The Island

2005

The Island

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.

40%

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Total Count: 200

63%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 371,954
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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 fellow citizens are taught to believe; the truth is that Lincoln, like everyone he knows, is actually a clone who is kept under wraps to provide needed organs when the person who supplied his or her DNA falls ill. When he becomes aware that his existence is a fraud, Lincoln escapes to the outside world with a fellow clone, Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johansson), though the powers that be are determined to see that no one gets away alive. The Island also stars Steve Buscemi, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Sean Bean. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Ewan McGregor
as Lincoln Six Echo/Tom Lincoln, Lincoln Six Echo; Tom Lincoln
Scarlett Johansson
as Jordan Two Delta/Sarah Jordan, Jordan Two Delta; Sarah Jordan
Djimon Hounsou
as Albert Laurent
Sean Bean
as Merrick
Brian Stepanek
as Gandu Three Alpha
Noa Tishby
as Community Announcer
Siobhan Flynn
as Lima One Alpha
Jamie McBride
as Laurent Team Member
Troy Blendell
as Laurent Team Member
Kevin McCorkle
as Laurent Team Member
James McBride
as Laurent Team Member
Gary Nickens
as Laurent Team Member
Kathleen Rose Perkins
as Laurent Team Member
Richard F. Whiten
as Laurent Team Member
Max Baker
as Carnes
Phil Abrams
as Harvest Doctor
Svetlana Efremova
as Harvest Midwife
Katy Boyer
as Harvest Surgeon
Randy Oglesby
as Harvest Surgeon
Yvette Nicole Brown
as Harvest Nurse
Taylor Gilbert
as Harvest Nurse
Wendy Haines
as Harvest Nurse
Tim Halligan
as Institute Coroner
Glenn Morshower
as Medical Courier
Michael Canavan
as Extraction Room Doctor
Jimmy Smagula
as Extraction Room Technician
Ben Tolpin
as Extraction Room Technician
Robert Sherman
as Agnate in Pod
Rich Hutchman
as Dept. of Operations Supervisor
Gonzalo Menendez
as Dept. of Operations Technician
Olivia Tracey
as Dept. of Operations Agnate
Ray Xifo
as Elevator Agnate
Mary Pat Gleason
as Nutrition Clerk
Ashley Yegan
as Stim Bar Bartender
Whitney Dylan
as Client Services Operator
Mitzi Martin
as Atrium Tour Guide
Lew Dauber
as Tour Group Man
Shelby Leverington
as Tour Group Woman
Don Creech
as God-Like Man
Richard V. Licata
as Board Member
Ryan Tasz
as Censor
Kirk Ward
as Censor
Chris Ellis
as Aces & Spades Bartender
Eric Stonestreet
as Ed the Trucker
James Granoff
as Sarah's Son
Craig Reynolds
as LAPD Officer
James Hart II
as LAPD Officer
Trent Ford
as Calvin Klein Model
Sage Thomas
as Girl at Beach
Mark Christopher Lawrence
as Construction Worker
Ethan Phillips
as Jones Three Echo
Kevin Dorman
as Lincoln Double
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Critic Reviews for The Island

All Critics (200) | Top Critics (41)

  • 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.

    Sep 26, 2005 | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • [T]here's plenty to enjoy in the more intimate, character-based moments, if you can cope with the relentlessly overblown action that surrounds them.

    Aug 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • A confused but moderately entertaining confection, a film that feels as much of an artificial construct as the world inhabited by Lincoln Six Echo and his fellows.

    Aug 5, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 28, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • 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.

    Jul 28, 2005

    Rex Reed

    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.

    Jul 25, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Island

  • Aug 08, 2017
    Well you can't argue it's different but it all seems abit too much for what the film offers, It does have some great action scenes and the plot does have some good twists but it does drag at times and the dialogue was pretty bad, With such a big cast it should of been better, It was fun but it tried to be bigger than it was and it made the film less fun.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    The Island is fine for what it is: a PG-13 rehash of the dystopia films of yesteryear. If you are not really in the mood for a serious film and have not already seen the likes of Logan's Run or THX1138, then the Island may have the light action and humor you are looking for.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2014
    There is nothing redeeming about The Island. Does anyone actually need all the hand holding that Bay tries to breast feed us? Isn't there a more subtle way to carry the plot along than what we get here? And for goodness sake, I'm all for willing suspension of disbelief, but can't we get movies where every second of survival doesn't depend on some lucky twist of fate? How does this stuff sell?
    Jeff L Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2014
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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