The Island (2005)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller


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A man living in a futuristic sterile colony begins to question his circumscribed existence when his friend is chosen to go to the Island, the last uncontaminated place on earth.

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  • Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson in The Island (2005)
  • Ewan McGregor and Djimon Hounsou in The Island (2005)
  • Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson in The Island (2005)
  • Scarlett Johansson at an event for The Island (2005)

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10 July 2005 | chelsea-margaret
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| You have to be imaginative.
I saw this movie last night in a sneak preview in Los Angeles. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, it looked like it would be a visual feast, like other Bay films are, but I wasn't sure what it was about. And to be honest, for the first 45 minutes or so I still wasn't sure what it was about. I was more in shock than anything and I was wondering if it was going to start making more sense. But it comes together really well and you totally understand it but appreciate the fact that it stretches your mind. And it has a good dose of comedy, but not just from Steve Buscemi, (who steals every scene he is in) but it offers simplistic and entertaining humor all around. Yes, there are certain "plot holes" and I am sure that the story wasn't as strong as it could be but Ewan and Scarlett have such good chemistry and the movie is just so much fun that you don't notice the mistakes or the weaknesses.

In short, it entertains as it works.

I think the people that will be the biggest critics of this movie are the ones that can't get past the realistic factor. But I guess you could say it is unrealistic in the same way Minority Report was, you have to be able to get into the different world they are creating for you. And it is a bit long at parts, but you don't mind cause it's enjoyable.

I really liked it, and if you are looking for a visual feast and that fun summer action film, skip Fantastic Four and check out The Island.

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