Conclusion: The Island is innocent fun that doesn't serve a purpose beyond general entertainment, but not every film need leave audiences pondering life's greatest mysteries. It could have been better, could have been worse, but cinema is full of such unremarkable pictures, which isn't the worst company for a movie of this sort.
Conclusion: Based on a novel by 'Jaws' author Peter Benchley, 'The Island' is an entertaining thriller about classic 17th Century pirates still terrorizing the Caribbean Seas and amusingly meeting their match in Michael Caine. Directed Michael Ritchie, it's an enjoyable and well-made little film that shatters the romanticized image of the swashbuckling outlaws of legend.
Excerpt: When I think of the films of Michael Bay, my mind unwillingly wonders into that Jerry Bruckheimer mentality and movies like “Bad Boys” and “Pearl Harbor” start popping into my mind. Then I think of “Armageddon” and that damn Aerosmith video! But then I think of movies that I like and have seen several times like “The Rock”. Granted that all of those had a few things in common, the aforementioned Mr. Bruckheimer.
Excerpt: I had high hopes for Island after it had been on for just 10 minutes. The opening sequence is great, introducing the mysterious story by relating it to a short fairy tale, narrated by the films lead (Natalie Press as Nikki Black) as she journeys to a remote island to track down the mother who abandoned her at birth. Her dark tale of children escaping a witch is made even more evocative by beautiful drawings coming to life as animations.
Conclusion: Overall, 'The Island' is a strong release from Paramount. The video and audio are near demo worthy and leave the old DVD release in the dust. Aside from the audio visual presentation, we also a get the same extras from the DVD release, plus a decent audio commentary track from Mr. Michael Bay.
Excerpt: Midway through the 21st century, Lincoln Six Echo 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.
Excerpt: At one hour and 20-minutes, The Island takes off. It has energy before, but now? It’s pure Michael Bay, a showcase of pyrotechnics, flipping cars, and train wheels being shoved off a futuristic Mack truck on a freeway fueled for destruction. But, we’re still not done, the film leading into an aerial bike chase with unbelievable bumps, a helicopter explosion, 80th floor destruction inside an office building, and then a falling building logo that is nothing short of summer...
Excerpt: The Film If you look up "Michael Bay" in the Urban Dictionary, you'll find such gems as, "A person who is incapable of complex and/or abstract thought, and focuses on pure visual and tactile stimulation." That's the nice definition. In other words, the director isn't really known for his thought-provoking material. That's just fine, however. The world needs mindless action, and no one does it better (and with a bigger budget) than Bay.