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good action movie
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written by mickeyd March 7, 2008 - 11:45 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Not exactly an original story, but lots of action and fast paced.Good acting, filmwork and special effects. One thing I wondered about was, if this is such a technologically advanced point in history...........why are they still driving gasoline powered vehicles. They have managed to clone themselves, but not use alternative energy.

CGI extravaganza
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written by thingstodo March 3, 2006 - 12:08 PM PST
There isn't much to say about the acting and plot. This is another one of those movies where you need to configure your expectations correctly for.

This open secret of the island being a myth is unfortunate since it's supposed to be a shock. It's unfortunate because even the director and everyone else seem to be in on it and are going through the motions and pretend to be shocked during the relevation. As a result, not much care is put in making the "matrix"-like reality even vaguely believable. You know what would've made this movie much better? Actually sitting down and come up with a compelling culture for the inhabitants. As empirical evidence shows in recent times, even when given half an effort, you can drum up feelings of nationalism, patriotism, and fanaticism for the masses to induce self-deception despite reason.

Well. Like I said, this is not that kind of movie.

The special effects are superbly done--a testament of 21st century CGI technology. About the only flaw is still the awkward and unnatural splicing of two renditions of the same actor to create the illusion of twins or clones in this case. When will they finally get that right?

Yes. A lot of exciting fast-paced action scenes involving dangerous manuevers and situations were put on film. And quite a rush it was to see it. If you're in for the action, this is definitely one to see.

As a bonus, there are some nice supporting cast members: a familiar face for Star Trek: Voyager fans, Steve Buscemi in one of his walk-through roles (like the one he pulled in Desperado), and Djimon Hounsou as a mercenary with a conscience. Of course, Sean Bean is playing that thankless role that all films of this sort requires. I loved him in Flightplan where he actually got to play a decent guy.

the commercial
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written by RRiehl December 23, 2005 - 12:32 PM PST
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Typical Bay work. Entertaining, but half way through the movie your mind starts to freak out. You calmly just ignore it. Then it starts to hurt, bad. Then it hits you....Gzus, I think I have endured the longest TV commercial of all time. I want to watch this one again, so I can count the number of product placements and advertising campaigns slipped into this one, and shamelessly done. The method is to either focus on the product for a rather noticeable frame of time or to simply piggy back multiple products together into an orgy of visual pollution. Product placement is in everything, but it should be done with purpose. (Even Seinfeld has it, but you hardly notice.) There is a scene that has a watch placed on a hand with an American Express card swiping to buy a coke (or something like it), then cops surrounding the person as they jump out of their GM cars....WTF. This would have found a nice niche in the Team America movie as another movie for Stone/Parker to rip on. The bright side is that about 50 Art Center transportion designers were employed to work on the drawings for Ewan's character. Yay.

Clueless Clones
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written by talltale December 13, 2005 - 4:06 PM PST
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Pretty much stolen--lock, stock and liver transplant--directly from Robert Fiveson's 1979 low-budget film "Clonus," Michael Bay's THE ISLAND simply boasts a much bigger budget, leading to a starrier cast, better special effects and a much, much longer running time (it's Bay: what did you expect?). The original was 45 minutes shorter, which was all to the good.

Bay's rendition provides a relatively good time, however; it simply should have ended sooner (boy, does this director love explosions and car chases!). I couldn't hang around for the lengthy end credits, but I do hope Bay gave some acknowledgement--and loot--to Fiveson and the three others credited with the "Clonus" story, screenplay and adaptation, if they're still alive. Or to their heirs, if they're not.

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