscapes and the cinematography were beautiful, but, really, it was Colin Morgan who did the best work in that movie.
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Island is a must watch if you love 1. Colin Morgan 2. Scenic but bleak views 3. Dark Story Lines. I understand why some people would think this movie was slow but it was beautifully done and I was not just impressed by the acting but also the camera shots. You can tell the directors (who are lovely and talented people) put many hours of thought and effort into deciding what views would fit the movie and characters the best. The book is fantastic, blew through it and loved it. I definitely recommend the book (especially for Colin fans! It'll give you better insight into his character). Overall I have to rate this a 5. I must congratulate the entire crew/cast on making a wonderful film.
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Like most people, I bought this film because of the actor Colin Morgan, but this did not affect my opinion of the story or the film as a whole. I ordered the book by Jane Rogers and devoured it in a day since it was such a deep, well written book - and so my expectations for this film, I have to admit, were pretty high.
The film is made by ammeters, and this unfortunately shows. Although most scenes were very real, polished and flawless, other's were needlessly confusing or out of place. Some viewers may be reminded of the cult horror film "May," because of the way it is edited; with a mixture of long drawn-out, socially awkward scenes with minimal editing applied to them, and some sense edited very quickly to show the fragile mental state of Nikki (the lead character).
Having said this, the acting is phenomenal, especially on Natalie Press' part. The character of Nikki Black is a deep and complex one. Her warped thought processes are what makes up the majority of the book, and without any internal narration from her in the film, this was an extremely tricky part to play. She does so flawlessly. I cannot think of anyone one else who would have played this part better. And of course, Colin Morgan was perfect. Anyone reading the book would realise that the part of Calum was perfect for him. (He plays him rather endearingly, with subtly and minimal angst, which was a great relief.)
There is, however, one scene that is almost irredeemable in the eyes of a purest. One of the main controversies of the book was the slightly incestuous relationship between Nikki and Calum, and although there were moments of great uneasy reading in the book, Rogers did not go so far as the film, which does indicate rape at a point. The book did not. And the `big reveal' was needlessly different also...
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By SP on 6 Oct. 2011
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This really is a slow, bleak depressing film. Colin Morgan was top notch but all the other cast seemed so depressed and sombre all the time. Not a film to lift the mood, you have to wonder why it was made. Entertaining it isn't, thought provoking maybe. There was too much made of the bleak setting, I think that was established early on, then overplayed throughout the film as if to cover up a lack of plot. Probably better left as a book where the emotions of the characters can be better explained and explored.
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You have to be in the right mood to watch the film. It's long, languid and, yes, in places bleak but the characters are being specifically shaped by being on the Island and in winter at that. The acting is rather good IMHO. It could have been over-the-top but was instead correctly understated and the film gave the characters time to get to know each other in a slow dance. I believed in the relationship of Calum and Nikki, and for all the idiosyncrasies, it a strong bond. Both characters are ripe for seeing the Island as a fantastical place filled with stories. It's their common bond; the only thing that keeps them remotely sane after intensely painful childhoods. The lighting (subtle shades of green) and the cinematography was spot-on. Some may find it turgid and dull. I thought it was well worth the time absorbing the atmosphere.
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I read, and really enjoyed the book and, wanting to extend the experience, I watched the film. It's never fair to compare one storytelling format to another, but that's maybe where the film fell down - it tried too much to replicate what worked in the book, without (naturally) being able to give the same insights into the internal monologue of the main character, Nikki. Without having read the book I don't think I would have been able to even remotely follow the story in the film. The island is a strong part of the book, becoming more integral as the book progresses, and while I can see that the filmmakers tried to give more prominence to the landscape, too, it really didn't capture me at all and instead felt a bit contrived (and making the film even slower than it already is). The same goes for the stories that are so central to the book; beyond the opening animation of one of them, they fall disappointingly flat. That's not the fault of the actor playing Calum, who tells them; he's actually quite good in portraying a young man with mental disabilities, down to the last gesture (I was unsettlingly reminded of a close relative of mine who also has mental disabilities - it could have been him!). However, the Film-Calum and Nikki really aren't given the same opportunity to build what in the book is a deeply interdependent and ultimately loving relationship (with all its painful-to-read complexities). So, much as I wanted to like the film, I'm afraid I didn't.
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