The Island has been sitting in my DVD collection for sometime now, it is almost as if it has been waiting to ‘go to the island’ (you’ll only understand that if you have seen the film). The Island here being my DVD player, although much like the film what is to be found there is not as good as you maybe first thought.
The Island was released in 2005 and you know what I think is its biggest problem, I have simply seen all this before. Now if I had watched it in the context of its release date things may have been quite different however almost 10 years have now passed and many other sci-fi flicks have been and gone and they have done similar storylines much better. It just seemed very unoriginal, and it gave off this poor mans minority report vibe. Now as an action movie, it does deliver somewhat. The scenes featured will satisfy, they are by no means anything out of the ordinary and for a while simply consist of running however there is one scene in particular featuring cargo falling off the back of a truck into the oncoming villains vehicles which was easily the highlight in terms of action.
Ewan McGregor does a good job as the film’s lead character and he puts in a convincing performance, the same can’t really be said for Scarlett Johansson though, she fulfills the role of attractive female lead well but really adds little else. Sean Bean is always going to be a solid choice for your villain however I actually think that he was slightly too old for this role. The Island would have benefited much more from casting a younger villain, a more slick cocky businessman like character, something Sean Bean would have been very capable of a few years earlier but not so much when this film was made. Steve Buscemi contributes some humour to the proceedings which is a relief as all other attempts failed.
The Island wasn’t awful by any stretch of the imagination, but it wasn’t fantastic either. I can’t really put my finger on why it didn’t really grab my attention because at the same time it didn’t bore me at all even at its 130 minute running time. I think that The Island has simply been a victim of time, there have been better movies before and after it of similar subject and unfortunately The Island fades into the distance instead of standing out from the crowd. I state again that my opinion would be different if I had watched it upon its release, but watching it now almost just proves that The Island hasn’t stood the test of time.
BIGGEST FLAW – Lots of small details in many areas, casting, plot etc
BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT – Action sequence mentioned above
Rating – 6/10