Island, The

Starring: Steve Buscemi, Ewan McGregor, Michael Clarke Duncan, Sean Bean, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou

Directed by: Michael Bay

Produced by: Warner Bros., Dreamworks SKG

Distributed by: Warner Bros., Dreamworks

Genre: science fiction

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Review by Xibo Date seen: July 23, 2005
Viewing Location: Upper East Side, NYC Grade: A
Summary: The trailer is very misleading.
The trailer shows one movie, but the first 45 minutes shows a completely different movie... a utopian society much like Logan's Run. The movie also takes many cues from Coma and other films. Still, Michael Bay's a great director and this movie is really put together well. Nice special effects and music, and the scenery in Arizona is pretty interesting. Parts of the sci-fi were a stretch; it's hard to believe that LA would be that built up in just 14 years (assuming this was 2019, as briefly mentioned in the movie).

Ewan McGregor and Sean Bean are excellent in the movie. Steve Buscemi and Djimon Hounsou make notable supporting characters. Unknown Scarlett Johansson was okay, but nothing special. Also, the guy who played Dr. Neelix on Enterprise has a small role. 

B+ B+ B+
Review by Finrod Date seen: January 29, 2006
Viewing Location: dvd Grade: B+
Summary: Interesting mix of scifi
This movie was a interesting mix of some different kinds of scifi; some Logan's Run with some aspects of Blade Runner, and even just a very tiny smidgen of the Blue Lagoon (don't worry, not enough to be annoying). As Xibo mentions, it makes the standard mistake of being not far enough in the future to justify its futurization (Minority Report made the same error). I'll need to see it again to justify a higher grade, but it might; we shall see. 

Review by Serpent Date seen: February 27, 2006
  Grade: B

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