In this futuristic action thriller, the Island is portrayed as a Garden-of-Eden-like planet where the inhabitants of earth are selected to go and repopulate. A catastrophic contamination on earth has spared only a handful of humans who are now living in a sterile, protected environment. Lincoln Six-Echo (Ewan McGregor) and Jordan Two-Delta (Scarlett Johansson) are two of the residents of this carefully controlled, seemingly utopian waiting facility. One worker (Steve Buscemi) at the institute befriends Lincoln. People are carefully monitored for optimum health and wellness to insure their greatest success for survival once they are randomly selected to go to the Island. But everything is not what it seems. Lincoln begins to question much of what is going on in their ordered community. He explores the facility and discovers the true purpose of the inhabitants’ existence.
I hope that life doesn’t imitate art having real life following the storyline in Island. I’m sure that Island will serve as the catalyst for many discussions regarding cloning and stem cell research. Just because science can achieve unthinkable feats does that mean society should allow them to proceed in the name of progress?
The Island provides these interesting starting points for discussion, but little else. The script is weak and continual chase scenes are hard to take after awhile. Since the clones live a very structured, controlled and scripted “life”, it is hard to relate to care about them. Their “caregivers” only think of them as products, less than human good only for their business profits.
If you are cruising for a good flick, don’t get stranded on “The Island”. There are better choices out there.
Due to objectionable language and violence, Dove cannot award the Dove Seal to “The Island”.