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  • Summary: Lincoln Six-Echo (McGregor) is a resident of a seemingly utopian but contained facility in the mid-21st century. Like all the inhabitants of this carefully constructed environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to "The Island" -- reportedly the last uncontaminated spot on the plant -- until he makes a terrible discovery that everything about his existence is a lie. (Warner Bros.) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. 75
    The Island runs 136 minutes, but that's not long for a double feature. The first half of Michael Bay's new film is a spare, creepy science fiction parable, and then it shifts into a high-tech action picture. Both halves work.
  2. Bay's movie couldn't be more timely; whatever you think about this subject, you might admire his attempt to come to grips with it in a summer blockbuster.
  3. Make no mistake: This not high art. But it does its job without insulting our intelligence or unpleasantly jangling our nerves.
  4. 50
    As usual, Hollywood hitmeister Bay is more interested in blowing stuff up than in addressing deep questions like the morality of science and the false myths of civilization, and these explosions go on for over two hours.
  5. 50
    Unfortunately, The Island grows dumber as it goes along, gradually disintegrating into a generic good-versus-evil spectacular that not only defies all known laws of gravity and physics, but also suffers from the lack of morality that plagues Bay's films.
  6. 50
    For a slick pop entertainment, more than the usual quotient of timely ideas rattle around between the relentless product placements and futuristic geegaws.
  7. 20
    If you find yourself at "The Island" I have only three words of advice: Vote yourself off.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 131
  2. Negative: 27 out of 131
  1. ExotixS.
    Sep 14, 2005
    Well, like many others remakes, remixes this year The Island is very enjoyable and good demonstration of possible tommorow technology (without FlyTrain Till 2034), but it can suprise you with the latest camera, fx effects, music and attractive stars...what else can you aspect from remake? This movie is more realistic then deep scfi Matrix XXXRunner... 50% for the story and 50% for good demonstration of near future. Expand
  2. Sep 13, 2014
    The Island is a non-stop action thriller that is one of the best science fiction movies ever.
  3. VinnyV
    Jun 29, 2009
    Amazing Movie, It has action, love, humor, and conspiracy all mixed into one. Definitely a good one.
  4. BitBurn
    Dec 23, 2005
    This sci-fi was awesome. Fans of the genre, don't miss it! And Scarlett looks delicious! ;-)
  5. GregT.
    Dec 19, 2005
    A sci-fi flick with a different plot line. Interesting.
  6. JeffM.
    Jul 16, 2006
    The opening third (i.e. the intelligent sci-fi portion) would have been a lot more interesting had they not given away essential plot points in the trailers & publicity. I could watch Scarlet Johansson sleeping and still be engaged, but when the director rips off his own car chase sequence from Bad Boys 2 and doesn't even make the effort to actually improve upon it, you're in for a long movie. Expand
  7. AngryMan
    Jan 23, 2006
    What the hell was that?! I'm getting really ****** off with the whole world of film making, as well as with that surprisingly large proportion of people who sincerely believe that stuff like this is of a high standard. I guess it's a sign of the times we're living in. 1 point goes to all those whose combined efforts resulted in me paying to rent this **** and suffer it for 30 minutes before swiching it off in disgust. Expand

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