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Monday, August 08, 2005

The Island

Lots of action, but predictable. Basically, it's a combination of the reimagining of Logan's Run(which, by the way, is also being remade) and The 6th Day.

Warning - possible spoilers ahead!

The Island has one of the more perverted plot lines I've seen a movie in a long time. That's not necessarily a bad thing, and I've got a feeling that, sooner or later, we'll have to deal with real-life implications of it. But, that's a post for another time.

The movie follows one male and one female, who in the course of the movie become a man and a woman, and also far more than they were even inteded to be. It would've been a much better movie, I think, if the commercials on TV didn't give so much of it away beforehand. As I said above, it's basically a rehashed(read, reimagined) Logan's Run, and follows the same basic line. A man learns his more-or-less idylic existence isn't at all what it seems and he rises above his limitations to achieve far more than what he was thought capable of. Throw in a hot babe and some chases, and you've got yourself a plot.

Having said that, it's not actually a bad movie. The acting is passable, the sets are pretty well designed, and the ground/air pursuits were well-made. So, all in all, not a quite watchable movie, though it's not one I'd pay to see again. No, what pissed me off were the blatant product placements.

By my count, there were at least three. Is it necesssary, as part of a plotline about harvesting humans for their organs and fluids to zoom in bottled Aquafina water that a character was about to pick up and drink? Is it a critical aspect of the story to show that people living a lie entertain themselves with an XBox? What is the benefit to the development of the story to have every vehicle in the movie be a G.M. vehicle? Nothing jarred you out of the immersion in the movie more than having corporate logos flashed at you like that.

Despite all that, I'd still recommend for people to see it.


At Mon Aug 08, 08:46:00 PM ADT, Blogger MooCow said...

Yeah but there were also the small touches. Like that all the flowers were orchids.


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