“The Island” (2005)

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Island” stars Ewan McGregor (Jack the Giant Slayer, Big Fish), Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, The Avengers), Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy, Gladiator), Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Legends [TV series]), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, Grown Ups 2), Michael Clarke Duncan (Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, The Green Mile), Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager, Inside Llewyn Davis), and Brian Stepanek (Transformers [2007], Pain & Gain). The movie centers a man named Lincoln Six-Echo (McGregor) who lives in a futuristic, Utopian style facility set in 2019. They live in this environment because of a contamination that consumed the Earth and made it inhabitable to live outside of their Utopia. The only thing that people seem to live for in this society is to win the lottery so they can travel to “the island”, which is seemingly the only place left on the Earth that isn’t contaminated. Lincoln questions his life, having the same nightmare every night about his fear of the island. He wonders if the island really exists and what they accomplish in doing their jobs. Then one day, while searching around the contamination sector of the facility, Lincoln discovers that everything that he has been told about his life and his purpose has been a lie, leading him and his friend Jordan Two-Delta (Johansson) on a chase that changes their lives forever.

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I’ve always respected Michael Bay as a director. Yes, his movies are crazy and at times clichéd, but he never fails to give great entertainment that keeps the viewer glued to the screen. This movie’s story is done really well, having a concept that I haven’t really seen before. It is something fresh and thrilling to watch. The acting is also fantastic having great names on the list and some people who I didn’t know would show up in small roles (Yvette Nicole Brown and Brian Stepanek). The best part of this movie would have to be its special effects that bring out the futuristic feel and the action scenes that come with them. There are parts where Lincoln meets his real life counterpart and the technology used to put them in the same room is fantastic. It’s the most seamless display of cloning that I have seen in a movie. Out of all of these pros, I have one con. This con is pretty huge since it takes up most of the movie and that is the chase scene. Not necessarily the one with Lincoln fighting himself, but the one before it. They have a scene where Lincoln and Jordan are getting chased by the cops and task force from their holding place. This scene takes up a lot of the movie and seemed to be longer than it should have. I love chase scenes, especially Michael Bay’s, but this scene went on for a little too long. Overall, this is a great sci-fi movie and I recommend anyone that hasn’t seen it to watch it! FINAL SCORE: 90%= Juicy Popcorn

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