The Island (2005)


Ewan McGregor plays the inhabitant of a Big Brother style society who starts to question the status quo only to find that their lives are all based upon a lie.

Harking back to the dystopian concept sci-fi movies of the 1970’s, The Island is a very, very pretty film to look at. It has lovely photography, attractive visual effects and production design and as McGregor investigates his too-good-to-be-true surroundings it is initially very intriguing. Unfortunately my interest only survived as long as Steve Buscemi’s trademark off-beat supporting character, for as soon as he disappears it turned into the usual Michael Bay wankathon that was just a long-winded chase sequence through his formula of slow motion explosions and lead-riddled, pirouetting automobiles.

It’s a bit of a shame because while The Island is ripping off Logan’s Run it’s actually quite entertaining, but ironically as more and more is happening on screen it gets less and less interesting.



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