Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson,
Djimon Hounsou, Sean Bean, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan
RunTime: 2 hrs 15 mins
Released By: Warner Bros
Day: In Cinemas 21 July 2005
Lincoln Six-Echo (McGregor) is a resident of a seemingly utopian
but contained facility in the mid-21st century. 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—until he
makes a terrible discovery that everything about his existence
is a lie…and that he is actually more valuable dead
than alive. Together with a beautiful fellow resident named
Jordan Two-Delta (Johansson), Lincoln makes a daring escape
to the outside world he’s never known. Now, with the
forces of the institute that once housed them relentlessly
hunting them down, Lincoln and Jordan engage in a desperate
race for their lives.
The Island is a kinetic, visually stunning and a thoughts
provoking film. The film begins in a not so distant future
where survivors of a disease that had contaminated most of
the world are being placed in a sterile enclosed environment.
In this environment, the males and females are segregated
and close proximity is not allowed. With limited knowledge,
their only way of life is to perform simple tasks and obey
the given rules. Their only aim? To be picked from a lottery
draw and transported to the only uncontaminated island in
this world: the ultimate destination and fulfillment for the
Lincoln Six-Echo was growing to be dissatisfied with his existence
in the enclosed area. Unlike the rest of the residents, he
soon questions the validity of his surroundings and what really
lies in the ideal destination. His curiosity accelerated when
his fellow female resident, Jordan Two-Delta, whom he was
growing fond of, was selected through the lottery to go to
the Island. His curiosity leads him to discover of the real
and awful truth behind the lottery picks and it’s up
to him to rescue the girl of his dreams.
The trailers and plot summaries should have given away the
truth behind the lottery, so some spoiler alert for those
who do not wish to spoil their viewing pleasure. The residents
“survivors” are actually clones of human from
the outside world and they are used to grow the spare body
parts. The Lottery pick was just an excuse to harvest the
body parts for their donors in the real world.
Ewan McGregor did a great job as Lincoln Six-Echo, especially
in his dual roles as Lincoln Six Echo (the clone) and Tom
Lincoln (the donor) who had same scenes at some points. His
usage of different accents to differentiate both characters
was a nice touch and in mere minutes, Ewan McGregor managed
to convince me that there were two different people with the
Now I have never seen Scarlett Johansson in an action film
before and after watching the Island, I am sure that I won’t
mind watching her in another action film. This lady can pack
a punch as well as she could with emotions.
Another notable actor in this film would be Steve Buscemi
who played the technician that helped Lincoln and Jordan’s
escape. As in most of his films, he managed to steal the limelight
in every scene he appeared in. His sarcasm was sharpand witty
and often delivers some of the best lines in this film. The
most memorable line in this whole film had to be his comments
on cows and burger.
Loud Explosions, high-speed car chases on highways, aerial
pursuit and death defying pulsing scenes! All the traits of
Michael Bay’s films are back with him on his latest
sci-fi production, the Island. Action sequences were choreographed
to excite the eye and quicken the pulse. Slow motion and quick
cuts result in stylistically visual and stunning images that
will always stand out as a Michael Bay film.
The difference with this film from his previous ones would
be the absence of Jerry Bruckheimer who had been his collaborator
for all the films that he had directed. However, The Island
proved that Michael Bay is able to present a decent blockbuster
on his own.
The Island offers everyone something to look out for. There's
betrayal, romance, humor, and moral dilemma, all wrapped into
a well-produced package. If you are looking for science fiction,
the first half of the film will keep you intrigued and wondering.
If you are looking for action, the later half of the film
is laden with a series of sequences involving huge spectacular
destruction that will thrill you till the edge of your seats.
by Richard Lim Jr