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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. Negative: 27 out of 151
  1. Sep 10, 2014
    The Island is a terrific action thriller with splendid special effects. The cast is great as well.
  2. Sep 24, 2014
    A movie that is highly entertaining, inventive and has spectacular action scenes.
  3. Jul 21, 2014
    The island is an excellent science fiction thriller with amazing special effects and an ingenious plot.
    The acting is decent from every actor
    and the movie's breakneck pace never ratchets down. Expand
  4. SteveP.
    Feb 8, 2006
    O.K. i don't care what all the "Movie Snobbs" have to say about this film it was great. Who says that a movie has to be boring to have a deep message. This movie thought a little long and laging was extermily entertaining to watch. and the message was very deep, Human life is not a probuct and should not be created for destoryed like one. we can't go around creating humans like iPods only to chop them up and seel there livers. if you are pro-cloning then go see this film, i was but this made me re-think that. Expand
  5. LarryH.
    Dec 6, 2005
    Liked the visuals, liked the pace, loved the message.
  6. Jan 4, 2013
    I would say that the first half of the movie is extremely good and well thought out, adding a really nice sci-fi'esque atmosphere. But, then the big plot twist happedns halfway through and it becaomes yet another generic Michael Bay action flick. A real shame. Overall: Had the potential to something unique and great, until it decided to sell out for cheap thrills. The movie is still good and enjoyable, but a disappointment in the end. 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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