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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. 80
    A thrilling example of the cunning political allegory woven into vivid concretism that invigorates contemporary Iranian cinema, Mohammad Rasoulof's Iron Island takes as its monumental central image a sinking ship, symbol of decaying autocracy and the faint hope of liberation.
  3. 75
    Iron Island is at its most compelling early, as Rasoulof explores his human-scaled ant farm, detailing how people make lives for themselves in cramped quarters, using cardboard partitions and jerry-rigged appliances.
  4. A potent social allegory told with humor and mystery.
  5. 70
    Less consumed by behavioral details than many of his filmmaking compatriots, Mr. Rasoulof makes bold use of symbolic imagery - a satellite television is confiscated and tossed overboard - suggesting that utopias inevitably come at the price of isolation and authoritarianism.
  6. 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
  2. MarcK.
    Oct 21, 2006
    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
    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