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  • Summary: The story of a community located on an abandoned oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, Iron Island chronicles the lives of the homeless people living on this floating village. (Kino International)
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Director Mohammad Rasoulof has fashioned the ultimate metaphor for a society adrift from its culture.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Mohammad Rasoulof's heartfelt and darkly comic second feature proves beyond any doubt that Iranian film is still alive and well, despite waning Western interest in one of the world's richest contemporary cinemas.
  3. Richly detailed -- and improbably entertaining.
  4. 75
    Like the great Iranian filmmakers, Rasoulof has no use for the artificiality of heightened drama.
  5. 75
    Sparse of plot, Iron Island is visually rich, thanks to cinematographer Reza Jalai. The final scene is especially stunning.
  6. Stalwart Iranian actor Ali Nasirian plays Nemat with a thoughtful hubris, uniting the various plot strands by force of character.
  7. 50
    Depending on one's mood, the movie might seem boldly simplified and poetic--or boringly simpleminded and prosaic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. MarvinW.
    Sep 8, 2006
    9
    Extraordinary!
  2. MarcK.
    Oct 21, 2006
    4
    Once again snookered by high MetaCritic rating. I suppose there were supposed to be layers of meaning underneath the general story, but I Once again snookered by high MetaCritic rating. I suppose there were supposed to be layers of meaning underneath the general story, but I guess I missed just about all of that. Expand
  3. MikeG.
    Apr 11, 2006
    0
    Another movie I saw at the Philadelphia Film Festival, this movie made absolutely no sense, even from the allegorical standpoint from which Another movie I saw at the Philadelphia Film Festival, this movie made absolutely no sense, even from the allegorical standpoint from which it was surely intended. The movie's condemnation of leaders and the people who blindly follow those leaders was at times too dense and at other times too simplistic to be followed. A larger problem was that the characters failed to provide any kind of interest, not even as broad archtypes. This movie just left me drained and disappointed. Expand

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