The Island

Released 2005


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Blockbuster action director Michael Bay delivers a striking look at a strange world of the future in this sci-fi action drama. Midway through the 21st century, Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) lives in a confined indoor community after ongoing abuse of the Earth has rendered most of the planet uninhabitable. One of the only places in the outside world still capable of sustaining life is an idyllic island where citizens are chosen to live through a lottery. Or at least that's what Lincoln and his fellow citizens are taught to believe; the truth is that Lincoln, like everyone he knows, is actually a clone who is kept under wraps to provide needed organs when the person who supplied his or her DNA falls ill. When he becomes aware that his existence is a fraud, Lincoln escapes to the outside world with a fellow clone, Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johansson), though the powers that be are determined to see that no one gets away alive. The Island also stars Steve Buscemi, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Sean Bean.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Glossy, witty eye candy with some moderately chewy stuff in the middle. This lavish, exhaustingly kinetic film is smarter than you might expect, and at the same time dumber than it...

  • 60

    Variety Justin Chang

    Frenetic actioner about refugees from a genetic cloning plant starts off intriguingly, burns up its ideas in the first hour and pads out the rest with joltingly repetitive action s...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Chases, crashes and explosions are thick on the land in the second half of this movie, but though they are expertly done, their size, frequency and increasing disconnection from wh...

    Ewan McGregor

    Ewan McGregor

    Lincoln Six Echo/Tom Lincoln

    Scarlett Johansson

    Scarlett Johansson

    Jordan Two Delta/Sarah Jordan

    Steve Buscemi

    Steve Buscemi

    James McCord

    Michael Clarke Duncan

    Michael Clarke Duncan


    Sean Bean

    Sean Bean

    Dr. Merrick

    Djimon Hounsou

    Djimon Hounsou

    Albert Laurent

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