Revisited this movie because I was a bit bored and needed something easy enough to watch but at the same time interesting. The Island is one of my favorites and I don’t really know why, I think it’s Ewan McGregor who makes this movie an absolute pleasure and Scarlett Johansson who wasn’t annoying back then and Michael Bay who hadn’t done the Transformers yet.
Anyway, The Island tells a story about this facility in the dessert that grows organs and babies for people who have a lot of money but since the vegetative state isn’t actually working the whole facility grows actual clones who live, breathe and some even think, question etc. Ewan plays Lincoln Six Echo and Scarlett is Jordan Two Delta (aren’t those such cute names, can you imagine your kid running around the house and you yelling Lincoln Six Echo, stop that! – adorable) who escape because Lincoln finds out that the island is actually death – what a nice concept.
I’m not gonna get into the mid part and the end because I think it is rather stupid to write about that in reviews, people usually search for them when they haven’t seen the movie – although this came out five years ago I still managed to find a person who hadn’t seen it – my roommate, so yeah, I’m not gonna write how the movie ends – NEVER!
I get a bit of Michael Bay’s humor from it too (which is actually Alex Kurtzman who is the writer of Transformers as well – they seem to work together a lot, might be something they like about each other). But that kind of humor makes rather important moments a bit lighter and doesn’t let the seriousness overcome the action and the fun. Looking back I remember it as a funny action movie which is much better than the new ones (caugh The Killers caugh Knight and Day caugh) – so the movie is quite easy and light and not too much over the top. I think it shows perfectly Bay’s and Kurtzman’s early years when they were good, now I think that Transformers have ruined them a bit, but who knows, I Am Four (which will have its own post soon after this one) is coming out soon and that might make Michael Bay a bit cooler for me. But this only shows that I like all those sci-fi movies, especially after the rom-com’s have died. And this sci-fi movie will remain in my watch-again pile for a while – 3,5 out of 5.