The Island

The Island

Michael Bay (2005)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Transformers director Michael Bay is a master of high-octane kicks, but often falters when it comes to story development. So it's not surprising that this sleek, futuristic action thriller plays like a series of chase sequences dressed up with flimsy sci-fi. Yet, for all its superficiality, the film is relentlessly entertaining, with Ewan McGregor particularly engaging as a survivor of an ecological disaster that wiped out most of the planet's inhabitants. Now housed in a contained facility, he's led by curiosity to horrific discoveries about his home and the lottery draw that offers relocation to "the Island" - allegedly an uncontaminated paradise. Unfortunately, fellow resident Scarlett Johansson can't match McGregor's allure, and she's reduced to the role of ineffectual love interest following the duo's daring escape to the forbidden, outside world. However Bay seems unconcerned about his sketchy, clichéd characters, sidelining them along with the movie's moral issues in favour of flashy effects, chases and explosions. It hits the spot as an adrenaline fix, but frustratingly squanders its true potential.


The naive survivors of an apparent ecological disaster work, rest and play inside their utopian sealed community in the year 2019, each hoping to win a ticket to an idyllic island in a regular lottery draw. However, a curious inhabitant discovers the restricted society is a facade shielding a sinister cloning operation and is determined to escape. Sci-fi thriller, starring Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Bean and Steve Buscemi.

Cast & Crew

Lincoln Six-Echo / Tom Lincoln Ewan McGregor
Jordan Two-Delta / Sarah Jordan Scarlett Johansson
Albert Laurent Djimon Hounsou
Merrick Sean Bean
McCord Steve Buscemi
Starkweather Michael Clarke Duncan
Jones Three-Echo Ethan Phillips
Gandu Three-Alpha Brian Stepanek
Community announcer Noa Tishby
Lima One-Alpha Siobhan Flynn
Director Michael Bay
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Aug 2005