The Island

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This is one über-cool movie. I’ve come to expect certain things from Michael Bay as a director and while this didn’t disappoint (helicopters, chase scenes, lots of explosions), it went farther than anticipated. The story is incredibly rich, poignant but without being overly sentimental. Of course it isn’t entirely believable, but it is a lot of fun to watch. The creepiness factor is mostly mental in that there aren’t a whole lot of gross visuals. In fact, it’s creepier simply because the movie allows your mind to draw its own conclusions and your imagination is going to extrapolate things with exponentially more impact than anything they could film. There are elements that evoke lots of other movies and TV shows, such as Total Recall, The Matrix, Dollhouse, Logan’s Run, Clonus and Gattaca, but, as with people, the sum total of this movie is so much more than all its component parts. The Island is everything sci-fi should be; surreal, creative, exciting, thought-provoking and of course, an underpinning social and ethical commentary dealing with various what-if questions. This is an exploration of the human spirit in all its light and its darkness, particularly the trait of curiosity. People are capable of so many things but superseding them all is the will to live and this theme plays out in a variety of ways within the film. Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson give beautiful and softly philosophical performances, giving their characters a clear evolutionary journey. Steve Buscemi is fabulous (“You know when you want something really bad and you close your eyes and you wish for it? God’s the guy that ignores you), as are Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator) and Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager), while Sean Bean plays exactly the sort of character typical of him. It’s also worth noting the soundtrack to this movie is spectacular.  Composer Steve Jablonsky really outdid himself and you’ll recognize some of the music, as it has been heavily used for other things.  I really enjoyed this, found it immensely satisfying as well as thoughtful and I’ll definitely need to watch it again. – BETHANY

For more on this festival of great actors, visit: to see who won the lottery.’t look now, Jordan Two Delta, but I think there’s something wrong with our perfect world.

The something wrong.

                                          Dr. Merrick (Sean Bean), owner of Merrick Biotech

The Renevatio, which appears in Lincoln Six Echo’s dreams.

Lincoln Six Echo and Jordan Two Delta literally on the run.

Oh thank the Lord Almighty, there’s two of him!  (image courtesy of

Because this is a Michael Bay movie


Djimon Hounsou as Albert Laurent, a Burkinabé private military contractor and either Lincoln Six Echo or Tom Lincoln.  Guess which one?  (Gee, there’s a lot of helicopters in this movie!)

Jordan Two Delta isn’t playing around.

Photos courtesy of Dreamworks SKG, Warner Bros. and Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation


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