The Island
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"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."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"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."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A stunning futuristic thriller about cloning and immortality, The Island combines spectacle with controversy."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"It seems to assume that its audience is made of idiots, constantly reminding us of the simple plot details and having characters define things for each other."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"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
"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,
"The Island is very much a Michael Bay film, with all of the stylistic touches that entails."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"The pace of this roller coaster ride becomes too furious to remember that it all started out as an adventure addressing some pertinent ethical issues about the pitfalls of stem cell research, cloning, and bio-genetics."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"... a darker, R-rated sci-fi dramatic cut of The Island exists somewhere... buried right next to the only copy of the Schwarzenegger-free print of The 6th Day."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"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
"If you find yourself at The Island I have only three words of advice: Vote yourself off."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Only in a Bay movie can we sit for two hours watching super models trying to survive a world of supermodels and fast cars."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Actually a fairly decent sci-fi thriller for its first half."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"The film remains a patchwork of clichés -- evil corporations, evil Frankenstein-like scientists, and so forth -- which is the one kind of cloning that Hollywood does accept."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
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