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2000s, Dystopian Future

The Island (2005)

Duration 2h 16m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A more or less original screenplay
Writers/Script Caspian Tredwell-Owen, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci (Story by Caspian Tredwell-Owen)
Additional Info The trivia tells us that the lowlife bar and motel visited by the escapees was actually the abandoned Salton Sea Motel and Yacht Club. I stayed there with my family back in its dying days in the 1980s. It was actually not bad.
Director Michael Bay
Starring Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou, Sean Bean, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan, Siobhan Flynn, Kathleen Rose Perkins
Elevator Pitch In the far future a whole population of slim identically white clad people live in a luxurious environment, monitored by a lot of black clad people. They are given to understand that the outside world is contaminated but that if they are lucky they may be selected to go to “the island” an idylic place, and the only other uncontaminated environment left on earth. A young man finds his way into another area of the facility and discovers that rather than going to the island they are having their organs harvested. When his friend, an attractive young woman, is selected to go to “the island” there is nothing for it but for them to go on the run.
Content The first part of the film set in the pristine facility, then time in the desert and a visit to a lowlife bar. The young peaple go on the run being chased by sinister special forces, which result in many car chases in Los Angeles, and more. I am trying to avoid spoilers, but I can say that there are moments of ingenuity and interest.
A View The general public liked this more than the critics, and if it had been about half an hour shorter, due to the removal of some of the repetitive car chases, I would have quite liked it as well. The flying motor cycle with a sort of tail-gunner was a vehicle too far for me, but I think EM and SJ do well together, so not a total waste of time, if you can tolerate the noise.

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