The Island

Dreamworks SKG

Mark Haddon

"Some of the plot links are spongy, but the central idea plays out with much wit."

New York Post



The Island seemed to me to be a mix of 'The Matrix' and 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley, with a hint of '1984' by George Orwell.  The setting at the start of the film is that typical of the futuristic Earth seen in films, with the cast wandering around in pristine white tracksuits.  The host of fancy technology and the obligatory bad guy (played by Sean Bean), typical in such films, also appear.  However, from the start the 'unease' of Lincoln Six-Echo (Ewan McGregor) begins to show the instability of the existence and suggests things are not as they seem.

The beginning is a little predictable - it is evident within about ten minutes that Lincoln will try and escape and that he will take friend Jordan Two-Delta (Scarlett Johannson) along for the ride.  Despite that, the story develops well and the acting by the two leads portrays the story well.  The part of the plot in the middle of the film where Lincoln (aka American Ewan McGregor) meets his maker Tom (the Scottish McGregor) is also rather amusing and adds a clever twist to the tale.

All in all, whilst the film probably won't end up being a classic, it was non-stop for two hours and at no point was I bored.  The plot is clever and nothing of this sort has been done in recent years;  it is a refreshing change from galactic, space-ship themed futuristic films that one normally sees.  Despite the less than praising reviews it received, if you want something to rent for a Saturday night in, I would definitely recommend The Island.



Reviewed on 01/10/2005 by Angela


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