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The Island (2005)


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 193
Fresh: 77
Rotten: 116

Critics Consensus: A clone of THX 1183, Coma, and Logan's Run, The Island is another loud and bombastic Michael Bay movie where explosions and chases matter more than characters, dialogue, or plot.

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 14
Rotten: 26

Critics Consensus: A clone of THX 1183, Coma, and Logan's Run, The Island is another loud and bombastic Michael Bay movie where explosions and chases matter more than characters, dialogue, or plot.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 370,587


Movie Info

Blockbuster action director Michael Bay delivers a striking look at a strange world of the future in this sci-fi action drama. Midway through the 21st century, Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) lives in a confined indoor community after ongoing abuse of the Earth has rendered most of the planet uninhabitable. One of the only places in the outside world still capable of sustaining life is an idyllic island where citizens are chosen to live through a lottery. Or at least that's what Lincoln and his … More

PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexuality and language)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Robert Kurtzman , Caspian Tredwell-Owen , Alex Kurtzman , Roberto Orci
In Theaters:
Dec 13, 2005
Box Office:
Dreamworks Distribution LLC - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Island

All Critics (195) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (77) | Rotten (116) | DVD (26)

As usual, Bay stages the action at a breakneck pace that's never frenetic enough to obscure his film's plot holes and logical lapses.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

What the clone lovers find is a new world -- it's 2019 -- of highway collisions, flying motorbikes, exploding buildings, bad acting and moral incoherence, very much like old Bay movies.

July 28, 2005
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Since Michael Bay never knows when enough is enough, every chase is restaged over and again and the narrative matrix is as simplistic as it is repetitive.

July 28, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

You have Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson, these terrific actors reduced to saying, 'Go, go and duck' and hanging from buildings and all that stuff. And it just falls apart.

Full Review… | July 25, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

The Island is nothing so dull as a total failure. But it has enough surprises up its clingy white sleeve to make you wish it were better.

Full Review… | July 22, 2005
Top Critic

If you find yourself at The Island I have only three words of advice: Vote yourself off.

Full Review… | July 22, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

For the second half of the film, it's all chase and chase and chase some more, with little audience involvement in how it turns out.

Full Review… | June 24, 2011
Movie Metropolis

The Island is very much a Michael Bay film, with all of the stylistic touches that entails.

Full Review… | March 27, 2011

Only in a Bay movie can we sit for two hours watching super models trying to survive a world of supermodels and fast cars.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

A stunning futuristic thriller about cloning and immortality, The Island combines spectacle with controversy.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

The pace of this roller coaster ride becomes too furious to remember that it all started out as an adventure addressing some pertinent ethical issues about the pitfalls of stem cell research, cloning, and bio-genetics.

Full Review… | November 12, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

Actually a fairly decent sci-fi thriller for its first half.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007

It seems to assume that its audience is made of idiots, constantly reminding us of the simple plot details and having characters define things for each other.

September 12, 2007
Looking Closer

... a darker, R-rated sci-fi dramatic cut of The Island exists somewhere... buried right next to the only copy of the Schwarzenegger-free print of The 6th Day.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006

The film remains a patchwork of clichés -- evil corporations, evil Frankenstein-like scientists, and so forth -- which is the one kind of cloning that Hollywood does accept.

September 25, 2006
Christianity Today

Bay must have taken one look at the sci-fi script with its overtones of bleak Orwellian dystopia, and thought, "I wonder how many car crashes I can cram into this."

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Sacramento News & Review

heart-breaking experience for all the fans of classic science fiction films

Full Review… | February 11, 2006

Like its slack-jawed clones, The Island is full of energy and incredibly pretty but burdened with only the minimum of smarts.

Full Review… | January 7, 2006
Empire Magazine

If only some of that product placement coin was spent on working on a few more drafts of the screenplay, The Island could have been a much better film.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Pone el dedo en la llaga respecto a uno de los temas más controvertidos de la ciencia actual y los grupos religiosos más importantes: la actitud del hombre de jugar a ser Dios

November 26, 2005

Si "robar" ideas de varias películas fuera un delito en Hollywood, los productores de La Isla estarían condenados a cadena perpetua.

