The Island
The Island (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 13, 2005
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A clone of THX 1183, Coma, and Logan's Run, The Island is another loud and bombastic Michael Bay movie where explosions and chases matter more than characters, dialogue, or plot.

Nathan Rabin
AV Club

As usual, Bay stages the action at a breakneck pace that's never frenetic enough to obscure his film's plot holes and logical lapses.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

You have Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson, these terrific actors reduced to saying, 'Go, go and duck' and hanging from buildings and all that stuff. And it just falls apart.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A grim example of the worst impulses of Hollywood filmmaking in the 2000s given unfettered room to flourish.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com

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.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

For the second half of the film, it's all chase and chase and chase some more, with little audience involvement in how it turns out.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

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.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

If you find yourself at The Island I have only three words of advice: Vote yourself off.

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

The Island is very much a Michael Bay film, with all of the stylistic touches that entails.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Michael Bay is one of those directors that stir mixed emotion with film goers because he makes films that just don't really stand out. Personally, I find… More
Sophie Burgess
No matter what the critics say, I thoroughly enjoyed this film and would watch it again and again. A clever premise that unfolds into this brilliant character… More
Eric Shankle
I saw "The Island" before I knew that everyone was supposed to hate Michael Bay. And you know what? I really enjoyed it. I'm not going to change… More
Raymond Wieser
Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson try their best to get us to care for their characters, but it all gets lost amidst the bombastic, loud although fantastic… More
Directors Cat
Not really suited to Ewan McGregor or Johannson. The Island is a typical Michael Bay film with a bad script and too many un exciting explosions.
Unknown Hobo
I must say for the reviews this movie gets I didn't think it was half bad. An original concept with some stunning twists, even McGregor's terrible… More

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