Jordan, there is no island! - Lincoln Six Echo
In my futile opinion, director Michael Bay is one of today’s top Hollywood stylists. Nobody glossies it up and
executes action scenes like the Bay Man! He’s up there with John Woo from where I'm sitting.With that said, apart from
The Rock (“I cannot give that order!” –GREAT SCENE) and the overly syrupy, yet effective (cause I’m a sucker)
Armageddon, I haven’t cared for any of Bay’s films. Now here comes The Island to give me hope that the man is growing as a filmmaker! Here are
10 really good reasons as to why The Island is worth your hard earned dough!
1- The first half of the film was a compelling Sci Fi heavy offering with stellar set/costume designs (THX 1138 anyone?) likeable characters, groovy circumstantial humor and interesting concepts (loved the Clone farm).
2- The second half of the film was Michael Bay angry, on steroids and on the freaking loose in the future! YEEHAW! We get an excessive array of eye popping, loud and yummy in their destructive overkill action scenes. I felt like I was riding a rollercoaster ride! Bay actually went on to reprise his zany car wreck from Bad Boys 2 (only good bit in that piece of crap) but with a spin! This time it involved giant metallic barbells rolling off a Mac Truck and crashing into every car in sight. WOW…like really WOW! I actually instinctively ducked one of the barbells heading towards us on the screen at some point! Now THAT’S audience participation for ya! NOTE: See some of that astounding scene here!
3- Taking into account how medical science is progressing now of late, this is the first Michael Bay film to make me think beyond the next shoot out or/and explosion. I was affected by the subject matter where its starting to feel plausible and me ask myself some questions. Scary stuff and adequately (yet not fully) milked here.
4- This is definitely the darkest of all Michael Bay films. There were a couple of scenes in here that “shocked’ and “moved” me (The Michael Clark Duncan bit stirred me up!). Our little Bay is growing up! No wonder he’s working with Spielberg next (Transformers The “Live Action” Movie baby!)
5- The film’s cast was Top Notch! You just can’t go wrong with the likeable, “I hear he’s a great dude in real life”, Ewan McGregor (Lincoln Six Echo) and the drop dead gorgeous Scarlett Johansson (Jordan). A word on the latter, Scarlett Johansson is very attractive, we all know that. Scarlett Johansson in a tight white outfit as shot by Michael Bay is a GODDESS, plain and simple.
6- Steve Buscemi (McCord) again proves to us why he’s one of the most entertaining character actors on the block. He can take a blah part on paper and make it memorable. Here was no exception. The man had me in stitches!
7- Michael Bay made this 127 min flick feel like 80 minutes via his novel shots, kinetic feel and furious pace! The AMAZING cinematography on hand surely helped as well! What a great looking flick!
8- The special effects (that CG was tops) were bang on 90 percent of the time , hence not only putting me in a state of wonder but also lending a helping hand in keeping me in the world of the film and selling me on the insanity taking place within it!
9- Helicopters on the hunt, car wrecks, flying motorcycles; slick gadgets, exciting shoot-outs, gripping chase sequences in every form imaginable… all set within an un-original yet dazzling future world (loved them trains)! F*ck yeah! How do you like your testosterone sandwich my friend? Heavy on the Mayo? You’ll be well served here!
10- Scarlett Johansson + Bay shot close ups of her eyes/lips + her holding a gun = boner in my Levis that cannot be ignored!
Granted, The Island sported one of the most ineffectual mercenary tracking teams ever seen on film, demanded mucho suspension of disbelief in places and could’ve went much further in terms of addressing in a cerebral fashion the heavy themes it brought up. But hey…it’s a Michael Bay film man…I looked at the glass half full as opposed to half empty and I had a freaking blast-off with this celluloid adrenaline shot! Visit this Island guys & dolls, you won’t want to leave!