Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) lives in an isolated compound which strictly regulates its inhabitants' lives. Residents hope to win a lottery to go to "the Island", the only place on Earth not contaminated by a deadly pathogen. Lincoln tells Dr. Merrick (Sean Bean) of his discontent with the plain white clothes everyone is given and the strict social controls. Concerned about strange dreams Lincoln experiences about a white speedboat and other unfamiliar items, Merrick inserts probes into Lincoln's body to monitor his cerebral activities.
McCord: The life you thought you had... it never happened.
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[Jordan Two-Delta and Lincoln Six-Echo have just been told they are clones by McCord]
Jordan Two-Delta: Bu- I have a mother! I remember her!
McCord: Yeah, I know...
Jordan Two-Delta: I grew up on a farm! I had a little dog a - and I had a bike...
McCord: A bike, yeah. A pink, fluffy Flyer with little tassels on the handlebars? And you rode it up the street to your Grandmother's house, you'd ring the little bell, she came out and served you cookies on a hot...
The Island is being touted as Michael Bay’s attempt at intelligent science fiction, and for the most part that’s what it is. Bay has taken his talent for blowing stuff the hell up, used it on a fairly sharp sci-fi “what if” script, and arrived at a Fugitive style chase movie that asks a few rather poignant questions about where modern science and old fashioned human selfishness are headed. You may have to squint through all the smoke and exploding cars to see them, but trust me the smarts are there.
Michael Bay’s attitude is ‘damn the critics’ (he actually used a much harsher, none PG-rated expression). He’s learned through much experience critics in general detest his work. Smart man.
Bay’s “The Island” is actually two films with vastly different styles struggling for possession of the screen. The debate over the moral implications of cloning humans is addressed but then falls by the wayside as Bay decides to scrap the semi-intelligence of the first half of the film in lieu of cramming as many stunts and product placements into the second half of “The...