The Island

Rated PG-13 2005

The new Michael Bay extravaganza is a bit of reheated science fiction -- a mad scientist, a brave new world, and a pair of rebels on the run -- shoehorned into the usual summer-movie orgy of bang, flash, and crash. The hero and heroine (Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson) are programmed clones who've been cooked up in a lab, and when they learn the truth -- they exist only as organ donors for their purchasers -- they escape imprisonment, bolt for Los Angeles, and manage to survive dozens of skyscraper detonations, vehicle smash-ups, and other assorted mayhem. As usual, Hollywood hitmeister Bay (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor) 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. With Sean Bean as the current Dr. Frankenstein and Djimon Hounsou as a ruthless security cop who's converted to the runaways' cause.


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