Full Review… | September 6, 2005
Uruguay Total

The story is crap, but the sight of two hot-looking stars running around the screen in their tighty-whities is something of a relief.

September 1, 2005
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

What a Fun Ride, I think it's Bay's Best!

Full Review… | August 28, 2005


Full Review… | August 18, 2005
3BlackChicks Review

It's extremely well acted by McGregor and Johansson, both of whom bring more to their roles than the script really deserves.

Full Review… | August 13, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Island

Michael Bay is one of those directors that stir mixed emotion with film goers because he makes films that just don't really stand out. Personally, I find him hit and miss. He has made some good and bad films. The Island is one of his finest picture since The Rock, and after the train wreck that was Pearl Harbor, Bay seem to craft a much better movie that erased the mistakes he made directing Pearl Harbor. The plot of The Island is nothing new, but it definitely is entertaining and memorable. Add to that some terrific performances from its cast, and you have one of Michael Bay's strongest efforts along with The Rock and Transformers. The action, thrills are top notch and suck you in right from the first frame to the closing credits and is a blistering action picture that might impress even the most critical of Bay's work. Like I said, the story here is nothing new and it's been done before but the strength of the action and performances is really what keeps you involved from start to finish, and This is a must watch for any one that enjoys the dystopian genre or a good, well paced popcorn action science fiction picture. Michael Bay can make at times some good movies, and The Island is proof of that. His biggest problem as a director is that he can't seem to tell a truly compelling story, which resonates with the viewer. However here, he seems to capture a good character relation with the two leads, and it adds so much to the film. For m, The Rock and Transformers are his best films, but The Island joining that short list of films that he has made that is actually worth seeing. Give this one a chance; you might be surprised at how Bay tackles the dystopian genre, and he was able to pull off something entertaining and fun. The Island is flawed, but also shows the fact that under the rare occasion, Bay can direct something watchable.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


I saw "The Island" before I knew that everyone was supposed to hate Michael Bay. And you know what? I really enjoyed it. I'm not going to change my opinion to conform to the masses. I found this film to be very entertaining and even disturbing at times. Sure, it does resort to explosions and over the top action seen in all Michael Bay films, but it's the story that keeps you interested as well as the many concepts that are introduced.

Market Man
Eric Shankle

Super Reviewer


Not really suited to Ewan McGregor or Johannson. The Island is a typical Michael Bay film with a bad script and too many un exciting explosions.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

No matter what the critics say, I thoroughly enjoyed this film and would watch it again and again. A clever premise that unfolds into this brilliant character film (ruined by slightly too many action shots and stuff getting blown up courtesy of Mr. Bay). It had the right amount of romance, sci-fi, comedy and drama with a bit too much action. I love the way the characters are formulated to live more or less like children. McGregor and Johansson are perfect as these two clones who despite not being taught about love and romance manage to break the indoctrination and fall in love and escape the institution they are trapped in. Although I do feel bad for the people who paid all that money to have a clone just incase they fall ill, as we're shown the clones story these are the people we root for. It would be interesting to see the story from the other side. Overall a brilliant film with a fantastic cast which is let down by a little too much Bay.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

The Island Quotes

We're going to have to put you under some tests.
Lincoln Six Echo:
What kind of tests?
Nice tests...
– Submitted by Lucas T (14 months ago)
Tom Lincoln:
Lots and lots of sex.
– Submitted by Tim L (19 months ago)
Lincoln Six Echo:
What's God?
– Submitted by Christine D (2 years ago)
Jordan Two Delta:
What's a court of law?
– Submitted by Tino N (2 years ago)
Tom Lincoln:
Don't shoot him, he is my clone!
Lincoln Six Echo:
I'm Tom Lincoln!
Tom Lincoln:
What? He's lying, I'm Tom Lincoln!
– Submitted by Alejandro O (3 years ago)

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