in about 100 words or less
US 136m, Colour
Director: Michael Bay; Cast: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Bean, Brian Stepanek, Djimon Hounsou, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan
The Island is a visually dazzling homage to 1960s dystopian science fiction film making, with big budget special effects and A-list cast. Set in what appears to be a city of the future, encased within a life-sustaining superstructure to keep its occupants safe from the purported world-wide cataclysmic environmental disaster, we learn that The Island is keeping the truth from its occupants. In addition to the film’s excellent production values and fine performances, there is a good deal of suspense, despite a rather tried and true storyline. While The Island breaks little new ground in the realm of science fiction, it is a solid and entertaining movie which is superior to many of the films on which it was modeled (Klaus Ming October 2011).