After Bubba bit a new @sshole out of the Michael
Bay thriller The Island,
I am almost afraid to say this; but just almost. After visiting my local
theatre to check out a film from some one I believe to be one of the most
entertaining directors out there [even with his small filmography], I left
The Island feeling it would be some place I wouldn't mind visiting
Ewan McGregor in The Island
The Island- Review
Again, I have got to point out that I have enjoyed
every film from Michael Bay save Pearl Harbor, which I thought
found Bay a little too caught up in a love story. However, Bay's last film,
Bad Boys II, showed a renewed director willing to put love on the
back burner to throw amazing action in our faces. Sure, Bad Boys II
may have been a little over the top at times, but you have to admit that
the one thing Michael Bay knows how to do is entertain the shit out of us
at the theatres; and at home for that matter.
I found Michael Bay's new film, The Island, to be no different.
Actually, there is one major difference here-- the story. Unlike all of
Bay's previous films, The Island takes a try at a complex story
that forwards us into an imaginary future. Bay therefore had to not only
spend time and energy creating intense action sequences, which The Island
definitely has, but a believable cloning facility and a futuristic look
at urban life. Save the fact that cloning can be a complicated subject,
and now we have a movie that could be hard to pull off.
For what The Island is, it did the one thing that I knew Michael
Bay could do-entertain the shit out of me. The five main characters to The
Island, which include Ewan McGregor [Lincoln Six Echo], Scarlett Johansson
[Jordan Two Delta], Djimon Hounsou [Albert Laurent], Steve Buscemi [McCord]
and Sean Bean [Merrick], do the job that is expected of them and not too
much more; the film felt like it needed a little adlibbing. I especially
appreciated the scene when Tom Lincoln finally meets his clone Lincoln Six
Echo [both played by McGregor]. Watching McGregor play two roles on screen
at once was a real treat.
Sean Bean heads the cloning facility
Other than that, this group of actors is like the casting dream team for
me. I think each person played his or her character to the best of their
abilities, even though the story and dialogue could be a little soft at
times. I would have also appreciated a shot of Scarlett Johansson in her
underwear, but that may have been asking too much.
When it comes to the story, each of the listed
characters has something to do with, or are related to, a secret cloning
facility that secretly breaks United States cloning laws by creating living,
breathing, and thinking copies of human beings in the 'real world'. The
center, run by Merrick, gets paid millions of dollars per clone created
for those wealthy enough to cover this sort of 'insurance plan.' Rather
than have these clones created to be pets or best friends, each clone had
been harvested for one reason-- to later kill for its body parts when the
original host finally becomes in need of them.
Djimon Hounsou goes dick to cool by the end
Unfortunately for the center, Lincoln Six Echo, whose curiosity and ability
to question has grown with age [he is three years old], discovers the secret
to the facility and quickly alerts his they - won't - let - us - touch girlfriend,
Jordan Two Delta, which later allows them to aid each other in escaping
from the facility. Because the world can't know that the cloning facility
is creating full scale clones, Merrick immediately requests the assistance
of Albert Laurent, head of a special ops unit, to hunt down and kill both
the runaway clones. While this job should have been fairly easy, the escaped
clones had already invoked the help of a facility technician named McCord.
After their escape, the greater portion of The Island concentrates
on chasing the two clones down for the purpose of disposal. You can tell
this is Michael Bay's favorite part of the film, while he uses techniques
applied to Bad Boys II to create some of the coolest chase scenes
that you will ever soon on film.
All in all, I cannot complain too much about The Island. Those
who know Michael Bay films should already have a good idea of what to expect
before entering the theatre. However, while the formula remains the same,
it is nice to see Bay take a semi-successful approach to the distant future;
even if people still drive 2000 model cars in that time.