2019. The world has suffered a massive catastrofe and there are only a few people that got saved. These people live in a special complex that’s completely isolated from the rest of the world and every day there’s a lottery that gives people the chance to head to The Island, the last habitable place on earth. At least, that’s what everyone is being told… Lincoln Six-Echo (McGregor) starts to doubt what he’s being told and it doesn’t take him long to find out that everything he knows is a lie. In fact, he and his fellow “inmates” are clones used to harvest body parts for people in the real world.
When Jordan Two-Delta (Johansson), his girlfriend (not in a sexual way), wins the lottery, he pursuades her and together they escape the complex and head to the real world. Their goal: to find their “sponsors” and tell them they are actual living beings in the hope that this fact will end the business of harvesting clones.
Sound and Vision:
The image does not contain any compression errors, is sharp and detailed, has no grain and to say it short: it’s perfect!
The same can be said about the soundtrack: it’s very dynamic with good use of the surround speakers and also the subwoofer gets its peace of the action. Especially the music adds to the atmosphere and nicely puts you in the center of the action.
A 15 minute Making Of that does manage to provide some interesting info
When watching The Island, things are quite predictable. At no point you’ll wonder whether the “heroes” will win and whether a good ending will happen. Still, I found the movie quite enjoyable, not to say great! Michael Bay (Armageddon, Pearl Harbour) has done a great job on making a very entertaining action movie with the skills he’s displayed already in his previous films. The cast also does a fantastic job with Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor as the main leads and of course a yet again fantastic Steve Buscemi in a supporting role.
2006 starts with The Island as one of the first top movies on DVD and the only downpoint is the fact that although it’s a quite interesting one, there’s only one extra on the DVD.