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The Island

  PG-13 Closed Captioning

Michael Bay

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Plot Summary

Blockbuster action director Michael Bay delivers a striking look at a strange world of the future in this sci-fi action drama. Midway through the 21st century, Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) lives in a confined indoor community after ongoing abuse of the Earth has rendered most of the planet uninhabitable. One of the only places in the outside world still capable of sustaining life is an idyllic island where citizens are chosen to live through a lottery. Or at least that's what Lincoln and his fellow citizens are taught to believe; the truth is that Lincoln, like everyone he knows, is actually a clone who is kept under wraps to provide needed organs when the person who supplied his or her DNA falls ill. When he becomes aware that his existence is a fraud, Lincoln escapes to the outside world with a fellow clone, Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johansson), though the powers that be are determined to see that no one gets away alive. The Island also stars Steve Buscemi, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Sean Bean.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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40%
  • Reviews Counted: 193
  • Fresh: 77
  • Rotten: 116
  • Average Rating: 5.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: What the clone lovers find is a new world -- it's 2019 -- of highway collisions, flying motorbikes, exploding buildings, bad acting and moral incoherence, very much like old Bay movies. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The Island is nothing so dull as a total failure. But it has enough surprises up its clingy white sleeve to make you wish it were better. – Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: On its own terms, The Island is just fine. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Since Michael Bay never knows when enough is enough, every chase is restaged over and again and the narrative matrix is as simplistic as it is repetitive. – Rex Reed, New York Observer, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Remember from a long time ago

I remember going and watching this in the movie theaters when I was younger and taking the time to research the name and find it again. I was able to vividly remember many scenes without seeing it for many years. This is an all time favorite movie, it isnt anything like modern day films and it is enjoyable in its own way.

Fabulous!

Why did anyone give this movie a bad rap? It's great! I watched it without knowing anything about it and it is surprising, witty, sexy, clever, and action packed! (Not to mention Scarlett J. Is in it ;))
WATCH THIS!!!

B

Gotta say, 'bout time The Island came out now! Cause this film is a 'total' improvement over Bay's last films (if of course you didn't like his last films). But I don't exactly HATE them, just saying this is one of Michael Bay's more appreciated movies he's made. Maybe not THE best I don't know, but still great film!

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