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August 4, 2016
A great modern peice of action sci-fi that interestingly avoids cgi like the plague.
½ August 3, 2016
For a Michael Bay movie, The Island starts out with such promise. The first act of the film does an admittedly decent job of building up mystery around this world Bay has created. But all good things must come to an end, and the film slowly devolves into nonsensicality. As interesting as the world is, it's highly derivative of Nineteen Eighty-Four, Fahrenheit 451, The Matrix, and any other similar sci-fi dystopia you can imagine (it's no wonder DreamWorks ended up paying out a seven figure payment for copyright infringement). We're introduced to our leads, played by Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson, both of whose acting talents are wasted as they attempt to work through this poor excuse of a screenplay. Bay's juvenile humor clashes heavily with the supposed ambiguity of this world, and is more obnoxious than amusing.

Things only get worse as the film transitions into the second and third act. Any semblance of character or plot are completely thrown out the window in the second act as Bay takes full control in the most predictable Michael Bay way: with loud, incoherent set pieces. Car/motorcycle chases, on foot chases, and perilous hanging from the side of a skyscraper plague this section of the film, and lack any fluid cinematography or direction that could at least make them enjoyable. The third act attempts to wrap up the potentially thought-provoking questions of the first act, to no avail. Bay has so many opportunities to make a statement about the ethics of cloning, but he's too preoccupied with his special effects to do anything worthwhile with them.

If you're looking for a fascinating dystopia story that actually delves into thought-provoking themes, look into any of the aforementioned works that The Island shamelessly borrows from. Perhaps the involvement of Michael Bay is a big enough indicator that you're not going to get anything intellectual out of this one.
½ July 28, 2016
Island wasn't a cinematic action/drama film, but it was entertaining, the plot was interesting, the performance were decent, and the action was good as well. Island was decently put together, and it was a good action/drama film.
July 17, 2016
Michael Bay's second-best movie.
½ May 27, 2016
Don't pay to close attention to Michael Bays "The Island" or you may get stuck on it, You may however find many different product placements getting screen time such as Chevy cars, Aquafina, X-box, Johnny Rockets, and Budweiser to name a few. With an idea of living longer, happier, healthier lives by getting a clone to harvest organs from in the future seems like a good idea, right? Sure, that is unless your clone becomes curious and starts to question why and how they came into existence.
Director Michael Bay brings us "The Island", with a run time of two hours and sixteen minutes. Starring Ewan McGregor as Lincoln 6 Echo, Scarlett Johansson as Jordan 2 Delta, and Sean Bean as Dr. Merrick of Merrick Industries. A cloning compound that grows human clones as life extension insurance policies.
"The Island" is an action packed thrill ride. Michael Bay creates a new world that can be related to the Garden of Eden. Based on the lie that the other inhabitants of the world have been killed by a "contamination", the clones are told they are the only survivors. They are also made to believe that there is still hope of a pathogen free zone called "The Island." They are selected to go to the Island by winning the lottery. Lincoln 6 Echo has a suspicion that the lottery is rigged. His suspicions are soon confirmed when he finds out the true meaning of the Island. A rescue then ensues for Lincoln's friend Jordan 2 Delta, and they make a dramatic escape. Their search for answers leads them on high speed chases on futuristic jet bikes and they must use their own pair of legs to escape.
Now there are a few things that don't quite add up in the movie. There is a chase scene where Lincoln and Jordan are running from hired mercenaries tasked with retrieving them. To escape the shots being fired at them, Lincoln and Jordan climb onto a moving semi-trailer that is hauling train wheels. They are also being chased by multiple other vehicles. The train wheels are let loose, and begin smashing into the pursuing vehicles causing explosions and pileups. The commotion might make the driver notice they had just lost their whole load and had caused multiple car crashes behind them. But no, the driver does not stop or slow down until the Mercenaries shoot out the front tires and the engine. Either the driver is extremely oblivious to all his surroundings or the director does not want you to notice that and stay focused on the cool jet bikes.
The overall theme is preserving life, by taking life, and unending car crash pileups, chase scenes and aimless shooting with no consequence about the carnage and destruction left behind. Overall The Island has some flaws in the storyline, and poor execution of the ideas and scenes. However, the movie hides some of its flaws by covering them up with intense action scenes that almost make you feel like you are there. The music was also well placed to create a mood. If you don't pay to close attention to the plot you will find this interesting take on human cloning, and dramatic chase scenes a movie worth watching.
May 13, 2016
I enjoyed watching this movie. However, there where many little things that bothered me but I like the idea of the movie.
April 20, 2016
4/5. Yes it's over the top and a bit unbelievable, but the acting is great and the story is interesting. While it is a Michael Bay film, I think it may be his best one.
½ April 10, 2016
The Island is one of those films where the biggest problem is the director himself, Michael Bay. If ever there was a Michael Bay that didn't need to be an action film it was The Island. The Island is a film with a fantastic concept, this concept could have made for a brilliant, smart film which could have been a great think piece. However Michael Bay decided to make an action film. The Island has strengths, such as some solid performances from the actors, a very promising first thirty minutes and some legitimately cool action. However the action is completely pointless. The finale is very underwhelming and the lighting and cinematography make the action scenes very hard to watch. Also this film just has so many Michael Bay techniques that it makes this a hard film to watch. The Island is fine but to be honest this a forgettable slice of wasted potential. C
April 2, 2016
Brought this DVD without knowing much about it I even put of watching it for a while but once I watched I was really suprised. The action sequences are breathtaking at times. The only thing is the ending seems a bit abrupt.
½ March 26, 2016
It feels like two very disjointed films; a sci-fi mystery movie and a fast paced action thriller. This doesn't allow the film to flow as solidly as it should but it is definitely a more interesting and powerful effort from Michael Bay to make a good movie.

