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The Island [Blu-ray] (2005)

Ewan McGregor , Scarlett Johansson , Michael Bay  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou, Sean Bean, Steve Buscemi
  • Directors: Michael Bay
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004V2S4WY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,870 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Island [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

- Commentary by Director Michael Bay
- The Future in Action
- The Making of The Island
- Pre-visualization: Forward Thinking

Editorial Reviews

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.

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123 of 150 people found the following review helpful
I hate Michael Bay. I have hated everything he has ever done. I can't stand his explosions and car chases over plot mentality. Even though "The Island" had many of these same qualitites, and it was just a redo of "Logan's Run," I still loved it!

(Minor spoilers ahead)

The story centers around two clones: Lincoln 6 Echo (McGregor) and Jordan 2 Delta (Johansson) - aren't those the coolest names ever?!! - who dwell in a futuristic utopian society. It's much like Orwell's "1984," in which everything is controlled, programmed and run by an unseen force. In this case it's a sinister doctor - masterfully played by Sean Bean - who is the "God" over the clones. Now, the clones go about their daily life, oblivious to the fact that they live underground and that their entire existent is a lie. You see, in the future, clones are grown and harvested and kept in this underground habitat. The clones only purpose is to provide vital organs to the real people that they were cloned from. For example, if you needed a liver transplant, they would grow a clone (which takes 12 months) and then take the healthy liver from the clone. Of course, the clone would have to be disposed of, which brings up an interesting moral dilemma of a side plot - would you take an organ from a clone of yourself to help you live? Don't be so quick to say no! Unfortunately, these clones have no idea that they are not real, as they have been brought up to believe that they are the survivors of a post-apocalyptic Earth. Their only chance to leave is if they win the lottery, and they are selected to travel to 'the island' - a mythical realm which happens to be the only non-contaminated place left on Earth.

The obvious question is asked, well why didn't anyone ever figure out that their life is a lie?
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159 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Bay's Best Ever July 23, 2005
This movie, because it's a "Summer, Sci-Fi/Action" flick, will probably do extremely well at the box office, if for no other reason than the fact that Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson are in the cast. Regrettably, however, even after it's been out for awhile it will probably never reach as wide and diverse an audience as it deserves until it's release on DVD, when-- hopefully-- positive word of mouth recommendations will lead those who usually avoid this particular genre to it. Because "The Island," directed by Michael Bay, is a cautionary, thought-provoking tale set in the not-so-distant future that holds a mirror up to our current society and poses some serious questions about moral judgement and how unmitigated secrecy on the part of institutions and those we "should" be able to trust affects us all on a daily basis that is especially relevant in today's world.

The story concerns the survivors of a "contamination" who must dwell within a seemingly sterile, self-contained city where their happiness is paramount to those in charge, while at the same time their only hope for the future is to be the next lottery winner, which would afford them a one-way ticket to the last uncontaminated place on earth, The Island. And to tell it, director Bay, no stranger to action films with such offerings as "The Rock," "Armageddon" and "Bad Boys I&II" under his belt, has drawn upon myriad other classics of the genre and used the collective threads to successfully weave his own story and imprint it with the kind of metaphor that elevates it beyond the next action sequence or explosion. A comparison to "Logan's Run" goes without question, along with an obvious nod to "Blade Runner," a smattering of "The Matrix" and even a pinch of "Star Wars.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Jeff C.
I really liked this movie and have hoped it would come to blu ray in the US. After some research I found that I could get it from for less than $25US, and that includes shipping. Got mine in less than a week! It plays fine on my PS3 and believe it is region free. Hope this review helps anyone else interested in this awesome sci-fi flick.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Ewans are better than one July 22, 2005
The big thing about "The Island" is...there is no island. It's just a ploy to lure unsuspecting clones to their deaths. The year is 2014 and a corporation has developed a method to produce human clones. The clones have been led to believe that the Earth has been contaminated, which is why they're all being quarantined indoors. Every so often the facility has a lottery drawing, and one lucky winner is offered the chance to go to "the island," which is supposedly the one place on the planet that hasn't been destroyed.

One of the clones, Lincoln Six-Echo (Ewan McGregor) finally discovers the truth when his friend Jordan Two-Delta (Scarlett Johansson) is chosen as a lucky lottery order to protect her from being killed, he convinces her to break out of the facility and find out the truth behind their existence. A man who Lincoln befriended at the facility (Steve Buschemi) informs the clones that they are only several years old and have been implanted with the memories of their "owners"...filthy rich people who paid a fee of $5 million apiece to have clones provided as "insurance policies."

Unfamiliar with their new surroundings, Lincoln and Jordan set off to find their owners and enlist their help in bringing down the cloning facility. They manage to avoid being captured killed by the facility cronies, the FBI, and the LAPD, and Lincoln finally comes face to face with his owner, Tom Lincoln (also played by Ewan McGregor). Unfortunately for Lincoln, his owner isn't thrilled about the fact that his insurance policy just wandered into his living room, and Lincoln and Jordan have to take it upon themselves to try and stop the mastermind of the cloning facility (Sean Bean) from killing more innocent "copies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved this movie
Well done, fine acting, highly recommended. Both Ewan and Scarlett do a fine job of acting in this movie, which takes place in the future, in which wealthy people have clones of... Read more
Published 4 days ago by WaileaBeachGirl
2.0 out of 5 stars This was not what i expected
I wanted so much more from it but I did not get it. I needed more visual in this action yarn
Published 5 days ago by Milton O. Goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love from long ago
I fell in love with this movie when it first came out. Ive been wanting to watch it again but have not been able to find it on netflix or vudu or even dvd. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Shannon Vidalier
4.0 out of 5 stars end of days
It's really a lot like "Logan's Run" or any other protagonist who wakes up to find Utopia ain't no utopia and starts to sing, "We Gotta Get Out of This Place. Read more
Published 11 days ago by James A. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Kind of Hokey
But not a terrible remake of Logan's Run. Another take on what "will" happen someday. A market for immortality. Action sequences/special effects were fun. Read more
Published 15 days ago by R. Sanchez
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really "Logan's Run", a fun film to watch
This isn't any dramatically awesome great film; but it's entertaining and has a few creepy points to ponder. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Goldwave
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the excitement
I sure don't remember this movie advertised here. I loved it even though it almost started like Logan's Run but changed deeper into the movie. It was pretty darn good.
Published 19 days ago by norma jean kringer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Island
A great action thriller film that will keep your interested through the viewing experience. The special effects are great as well as the story plot and acting!
Published 21 days ago by Doug
4.0 out of 5 stars Book better than movie
I actually saw the movie before buying the book. I have to say the book was 100 times better than the movie.
Published 25 days ago by Sandra DeJesus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Wow...This was SUCH a good movie. Kind of a Dune thing, but absolutely not. Surprise, surprise, surprise! Wow was Great!
Published 27 days ago by Suzanne Schumacher
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