The Island [HD DVD]
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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.
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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
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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.
The only Michael Bay movie I've so far liked. His films are usually too trumped up in storyline and effects for my liking.
In its own way an original science fiction movie which may have been underrated on its release in cinemas. Perhaps people bad mouthed it because they thought it tread on similar ground to Minority Report, The Matrix, Gattaca or even Coma or THX 1138 perhaps.
Yes I did think of these films watching this as I suppose futuristic movies are all gonna hit on similar themes like cloning, technology, the unknown and forbidden. The Island draws on these with a fresh perspective.
The cast were all great. This movie is very professionally made and totally believable compared to some of todays SFX movies that are just so OTT and false looking.
I don't want to get into the plot, storyline as it's an easy one to spoil.
Just to say this is quite a gem of a movie that will endure the test of time.
This is a slow film to start of with but the second half more than makes up for this with some great chase scenes using some futuristic style vehicles! If you like a film with a good twist or great big budget action scenes, or a fan of Scarlett Johasson you'll love this! 8/10
The prize is to move to a paradisaical island outside the domes that protect the dwellers against the contaminated environment.
Jordan wins the lottery, and Lincoln accidentally finds the scary truth behind the Utopian award: they are clones, generated to provide replacement organs and parts to the owners of insurance policy......
Michael Bays only real flop, is ironic in many ways, mostly because this is one of the best films he has ever made. along with 'The Rock', this actually has a feasible story and narrative (even though it's heavily borrowed from Logan's run), and the traditional big bangs and flashy editing do not hinder the film (hello Transformers).
The whole film is edited in the bay fashion, and its exciting from start to finish. The cast for a film of this genre, is quite classy, with the exception of Johansson, who goes to show that she is just a pretty face and nothing more.
McGregor is as reliable as ever, but struggles with a dodgy accent, and thanks to Star Wars, he manages to hold a big budget movie on his own.
As expected, Bay delivers some spectacular set pieces, the best being the freeway chase, it's beautiful to look at, and fluid in a way that would make John Woo proud.
There are plot holes, but really, when you have one of the most freshest and entertaining summer films released in 2005 (I personally think it failed because of the amount of familiar movies released that year, Batman, War of the worlds, Charlie and the chocolate factory), it doesn't matter, because this is a summer movie and guilty pleasure of the highest order.
However- i went to see it, and i can assure you that it is edge-of-your seat stuff!
The basic storyline, is that Liclion 6 Echo (Ewan McGregor) and Delta Two Jordan (Scarlett Johansson)think that they (allong with a few other people) are the only people to survive a global contamination, hence why they live in some space age facillity.
The only highlight of thier mundane lives, is to be entered into a lottery to go to "the island" -the only part of the world left uncontaminated.
But when someone realises that the lottery may not be as random as they think it is, Liclion and Delta start a race to the truth and to find out if theres more to thier lives than they think...
- I know that was a pretty sketchy plot outline, but i dont want to give anything away!!!
The special effects are amazing, and reflect the huge budget which was spent on the film!!
Both lead characters were excellent, and we see a more action hero like character from Scarlett Johansson, showing her amazing acting talents which here are very different to the dreamy "Charlotte" we saw in "Lost in translation".
If you havent seen the flim and cant descide about it, -trust me- its worth every penny, and its something you WILL watch more than once!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Never heard of the movie but should have. Doesn't escape the inconsistencies common to action movies like incredible luck for the main characters but has enough substance to make... Read morePublished 12 days ago by OlivierM
Fantastic visuals. Special Effects that are still holding up as good as new releases in 2016 eleven years later! Read morePublished 19 days ago by Hisham
If you're looking for a good movie to watch tonight then this movie is not it. I believe every movie deserves a chance but I couldn't even get halfway into this before turning it... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Mr L
Michael Bay ruins what could have been a good film with unbelievable action sequences that really don't fit in what would have been much better as a straight sci-fi plot.Published 1 month ago by jon_hill987
Lincoln and Jordan live in a slightly futuristic society where life is very regimented and everyone is waiting to win the lottery and be transported to "The Island". Read morePublished 3 months ago by Debra F
This film had is share of more boring scenes, but overall it was a good film that i would definitely recommendPublished 3 months ago by Craig