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The Island (2005)

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).

4 comments on “The Island (2005)

  1. Personal Concerns
    10/25/2011

    this is a blog with a great idea. I enjoy a lot reading it !

    • Klaus
      10/25/2011

      Glad you enjoy it, thanks for stopping by.

  2. joem18b
    10/25/2011

    One thing that I seemed to notice was the DP’s efforts to shoot Johansson as a typical Hollywood glamour actress of the 2000s, whereas her figure in the movie was more in line with those of the 50s. Or maybe I just imagined that.

    • Klaus
      10/26/2011

      I didn’t pick up on that but it’s an interesting idea. I think the movie as a whole was reaching back into the past for inspiration – I suspect you’re probably correct.

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