There's not any one thing you can point to and ascribe blame for "The Island's" box office failure - rather a series of scripting missteps, including our first indication that Michael Bay has no business in the PG-13 realm. Still, the freeway chase shot in a Downtown Detroit standing in for future L.A. is one of Bay's classic bangers, and you have to wonder if this would've caught on in a post-"Black Mirror" world.
Striking visuals (especially in the first half) and a surprisingly intelligent script for Michael Bay where humans are perfectly breed as donars for successful and rich people, but halfway through Michael Bay ditch the good concept and is back doing his tricks with loud unrealistic action sequences and illogical character behavior.
Not so bad but, lets be honest, this sort of already seen arguments can and should be told in 20 minutes, half an hour tops. And you could even save the effort and energy invested in the crappy "action movie" sequences, that where not even necessary. Pffff, a big big pffff.
[3.5] As an action sci-fi it satisfactorily suits its purposes, going beyond expectations concerning solid visual concepts and narrative engagement. Some tacky elements aside, such as exacerbated heroism, the interplay between evolving human mind, epigenetics and ethics keep you thinking during pumping blood manhunting scenes, explosions and Johansson's breathtaking close-ups.
This movie has a great premise. I really enjoyed the first half of it. After that it became a Michael Bay, which isn't bad, but I felt it could've worked nicely without as many chases and explosions. Other than that, solid characters, good acting and great set design.
A largely enjoyable sci-fi movie about human cloning. The Island has its poignant moments, but I'd say it's an action movie first and drama second. It's also set in 2019 which, at the time of writing, is less than 3 years away. If the movie is to be believed we can look forward to lots of exciting things like levitating trains, doctor-like toilets, nanobots and best of all, product placement everywhere.