The Island

The Island (2005) movie poster

(2005) dir. Michael Bay
viewed: 04/12/08

I can’t tell you why exactly…other than the fact that a big time action film starring Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor, both of whom I like, simply appealed to me.  Maybe it didn’t appeal enough to see it up til now, but it typically would catch my eye at the video store.  Finally, the day has come.

It’s Michael Bay, so you know it will be loud.  You know there’ll be explosions and all kinds of stuff just simply going boom BOOM BOOM!!!

Oddly, I found it kind of entertaining.  Actually, from the get-go, I was enjoying its silliness and je ne sais qua.

It’s genetic research, cloning, morality against the government and the corporations.  Science gone mad!  With greed.

Oddly, when it was first marketed, I thought it was going to be more of a modern, poor man’s Logan’s Run (1976).  At first, in the film, the future seems to be all about jumpsuits and supercrazy state-controlled identity and activity, with a lot of social commentary on the world of privelege.

But the film isn’t particularly deep.  It has a good car chase sequence that was probably pretty good on the big screen.  I enjoyed it more than Bay’s more recent Transformers (2007), though arguably the more recent film had better out and out effects, bigger and more sparkling as eye candy.

This is the kind of film in which you don’t need to think too much.  Just enjoy it.

McGregor did his part, managing his charm and likeability with material of whatever quality.  Just flash that smile, Ewan, we’ll forgive a lot.  As for Johansson, she’s appealing.  As the childish clones, the film offers some of its most amusing moments…

I don’t know.  Just check the brain at the door.


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