The Island

July 22nd, 2005








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The Island

Still of Ewan McGregor in The IslandStill of Ewan McGregor in The IslandMichael Clarke Duncan at event of The IslandStill of Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson in The IslandStill of Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson in The IslandStill of Scarlett Johansson in The Island

Plot
A man goes on the run after he discovers that he is actually a "harvestable being", and is being kept as a source of replacement parts, along with others, in a Utopian facility.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.8/10 (126,790 voted)

Critic's Score: 50/100

Director: Michael Bay

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor, Djimon Hounsou

Storyline
Lincoln Six-Echo is a resident of a seemingly Utopian but contained facility in the year 2019. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully controlled environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to the "The Island" - reportedly the last uncontaminated spot on the planet. But Lincoln soon discovers that everything about his existence is a lie. He and all of the other inhabitants of the facility are actually human clones. Lincoln makes a daring escape with a beautiful fellow resident named Jordan Two-Delta. Relentlessly pursued by the forces of the sinister institute that once housed them, Lincoln and Jordan engage in a race for their lives to literally meet their makers.

Writers: Caspian Tredwell-Owen, Alex Kurtzman

Cast:
Ewan McGregor - Lincoln Six Echo / Tom Lincoln
Scarlett Johansson - Jordan Two Delta / Sarah Jordan
Djimon Hounsou - Albert Laurent
Sean Bean - Dr. Bernard Merrick
Steve Buscemi - James McCord
Michael Clarke Duncan - Starkweather Two Delta / Jamal Starkweather
Ethan Phillips - Jones Three Echo
Brian Stepanek - Gandu Three Echo
Noa Tishby - Community Announcer
Siobhan Flynn - Lima One Alpha
Troy Blendell - Laurent Team Member
Jamie McBride - Laurent Team Member
Kevin McCorkle - Laurent Team Member
Gary Nickens - Laurent Team Member
Kathleen Rose Perkins - Laurent Team Member

Taglines: Plan Your Escape



Details

Official Website: DreamWorks [United States] | Warner Bros [France] |

Release Date: 22 July 2005

Filming Locations: Ambassador Hotel - 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $122,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,409,070 (USA) (24 July 2005) (3122 Screens)

Gross: $160,285,073 (Worldwide)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
The turtle-shaped car in Tom Lincoln's display case is a model of John Cobb's "Railton-Mobil Special", which broke the World Land Speed Record three times in 1938, 1939 and 1947. The latter record stood for nearly 16 years, when it was broken by Craig Breedlove's "Spirit of America" jet car. Subsequent piston-engined cars have only pushed up the record by 11 m.p.h.

Goofs:
Continuity: The elevator doors open twice when the guards go to see the disturbance that Gandu 3 Echo caused.

Quotes:
[first lines]
God-Like Man: You're special. You have a very special purpose in life. You've been chosen. The Island awaits you.



User Review

The Popcorn Action Sci-Fi Thriller for summer 2005

Rating: 7/10

I worked at Eworks when I first saw the trailer for "The Island." I wasn't blown away by the trailer and neither was anyone I worked with, mainly because we couldn't figure out what the hell the movie was about. Several trailers and TV spots later, I still felt the same way about it. The only thing about the film that interested me was the cast. I really like Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor, and Steve Buscemi. So considering that there was nothing else out this weekend I decided to give "The Island" a chance.

"The Island" is basically about the end of the human race or so we think. The movie's basic storyline for the film is this: the human race gets contaminated and there is this compound that rescues people and decontaminates them. So all of the world's survivors live in this compound with the ultimate goal of going to the Island, where everyone can live a safe and happy life. However, Lincoln (Ewan McGregor) finds that this compound doesn't make much sense and begins to question the whole idea of the island. It isn't long before Lincoln finds out the truth behind the island but just when he does his best friend Jordan (Scarlett Johansson) gets selected to go to the island. It is now up to Lincoln to save Jordan and the rest of the people in the compound from going to the island and ultimately finding out the truth of their existence. An intense and action packed film ensues…

Like I said earlier this film never really interested me but since this summer is really lacking in films, I gave it a chance and I am glad I did. This movie may actually be Michael Bay's move from all action to action and story. While there are still some plot holes in the film and the script could use a little fixing up, the majority of the film was well done especially for someone like Michael Bay. The story was very interesting and seemed pretty realistic. Sure it had a few far-fetched action scenes but what's a summer action movie without them? But on the whole it was action packed, entertaining, interesting, and thought provoking film(wow who would believe that one day I could say that about a Michael Bay movie).

I also never thought I would see Scarlett Johansson play in a Hollywood action/thriller and from her scenes in the trailer it looked like I never wanted to either. However I was pleasantly surprised by how she pulled it off. She seemed to fit the role and was very good at it. But if you ask me would I rather see her in big budget popcorn flicks or independent films, I would still pick the independent films. Ewan McGregor was actually good as well, and again I never thought I would see him pull off a role like this but I guess that proves that both McGregor and Johansson are good actors. It's was also fun to have Ewan and Scarlett giving the film a few chuckles here and there. Steve Buscemi is our comedic relief guy as well as the guy who basically explains the whole island thing to us. He was good but I felt was cut out of the film awfully fast.

Bottom line is that I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of "The Island." It was a lot better then "War of the Worlds" which basically had all action and no story. This film doesn't have a perfect story, but it still has one and has an interesting concept at that. This film isn't going to win best picture any time soon but it's a good summer blockbuster. The basic premise of the film to me seems very believable in the near future. I just suggest buying the biggest popcorn and soda at the theater and enjoy! MovieManMenzel's final rating for "The Island" is a 7/10




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