The Island

DreamWorks presents a film directed by Michael Bay. Written by Caspian Tredwell-Owen, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Based on a story by Tredwell-Owen. Running time: 136 minutes. Rated PG-13.


I’d like to start with a few words on advertising. I think it’s time to get a bit more creative and think a little bit more about us the audience before giving away secrets of the film. Such as “The Island.”


I remember a day when you didn’t have to say anything about a film. Hitchcock would come on screen and give you a general idea of the film and then that would be it. All you need to know is that it’s a Hitchcock film. That is what people are paying to see. We have something similar today where M. Night will give you very little of what you will see, just enough, but that’s okay because he like Hitchcock is the star of his film. Having said that we have a Jerry Bruckheimer film, who is popularly regarded as an action extravaganza man. You’d think that would be enough to put butts in the seats. Take a look at the box office gross and you can prove me wrong.


However this is a good movie. Like THX 1138 only entertaining. A lot of visual inspiration was taken from that film and Gattaca, but that’s okay. The first half of this film is wonderful. A kind of 1984 rip off as well, but the actors and the set design make it work. One thing that can always be counted on from Michael Bay is a film that “looks” fucking great, as all of his films do. The second half of this film is where it loses it’s speed. This is where a female editor would come in handy. It’s clunky and looks more like scene’s from Bay’s “The Rock” than this film, but it’s still entertaining.


Ewan McGregor, just about the best actor working today, gives a great duel performance as the clone looking for salvation and his owner, a Scottish man with a weakness for the better sex and his own survival. I shouldn’t have to say anything about Scarlett Johansson, but I’ll just say, skin tight suit and she’s a good actress to boot.

“For a feeling less constricting and more freeing, do what Scarlett Johansson does. Run don’t walk to The Island. One opening in your neighborhood today!”


~ by fumikaelson on September 13, 2005.

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