Iron Island


Iron Island (2006)


Critic Consensus: A visually creative yet grounded film from Iran, Iron Island is a political allegory that packs a punch.


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Old Captain Nemat runs a tight ship. This benevolent dictator is almost a father to the scores of poor, homeless, uneducated families who live on his immensely overcrowded tanker, anchored several yards offshore. The fact that the ship's owner and the authorities have ordered him to evacuate the place presents no problem. He simply refuses with somewhat disastrous results.

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Critic Reviews for Iron Island

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (15)

Like the great Iranian filmmakers, Rasoulof has no use for the artificiality of heightened drama. He opts, instead, for a more universal humanism, which is a better teaching tool.

Aug 25, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A galloping fable full of offbeat characters and entertaining moments.

Jul 21, 2006
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A captivating socio-political allegory with the air of satire as well as fable, Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof's Iron Island has an Orwellian sting.

Jul 21, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

This is a potent social allegory from Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof, told with humor and a feeling of mystery.

Jun 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Dramatically engrossing and visually enthralling.

Jun 22, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4

Iran's recent growlings under its new president make such a film as Iron Island all the more remarkable.

Apr 21, 2006

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