½ March 20, 2016
By far the best Michael Bay movie!
½ March 19, 2016
So not my kind of movie.
½ March 6, 2016
Meh. Not enough time spent in the dystopian setting. There's a lot of action, but the characters don't fit the action. The action feels forced.
½ February 15, 2016
Having Ewan McGregor is mostly the only reason I watched this movie at all, and the fact that having Michael Bay as the director confirmed some action that would keep me awake. At first although not blown away by anything everything seemed quite good, although confusing as as don't know for sure exactly what's going on but in the end the plot is actually a cool idea, using cloned people as an 'insurance policy' meant for the rich who can afford, basically a replica of you for body parts as you age, assuring longer life. It's different and original, and isn't badly played out. The CGI is typical of Bay, and eventually all hell breaks lose into a mess of explosions and cars being totalled, which was something I was jokingly commenting on it not having earlier in the film, until of course it happens, typical Bay. It was actually cool to see the cars being completely destroyed by train wheels falling off the truck, but out main characters should have died many times, not to mention falling 70 stories off a building on a huge sign, landing in a net and surviving... It ends how we could have imagined, and there's no surprises there, however it wasn't a bad ending. Overall the movie ok I guess, the action wasn't bad, it was fun to watch at least, the idea was new, and I'm actually surprised at how I turned out, and how Bay hasn't since turned it into a series as he did with transformers, which is something this movie could have actually maybe done well with proper development.
February 11, 2016
Survivors of a global pandemic live an idyllic existence of pleasure in a luxurious compound as they wait and hope to win a lottery to be deported to a paradise of Island to repopulate the planet. One resident Echo-Six-Lincoln's curious nature demands more however.
February 8, 2016
Michael Bay's homage to well-worn themes from the past, The Island is one of his more enjoyable efforts due to the premise and talent of the lead actors, but it's still a pretty dumb sci-fi, action flick that leaves brains behind in the second half. Taking clear inspiration from films like Logan's Run and THX 1183, The Island follows a population of clones who live in an underground facility due to a supposed extinction-level contamination on the surface, and their only solace is to win a "random lottery" and be one of the lucky selected to be moved to, The Island, a contamination-free paradise...or so they think. Ewan McGregor's character begins to question the system until he ultimately finds out that they are bred to be organ donors/surrogate mothers for their wealthy counterparts and escapes the facility with Scarlett Johansson who has just won the lottery. From there, the intelligence pretty much stops and we're thrust into an overblown and ridiculous chase film where Bay gets to use all of his toys to blow everything up and make his characters invincible to every death-defying stunt he can. The supporting cast helps to make the story credible with Sean Bean as the head of the program, Djimon Hounsou as a ruthless bounty hunter, and Steve Buscemi hamming it up as an ally to our main characters. Overall, this is certainly a watchable piece of popcorn entertainment, but the film loses a lot of steam in the second half, and the amount of conveniences/ex machinas that help the main characters live pushes well-past ludicrous.
February 7, 2016
Enjoyable action adventure drama
February 6, 2016
I don't know why people don't like this one. It is a great popcorn movie, action sci fi that is fun and star to gorgeous actors.
½ February 5, 2016
probably the only michael bay movie i like. it has problems and things I don't like about it, but overall it's fun and harmless
February 4, 2016
I really liked this movie! The storyline and whole idea of it is crazy but something that could totally happen one day :p
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