Messianic Hero Defeats Greedy Humanist Scientists
Release Date: July 22, 2005
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett
Johansson, Sean Bean, Steve
Buscemi, Djimon Hounsou, and
Genre: Science Fiction Adventure
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 136 minutes
Director: Michael Bay
Executive Producer: Walter F. Parkes, Michael Bay
and Ian Bryce
Producer: Larie MacDonald
Writer: Caspian Tredwell-Owen, Alex
Kurtzman and Roberto Orci
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THE ISLAND opens in a mysterious group of futuristic buildings where thousands of human beings dress alike, work similar (but mysterious) jobs and are monitored by cameras, computers and guards every single moment of the day. The first scene shows one of the inhabitants, Lincoln Six Echo, having a strange nightmare about a boat, a girl and drowning. Lincoln awakes to news of a new winner of something called “The Lottery,” a twice daily game where two people can go to “the Island.” Viewers learn that a disaster has contaminated most of the world, except for the Garden of Eden called the Island, where some residents are chosen to go and repopulate the planet.
Because of Lincoln’s continuing nightmares and constant questioning of his surroundings, the doctor running the isolated utopian complex, Dr. Merrick, orders a brain test for Lincoln. The doctor doesn’t know, however, that Lincoln has befriended a man called Mac, who works on the machines servicing the buildings. On his own, Lincoln explores the maze of machines surrounding his building and learns a terrible truth. The rest of the movie shows Lincoln running for his life, being chased by mercenary soldiers hired by Dr. Merrick to keep the truth hidden.
Lincoln has also befriended Jordan Two Delta, a beautiful blonde woman living in the utopian complex. Lincoln learns that her life is in even more immediate danger, so he takes Jordan with him.
The opening sequence to THE ISLAND is quite clever and often funny. The movie keeps viewers guessing what’s really happening, and we sympathize with the hero’s own frustration in wanting to know more.
All this is a prelude, however, to the continuous chase that occurs when Lincoln learns the truth about Dr. Merrick’s schemes and tries to stop him. Some may object to Michael Bay’s typical action sequences, but the action is tense, exciting and fun, especially since Lincoln is such a likeable hero. A little humor in the action scenes helps move the plot along.
Once again this year, Ewan McGregor (ROBOTS and STAR WARS III) is a standout as the messianic hero of THE ISLAND. He is ably supported by Scralett Johansson, Sean Bean, Steve Buscemi, Djimon Hounsou, and Ethan Phillips.
THE ISLAND delivers a pro-life message that attacks the idea of cloning, especially cloning used to provide body parts for other people. The villains in the movie are like modern-day Nazi scientists. In fact, they even commit a genocide at one point and try to commit another Nazi-like genocide. Few other movies from Hollywood make this connection between Adolf Hitler’s National Socialists and the pro-choice, pro-euthanasia and pro-embryonic stem cell research ideology of today’s liberal, humanist movements. The head villain is clearly a humanist scientist trying to play God. One character even accuses him of trying to play God.
Thus, THE ISLAND has a strong Christian worldview. It’s a story about a messianic hero who sets the captives free. The penultimate scene in the movie even plays Bach’s strains of “Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” Finally, although there is a cynical joke about God in one scene, another scene has a funny, but positive, comment about Jesus.
That said, the action violence in THE ISLAND is intense and includes some mean acts by the story’s villains. There are also a few obscenities, including one “f” word, and a scene showing the hero finally beds the girl. Thus, parents should leave the children at home.
THE ISLAND tells a provocative science fiction story about a messianic hero who puts his life on the line to protect the lives of others. The movie has a pro-life message against human cloning and against harvesting human tissue for selfish purposes, and is a slam-bang action thriller with jaw-dropping effects. THE ISLAND also has some funny lines that make the journey worthwhile. There are a few obscenities, however, and brief sexual elements. Thus, this is one science fiction journey for adults not children.